Welcome to the Ph.D. in Business Administration
“Trident’s Doctor of Philosophy degree is the pinnacle of academic achievement in the business field. Building off the student’s experience in both the classroom and business world, the Ph.D.in Business Administration program is designed to shape individuals into innovators and thought leaders who will become tomorrow’s teachers, researchers, and scholars.
Learning in an all-online environment, students have support access to resources in an environment where they learn in small classes, engage with faculty members on significant research problems, personalize their program, and benefit from the opportunity to interact extensively with peers and faculty from our five fields of study.” – Dr. Indira Guzman
The Ph.D. in Business Administration curriculum is designed to help you develop advanced research skills. You will demonstrate and apply these skills toward the creation of new knowledge in your Ph.D. Dissertation.
See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
Trident University accepts no more than four semester credits of doctoral level credits from regionally accredited doctoral granting institutions provided the transferred course meets the same content standards as the Trident University course.
Note: Students are required to purchase IBM SPSS Statistical Software for the quantitative research courses and dissertation research.
Accounting / Finance
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in the field of finance, accounting or economics interested in contributing to research in related bodies of knowledge, such as international finance, economic growth and development, financial management, auditing, and taxation.
Information Systems / Information Technology Management
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in information systems interested in contributing to research about the impact of information technologies in organizations. Examples of dissertation topics covered in this concentration are: information security and privacy, virtual teams, electronic commerce, cloud computing, and business intelligence.
This concentration is designed for students with a background in management, leadership, business administration or related fields interested in contributing to research on leadership styles and types (e.g., transformational leadership, shared leadership or servant leadership) and the ways in which leadership could contribute to organizational success.
Management and Organizations
This concentration is designed for students with a background in management, business administration or related fields interested in contributing to research on strategic management (e.g., merges and acquisitions, alliances, setting up operations in other countries including emerging markets) and organizational behavior (e.g., decision making, team dynamics, organizational structure, and culture).
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in the field of marketing interested in contributing to research on related bodies of knowledge, such as branding, direct sales, consumer behavior, pricing, online promotion, and social media marketing.
Note: Topics covered in our concentrations continually change to reflect the changing priorities in business activities and business research and student’s expertise.
- ePortfolio – To save everything related to the development of your dissertation in a single place.
- 800 Dissertation Tasks Course – Provides a single place to submit, track, and gain approval for completed tasks.
You will receive one article in your area of research published in a top tier journal in the field. Based on specific criteria, you will prepare the written portion of the exam and send it to the course instructor within three days from the time you receive the article.
A committee of two or three faculty members will review the written exam and send their recommendations to the course instructor on whether they think you are ready to proceed to the oral exam. If approved, you will be given the oral exam within a week, and you will have to defend the written portion and answer the questions from the faculty members.
If you fail the first attempt you will be given another chance to pass the qualifying exam. Failure in the second attempt will lead to disqualification from the program.
A dissertation committee and dissertation chairperson will be established for you. Each committee will consist of three faculty members with one member serving as Chair of the Committee. One member of the committee or the chairperson must be external to Trident. The chairperson and the committee will be responsible for guiding you during the dissertation process.
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Tuition cost for the Ph.D. program:
|tuition type||per credit||per course||per year*|
|Retired Military / Veteran / Partnership / And Their Immediate Family Members||$885||$3,540||$14,160|
|Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees||$800||$3,200||$12,800|
All per semester credit hour costs are for program level (600/700) courses. Students in the dissertation stage register for one course of four semester credit hours per session. In addition, there are dissertation continuation courses which are $800 per course at 0 credit hours.
- Books and Supplies: $0
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Materials: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Doctoral Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
- Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Lab Fee: $25-69 (for students enrolled in courses with a lab portion)
- Official Transcript: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up: $30 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Technology Fee: $0
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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