2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Physics/Business, Ph.D.

Requirements

The Ph.D. in Physics is also available with a business option. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a BS are normally expected to complete the Ph.D. requirements within five years. At the end of the fourth year of graduate studies, a candidate for the Ph.D. in Physics who has demonstrated sufficient progress in research (dissertation), may submit a written request to the Department of Physics and Astronomy for admission to this program. Providing there is a clear indication that the student can reasonably be expected to complete all the requirements for the Ph.D. within five years, permission will be granted to apply to the director of admissions of the MBA Program of the Neeley School of Business. During the fifth year, the student is expected to continue with the dissertation on a reduced scale, and, if on departmental teaching assistantship, to perform designated departmental teaching duties. Students entering the Ph.D. program with advanced standing (MS degree or more) can request an accelerated program.

In addition to the course-work, qualifying examinations and dissertation requirements specified for the Ph.D. degree in Physics, the student will satisfy the following conditions specified by the Neeley School of Business:

  1. Students electing to take the business option will take the 18 hours of MBA coursework over the course of two consecutive semesters (entering in the fall and finishing in the spring semesters).
  2. Students are required to attend the START Workshop conducted by the Neeley School that occurs just before the start of the fall semester. Students are assessed a fee for the workshop.
  3. The Neeley School will accept the results of the GRE.
  4. The director of admissions has sole authority to admit physics Ph.D. candidates to the MBA program (whether they seek the MBA degree or the option).
  5. Under the assumption that the students come to the program with a good background in statistics, they would take the following courses:

Fall Semester (15 hours)

ACCT 60010Financial Reporting

1.5

FINA 60010Financial Management I

1.5

MARK 60010Marketing Management

1.5

INSC 60060Decision Models

1.5

MANA 60330Engaging and Empowering People

1.5

BUSI 60050Global Environment of Business

1.5

INSC 60020Managing Operations and Processes

1.5

MANA 60340Leading and Guiding Organizations

1.5

BUSI 60070Business Simulation

1.5

Plus 1 course from the following

FINA 70010Financial Management II

1.5

MARK 70010Marketing issues and Problems

1.5

INSC 70600Supply Chain Analytics

1.5

Spring Semester (3 hours)

ACCT 60020Accounting for Managerial Planning and Control

1.5

FINA 60020Managerial Economics

1.5

  1. The foregoing may be adjusted in the event of realignment in the sequence of courses in the MBA program.
  2. Students who wish to continue their studies in the program after their first year of business courses and pursue the MBA degree
    1. Will, with the approval of the director of the MBA Program, be permitted to transfer in for credit a total of six hours of 60000- or 70000- level graduate physics coursework. Transfer will be approved for a graduate-level course that is equivalent to DESC Statistics and other 60000- or 70000-level coursework taken in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
    2. Will be required to complete such additional coursework as required of other MBA students and as is provided in the applicable TCU Graduate Studies Catalog. The student will work closely with the academic program director to plan his/her schedule.

Prospective candidates for the Ph.D. in Physics or the Ph.D. with Business Option should be advised that the maximum term of fellowship or assistantship support through the Department of Physics and Astronomy is five years, and support for MBA courses from the TCU Department of Physics and Astronomy fellowships or assistantship is limited to 18 hours. Financial support for additional hours required for completion of the MBA degree would be the student's responsibility; students would be eligible to apply for financial aid for the second year of MBA study from the Neeley School of Business.