Requirements

The requirements for the PhD students in Business Technologies include all of those for Tepper PhD students, including the First Summer Paper and the Second Summer Paper, plus the following:

First Year Required Courses:
  • Microeconomics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Game Theory
  • Advanced Economic Analysis I
  • Economics of IS
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Undergraduate class 70455 if student has no experience on Databases.
  • Undergraduate class 70453 if student has no experience on System Analysis and Design.  (Student just needs to audit 70455 and 70453 and does not need to take it for credit; alternatively student may also serve as a TA/Grader for these classes)

Upper Level Recommended Courses:
  • Estimating Structural Models in IS
  • Advanced Economic Analysis II
  • Seminar in Information Systems – Recent topics
  • Bayesian Stat. Marketing
  • Machine Learning (10-701)
  • Analytical Models in Marketing
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Dynamic Programming

Students are required to declare a reference discipline (Economics or Organizational Behavior & Theory) and take courses in that discipline:

Economics

Students using economics as a reference discipline will generally take the following courses:

  • Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (47800 and 47801)
  • Math for Economists (47780)
  • Econometrics I (47811)
  • Econometrics II (47812)
  • Game Theory (47817)

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Students using organizational behavior and theory as a reference discipline will generally take the following courses:

  • Organizational Behavior (47902) (semester course)
  • Research Methods (47908) (semester course)
  • Organizational Theory (47890/1) (semester course)

Qualifiers

By the end of the third semester, students must pass the qualifying exams in Business Technologies (see below), and a subset of the Economics qualifying exams focusing on either micro-economics and information economics theory, or micro-economics and econometrics.   Students with appropriate preparation prior to their entry to the program may choose to take the qualifying exams prior to the third semester, however, they must take the entire set of qualifiers as outlined below. For further information, visit the qualifying examinations page.

  • BT Diagnostic Exam:  Tests students knowledge on IT management concepts and emerging technologies.
  • BT Technical Exam: Tests students knowledge on Databases and Systems Analysis and Design concepts.
  • BT Research Exam: Tests students abilities to analyze and critique a research problem or paper.
  • Reference Discipline Exam: Exams will depend on the reference discipline chosen by the student:

Economics: Students who take economics as a reference discipline are required to take the Microeconomics qualifier plus one of the following qualifiers:

  • Game Theory
  • Econometrics I and II

Organizational Behavior and Theory: Students who take organizational behavior as a reference discipline are required to take the OB Methods qualifier plus one of the following:

  • Macro OB
  • Micro OB