PhD in Business Administration


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 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 organizational behavior through their course-taking, independent study and dissertation study.

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 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. Aichia Chuang at 336.256.0437 or For procedural questions regarding the online application system and materials, please contact the Graduate School.

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

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Our New Cohort

Bryan Business Administration PhD students at AOM conference in Seattle

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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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.