The Ph.D. program in business administration prepares you for a successful teaching- and research-focused career in higher education. Graduates of our program are faculty members at prestigious colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world.
Academic concentrations are offered in the following disciplines within the Ph.D. program:
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Systems
- Operations and Management Science
Take a closer look at the advantages of the program
- Individual attention. Small class sizes ensure you’ll have frequent opportunities to interact with faculty and excel in your studies. You’ll be mentored by faculty committed to preparing you for a successful teaching and research career in higher education.
- Learn from leaders. The professors who teach your courses are widely published and nationally recognized in their fields for their scholarship and research achievements.
- Highly rated programs. All of the Carson College degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB), putting the College among the exclusive 4% of colleges and universities worldwide similarly accredited.
- Outstanding career success. About 90% of our new Ph.D. graduates go on to teach or conduct research at a university or college.
- Hands-on research opportunities. You’ll have multiple opportunities to hone your research skills by participating in faculty-sponsored research projects as a co-investigator and/or co-author.
- Comprehensive preparation. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of a career in academe—including teaching, research, and service.
The Ph.D. in Business Administration program provides the in-depth knowledge required for you to become a successful scholar in higher education. The curriculum focuses on preparing you to contribute to the body of knowledge in your chosen area of emphasis and on your ability to communicate about your scholarship.
You’ll focus on achieving four learning goals as you earn your Ph.D.
Goal 1: Development of a comprehensive knowledge of theory and methods used in your chosen field and related disciplines
- Demonstrated understanding of the content of your chosen field and related
- Demonstrated understanding of the research methods applicable to your chosen field and related disciplines (e.g., quantitative and qualitative methods)
Goal 2: Ability to execute quality research
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, design, construct, and execute research to assess/test research questions and/or hypotheses
Goal 3: Ability to effectively communicate research
- Demonstrated ability to effectively write and present research findings
Goal 4: Ability to serve as an effective teacher
- Demonstrated ability to deliver course content effectively
- College-wide doctoral seminar on research and professional development for first-year students
- College-wide behavioral research methods seminar
- A minimum of three doctoral seminars offered in each area of concentration
- Structured program of study requirements with high-quality instruction in statistics and research methods
- Second year research paper requirement to promote research publication activity
- Graduate assistantships that provide tuition waivers and monthly stipends
College-wide doctoral seminar
BA 598: Research and Professional Development Seminar
This doctoral-level, 1 credit hour colloquium is designed to enhance your research and teaching skills and provide professional socialization for doctoral students from all fields within the College of Business.
The course uses S/F grading. In order to pass the course, students must attend and actively participate in each session of the seminar.
- Orientation to WSU, the CB, and Business Scholarship
- The Doctoral Program, Your Committee and Dissertation
- Developing Research Topics, Ideas & Streams
- The Structure of Journal Articles & Presentations
- Working with Co-Authors and Time Management
- Publishing in Tier I Journals
- Reviewing and the Review Process
- Research and Professional Ethics
- Human Subjects and the IRB
- Syllabi, Lectures, Evaluations and In-Class Discussions
- Exams, Test Questions and Writing Assessment
- Class Projects
- The Vita and Job Search Process
- Managing Your Career Beyond the Ph.D.
Ph.D. Program Coordinator