The Ph.D. Program is one of only about 25 such programs worldwide accredited by the AACSB International and is designed to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to meet critical research and teaching challenges projected in business and in particular, international business education. The full-time program also offers the opportunity for secondary specializations in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. Further, the program supports student success through mentoring, diversifying the faculty (24% Latino full-time faculty), and providing affordable graduate business education.
The objectives of the Ph.D. program are to provide opportunities to develop student competencies in research and teaching, and to prepare graduates for academic careers. Specifically, the goal is to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to enable them to meet critical challenges projected in business education across the United States, Mexico, and other countries.
Latinos now represent 31% of all our graduates, a percentage that is five times higher than the percentage of Latino Ph.D.’s in the entire United States. The Latino students’ retention rate for those entering the program since 2008 is 87%. The percentage of Latino graduates among all graduates rose from 29% in 2010 to 31% in 2012. Ph.D. students are trained to plan and execute high-quality research that is publishable in major scholarly journals. Ph.D. students attend national and international conferences, where they have the opportunity to present papers and network with scholars in their fields as well as in related fields. A total of 35% of the students who have attended these conferences are Latino. 100% of Latino graduates received a job offer or were employed by the time they graduated. Additionally, 100% of Latino graduates working in education do so in programs that are AACSB accredited or have an equivalent accreditation.