Program Director: Kenneth Swansi

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.

Doctoral Competencies

The graduates of this program will have the following competencies

  • Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations. Research the theoretical and philosophical foundations of business evaluating current theory, finding gaps in existing theory, improving existing constructs, and finally, building new theories.
  • Research and Publication Skills. Develop effective research and publication skills to make significant contribution to knowledge in the field of business internationally.
  • Higher Level Management Skills. Acquire higher order business skills that essentially are cross-functional, strategic, and transformational.
  • Independent Learning Skills. Become a balanced independent learner in academic, professional, social, and spiritual dimensions.
  • Change Management Competencies. Serve as effective change agents within one’s professional and social sphere.
  • Professional Ethics. Inculcate professionalism and integrity in all business interactions by integrating faith and learning within the shared Seventh-day Adventist worldview.
  • Teaching Skills. Prepare for roles in teaching through the study of current educational theory and practice.

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.
  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.


  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

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.

All students must demonstrate proficiency in Word Processing and Computer Spreadsheets through an examination administered by the Business Department no later than 6 months or 12 credits into the program.

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



The curriculum of the PhD in Business degree is made up of 66 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 21
Education Cognate 06
Emphasis 12
research and Cognate 12
Dissertation 15
                                                                Total 66


Doctor of Philosophy in Business Curriculum
Business Core     21 units
Complete the following seven courses
BUAD 730  Quality & Knowledge Management (3 units)
BUAD 778 Advanced Management Decision Tools (3 units)
BUAD 785 Leadership and Corporate Governance (3 units)
ECON 765 Advanced Economic Theory (3 units)
LEAD 890 Seminar in Biblical Perspectives on Business Issues (3 units)
MGMT 720 Management Thought and Philosophy (3)
MGMT 725 Change and Crisis Management (3 units)
Education Cognate     6 units
CHPH 872 Philosophy: An Adventist Perspective (3 units)
EDFN 515  Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3) 

Electives for Emphasis

Electives may be chosen from Management, Finance, HRM, IT or Accounting 

    12 units
Courses for Emphasis  
BUAD 793 Advanced Readings in _ (3 units) 
BUAD 895 Directed Research in _ (3 units)
*Consult the program director
Research and Cognate     12 units
RESM 715 Advanced Statistics (3 units)
RESM 740 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
RESM 745 Construction of Scales and Survey Instruments (3 units)

RESM 751

RESM 752

Applied Qualitative Research (3) or

Multivariate Analysis (3)

Dissertation     15 units
BUAD 897 Proposal Writing (3)
BUAD 898 PhD Dissertation (12 units)

66 units 

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