PhD degree programs

Entrepreneurship PhD

Entrepreneurship PhD


University of Tehran

Kish International Campus

Ph.D. Degree Program in

Entrepreneurship

Introduction:

The Ph.D. program of Entrepreneurship at UTKIC focuses on training the students to be able to create the social and economic value by developing core capabilities of idea generation, opportunity recognition, resource acquisition, and entrepreneurial management. In UTKIC both predictive and creative approaches to all aspects of launching, growing and expanding businesses and organizations are taught, providing a broad skill-set for business and also providing highly customized paths for a variety of business contexts, including new ventures, franchises, corporate ventures, local and international companies. The program also teach the students how to decompose complex situations, identify critical choices confronting the enterprise, and make high-risk/high reward decisions with limited data.
Objectives of the Entrepreneurship Ph.D. program
Facilitating entrepreneurial knowledge through research, teaching, and practice.
To provide necessary training in writing and presentation skills that enable students to communicate with business partners, consumers, clients, and employers effectively.
To nurture a sense of ethics and social responsibility that prepares students to be visionary local and global business leaders.

 

PhD Degree in Entrepreneurship


The PhD program in Entrepreneurship requires completion of 42 credits, a set of core courses ( 12 credits), specialty courses (6 credits) chosen from one of the specialty course tables and a PhD thesis ( 24 credits). The main emphasis of the program is on the successful completion of an original and independent research project written and defended as a dissertation.

Comprehensive Exam


Comprehensive Exam should be taken at most at the end of the 4th semester and is required before a student could defend the Ph.D. proposal. Students will have two chances to pass the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam. If students receive an evaluation of "unsatisfactory" on their first Comprehensive Exam attempt, the student may retake the qualifier once more. A second failure will result in termination from the program. The Comprehensive Exam is designed to ensure that the student has the potential to conduct doctoral-level research.

Ph.D. Proposal


The Ph.D. proposal must contain Specific Aims, Research Design and Methods, and Proposed Work and Timeline. In addition the proposal must also contain a bibliography and, as attachments, any publications/supplementary materials. The student must defend their thesis proposal to their committee in an oral exam.

Thesis


A student should choose a thesis advisor (and one or two co-advisors if required) within the first year of being in the PhD program, approved by the Faculty committee. In the second year a thesis committee suggested by the advisor alongside by the Ph.D. proposal should be handed over for approval. The thesis committee should consist of a minimum of five faculty members. Two members of thesis committee should be from the other Universities at the associate Professor level. Not later than the end of the 5th semester a student has to present and defend a written PhD proposal.

Research Progress


A student is expected to meet with his/her thesis committee at least once a year to review the research progress. In the beginning of each university calendar year, each student and the student's advisor are required to submit an evaluation assessment of the student's progress, outlining past year accomplishments and plans for the current year. The thesis committee reviews these summaries and sends the student a letter summarizing their status in the program. Students who are failing to make satisfactory progress are expected to correct any deficiencies and move to the next milestone within one year. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

PhD Dissertation


Within 4 years after entering the PhD program, the student is expected to complete the thesis research; the student must have the results of the research accepted or published in peer reviewed journals. Upon submitting a written thesis and public defense and approval by the committee, the student is awarded the PhD degree. The defense will consist of (1) a presentation of the dissertation by the graduate student, (2) questioning by the general audience, and (3) closed door questioning by the dissertation committee. The student will be informed of the exam result at the completion of all three parts of the dissertation defense. All members of the committee must sign the final report of the doctoral committee and the final version of the dissertation.

A minimum GPA of 16 over 20 must be maintained for graduation.


Leveling Courses (not applicable to degree)
The Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship assumes a Master degree in related fields. However students holding master degree besides will be required to complete leveling courses that are designed to provide a back ground for the Ph.D. courses.  These leveling courses are decided by the faculty committee and are not counted for graduate credits towards the Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship.

 

Core courses: 6 courses required; 12 credits

Course

Credits

Hours

Management and Organization Theories

2

32

Theoretical Foundations of Entrepreneurship

2

32

Entrepreneurship and Management in an Islamic Context

2

32

Research Methods in Entrepreneurship

2

32

Entrepreneurship Opportunities

2

32

Organizational Behavior Theories

2

32

Specialty courses:


International Entrepreneurship: 3 courses required; 6 credits

Course

Credits

Hours

International Entrepreneurship

2

32

International Business Development

2

32

International Management and Intercultural Communication

2

32

Business Entrepreneurship: 3 courses required; 6 credits

Course

Credits

Hours

Business Innovation and Growth

2

32

Market Forecasting for Business Plans

2

32

Seminar in Entrepreneurship

2

32

Developmental Entrepreneurship: 3 courses required; 6 credits

                                       
Course

Credits

Hours

Entrepreneurship Development Planning

2

32

Business Development

2

32

Institutional Economics

2

32