PhD Programs

PhD in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies

One of UNCG’s oldest PhD programs, the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies PhD has an outstanding record of preparing students for successful academic careers. The CARS program is unique in the field in that it focuses on developing teaching skills in addition to the research skills expected of PhD graduates. Each doctoral student engages in a mentored teaching experience designed to prepare him or her to take sole responsibility for teaching a course.

Because the program is built on a rigorous series of core courses in consumer, apparel and retail studies as well as quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, the program is innovative in its emphasis on preparing doctoral students to publish and evaluate research on a diverse array of topics and from a variety of methodological perspectives. Learn More

PhD in Economics

We offer a PhD in Economics for individuals who want to continue their studies in applied economics beyond the master’s level and to conduct research on policy-oriented issues under the guidance of faculty with national reputations in health, labor, public economics, and environmental studies. It is an innovative program that provides students with a mastery of advanced empirical and analytical methods so they can conduct high-quality research and contribute to the knowledge base in business, government, non-profit, and research settings.

The Department conducts high-quality nationally-recognized research that supports its academic programs, promotes economic understanding, and fosters economic development in the Triad and the state.  Learn More

PhD in Information Systems

Our PhD in Information Systems is an innovative, research oriented doctoral program designed to prepare students primarily for careers as members of faculty in academic IS units and secondarily as professionals in non-academic research and professional organizations. It is designed to train professionals and academic research scholars of the highest quality.

The program is innovative in that it contains several components of a traditional PhD program, where the focus is on developing technical and empirical research skills, and is characterized by four distinctive elements that enhance the traditional model. These are: a commitment to practical relevance; an emphasis on producing quality teachers; a research apprenticeship requirement; and interdisciplinary research. In addition, a “global information technology” emphasis is available as an option to interested students. Learn More

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