Welcome to the Ph.D. in Business Administration
The Ph.D. in Business Administration curriculum is designed to help you develop advanced research skills. You will demonstrate and apply these skills toward the creation of new knowledge in your Ph.D. Dissertation.
See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.
Trident accepts no more than four semester credits of doctoral level credits from regionally accredited doctoral granting institutions provided the transferred course meets the same content standards as the Trident course.
Note: Students are required to purchase IBM SPSS Statistical Software for the quantitative research courses and dissertation research.
Accounting / Finance
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in the field of finance, accounting or economics interested in contributing to research in related bodies of knowledge, such as international finance, economic growth and development, financial management, auditing, and taxation.
Information Systems / Information Technology Management
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in information systems interested in contributing to research about the impact of information technologies in organizations. Examples of dissertation topics covered in this concentration are: information security and privacy, virtual teams, electronic commerce, cloud computing, and business intelligence.
This concentration is designed for students with a background in management, leadership, business administration or related fields interested in contributing to research on leadership styles and types (e.g., transformational leadership, shared leadership or servant leadership) and the ways in which leadership could contribute to organizational success.
Management and Organizations
This concentration is designed for students with a background in management, business administration or related fields interested in contributing to research on strategic management (e.g., merges and acquisitions, alliances, setting up operations in other countries including emerging markets) and organizational behavior (e.g., decision making, team dynamics, organizational structure, and culture).
This concentration is designed for students with a solid background in the field of marketing interested in contributing to research on related bodies of knowledge, such as branding, direct sales, consumer behavior, pricing, online promotion, and social media marketing.
Note: Topics covered in our concentrations continually change to reflect the changing priorities in business activities and business research and student’s expertise.
- ePortfolio – To save everything related to the development of your dissertation in a single place.
- 800 Dissertation Tasks Course – Provides a single place to submit, track, and gain approval for completed tasks.
In the second part of the exam, students will demonstrate their understanding of program course content and readiness to proceed to individual dissertation research. Each student will submit their personal dissertation prospectus, present the planned research to a faculty panel, and answer questions designed to assess their research plans. This second step will be conducted during RES 620.
A committee of two or three faculty members will serve as evaluators.
Passing the qualifying exam is a prerequisite to move to the next course. Students who fail the exam will either repeat the course or take a refresher course depending on the areas that were weak during the exam. Failure in the second attempt will lead to disqualification from the program.
A dissertation committee and dissertation chairperson will be established for you. Each committee will consist of three faculty members with one member serving as Chair of the Committee. The chairperson and the committee will be responsible for guiding you during the dissertation process.
Tuition cost for the Ph.D. program:
|tuition type||per credit||per course||per year*|
|Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members||$885||$3,540||$14,160|
|Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees||$800||$3,200||$12,800|
All per semester credit hour costs are for program level (600/700) courses. Students in the dissertation stage register for one course of four semester credit hours per session. In addition, there are dissertation continuation courses which are $800 per course at 0 credit hours.
- Books and Supplies: $0
- Bounced Check Fee: $30
- Course Materials: $0
- Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
- Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
- Graduation Fee: $150
- Official Transcript: $10 (rush fee $35)
- Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
- Payment Plan Set-up: $35-$55 (non-refundable)
- Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
- Technology Fee: $0
- Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.
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