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Getting Started: The Summer Intensive

Virginia Tech offers a valuable opportunity to preview the program experience. All students admitted to the program attend a mandatory summer intensive program that features a set of seven residential weekend modules (Friday afternoon – Saturday evening) in the June – August time frame.  This program features distinguished Pamplin faculty who are internationally known for their research and teaching and gives entering students an overview and a refresher for a running start in the Ph.D. program.

The program contains three non-credit courses. The first, Perspectives and Priorities for Doctoral Research in the Business Disciplines provides an orientation to scholarly research in the business disciplines addressed in each Pamplin department. The second is a review of basic Mathematical and Statistical Foundations for Doctoral Research in Business needed for the Ph.D. research methods courses that students take in Years 1 and 2.  Finally, Microeconomic Foundations for Doctoral Research in Business provides an overview of economic concepts that students will build on in future courses. Moreover, the summer intensive also includes a basic introduction to statistical software that students will use in the methods seminars.

There is a non-refundable $4,500 fee for this program which serves as a seat deposit.  However, this is adjusted against the student’s first-year tuition costs. Thus, the summer intensive program is effectively free for all students who start in this program in the fall.