Business Administration PhD

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College : Business Administration Degree :PHD
Department : Option : Dissertation
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The Business Administration PhD program prepares students for careers in higher education and management. Students may choose from four tracks: Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing.


Total Credit Hours Required:
84 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Upon admission to the Business Administration doctoral program, the student will be assigned an adviser. With the approval of the adviser, the student will complete a program of study including the following requirements.

General Preparation and Course Work

  • MBA degree or equivalent—30 credit hours: Each track may specify different requirements for this category.
  • Major—12-21 hours.
  • Minor/Support Area—6-9 credit hours.
  • Research Tools—12-15 credit hours: All doctoral students are required to take two applied statistics courses. Other research tool courses will be specified by the track.
  • Teaching—Each track will require some education related to teaching. It may take the form of classes, noncredit seminars, mentoring or a teaching requirement.
  • Candidacy Examination: The student must successfully complete a comprehensive candidacy examination. This exam has written and oral parts, and covers the candidate’s program of study. Students are admitted to candidacy after satisfying all general degree requirements, passing the comprehensive exam, and fulfilling the residency requirement.
  • Dissertation—15 credit hours: The student must successfully defend a written dissertation proposal in an oral examination conducted by the student’s advisory/dissertation committee. The final defense of the successful dissertation will require an oral examination that concentrates on, but is not limited to, the student’s dissertation defense.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements and deadlines.  The next admission cycle for this program is Fall 2018.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.