Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration / Advanced Accounting
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD-BA) program is research-based and designed to prepare leaders for positions in the private and public sectors. Upon completion of the PhD program, students are expected to have a broad knowledge in fields of business and technology management and an understanding of at least one specialized area of study. The aim is to enhance knowledge and competencies appropriate to a leadership role in business, administration, and technology management. The primary aim of the PhD program is to provide students the expertise in the methods of scientific inquiry and independent research.

This specialization provides students with application of a broad accounting perspective and research based accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, business performance and forensic analysis. Accounting is the language of business and this specialization area sharpens student’s communication skills in the field. Students understand how to scrutinize accounting data and how it is applicable to a successful business. Students will be able to meet the demand for advanced analysis of management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Other graduates may find positions in higher education instruction. Students in this specialization could hold positions such as accounting professor, researcher, chief accountant, senior audit director, and vice president of accounting to name a few positions.


Requires 60 credit hours for degree completion.

Must have a conferred master's degree from an accredited academic institution. In addition, there are two options for entry:

  • Direct entry: Master’s program must be in a generalized business area such as business management or business administration OR a specialized business area (e.g., Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management) AND an undergraduate degree in business
  • Evaluation track: Individuals not meeting the direct entry requirements must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if previous coursework meets some or all of the Standard Curriculum requirements.

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.