Program Director: Dr. Pak Lee
Goals for the Program
The program is designed to fulfill the AIIAS Mission by
• Preparing competent, service-oriented business leaders who pursue excellence and are committed to fulfilling the Gospel Commission through business practice and/or in education.
• Integrating faith and learning in the courses offered and presenting them within an environment that espouses and supports healthy lifestyles.
• Providing highly qualified faculty, facilities, resources and networking, all being conducive to more effective graduate learning.
• Focusing on research and problem-solving methods in developing unique syntheses of information, a strategy that supports the development of self-directed, life-long learning.
Objectives of the Program
The major objectives of the program include
• To inform and enhance the students’ higher skills in quality, financial, and technology management.
• To inspire and facilitate personal growth in academic, professional, social and spiritual dimensions.
• To emphasize and research the theoretical and philosophical foundations of business.
• To develop effective researchers and significant research outputs that contribute to knowledge within the field of business and management within both the Asian and international area.
• To enable students to be effective change agents within their professional and social sphere.
• To insightfully integrate faith and learning so as to support a shared Seventh-day Adventist worldview that supports professionalism and integrity in all business interactions.
• To prepare business professionals for roles in teaching through the study of current educational theory and practice.
All students must meet the following, in addition to the general AIIAS
1. Hold a master’s degree, with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above.
2. Have satisfactory work experience (normally three years), as certified by a letter from an employer.
3. Provide a statement (500-750 words), describing (a) why they desire to pursue a PhD in Business at AIIAS, and (b) the topic or topics they would like to pursue for their dissertation research.
Have a minimum of 36 semester credits of graduate coursework in business, including evidence of preparation in each of the following areas:
Economics Strategic Planning
Finance Research Methods
Management Information Systems
Computer Spreadsheets Marketing
The department will evaluate each student’s application and make the final determination as to whether a prerequisite has been met.
The program will require 22-24 months of full-time coursework on campus. After this time of study is complete, the student must successfully pass a comprehensive examination and write and defend a dissertation. The program committee will evaluate all students once a year. The committee will evaluate the student’s academic achievement, research activities, and overall professional growth for satisfactory progress. A student who receives more than one negative evaluation will be dropped from the program. All students must teach at least one business course while enrolled in the PhD program and receive evaluations for the class(es) that indicate they were effectively taught. The course could be a formal academic course, or alternatively some other form of professional training, or some combination of both, but each plan to meet this requirement must receive prior approval from the program committee.
The total program duration is estimated as follows:
Coursework: 22-24 months
Comprehensives: 3 months
Dissertation: 12-18 months
Total: 37-45 months
PhD students are generally limited to 12 credits per semester. A doctoral student may be granted an overload of 15 hours (9 hours during the Intersemester) only once during their degree program, provided that at least two of the courses involved are master’s level subjects.
The curriculum of the PhD in Business degree is made up of 66-67 semester hours of coursework as explained below. To be awarded the degree the student must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:
Program Structure Credits
Business Core (18)
Education Cognate (9-12)
Electives for Specialization (12)
Research, Statistics, and Writing (10-13)
Complete the following six courses: 18
BUAD 730 Quality Management (3)
BUAD 790 Advanced Topics in Business (3)
BUAD 890 Seminar in Biblical Perspectiveson Business Issues (3)
BUAD 895 Directed Independent Research (3)
MGMT 720 History of Management Thought (3)
MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management (3)
Education Cognate: 9-12
EDFN 515 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3)
EDUC 740 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective (3)
Graduate School Business Department: 82
One of the following: *
EDCI 620 Foundations of Curriculum (3)
EDCI 640 Process of Curriculum (3)
One EDCI/EDAD elective (selected in consultation with the program committee) or one research elective (see below) (3)
Electives for Specialization: 12
Elective courses numbered 600 or above from dissertation topic area must be selected in consultation with the program committee. Students may also cross enroll at other institutions for specific electives, with prior approval of the program committee. Students exempted from the curriculum course may take an additional elective from this section. At least one of these electives must be a doctoral course or a directed study, research or readings course.
Research, Statistics and Writing: 10-13
RESM 632 Advanced Statistics (3)
RESM 730 Research Design (3)
RESM elective (3)
RESM elective (3) or one EDCI/EDAD elective (see above)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (1)
(Waived if taken at AIIAS as part of a prior degree)
BUAD 898 PhD Dissertation (15)
Total semester hours 66-67