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Earn a PhD in Business - Online

January 07, 2019 by Karen Grossman |

Illustration of computer with chart, numbers and graphsIt’s a new year and UNC Greensboro is rolling out a new program, the online PhD in Business Administration. Prepare for an academic career at a major university or college while gaining a broad overview of all areas of business.

Gain Specialized Research Skills

Designed to produce research-trained business faculty members, meeting a critical shortage in the field, the program helps students gain understanding in conceptual and empirical research methodologies.

Students develop specialized knowledge in the field to contribute to academic, government, or private sectors through research.

Courses focus on:

  • strategic management
  • academic writing and publishing
  • organizational leadership
  • organizational behavior
  • international business theory
  • and more

Students can customize the program by choosing a focus area in strategy, international business, or organizational leadership.

A One-of-a-Kind Program

This is the only online AACSB-accredited PhD in Business Administration delivered by a business school, and it is currently pending SACSCOC program accreditation approval.

Dr. Moses Acquaah, head of the Bryan School of Business and Economics Department of Management, says the program is unique and innovative because it is designed to meet the needs of at least two groups: faculty members in business schools who do not have a PhD but are interested in a research-based doctoral degree, and individuals in government or industry who want to transition to academia and enroll in a research-based doctoral degree.

“These two groups are usually constrained by time and place and cannot pursue a PhD through the traditional route,” he says. “This program provides an opportunity for them to achieve their dreams.”

Both UNCG and the Bryan School are backed by solid rankings. The Bryan School is among 1% of business schools worldwide with dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting. And UNCG is recognized as a Top 10 Best Online College.

Program at a Glance

The four-year program is for students who have completed a master’s degree in a business field or related area, demonstrating superior performance in graduate course work.

Students can expect:

  • 60 semester hours, including dissertation
  • To design an original, substantive research project
  • To apply advanced knowledge in a global context

While all courses are online, students are required to visit campus three times: for orientation, comprehensive exams, and dissertation defense.

Apply for the First Cohort

Students who want to be part of this new program can apply to be considered for the first cohort this fall.

To apply, students need:

  • Master’s in business or related field
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Completed Graduate School application
  • Official transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

· Non-native English speakers must validate proficiency in the English language. Contact the program office for details.

The deadline for fall admission is July 1.

Learn More

For details about the PhD in Business Administration, download a brochure.

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