Frequently Asked Questions - PhD in International Business

Application Deadline

Applications deadline for the Ph.D. Program is May 1st. Applications are accepted once a year for admission in the fall semester. Applications received after the May 1st deadline, are not considered for admission into the program. The Doctoral Admission Committee meets within the first two weeks of May to review the applications. On average 4 students are accepted into the program per academic year.

(See requirement details & the application).

How are Classes Structured?

Classes meet once a week usually from 6pm-9:15pm. In some occasions, courses may be scheduled during day time periods. Ph.D. seminars are not offered in online delivery model; all classes are structured to meet face-to-face with a full-time faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University holding terminal (Ph.D. or D.B.A.) degree.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is limited and only offered to full-time doctoral students. Upon acceptance, the committee will review each student’s file, and based upon availability of funds, students may receive scholarships and financial support. The scholarship awards are usually not decided upon until May following the application deadline. Teaching assistants are only hired based on department needs.

GMAT and TOEFL Scores

We require GMAT or GRE scores to be submitted in the application files or to be directly sent to the SNHU Doctoral Program. Applications without officially submitted GMAT or GRE scores are not reviewed for admission. International students must submit their TOEFL scores. Although we do not have a minimum GMAT/GRE score requirement, the average GMAT score of students accepted in the past has been 600.

Minimum GPA Requirement

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

Minor Field of Studies

  • Business Strategy
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology

How Long Does it Take to Complete The Program?

The duration of the program depends on the student’s status (i.e. part time or full time), prerequisite requirements and students’ pace. For full-time students with an MS in International Business, course-work takes approximately two years to complete. Full time students with an MS in another field, additional graduate courses may be required, which may take an extra half of a year. For part-time students, the program usually takes approximately three years to complete. Upon successful completion of course work, students must take a comprehensive exam and complete a dissertation. The time allotted for preparation for comprehensive exam and finalization of dissertation work vary across students and may add some time to the duration. Students are advised to meet the program director and discuss prospective duration of their study.

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, Economic Reform and Growth in Emerging Markets
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 may 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 comprises 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?

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 semester after completion of all the doctoral course work.

Note: International applicants must 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 health insurance, textbooks, pocket money, etc.

For more information about the PhD in international business, please contact International Business Ph.D. Program Administrative Assistant Ms. Carolyn Murphy at

                                      Per-Course* Per-Credit Hour*
PhD in International Business (Full or Part-Time) $4,596 $1,532
Dissertation Colloquium   -   $2,295/Term
PhD Dissertation Fee    -   $412
Additional Costs: Application Fee ($40) Graduation Fee ($150), Books ($1,000-$1,500/Year)
Full-Time students incur the following one-time Activity Fee $300
International students must purchase health insurance through SNHU ($107 per month) Support & Activity Fee $650

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