Business Administration, Ph.D.

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Admission into the doctoral program in Business Administration is highly selective. At a minimum, applicants should possess a completed master's degree in a business field or related area with superior performance in graduate course work.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 54 credit hours

Research Methods (15 credits)
BUS 701Doctoral Research Methods I (Quantitative Research Methods) 3
BUS 702Doctoral Research Methods II (Qualitative Research Methods) 3
BUS 703Doctoral Research Methods III (Applied Research Methods in Business)3
BUS 705Seminar in Academic Writing and Publishing 3
BUS 750Doctoral Research Methods IV (Regression Models)3
Major Courses (12 credits)
BUS 720Seminar in Organization Theory3
BUS 721Seminar in Organizational Behavior 3
BUS 730 Seminar in International Business Theory 3
BUS 740Seminar in Strategic Management I 3
Field Courses (12-18 credits)
BUS 722Seminar in Organizational Leadership 3
BUS 731Seminar in Cross-Cultural Management 3
BUS 741Seminar in Strategic Management II 3
BUS 789Advanced Topics in Management 3-9
Supervised Directed Research (3-6 credits)
BUS 790Doctoral Research Independent Study 3-6
Dissertation (12-18 credits)
BUS 799Dissertation 12-18
Total Credit Hours54

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Research Competency
  • Plan of Study
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.

The program handbook for the Ph.D. in Business Administration is available on the program's website at