May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration PhD

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The PhD in Business Administration brings opportunities to students from around the world who are focused on Christian education to develop their research capabilities and create business knowledge, contributing to theory on an ongoing basis. Andrews University provides graduates of the program with the opportunity to contribute to business and economic development on a worldwide basis both in academia and in industry.

Our program is designed as a full-time degree program, with three years residency requirement, and dissertation extending into an additional one or two years. Participants who pursue the degree on a part-time basis will need to work with their advisor on selecting an appropriate sequencing of classes.

The doctoral program in Business Administration is designed to prepare experienced practitioners for senior administrative and educational positions. The PhD degree is research oriented and requires courses in advanced research methodologies.

Objectives of the Program:
We offer the following objectives of offering the PhD in Business Administration:

  1. To provide students with the theory and practice to contribute to the field of business, both in teaching and research.

  2. To provide graduates who will display Christian principles alongside business concepts.

  3. To advance the field of business for the benefit of Christians found in society generally.

  4. To help in meeting the objectives of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

  5. To contribute to the knowledge in their field through participation in original research, culminating in the defense of a dissertation.

Time Limit
Participants will need to complete the requirements for the PhD within seven years from the beginning of the first semester of class work after acceptance into the doctoral program, irrespective of admission classification.

This program is offered on the main campus and in an interactive online synchronous format (see School of Distance Education  definitions) with minimal face-to-face requirements. Participants interact with each other and with instructors throughout all courses via an electronic management platform. Students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits - 60

Business Technology - 3

Choose one of the following courses:

Additional Learning - 6

Choose 6 credits from the following: Teacher Training, Leadership Cognate or Innovation Discipline.

Dissertation - 12

Electives - 6

Choose 6 credits in one of the content areas below:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants to the program must meet the requirements set by the University for graduate programs.
  2. The applicant must submit a personal statement regarding expectations and commitment about graduate study.
  3. The applicant must have an earned bachelor’s degree in business or another field, and a master’s degree; if the master’s degree is not in business administration, additional coursework is required.
  4. The applicant should:
    1. Have a GPA of 3.5/4.00 or higher
    2. Submit a personal statement
    3. Complete an interview with a program faculty member
    4. Score an accumulated point value of 1200 points from a metric calculation as defined by the School of Business, if s/he is not qualified for the GMAT waivers. Contact the School of Business for more information on the GMAT waivers. The metric calculation is as follows: (GPA*200)+ GMAT= 1200.

The Admission Committee will base its acceptance decision on the combined factors listed above.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will contribute to the body of knowledge through appropriate communication channels.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate advanced competencies in their field through analysis of existing theories to draw data-supported conclusions.
  • Students will be able to execute a plan to complete a dissertation in their field, integrating divergent perspectives.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of global, ethical and social responsibilities of business within a Christian (Adventist) perspective.

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