Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration / Organizational Leadership
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.

Northcentral University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership is designed for business professionals, private managers, or public administrators who are looking to strengthen their knowledge of business and management practices.
NCU’s PhD students in this specialization will have the opportunity to examine what drives overall success in a company, an institution, or an agency. Northcentral’s rigorous curriculum is designed to explore topics in technology management, conflict resolution, organizational negotiations, cultural diversity, and community relations.
Prior to completing the program, our students will have the chance to analyze a field-specific topic of interest through the completion of a major research assignment. Graduates go on to be organizational consultants or to pursue senior leadership roles in many areas such as business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields including diversity management, labor relations, psychology, and sociology.


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).