Coursework typically takes about four semesters to complete and involves about four (4) courses per semester.
1. Strategy core and topic classes.
Students are expected to take all the following classes over a two (2) year period. The core classes are offered every year, while electives are offered every other year. At least one strategy class is offered every semester
Theoretical Perspective in Strategy
Empirical Research in Strategy
Technology and Strategy
Theory of the Firm
Sociological Approach to Strategy
Incentives and Corporate Governance
2. Allied area classes
3. Discipline CLASSES
Students are encouraged to pick one discipline for specialization. The disciplines typically chosen are economics, political science, psychology, or sociology. They are expected to take four to five course in this discipline. Students have considerable flexibility in putting together a set of classes tailored to their strengths and interests. These are a sample of courses students have taken in the past. This is only an indicative set.
Mathematics for Economics (Econ 600)
Microeconomics (Econ 601-604)
Sociology (Soc 515)
Theories and Practices of Sociology (Soc 505-506)
4. methods CLASSES
Students are expected to take the research methods class offered in the Ross Business School and, in addition, take appropriate statistical methods classes offered in any of the disciplines above. Methods classes that students often taken are:
Econometrics (Econ 671, 672 & 675)
Statistics Courses in Other Departments (PolSci 599/699, Soc 510/610)
5. breadth CLASSES
Students without MBA degrees are encouraged to take at least one course from each of the allied areas of the Ross School of Business: Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Management and Organizations.
Corporate Finance (Fin 551)
Financial Accounting (Acc 501)