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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

Earn Your PhD in Business Online at NCU

In the online PhD in Business Administration program, you will have the opportunity to focus on research-based leadership strategies to tackle some of the biggest challenges in our global economy. Ultimately, as a doctoral candidate, you will be challenged to enhance your field with a dissertation on a subject unique to your experience and proven expertise.

Northcentral University’s PhD in Business Administration program provides high-level training for senior leadership positions, with an opportunity to acquire the skills to meet the greatest challenges in today’s business world. In NCU’s online PhD business program, you’ll focus on research-based leadership strategies, refine your existing knowledge and delve into emerging technologies, while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

Career Potential

Leadership professionals with specialized knowledge and skills are in demand and can pursue a broad range of career opportunities. According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data*, strategy managers, accountants, revenue cycle managers, financial and budget analysts, directors, and consultants are some of the top occupations in the field.

Emsi also confirms some of the top employers for professionals who have earned this degree include Wells Fargo, Major League Baseball, and many others across a wide variety of industries including:

Management/Business Consulting firms (KPMG, Guidehouse, Accenture) Colleges and Universities (Grand Canyon University, CSU system) State and Federal governmental agencies (IRS, National Park Service, US Government) Healthcare Finance Retail (Amazon, Wayfair)

Business administration at the PhD education level often leads to director-level positions responsible for senior management and financial management responsibilities. There are also a variety of niched career fields that offer excellent opportunities for graduates with academic backgrounds in:

  • Finance, accounting, and economics
  • Strategic planning and project management
  • Information systems and data analysis
  • Human resource management

*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/18/2022).

DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.


16 professionally relevant specializations*

  • Total Credit Hours: At least 60 Credit Hours
  • Courses: 20 Courses
  • Recommended Completion Time: 38 Months
  • Next Start Date: Every Monday
  • Classroom Size: One

*The PhD-BA program is accredited by ACBSP; however, the Applied Computer Science, Computer and Information Security, Healthcare Administration, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Management of Engineering and Technology, and Management Information Systems, specializations are not.

*Every year, the School of Business does an assessment to improve the educational outcomes in the school’s programs. Continuous assessment is a form of feedback that evaluates and assures the quality of our programs.
ACBSP Reporting