PhD in Business Administration


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

60 Hour Program

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


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

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 organization through their six credit hours of independent studies.

General Program of Study

Credit Hours # of Courses
Research Methods 15 hours 5
Major Courses 12 hours 4
Field Courses 12 to 18 hours 4-6
Supervised Directed Research 3 to 6 hours 1-2
Dissertation 12 to 18 hours 4-6

Have questions about our PhD in Business Administration?

From Our Dean

“This innovative and ground-breaking program is designed to meet a critical shortage of research-trained business faculty members. We believe it is the only such program delivered by a U.S. business school accredited by AACSB.”

– Dean McRae C. Banks

Deadline for Fall 2021 is April 1, 2021

To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Aichia Chuang at 336.256.0437 or For procedural questions regarding the online application system and materials, please contact the Graduate School.

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From Our Students

“After learning about the expertise of the faculty, along with the focus areas and the program format, I quickly realized this is the ideal program for me to obtain the highest quality education while continuing my career as a university instructor.”

– Anna Hickman

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Admission 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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The Bryan School is among 1% of business schools in the world with dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting.