The PhD program in Management at UMLAC explores how organizations create sustainable value that fulfills the interests of the organization through producing positive impacts for society and the environment.

Our investigations of sustainable management encompass three components:

  • Developing holistic consciousness in the manager
  • Managing the transformation of organizations toward sustainable practices
  • The measurement and communication of sustainability outcomes.

Each of these components is covered in the coursework and they represent the scope of our programmatic research on consciousness-based sustainability in management.

The evolution of individual and collective consciousness cultivates the learning capabilities of systems thinking, collaborative relationships, and creative visioning to create sustainable value.

This evolving consciousness expresses itself in new management practices and forms of organization that enable organizations to innovatively address social and environmental needs. Evolving consciousness also attends to and reports on a holistic range of performance outcomes, encompassing economic, social, and environmental results.

In the PhD program at UMLAC, sustainable management is studied in the light of the Science and Technology of Consciousness. This program in ConsciousnessBased℠ Management for Sustainability provides understanding and experience of the total intelligence of Nature, which automatically manages the infinitely complex and evolving universe without strain and without mistakes. Students in this program practice technologies for personal growth toward better health, clearer thinking, greater creativity, moral development, and wisdom.

Admission Requirements

  • Practice of the Transcendental Meditation® Technique
  • MBA or equivalent business degree
  • GMAT or GRE
  • A substantial research paper as evidence of academic writing. The paper may have been submitted for required course assignments or thesis in the student’s master’s degree program. This should be a paper written by the student alone, not a project by a team of students. Such writing samples may be accepted as substitutes for scores on GMAT or GRE.
  • TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based) or 90 (Internet-based), or IELTS overall band score of 6.5 is required.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a PhD in Management, students must successfully complete all general requirements for the doctoral degree. As part of these requirements, students must successfully complete the following degree requirements.

  • Core Management Courses (18 credits, all 6 courses are required)
    • MGT 601 Organizational Behavior Theory and Research (2 credits)
    • MGT 606 Socially and Environmentally Responsible Management (2 credits)
    • MGT 607 Assessing Human Development (4 credits)
    • MGT 676 Implementing Sustainability (4 credits)
    • MGT 678 Outcomes Measurement for Sustainable Business (4 credits)
    • MGT 679 Research Seminar in Sustainable Management (2 credits); may be repeated for credit
  • Research Methods (24 credits, 4-5 courses; a maximum of one course may be waived by prior study; additional courses may be required by the dissertation adviser as appropriate to the student’s research)
    • MGT 5240 Data Analysis for Managers (4 credits)
    • MGT 628 Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis (4 credits)
    • MGT 631 Multiple Regression Analysis (4 credits)
    • MGT 635 Quantitative Research Design (4 credits)
    • MGT 636 Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
  • Professional Development (4 credits)
    • MGT 692 Seminar in Writing (2 credits)
    • FOR 598 Faculty Training Course (2 credits)
  • Additional Courses
    • A student’s faculty advisory committee may require additional course work as required for the student’s dissertation research.
    • Qualifying Examinations and Dissertation Research (16 credits minimum)
    • MGT 690 Preparation for Qualifying Examination (4 credits — may be repeated for credit until the qualifying examination is completed)
    • MGT 700 Preparing the Dissertation Proposal (4 credits — may be repeated for credit until dissertation proposal is accepted)
    • MGT 701 Dissertation Research (2.5 credits per block — may be repeated for credit until dissertation is completed)

When the qualifying examination is successfully completed, the student is advanced to PhD Candidate status. When the dissertation proposal is accepted by the faculty, the student is advanced to PhD Researcher status. The amount of time required to complete the dissertation varies according to the research project. A public oral presentation and defense of the dissertation is required, as is acceptance of the dissertation by the dissertation committee, the Graduate School Director, and the Library Director.

(See the dissertation manual.)

The above information is subject to change at any time. Students already enrolled at the University should contact the graduation director for their degree requirements. The content of this page was reviewed in March 2014.

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