Online PhD in Business Administration
A Business Administration Doctorate Degree prepares professionals from various sectors, including academia, the military, and the private sector, to serve as educators, researchers, and scholars. All students in Business PhD programs will develop advanced research skills directed toward the creation of new knowledge demonstrated by a Ph.D. Dissertation.
The Accredited Online PhD in Business provides knowledge and skills that may be used to function at the entry level of university professorial track teaching. Students will gain an extensive background and comprehension of various areas of business administration and will learn skills needed for acquisition and application of advanced knowledge including current developments in their area of specialty. Graduates will demonstrate effective scholarly writing and presentation, as well as skills needed to design, perform, compile, and successfully defend a doctoral level dissertation. The program also provides students with the ability to make contributions by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or presenting research in professional conferences.
Students will select one of the five (5) concentrations and complete the four (4) courses that are part of the selected concentration. That concentration will be listed on the diploma and transcript.
Business PhD Program Requirements
The College of Business Administration offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D. BA) degree with a variety of concentrations. The Ph.D. curriculum has the following components:
Core Courses: All students are required to take five (5) core research methods courses and two (2) core theory courses. These courses provide the foundation for the concentration courses. All courses are four (4) semester credits.
Note: Students are required to purchase IBM SPSS Statistical Software for the quantitative research courses and dissertation research.
Concentration Courses: In order to complete the degree plan, students are required to take four (4) concentration courses in addition to the required core courses. Students may select one concentration from an offering of five (5) concentrations. These courses are generally in the specific area of the research that the student will pursue. Each concentration course is worth four (4) semester credits.
Comprehensive Exam: The comprehensive exam (or Qualifying Exam) includes a written and an oral portion. Students will be examined on their understanding of theory, research methods, and statistical concepts related to the research process in their area. The comprehensive exam will be conducted during RES620. Students will receive three (3) articles in their research area and select the one on which they would like to be tested. Based on specific criteria, they will prepare the written portion of the exam and send it to the Program Director (PD) within three (3) days from the time they received the article. A committee of two or three faculty members will review the written exam and send their recommendations to the PD on whether they think the student can proceed to the oral portion or not based on the written exam’s quality. The oral exam will then be held (within a week) and the student will have to defend the written portion and answer the questions that will be presented by the faculty members. Students who fail the first attempt will be given another chance to pass the qualifying exam. Failure in the second attempt will lead to disqualification from the program.
Establishing the Committee: A dissertation Committee and dissertation chairperson will be established for each student. Each committee shall consist of three (3) faculty members, one of whom serves as Chair of the Committee. At least one member of the committee must be external to TUI. The Chairperson and the committee members will be responsible for guiding the student during the dissertation process.
IRB Application: Pursuant to Federal law and regulations, Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) review and approval is required for research involving human subjects. Accordingly, prior to the student conducting research involving human participants, including the collecting and analyzing of data, the proposed study must be reviewed and approved by the TUI IRB.
Dissertation Study: Students demonstrate a synthesis of their doctoral study, knowledge and scholarship with a significant quantitative research project that contributes to general principles of knowledge in the field(s) potentially affected by the research. Following the completion of the course work including the Dissertation Proposal Seminar (DBA 699), students will work on the dissertation and register in subsequent sessions in the dissertation series (DBA 700, DBA 701, and DBA 702) and dissertation continuation courses (DBA 703 and above) that follow.
Please visit dissertation handbook for the detailed information.
Total Degree Credit Hour Requirement:
7 core courses (28 credits)
4 concentration courses (16 credits)
3 dissertation series courses (12 credits)
- Accounting / Finance
- Information Systems / Information Technology Management
- Management and Organizations
A detailed list of all Program/Concentration/Certificate course offerings and their descriptions is available on Trident University's Catalog.
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Program Name and Length
|Program Name:||Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration|
|Program Length in Months:||72|
|Total Tuition and Required Fees
For the entire program completed in normal time
|Note: The total tuition and required fees includes 44 units of required coursework and the maximum allowable time to complete the dissertation (48 units/12 sessions). Doctoral students who completed the dissertation phase in less time would have lowered the overall costs of the program by $2,300 per session of dissertation enrollment not needed.|
|Total Estimated Costs for Books and Supplies||$360|
|The estimated annual cost of a statistical software such as SPSS is $90. The $360 is based on 4 years: estimated two years of using SPSS during pre-dissertation phase, plus estimated two years during the dissertation phase.|
|Total Annual Room and Board
Charges for living on campus
|URL for Program Cost Information: http://www.trident.edu/tuition-fees/|
Debt at Program Completion July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012
|Number of Students Completing the Program
Graduated between 7/2011 - 6/2012
|Students Completed with Student Loan Debt
Of the completers reported above
|The Median Cumulative Debt for Each of the Following
For all students (both borrowers and non-borrowers)
Federal Student Loan Debt:
Private Loan Debt:
Institutional Financing Plan Debt:
|Note: Less than 30 graduates - The majority of graduates in this program did not carry a debt balance at the time of graduation, therefore median debt per graduate is $0.|
Program Completion in Normal Time July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012
|Normal Time in Months to Complete Program
As published in institution catalog
|Students Who Completed the Program Within the Normal Time
Of the total number of students completing the program
|Completion Rate Within Normal Time||29%|
Job Placement Rate for Program Completers: Data Not Available
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All applicants to the Ph.D. Programs are required to possess the following:
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 30 graduate level semester credits.
- GPA of 3.4 in their Master’s degree in a business related field. An official transcript is required.
- Analytical and critical thinking skills sufficient for the doctoral program. A sample of research oriented writing or publication must be submitted.
- Writing and oral communication skills. An essay that includes current personal, intellectual and professional interests and why the applicant is applying to the degree program at TUI must be submitted.
- Submit a current Curriculum Vita. Information technology skills sufficient to participate effectively in TUI’s Ph.D. pedagogical model.
- Internet skills to conduct research effectively.
- Proof of completion, with a grade of B or better, of one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the Master’s or higher level. If a student does not meet the research requirement, it may be met by successfully completing a Research Methods course from the TUI MBA program.
Note: You may apply only once to the TUI Ph.D. program, if denied no additional applications to the same program will be accepted.
TUI has adopted the following conditions and procedures for transfer of credits:
- TUI accepts up to four (4) semester credits of Doctoral level courses from accredited doctoral granting institutions provided the transferred course meets the same general content standards as the TUI course.
- Students are required to provide official transcripts of ALL prior academic work without exception.
- Prior academic work will be articulated during the admission process.
- Transferred courses will be posted to the student’s permanent record.
- Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of overall GPA.
- Students may formally appeal transfer decisions to the Provost or designee. Appeals must be submitted in writing within five (5) business days and must be accompanied by supporting documentation or evidence.