Discipline Coordinator

Brian Anderson (816) 235-2316, andersonbri@umkc.edu

Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Note: The discipline-specific requirements listed here are in addition to the requirements listed in Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application Procedure and Minimum Criteria for Admission and Minimum Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements.

Program Intent

The Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GEI) participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program only as a co-discipline, and meets the needs of students interested in supplementing his or her primary research interests with a course of study in entrepreneurship and innovation. Students interested in specifically focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, with the intention of pursuing a career as a tenure-track faculty member in a business school, should consider the GEI full-time Ph.D. program offered through the Bloch School of Management.  

Suggested Primary Disciplines

Economics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics, and public affairs & administration.

Program Requirements

Students who select entrepreneurship as a co-discipline must complete four doctoral seminars (12 credits) offered by GEI doctoral faculty. The Ph.D. Program Director must approve the chosen courses, consistent with the student’s research interests and background.

Comprehensive Examination

Students will complete an Entrepreneurship and Innovation comprehensive examination determined by the GEI faculty at the completion of the four required courses.  

Dissertation

Students will work with the primary discipline on the extent to which the entrepreneurship and innovation literature informs the dissertation’s central research question. At least one dissertation committee member should be a member of the GEI doctoral faculty, but may not Chair the committee.  

Annual Evaluation

Students complete Annual Evaluation through their primary disciplines. The GEI Ph.D. Program Director provides input on this evaluation as it pertains to the student’s coursework or related dissertation work in entrepreneurship and innovation.