PHD in Business Administration Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Business Administration (BA) Degree

The PHD in BA program is a terminal business degree and the highest degree offered within the School of Business Administration. The goal of the program is to train leaders that can shape a better future for organizations worldwide by developing or applying theories in business operations or holding faculty and research positions in academics. Graduates of the program can become executives in business organizations or governments, but more likely faculty in colleges or universities, or consultants. Successful students will have to be passionate about their doctorate studies; they will also have to be curious and practically inclined. There is a high level of rigor in the program but at the same time the environment is supportive. We designed the program so that all graduates receive an area of emphasis in one business area and a solid foundation in general management.

Admission Requirements
a) To be admitted a student must possess a bachelor degree or a master degree from a university or a college accredited or licensed by a government or an accreditation institution approved by a government
b) Applicants with a bachelor degree must have a GPA of 3.2 or above or pass the Nova International University Graduate Aptitude Test (NIU GSAT). The NIU GSAT is very affordable ($20 in the years 2016-2017). They may also submit results of the GMAT or the GRE in place of the NIU GSAT
c) Applicants with a master degree in business or management from a non accredited university must pass the Nova International University Graduate Aptitude Test (NIU GSAT) online. They may also submit results of the GMAT or the GRE in place of the NIU GSAT
d) Applicants must submit a letter explaining the reasons why they have decided to apply for the PHD in BA program. In the letter, the applicant must briefly describe their background, their long term objectives, and how the PHD in BA will help them reach the objectives.
e) Applicants must submit their resume
f) Applicants must submit their official transcripts or certified copies of their official transcripts before starting any course. The university will verify the accuracy of the degree. For that reason, applicants must submit the current address of the institution that had awarded their degrees. If the institution does no longer exist, applicants must submit the address of the institution at the time that the degree was awarded and the government institution that must verify the degree. Unofficial transcript may be initially accepted
f) Applicants must submit two letters of recommendations (in the form provided by the university) written by previous teachers, mentors, supervisors, co-workers, or managers
g) All applicants must have completed the following classes or their equivalent at the graduate level with a grade of at least B or 11/20:
MBA 701 Accounting for Managers (3 cr)
MBA 706 Organization behavior or Human Resource management (3 cr)
MBA 702 Economic for Managers (3 cr)
MBA 707 Financial Management and Decision Making (3 cr)
MBA 708 Operation Management (3 cr)
MBA 710 Domestic and International Business Law (3 cr)
MBA 711 Value Driven Marketing (3 cr.)
MBA 718 Strategic Management (3 cr)
MBA 715 Management of Information Technologies and Systems (3 cr)
Most students holding a master of management or master of business administration may fulfill the requirements for completing the ten courses just listed.
h) Students who did not previously study in English must take either the TOEFL, the TOEIC, the IELTS, the Cambridge Exam, the CEFR. or the NIU English as Second Language Test. The later test is more affordable than the TOEFL and the other standardized. The minimum score required for admission are the following:
TOEFL Paper Based: 550
TOEFL Computer Based: 213
TOEFL Internet Based: 70
TOEIC: 690
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Exam: CAE or CPE
CEFR: C1 or C2
NIU Test of English: 80%

Transfer of Credits
Transfer of foundation of business management courses
Doctorate candidates may transfer up to five graduate courses out of the ten listed above into the core of the doctorate program but they will to then take DBA 990 bibliographies.
Transfer of Business Core Credits
The transfer of core courses from another doctorate program has to be reviewed in a case by case basis. The admission committee needs to make sure that the contents of the courses being transferred are equivalent to the content of the courses taught at Nova International University. Students who transfer credits will have to take DBA 990 bibliographies.
Transfer of Foundation of Business Research Credits
Applicants may transfer up to two core courses (6 credits) from an accredited doctoral of business administration/management program or PHD in business/management taken in an accredited doctoral program. The content of the courses transferred should be the same as the content of the Nova International University’s courses
Transfer of Dissertation Research Credits
Candidates may transfer up to two dissertations courses (6 credits). Doctorate students will have to take DBA 1003, DBA 1004, and DDBA 1005 at Nova International University. The DBA Admission Committee will evaluate credits to be transferred before any approval of transfer credits.
Transfer of Specialization Courses
Applicants may transfer two specialization courses (6 credits) at the doctorate level. The contents of the courses being transferred should be the same as the contents of the Nova International University’s courses.
Note: A student cannot transfer more than 75% of the credits required for obtaining the DBA degree beyond the foundation courses at the doctoral level to Nova International University.


PHD in business management (each course 3 credits)

Core Courses (21 cr )

DBA 920 Ethical and Leadership Foundation for Business (3 cr)

DBA 921 Business Strategy Theories and Management Frameworks (3 cr)

DBA 941 Financial Management and Decision Making (3 cr)
DBA 950 Operations  Management  ((3 cr)

DBA 971 Marketing Management (3 cr)

DBA 927 Strategic Management in Practice (3 cr)

DBA 924 Management of Information Systems and Technologies (3 cr)

Note1: Students transferring three credits or more from a different graduate degree must take the following course
DBA 990 Annotated Bibliographies (0 to 3 credits)

Specialization (12 cr)`

DBA 932 Seminar in Business Administration 1 (3 cr)

DBA 933 Seminar in Business Administration 2 (3 cr)

DBA 934 Seminar in Business Administration 3 (3 cr)
Note 2: In the Published Article Course and Seminars in Business Administration courses,  students focus in their specializations: Operation and supply chain management, financial Management and Control, organization behaviors, marketing management, strategic management, international business, Information Technology Management

Research Courses (12 Cr.)

DBA 910 Research Methods – Doctoral Study Planning (3 cr)

DBA 911 Quantitative Research Methods (3 cr)

DBA 912 Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (3 cr)

DBA 913 Design of Experiment and Multivariate Analysis (3 cr)

Dissertation (18 credits)

DBA 1001 Dissertation Development:  Problem Foundations and Literature Review

DBA 1002 Dissertation Development: Research methods and Proposal Completion

DBA 1003 Dissertation Development: Doctoral Study Initiation

DBA 1004 Dissertation Development: Doctoral Study Completion

DBA 1005 Dissertation Development: Result Analyses and Dissertation Completion 1

DBA 1006 Dissertation Development: Result Analyses and Dissertation Completion 2

DBA 1006 May be repeated but the student will have to pay for tuition

Total : 60 Credits

Differences between DBA and PHD in BA

PHD’s specialization emphasizes depth in theory and exploration in the field chosen while DBA specialization emphasizes application and problem solving in the field chosen

DBA thesis or project on application and solution to business practices, DBA candidate may complete project within a host organization.

PHD thesis on new theory or gap to new theory/context

Both PHD and DBA graduates can work in academic, consulting, and corporate.

PHD depth stresses more research with one article published besides the thesis while DBA stresses only thesis or project as applications of theory in a verifiable business problem. PHD has an additional specialization course:  seminar in Business Administration 3

PHD has an additional research requirement: Design of Experiment (DOE) and multivariate analysis (3 cr)

DBA stresses a broader review of general business administration/management functions with the following courses:

DBA 922 Innovation and Technology Management, and

DBA 923 Organizational Governance