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Business Administration (Ph.D.)

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.

Business Administration (Ph.D.)


Description


What is Business Administration at ODU like?

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


What makes Business Administration at ODU unique?

  • 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

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the 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.

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.

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.

Treasurers and Controllers

$143,530

MEDIAN SALARY


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

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

American University, East Carolina University, Elon College, Florida International University, Georgia Southern University, Hofstra University, Indiana State University, James Madison University, Towson University, University of Baltimore, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Washington at Tacoma, Virginia Tech, and Western Washington University.   

Courses


What are some courses offered in Business Administration at ODU?

BUSN 800:
Seminar in International Business


This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the environmental issues, institutions, opportunities, challenges, problems and managerial processes that are unique to international business. Both the micro and macro contexts in which international business is conducted will be examined.

FIN 862:
Seminar in International Finance


CLASS WILL MEET IN CONST 1034

MGMT 821:
International Strategic Management


This course deals with various strategic options available to businesses operating in an international environment. It explores the literature and case materials on multinational companies and the theories and concepts relevant to the analysis of international strategic decisions. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Requirements


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.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

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.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Graduate Program Director


Name:

Jing Zhang


Location:

2064 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4162


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PROGRAM COORDINATOR


Name:

Katrina Davenport


Location:

2094 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5138


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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