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Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration / Public Administration

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 Public Administration specialization focuses on research that correlates to ongoing civil service issues and concerns, organizational theory and behavior, administrative leadership, collaborative government and public agency budgeting, government and intergovernmental relations, public personnel policy management, political systems, organizational theory, technological communications, urban planning and social justice. Additionally, the curriculum emphasizes strategic planning including contemporary program evaluation, complex public organizations, and environmental compliance, citizen empowerment and governmental partnership, employee training and performance and the examination of ongoing mechanisms needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state, federal and international levels. Possible potions held by graduates are Budget Director, Program Evaluation Director, Research Analyst and Economic Development Director.

Requirements

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. 

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

NCU’s Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, DBA and PhD-BA degree business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211.

Restrictions

This degree is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.