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KU School of Business Ph.D. Program

KU School of Business Ph.D. Program


So I did a bunch of searching around
different schools and KU had the faculty who I was most interested in
working with. I’m a graduate of our masters of accounting program and I had good working relationships with a lot of them I knew it would be a place where as
a doctoral student you’d get lots of one-on-one attention. There’s one thing that I know for sure from interactions with other PhD students from other universities is that our faculty members are much more accessible. We keep the cohorts pretty small and at least in marketing we do not admit usually more
than two or three people every couple of years. And this allows us to spend more
time with each individual student especially earlier on when they need
more training. Relative to other institutions I feel like we have a really close relationship with our faculty in the Ph.D program; we’re a
relatively small program and we get a lot of good faculty attention that other
schools wouldn’t offer. When I’m advising a student or mentoring a student I meet with them at least once a week because the best way to make progress on a project
is to force yourself to meet regular deadlines and I like it because graduate
students always bring a different perspective to the research and they
could come up with really interesting new ideas that people who’ve been in the
field or done research in the area haven’t thought of for a long time
because they’re so entrenched in what’s already been done. I work right across the hallway from a finance instructor and so I get to hear and talk with them
about some of the research and work that they’re doing which impacts and gives me
a different way of looking at the world. Research isn’t really an individual
sport so to have my put out my best ideas my best writing, best analytics and
then have it refined by a peer and by a faculty member you know then what I’m
doing what I’m creating is exponentially better than what I would have done alone
and so in then you see it sort of happen and then you’ve got this this research
project that’s that’s really cool and something that could have only been that
way because of everybody’s unique contributions. Since I’ve been involved with the program I’ve written about half a dozen
or more papers with doctoral students; several of which I’ve been published one
of the most important reasons why we take that approach is that we have found
that it not only improves the the body of work that students do while they’re
here in the program but it also enhances their ultimate placement I will say
we’re very proud of our placement over the last few years over the years when
I’ve been involved in the doctoral program. Some students really want to go
to research universities and we train them well for that but if a student is
more interested in teaching they also have opportunities to practice that in
the classroom they teach several times before they graduate and so we’ve had
students want to go down that path if they discover research isn’t for them. Research is sort of the long it’s a long feedback cycle so you write a great research paper and maybe years before it gets actually even published the
feedback you get from students is sort of more, in the semester you know you
see them graduate it’s all happening pretty pretty close so it’s nice to have
those sort of semester by semester wins in the classroom to keep you going while
you’re working on the other things. It does benefit our students but I would
say it benefits the PhD students even more because they get that interaction
they get that experience and in some programs you see students teaching
perhaps one semester and that’s all and then they’re turned loose on a student
population without the close guidance that you’re going to have here where
faculty cares so much about teaching and they’re really mentoring those doctoral
students in their teaching and their growth in teaching. It’s one of the reasons why I chose it as faculty and it’s definitely one of the reasons why I would recommend it to doctoral students. It’s a great college town with a winning
basketball program, with accessible faculty who are experts in their area. When I chose my graduate school program it was based on the people; the
professors that were there that I knew were willing to work with me
and I knew how to experience working with graduate students and enjoyed
working with graduate students. You know, KU PhD is gonna mean different things
to different people but what I think made my experience
really standout was the people. It’s one of those intangible things about a
program that you you can’t really put it on the balance sheet but it really
matters it makes a difference you

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