PhD in Business Administration

Online Only

Prepare for an academic career at a major college or university.

Grow in your understanding of conceptual and empirical research methodologies as you apply advanced knowledge in a global context and design an original, substantive research project. You will develop an understanding of specialized knowledge and scholarly literature in the field in order to contribute to academic, government, and private sector environments through your research.

While the program is designed to provide you with a broad overview of all areas, students will select a focus on strategy, international business, or organizational behavior through their course-taking, independent study and dissertation study.

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All classes are online. Students will only be required to visit campus for orientation, proposal defense, and dissertation defense.


54 Hour Program

Our PhD in Business Administration program can be completed in five years.



Select a focus in: Strategy, International Business, or Organizational Behavior

Deadline for Fall admission

The deadline for Fall admission is April 1, with a Priority Deadline of January 15 for potential consideration of Graduate School fellowships. For questions regarding the fellowships, contact the Graduate School.

To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Moses Acquaah at 336.334.5305 or For procedural questions regarding the online application system and materials, please contact the Graduate School.

General Program Of Study

Credit Hours# of Courses
Research Methods15 hours5
Major Courses12 hours4
Field Courses12 to 18 hours4-6
Supervised Directed Research3 to 6 hours1-2
Dissertation12 to 18 hours4-6

From Our Students

“The UNCG PhD in Business Administration is ideal for working individuals because it allows me to keep my job but still complete a PhD from an AACSB-accredited school.”

Katherine Clyde

From Our Professors

“The PhD program is a research-oriented program designed to prepare students for careers as faculty in academic institutions and as professionals in research organizations and government institutions. Our program is a PhD – we focus strictly on theoretical research.”

– Dr. Aichia Chuang, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

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Admissions Requirements

Students should possess a completed master’s degree in a business field or related area with superior performance in graduate course work. Along with required application documents, candidates will need to provide GMAT or GRE scores.

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