Students will be evaluated annually for satisfactory progress. Students deemed not to be making adequate progress are subject to the policies of the College of Business Administration regarding continuation of their assistantship. Students deemed not to be making adequate progress are subject to the policies of the Graduate School and the College of Business Administration regarding probation and dismissal from the program.
All students are expected to take the comprehensive exams within four years of admission to the Ph.D. program.
All Ph.D. students must uphold the University of Missouri-St. Louis' policies on academic honesty.
Ph.D. students must uphold the code of ethics defined by the Academy of Management in the creation of all intellectual property (papers, web sites, assignments), whether written for courses or external submissions:
"... explicitly identify, credit, and reference the author of any data or material taken verbatim from written work, whether that work is published, unpublished, or electronically available."
"... explicitly cite others' work and ideas, including their own, even if the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available."
Each Ph.D. students must take a set of tutorials on plagiarism during the first year of his/her Ph.D. program. These tutorials are available at:
Ph.D. students will notify the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration and the Chair of the IS Department Ph.D. Committee upon completion of the tutorial.
Students are required to present one paper at a regional, national or international conference.
When Ph.D. students submit a paper without a tenure-track faculty member (from UMSL or elsewhere) as a co-author, they should get the submission approved by an UMSL faculty member (the instructor for the course on which the paper is based or another faculty member). They should also notify the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration or Chair of the IS Department Ph.D. Committee prior to the submission, and indicate which faculty member has approved the submission.
Students are required to submit one paper, approved by their dissertation advisor, to a refereed journal.
Students on assistantships teach two to three courses of supervised teaching per year in the College of Business. Students who do not have assistantships are also required to teach one three-credit hour course, however, they may petition the IS Area Ph.D. Committee to consider alternative equivalent teaching experience in order to satisfy this requirement. Equivalent teaching experience may include courses taught at other universities or substantial professional training. Students must provide documentation on (a) teaching content, such as course description, course materials, and number of contact hours and (b) teaching competency, such as teaching evaluations by students or supervisors.
Upon completion of coursework, students are advanced to candidacy by successfully completing a comprehensive examination in their area of emphasis and, where needed (i.e., when pursuing option (a) for the supporting coursework), a supporting field examination in the chosen supporting field.
Students are required to take a minimum of 6 dissertation credit hours and to defend a dissertation proposal within one year of advancement to candidacy.
The degree is awarded upon successful completion and defense of the Ph.D. dissertation. The dissertation must be defended orally within three years after approval of a Ph.D. dissertation proposal.