Doctor of Philosophy in Business

Program Description

The PhD in Business, with specialization in Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, or Accounting, is a 66-credit doctoral program designed for high caliber and self-motivated students who wish to acquire top research, leadership, and analytical skills in business. It is primarily designed for students seeking jobs in academia but it is also for professionals and consultants seeking to serve multinational companies, government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms and international agencies.

When to Begin

August or January 

Admission Requirements

All students must meet the following, in addition to the general AIIAS admission criteria:

  1. Hold a master’s degree, with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above (on a four point scale).
  2. Have satisfactory work experience (normally three years), as certified by a letter from an employer. Students otherwise eligible for regular admission with less than three years of work experience may be admitted to the program but will be required to enroll in Advanced Fieldwork in Business for a minimum of 3 credits per year (or fraction thereof) of lacking experience.
  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.
  4. Meet the requirements of a selection interview by demonstrating readiness to undertake a doctoral program. The preparedness of a student for doctoral studies will be determined in terms of thinking skills, inquiring mind, self-directed learning, motivation, leadership potential, research aptitude and writing skills.
  5. Demonstrated English proficiency

Prerequisites

  1. Have a master’s degree in the business area or a minimum of 36 semester credits of graduate coursework in business.
  2. Provide evidence of preparation in each of the following areas:
    • Accounting
    • Management
    • Economics
    • Strategic Planning
    • Finance
    • Research Methods
    • Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Academic Writing

Program Length

Stages

Duration

Coursework

22-24 months

Comprehensives

3 months

Dissertation

12-18 months

TOTAL

37-45 months

Curriculum

Program Structure

Credits

Business Core

21

Education Cognate

6

Specialization

12

Research Cognate

12

Dissertation

15

Total

66

Core

21

Complete the following seven courses:


BUAD 730 Quality and Knowledge Management

3

BUAD 778 Advanced Management Decision Tools

3

BUAD 785 Leadership and Corporate Governance

3

ECON 765 Advanced Economic Theory

3

LEAD 890 Biblical and Ethical Perspectives of Business Issues

3

MGMT 720 Management Thought and Philosophy

3

MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management

3

Education Cognate

6

Complete the following two courses:


CHPH 872 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective

3

EDCI 620 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

3

Management Specialization

12

Complete the following two courses:


MGMT 626 International Business Management

3

MGMT 750 Performance Management

3

Complete the two of the following courses:


MGMT 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

MGMT 895 Directed Research in ______

3

MGMT 845 Business Consulting

3

Finance Specialization

12

Complete the following two courses:


FNCE 720 Innovative FinTech Management

3

FNCE 740 Seminar in Financial Management

3

Complete the two of the following courses:


FNCE 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

FNCE 895 Directed Research in ______

3

FNCE 845 Business Consulting

3

Human Resource Management Specialization

12

Complete the following two courses:


HRMT 765 Staffing and Talent Management

3

HRMT 775 Advanced Training and Development

3

Complete the two of the following courses:


HRMT 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

HRMT 895 Directed Research in ______

3

HRMT 845 Business Consulting

3

Marketing Specialization

12

Complete the following two courses:


MKTG 775 Advanced Consumer Behavior

3

MKTG 778 Advanced Advertising and Promotion

3

Complete the two of the following courses:


MKTG 793 Advanced Readings in ______

3

MKTG 895 Directed Research in ______

3

MKTG 845 Business Consulting

3

Research Cognate

12

Complete the following two courses:


RESM 715 Advanced Statistics

3

RESM 740 Qualitative Research

3

RESM 751 Applied Qualitative Research

3

RESM 752 Applied Quantitative Research

3

Dissertation

15

Complete the following:


BUAD 897 Dissertation Proposal Writing

3

BUAD 898 PhD Dissertation

12

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Financial Information for PhD in Business

$13,740

Tuition, required fees, books. Not including prerequisites.

Family $ 8,770

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit. For a couple with 2 children in a 2-bedroom unit.

Individual $ 3,500

This includes housing, utility, food & miscellaneous, refundable deposit.