Entrepreneurship (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship (ENTRPHD)
Unit: College of Business (GB)
Department: Entrepreneurship
Program Webpage: business.louisville.edu/entrepreneurshipphd/

Program Information

Admission to the program is highly competitive. It is based on an applicant's past graduate and undergraduate school records, score on the graduate management admissions test (GMAT), prior experiences, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Applicants are only admitted in fall semesters of odd years (2017, 2019, 2021 etc.).

No specific graduate or undergraduate major is required. However, an MBA is preferred. A student who does not have a master's degree in business may be required to complete a set of courses equivalent to a "core" that is covered in an MBA program. Questions about prerequisites should be directed to the program director. This is a full-time program, requiring year-round study and a 20 hour/week paid research assistantship. Typically, students can finish their coursework in two years and the program in four-to-five years, subject to progress on a dissertation. Students generally take about 19 courses consisting of seminars and directed readings and/or research. A student's curriculum choices are supervised and approved by an advisory committee.

All required courses are offered on a biennial basis in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, along with a variety of elective courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Applicants are only admitted in fall semesters of odd years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.). This is a full-time program, requiring year-round study and a 20 hour/week paid research assistantship. Typically, students can finish their coursework in two years and the program in four-to-five years, subject to progress on a dissertation. Students generally take about 19 courses consisting of seminars and directed readings and/or research. A student's curriculum choices are supervised and approved by an advisory committee. 

The following application materials are required:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. An undergraduate degree is required. No specific graduate or undergraduate major is required. However, an MBA is preferred. A student who does not have a master's degree in business may be required to complete a set of courses covered in an MBA program.
  • Official GMAT score. A GMAT score is required that is no more than two years old from date of application. A GRE score may be substituted for a GMAT score where GMAT testing is not available.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Personal statement about applicant's interest in entrepreneurship research.
  • Applicants with credentials from foreign universities must submit them for evaluation to one of the following services, which will issue a report that will become part of the applicant's application:
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-English speaking university or those for whom English is not their native language must submit a TOEFL score. ets.org/ibt/register.

All required courses are offered on a biennial basis in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Program Requirements

The goal of the curriculum is to produce academic scholars who will present papers at professional conferences, publish papers in academic journals, and teach at the university level. We anticipate that students will be successful academics at leading universities. Because of this, students serve as research assistants during two of their four years in the program. Students teach during the last two years in the program.

After passing qualifying exams, required courses, and writing required papers, students proceed into candidacy and write their doctoral dissertations in their remaining years of the program.

The following are the current curriculum requirements for the Entrepreneurship PhD. Because the state of the knowledge in the field changes, both the content and sequencing of these course requirements may change in order to address topics of current interest. Faculty may change as well.

Applicants should contact the Program Director, Dr. James O. Fiet, at fiet@louisville.edu or (502) 645-2536, if they have questions about the curriculum requirements.

ECPY 764Structural Equation Modeling3
ELFH 703Multivariate Educational Statistics3
ENTR 701Foundations in Entrepreneurship Research3-12
ENTR 702Seminar in Research Design I3
ENTR 703Venture Capital Seminar3
ENTR 721Entrepreneurial Discovery Seminar1.5
ENTR 722Philosophy of Science1.5
ENTR 723Seminar in Organizational Behavior/Human Resources in Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 724Seminar in Entrepreneurship from a Strategic Perspecitve3
ENTR 731Independent Study I3-9
ENTR 732Independent Study II3-9
ENTR 734Independent Study to Prepare Second-Year Paper3
ENTR 735Quantitative Approach to Entrepreneurship Research3
ENTR 741Seminar in Research Design II3
ENTR 742Seminar in Entrepreneurship from an Economic Perspective3
ENTR 743Seminar in Entrepreneurship from a Psychological Perspective3
ENTR 751Seminar in Current Topics in Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 752Seminar in a Sociological Perspective on Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 753Seminar in Family Business3
ENTR 754Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship1.5
ENTR 760Entrepreneurship Directed Readings I1-6
ENTR 762Entrepreneurship Directed Readings II1-6
ENTR 763Entrepreneurship Directed Readings III1-6
PSYC 610Advanced Statistics I3
DOCT 600Doctoral Candidacy0
Minimum Total Hours61.5