Frequently Asked Questions - PhD in International Business

When is the Application Deadline?

The Application deadline for the 2009-2010 fiscal year is April 1, 2009. Applications received after this date will not be considered for admission into the program. The Doctoral Admission Committee meets the first two weeks of April to review the applications. There are four or five students accepted into the program per academic year.

(See requirement details & the application).

How are the Classes Structured?

Classes meet one evening a week from 6pm-9pm. We do not offer PhD courses online; all classes must be taken face-to-face with a full-time faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Financial aid is limited and only offered to full-time doctoral students. Upon acceptance, the committee will review each student, and based upon fund availability students may receive scholarships and financial support. This is not decided upon until May.  Teaching assistants are only hired depending on the department's needs. Other sources of funding through grant activities are not decided upon until students have been accepted.

Are GMAT and TOEFL Scores Required?

We require GMAT score before acceptance into the Doctoral program, however we will accept GRE as a substitute for this. For international students, we require TOEFL score. Although we do not have a minimum GMAT score requirement, the average score of students who have been accepted in the past has been 600.

What GPA is Needed to be Considered?

We require a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be considered for acceptance into the PhD in International Business program.

Which Minor Field of Studies are Offered?

We currently offer the following minor fields of study:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology

How long does the Program usually take to Complete?

The duration of the program depends on if the student is full-time or part-time status. For full-time students with an MS in International Business, it will take approximately one and a half to two years to complete the PhD program. If the student is full-time, but has an MS in another field, additional graduate courses may be required which would take an extra half of a year. For part-time students, the program will take approximately three years to complete. In addition, there is a comprehensive exam along with a dissertation, which will add some time to the duration. These are only approximations, and individual details depend upon discussions with faculty.

What are the Program Requirements?

Students must have completed course work equivalent to that required for the Master of Science in international business program at Southern New Hampshire University. Students with master's degrees from other institutions must discuss their academic and professional backgrounds with faculty advisors to determine prerequisite course work.

Required Doctoral Courses (3 credits each):
INT 800 - Foreign Direct Investment
INT 810 - Privatization
INT 820 - Seminar in Multinational Finance
INT 830 - Seminar in Globalization
INT 840 - Seminar in Multinational Marketing
INT 850 - Seminar in Global Business Strategy
DOC 800 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis I
DOC 810 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis II

Students and faculty mentors design a minor area of specialization that must include at least four upper-level courses. These could include such fields as finance, information technology, marketing or business strategy. Upon the completion of all course work, doctoral students must sit for a series of comprehensive examinations in international business, research methodology and their minor fields of specialization.

Students enroll each term in the doctoral dissertation colloquium. The dissertation is based on a student's research and is expected to make a contribution to his or her field of study. Each student is assigned a committee, which normally is comprised of two faculty members from the international business area, one from the second field of specialization and one who specializes in research methodology. Doctoral colloquiums provide a forum for students to discuss their dissertation research and help monitor their progress in completing their dissertations. Once a student completes the research and the final draft and receives approval from the dean, he or she will give an oral presentation to the committee and any other interested individuals. Students must receive approval from all members of their dissertation committees in order to successfully complete the doctoral program.

How is the Tuition Structured?

Last year’s tuition listed below is from the Graduate Catalogue. For current information please contact Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Business. For living expenses and arrangements, contact Southern New Hampshire University's International Student Services at (603) 645-9629.

Full-time doctoral students take six or more credits per term; part-time doctoral students take three credits per term. The dissertation colloquium fee is assessed each term after completion of all doctoral course work.

Note: International applicants are required to provide documentation of their ability to meet the costs of the program. These costs are indicated on the I-20 form. The costs may appear to be somewhat higher than the total of tuition and room and board because they also include such general expenses as medical insurance, textbooks, pocket money, etc.

For more information about the PhD in international business, please contact: Dr. Massood Samii, Chair of the International Business Department and Director of the Doctoral Program, at or Gina Costa at

                                      Per-Course* Per-Credit Hour*
PhD in International Business (Full or Part-Time) $4,461 $1,487
Dissertation Colloquium   -   $2,228/Term
Additional Costs: Application Fee ($40) Graduation Fee ($150), Books ($1,000-$1,500/Year)
Full-Time students incur the following one-time fees - Computer Fee ($350) & Activity Fee ($300)
International students must purchase health insurance through SNHU ($87/ month)

*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.