PhD Program in Business Administration Advantage

aacsbThe PhD Program in Business Administration blends the advantages of traditional PhD programs with the advantages of non-traditional programs to form and reshape how doctoral education is provided. Recognized by AACSB International in their inaugural Innovations That Inspire initiative and with over 100 current students and alumni, the PhD Program in Business Administration is at the forefront of quality non-traditional doctoral education.

Academic research doctorate

The Program is designed to give students the skills needed to conduct advanced business research. During the two years of coursework, the Program uses content, theory, and method courses to build the foundation that students need to conduct scholarly academic research. Students also begin engaging in the dissertation stage of their studies during their second year of the program.   

 AACSB accredited program

A business doctorate coming from an AACSB accredited business school is of critical importance. AACSB accreditation helps to provide quality assurance that the degree meets rigorous standards. There are nearly 800 accredited business schools worldwide; however, the number of AACSB accredited business schools with doctoral programs is far fewer.

Classes taught by well-published faculty

Faculty involvement of well-published scholars is critical to developing doctoral students’ ability to publish. KSU strives to have its most published faculty members teach and mentor our doctoral students. In addition to our well-published faculty closely working with our doctoral students, we use a network of Global Scholars outside of KSU to further enhance the student learning experience.  

Continue to work and study at the same time

An advantage of the PhD Program in Business Administration from Coles College of Business over traditional PhD programs is the ability of the students to continue their full-time jobs, while pursuing doctoral studies. In part, this is made possible by the intense once-a-month residency structure of our program, versus traditional programs that have courses taught throughout the week.

3-year cohort-based residency program (completion times vary)

The PhD in Business Administration is designed to be completed in as little as three years. The first two years of the Program consist of in-class residencies. The third year of the Program focuses on dissertation research and does not require in-class residencies. Students are required to present their dissertation proposal and final defense in person. Students defend their final dissertation as early as the end of their third year of study.  However, students have up to five years to complete the Program (additional tuition is required if additional time beyond three years is taken).

Research-based dissertation

Students in the Program are required to complete a research-based dissertation. Students complete either a longer single essay dissertation or a two-paper style dissertation. Regardless of the type of dissertation students conduct, the dissertation is a rigorous task that increases the students’ ability to publish in scholarly academic journals after completion of the Program.