Each student will develop a detailed program plan with the consultation of their
department advisor to outline their next two years of course work , take the written
comprehensive exam, fulfill their teaching requirement, and complete their dissertation.
Besides these general requirements, students work with faculty on various research
assignments that ultimately may be published in a top ranked journal in their field.
A typical plan of a Smith doctoral student is as follows:
Students are required to not only take course work in their concentration (program).Students
will fulfill a second minor in Research Tools as it is not only required but necessary
for each student to be successful in the program. Students are required to take
10 credits in their first and second year of the program to ensure that the proper
courses are taken prior to the comprehensive exam.
Course work is outlined as follows:
Additional course requirements vary between the areas of concentration and the
student’s previous academic history.
Students in all areas must pass a written comprehensive exam upon completion
of their major course work requirements. The comprehensive exam is specific to the
area of concentration and administered at the end of the second year. Students in
the Operations Management/Management area of concentration take the written comprehensive
exam upon completion of their first academic year and take the oral comprehensive
exam upon completion of their second academic year. Students in the Finance area
of concentration must take a written qualifying exam upon completion of their first
academic year and the written comprehensive exam upon completion of their second
academic year. Students must obtain a “pass” or a “high pass” to successfully progress
in the program.
Students are required to submit at least 1 working paper before they can advance
to candidacy. The paper needs to be completed and presented to the department. Advisor(s)
will sign off on the paper requirement. Some concentrations require the submission
of 2 working papers before advancing to candidacy. See the areas of concentration
for specific information about this.
Advancement to Candidacy
Upon completion of all required course work, passing of the comprehensive exam
and successful completion of any working papers, students may advance to candidacy.
Advancement to candidacy is the transition of moving from student to scholar or
doctoral candidate. This should be done no later than the end of the third academic
year. When students advance, they are automatically registered for their dissertation
credits each academic semester until successful completion of the program.
All doctoral candidates must propose their dissertation no later than the end
of their fourth academic year to ensure satisfactory progress in the program and
thus fifth year funding. The dissertation proposal requires the doctoral candidate
not only to assemble a dissertation committee, but also to propose their dissertation
research and prepare for successful completion of the dissertation defense.
In order to complete the program and obtain the degree, the doctoral candidate
must successfully defend the dissertation to the dissertation committee (approved
by the University of Maryland Graduate School) and submit the dissertation to the
Graduate School for further review and archiving