Ph.D. in Business Data Science

Degree Requirements

Ph.D. students in Business Data Science (BDS) are expected to conduct innovative and independent research and have their research findings published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and academic conference proceedings.

By the beginning of the first semester, upon the approval of the Ph.D. program director, student must have filed a Plan of Study (POS) that lists the courses to be taken and the timeline of study. Any modification to the POS must be approved by the Ph.D. program director and dissertation advisor (if chosen).

Course Requirements

By the end of year one, student must have completed any assigned bridge courses upon the PhD program academic advisor’s suggestion with a grade of at least a B in each course. The list of bridge courses are:

  • Programming and data structure (e.g. NJIT CS 280 or CS 505)
  • Advanced Calculus (e.g. NJIT Math 211)
  • Probability and Statistics (e.g. NJIT MGMT 216 or Math 333)
  • Basic business knowledge (e.g. NJIT MGMT 492, MGMT 501)

A student entering the program with only a Bachelor’s degree in related areas shall take 36 credits of advanced courses beyond the Bachelor’s degree with the approval of the PhD program academic advisor. The 36 credits shall include six core courses and six elective courses, and are in addition to the credits for dissertation research. Among the 36 credits, at least 12 credits must be of the 700 level courses or courses with PhD track projects. 

A student entering the program with a Master’s degree or above in the related areas shall take 18 credits of advanced courses beyond the Master’s degree or its equivalent with the approval of the PhD program academic advisor. These 18 credits are in addition to the credits for dissertation research. Among the 18 credits, at least 12 credits must be of the 700 level courses or courses with PhD track projects.

All core courses are listed in Table DR-1. Among them, MGMT 682 is a pre-requisite of MGMT 782. Typically, MGMT 682, Math 660 and Math 644 are only offered in the Fall semesters.

Table DR-2 provides a partial list of the elective courses available to program students. In addition to the listed elective courses, a student may take other relevant courses, subject to the approval of the dissertation advisor and Ph.D. program director.

Table DR-1: List of Core Courses
MGMT 682Business Research Methods I3
MGMT 782Business Research Methods II3
MGMT 635Data Mining and Analysis3
or CS 634 Data Mining
CS 631Data Management System Design3
or IS 631 Enterprise Database Management
MATH 660Introduction to statistical Computing with SAS and R3
MATH 644Regression Analysis Methods3
Table DR-2: List of Elective Courses
ACCT 615Management Accounting3
CS 610Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 632Advanced Database System Design3
CS 675Machine Learning3
or CS 732 Advanced Machine Learning
CS 750High Performance Computing3
CS 645Security and Privacy in Computer Systems3
or CS 708 Advanced Data Security and Privacy
CS 666Simulation for Finance3
ECE 601Linear Systems3
ECE 673Random Signal Analysis I3
ECON 610Managerial Economics3
EM 655Management Aspects of Information Systems3
FIN 600Corporate Finance I3
FIN 610Global Macro Economics3
FIN 624Corporate Finance II3
FIN 626Financial Investment Institutions3
FIN 627International Finance3
FIN 634Mergers, Acquisitions, and Restructuring3
FIN 641Derivatives Markets3
FIN 650Investment Analysis and Portfolio Theory3
FIN 655Financial Innovations and Market Failures3
HRM 601Organizational Behavior3
HRM 630Managing Technological and Organizational Change3
IE 650Advanced Topics in Operations Research3
IE 687Healthcare Enterprise Systems3
IE 688Healthcare Sys Perfor Modeling3
IS 634Information Retrieval3
IS 665Data Analytics for Info System3
IS 682Forensic Auditing for Computing Security3
IS 684Business Process Innovation3
IS 687Transaction Mining and Fraud Detection3
IS 688Web Mining3
MATH 699Design and Analysis of Experiments3
MGMT 620Management of Technology3
MGMT 630Decision Analysis3
MGMT 640New Venture Management3
MGMT 641Global Project Management3
MGMT 649Convention, Creativity and Innovation3
MGMT 656Public Policy and Business3
MGMT 670International Business3
MGMT 680Entrepreneurial Strategy3
MGMT 688Information Technology, Business and the Law3
MGMT 691Legal and Ethical Issues3
MGMT 692Strategic Management3
MGMT 710Forecasting Methods for Business Decisions3
MIS 625Management Strategies for E-Commerce3
MIS 645Information Systems Principles3
MIS 648Decision Support Systems for Managers3
MIS 680Management Science3
MRKT 620Competing in Global Markets3
MRKT 631Marketing Research3
MRKT 636Design and Development of High Technology Products3
MRKT 637Marketing Communications and Promotions3
PTC 628Analyzing Social Networks3


Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Qualifying Examination

All Ph.D. students are required to take a Qualifying Examination (Part-1) by the end of year one, and must pass the Qualifying Examination (Part-1) by the end of year two. The Qualifying Examination (Part-1) covers subject matter drawn from the core courses.

All Ph.D. students are required to take Qualifying Examination (Part-2) by the end of year two, which covers a subject area chosen by the student based on his/her dissertation research area.

Dissertation Requirements

Besides the classroom course requirements, students shall also take the following courses for Ph.D. dissertation requirements.

Ph.D. students are required to register each semester for a zero-credit course: BDS 791 Graduate Seminar. Full-time students must attend all BDS 791 seminars each semester unless justifiable reasons are approved by the program director in advance. Part-time students must attend at least 50% of the BDS 791 seminars in their first year. After their first year, they can perform alternative work as assigned by the program director in lieu of attending seminars.

The requirement of pre-doctoral research (BDS 792B) and doctoral dissertation (BDS 790B) credits are described at: Specifically,

  • Ph.D. students who pass the Qualifying Examination (part-1) must then register for 3 credits of pre-doctoral research (BDS 792B) per semester until they defend successfully the dissertation proposal
  • Ph.D. students who defend the dissertation proposal successfully must then register for the 1-credit dissertation course (BDS 790A) each semester until they complete all degree requirements.

Students may take courses simultaneously with the 790 or 792 course as per Ph.D. program guidelines or dissertation committee recommendation.

Dissertation Advisor

Students are recommended to choose a dissertation advisor as soon as possible, but no later than 3 months after passing the Qualifying Exam (part-1).

Dissertation Proposal

A dissertation committee must be established, and the dissertation proposal must be defended successfully either by the end of the third year in the Ph.D. program or four semesters after registering for the first time in the 792 pre-doctoral research course, whichever occurs earlier.

Dissertation Defense

Full-time PhD students must defend the dissertation successfully by the end of the sixth year in the PhD program.

Please refer to the following website for other Institution-wide policies and procedures for Ph.D. programs: