A leader in non-traditional doctoral education, the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Business Administration (PhD) Program at Kennesaw State University (KSU) is an innovative program from an AACSB accredited business school. Established in 2008, as a Doctor of Business Administration Program (DBA), the Program became a PhD Program in 2018. The PhD Program is one of the first non-traditional research-focused doctoral programs in the country. With over 100 current students and alumni, the impact of the Program on academe and the business community is far-reaching. Alumni of the Program hold tenured/tenure-track, clinical, and leadership positions at AACSB accredited universities across the United States. Our alumni also have an established record of publishing in high quality peer-reviewed academic journals.

Program Structure Overview

The structure of the Program is designed for students to finish in as little as three years (completion times vary). The first two years (36-credit hours) include cohort-based and discipline-specific courses. After coursework is complete, students are enrolled in dissertation credit hours until they defend their final dissertations.

Students can pursue one of four academic concentrations:

The PhD Program in Business Administration’s Mission Statement

The mission of the PhD Program in Business Administration is to provide our graduates with the skills and credentials needed to conduct theoretically grounded and scientifically based research in specific business disciplines, which will serve to prepare them for teaching and research positions in academe or industry.

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