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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business is comprised of 66 required credit hours.  Core and specialization courses are delivered in an 8-week bi-term format; dissertation courses are delivered in a 16-week semester format.  Each course is three semester credit-hours and aligned with the program’s goals. An outline of the Program of Studies for the Ph.D. Business is provided below:


Core Courses – 21 Credit Hours Required

  • BACC 731 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 733 Strategic Marketing: Research and Practice
  • BADM 734 Corporate Finance: Fiscal Management in a Global Climate
  • BADM 735 Comparative Economics
  • BADM 737 Managerial Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • BADM 838 Strategic Thinking, Decision-Making, and Innovation
  • LEAS 835 The Change Process

Professional Research – 21 Credit Hours Required

DSRT 734Inferential Statistics
DSRT 736Dissertation Seminar
DSRT 837Professional Writing and Proposal Development 
DSRT 839Advanced Research Methods
DSRT 930 Dissertation
DSRT 931Dissertation
ELECTIVEChoose from LEAR 850, CROL 685, or CROL 674

Specialty Area Content – 24 Credit Hours Required

A content specialty area of at least twenty-four (24) hours must be earned in one of these disciplines: 

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Marketing 
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management 


For a full list of course offerings, visit our Academic Catalog page.