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Ph.D. in Business Administration

Program Details


Doctor of Philosophy


School of Business


On campus


Office of Graduate
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Do insightful research that gets people in industry to rethink how they do business.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration at Stevens is an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to conduct creative, innovative research in any of the three major research concentrations at the School of Business: Innovation and entrepreneurship, information systems and analytics, and finance.

You'll be pushed to test your research skills by investigating practical areas of need in the private sector, and have a chance to present and defend your work at conferences around the world. You'll enjoy a close, nurturing relationship with faculty as you create, augment and apply technology-driven business innovations. The doctoral program at the School of Business provides a strong background in basic disciplines, particularly management and economic theory, computational methods, research methodology, and statistical methods. Faculty at the school are committed to high-quality research and teaching, and are passionate about instilling those same values and work ethic in Ph.D. students. Students who complete the Ph.D. program are prepared to independently conduct creative and innovative research projects. They are immediately hired at competitive institutions, where they become standouts for their analytical thinking and technology-driven creativity, as well as their ability to bring a fresh perspective to the most pressing problems facing business.

Who should apply

The Stevens Ph.D. in Business Administration is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in academia, as opposed to working in industry. The research skills you'll develop as a student will prepare you to become a thought leader whose research advances the frontiers of knowledge in business while creating impact in industry. Graduates of the program have gone on to rewarding research careers at institutions like IESE (University of Navarra), Duquesne University, Fordham University and many others.


The Ph.D. curriculum at the School of Business is demanding, and is designed to prepare students for the rigors involved in a career in academic research. While coursework is extremely challenging, students benefit from a supportive environment — they work closely with both faculty mentors and their fellow doctoral candidates as they develop the skills required of highly effective leaders in academic discovery. They also attend required research colloquia that give fresh insight into the problems prominent researchers are investigating and the methods they use to carry out their work. To obtain a Ph.D. from the School of Business, a student must complete at least 84 credits beyond the bachelor's level. A maximum of 30 credits is awarded for a master's degree from another school.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a business discipline, computer science, information systems or finance. Candidates with backgrounds in science and engineering are encouraged to apply as well.