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Mission and Goals

In harmony with the system-wide purpose of University of the Cumberlands, the structured curriculum within the Robert W. Plaster Graduate School of Business offers candidates a personalized path for research and administration or for service and practice. The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Business in particular is to prepare graduates for fulfilling lives of responsible service and leadership through the research, study and application of business. Overall, the school provides a learning environment that is characterized by student-oriented instructional methodologies and the development of leadership and life-long learning skills in its students.

Course structure for this PhD program consists of four components:  1) Core courses; 2) Strategic Focus (or specialization courses); 3) Research courses; and 4) the Dissertation.  Through this course structure, the Doctor of Philosophy in Business will give candidates the tools they need to:

  • Apply current research and literature to problems found in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, management, and marketing.
  • Develop research-based, strategic, effective, and ethical solutions to optimize organizational performance (both domestic and international).
  • Use advanced communication, collaboration, research, and critical thinking skills.
  • Design rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge of business and provides linkages to practical business applications

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Teacher
MAT Program

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– Elizabeth Stack
Teacher

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– Eric Greer
Founder & President
CIS

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Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

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PA Program Student

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– Nathan Smith
Elementary School Teacher

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– Pam Jones
Controller
Baptist Regional Medical Center

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– Desrick Jones
Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"UC does an excellent job of bringing students from the virtual world together in a cohesive class unit."

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– Jennifer Kincaid
Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

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PA Program Student

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– David O’Shields
Superintendent
Laurens County School District

"The [MBA] program allowed me to make great contacts and network with other professionals."

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– Amanda Farris
Accountant
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

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MACS Program

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Accountant
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

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PA Program Student

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– April Templeton
MBA graduate

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