About this Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration (Ph.D.) is a scholarly, research-based program with a professional orientation. The objective of the program is to prepare individuals of superior promise and potential for careers in higher education as faculty members engaged in teaching and research and for high level administrative and research careers in the private and public sectors. Persons completing the degree program must have demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of international business, research methods, and high potential for making significant contributions to their field of specialization in business. The Ph.D. degree requires competence in basic disciplines of international business, research tools, and in one of the following concentrations: finance, information technology/supply chain management, marketing, or strategic management.

Program Highlights

  • The program provides a solid basis for understanding all of the latest theory relating to the four available tracks

  • The advanced methodology classes allow the student to be able to handle the latest methodological issues related to their discipline

  • All of our students graduate with a job in hand

  • The IB concentration of four theory courses provides added value as the students are able to not only understand international/cross-cultural issues in their own fields, but they are also able to teach International Business

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

$100,270 Median Salary

Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Treasurers and Controllers

$143,530 Median Salary

Direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

Chief Executives

$196,050 Median Salary

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

$90,870 Median Salary

Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.

Alumni Careers

Florida International University
University of Baltimore
Virginia Tech
University of Washington at Tacoma
Georgia Southern University
James Madison University


What are the requirements to apply for Business Administration at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Business Administration should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Applicants must provide scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test or the GRE Test taken within the last five years, and provide three letters of recommendation, two from academic references, which attest to the individual’s academic potential and ability for achievement. The applicant must also submit a personal statement of goals, approximately two to three pages, on how the completion of the doctoral program will assist in achieving personal and professional career goals.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Teaching/Research Assistantships

In our program all admitted first year students are considered for teaching/ research assistantships. Tuition is waived for research and teaching assistantship recipients, who have completed a master’s degree, are admitted as degree-seeking students, and who are enrolled as full-time students.


Graduate Program Director

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Program Coordinator

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