Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
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With a broad understanding of business, management generalists are poised to take on a variety of roles across all industries. NCU’s online PhD in Management specialization provides you with a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. You will explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment. You will also examine how managers strategize and direct issues in budgeting, marketing, personnel administration and operations management as you further develop your professional communication, strategizing, crisis prevention and problem-solving skills. Our graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of related positions, such as college professor, corporate director, government official, marketing executive and consultant.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Business Organization and Management

Doctoral students will develop rational management tools for working within an organization by understanding and analyzing various management techniques, concepts of organization, and analytical skills that are useful for effective organizations. It will provide students with a comprehensive and multidimensional understanding of decision-making, communication, and budgeting. The course also examines the responsibilities of management practices in the organization to include employee motivation, leadership, and workplace trends. Cases and experiential exercises will enhance the transfer of learning.


Marketing Management

We examine the comprehension, evaluation, and synthesis of concepts that are the underlying foundation of marketing theory built around environmental research, marketing strategy differentiation, the product life cycle, segmentation strategies, the marketing mix (4 P's), and the new product cycle.


Organizational Behavior

Understanding how managers need to develop their interpersonal or people skills if they are going to be effective in their jobs is a critical skill. Through evaluation, comprehension, and synthesis of the concepts and constructs we examine how organizational behavior (OB) is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within an organization, and then apply that knowledge to make organizations work more effectively. Specifically, OB focuses on how to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and increase employee citizenship and job satisfaction. As managers accomplish their work through others, OB provides the tools for guiding the productivity of others, predicting human behavior at work and the perspectives needed to manage individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Strategic Management

Prerequisites:Fundamental requirement in General ManagementThe concepts and constructs that are the foundation of Strategic management are the focus of the course that looks at long-term needs of an organization and the implementation or plans necessary to address those needs. The techniques can be applied to organizations of any size or in any industry and are appropriate to international and non-profit endeavors, as well as ordinary businesses, public and private. The course is designed to help students think strategically and apply that skill to a variety of situations.


International Business

Understanding the global forces of business and management will allow students to analyze and evaluate the underlying constructs to synthesize the concepts of international business. This course focuses on many aspects of global business, including international trade and investment, environmental and sustainability factors, politics, laws, competitive strategies, and global leadership and management.


Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

The constructs of Managerial Accounting emphasizes the uses of accounting data to support the activities of managers in directing the affairs of business and non-business organizations. It focuses on the needs of the manager for financial information and timely reports on the firm's operations in order to make sound managerial decisions.



This doctoral level course will help entrepreneurs and all managers create a mindset and understanding of the driving forces of new business development. This course is built on practical concepts in entrepreneurship and E-entrepreneurship.


Business and Management Consulting

This doctoral level course allows those in the consulting field to advance their professional skills and conceptualize business operations. This course focuses on consultation; i.e., what it is, how it is effectively practiced, and the different forms it can take. Models for consulting in organizational settings are presented in a practical manner. It explores the process and dimensions of management consulting including identification and nature of the client system, definition of the problem(s) in establishing the contract, ethics, tools, and techniques of the consulting practice.


Managing Change

Turbulent and dynamic environments challenge all executives in the management of the organization. This course specifically examines the different aspects of organizational change. It focuses on techniques involved in creating, managing, and sustaining change and responses to different opportunities and challenges of organizational change.


Organizational Development

Doctoral students in this course will synthesize and analyze present theories and research results related to organizational development. Among many topics identified, students will study organizational behavior in all sized businesses, explore group think and group behavior, and analyze structure and design of businesses for success.


Crisis Management

Effective communication is key for success in business. This course explores the difference between crisis and disaster, reviews the purpose of Business Continuity planning, identifies methods of analyzing a business for risk and out of that assessment, suggests how to prevent, mitigate and resolve a disaster. In order to examine these issues, the student researches scholarly and contemporary publications.


Effective Managerial Communications

Effective communication is key for success in business and in academia. This course will help students identify methods to successful implementation of communication methods, identification of styles of communication, and organizing processes including critical thinking and use of technology as a primary means of communication. Emphasis is placed on skills and applications required for essential and effective communication through course papers and examples presented within the course.


Legal Implications in Management

In this course, students will become familiar with legal principles and management, particularly their affects and outcomes in business. Laws and requirements or regulation are constantly changing and students need to be prepared in both academia and business. Through a series of case analyses and assessments, students will traverse numerous aspects of the legal implications managers face today, and how this is different from the past decades.


Strategic Leadership

Doctoral students in this course will explore numerous decision making requirements related to strategy and leadership. Students will focus on corporate governance, how to be a contemporary leader in a global and technological age, and how to manage succession and turnover. Students will evaluate how one becomes a successful strategic leader and how these attributes are formulated and recognized.


Leadership in Organizations

*Prerequisites:Fundamental requirement in General Management or fundamental Psychology coursesThe course will help the student in their understanding, comprehension, and synthesis of the leadership constructs. Investigation of leadership roles, styles, philosophy, and behavior in organizations are components of this course. It also explores the qualities of leadership through the presentation of new models dealing with high performance leadership. This course presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The key question to be answered after the completion of this course is; What makes a person an effective leader?

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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