PhD in International Business


The PhD Program in International Business is designed to prepare highly qualified individuals for academic and corporate careers. Students acquire extensive theoretical knowledge, and develop independent research capabilities in International Business through a research oriented curriculum.  Theoretical International Business Seminars are complemented by quantitative methods courses to build a strong foundation in academic research.  Students also select a minor area of specialization in which is they develop a functional expertise. We particularly emphasize one-to-one student-faculty interaction and encourage student-faculty research collaborations.

The program strives to meet the interests and needs of full time as well as part-time students, and is flexible enough to accommodate the professional life circumstances of the adult learner. The program is also geared toward international students who are interested in teaching, research, and corporate careers in their own countries.

Program requirements for entering the dissertation stage

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.

Doctoral students must complete two advanced research methods courses, INT 880 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis I and INT 881 - Advanced Quantitative Analysis II.

Minor field of specialization: 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.

Comprehensive examination: 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.

Dissertation Stage

Students enroll each term in the doctoral dissertation colloquium. The dissertation is based on a student's research interests and is expected to make a contribution to his or her field of study. Each student chooses their committee which normally is comprised of a minimum of four faculty members; at least three from the International Business Department including the Committee Chair.

Doctoral Colloquiums

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 chair of his or her committee, he or she will give an oral defense 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.

Required Doctoral Courses

INT-800: Foreign Direct Investment
This course builds on the foundations acquired in financial management and international finance to create an understanding of international capital markets and the process of strategic and financial evolution which accompanies international investment and international financial market participation.
INT-810: Privatization
This course is a study of privatization with emphasis on the various methods, costs and benefits and the long-run implications. The course requires research by students on different privatization projects for development projects using private financing.
INT-820: Seminar in Multinational Finance
This course is devoted to the study of advanced topics and current research being employed in the field of multinational finance. The course provides an opportunity for students to explore their area of interest in this field.
INT-830: Theories of Globalization
This is a doctoral seminar that develops, examines and evaluates competing and complementary theories of globalization. Students taking this seminar should regard it as helping them form the basis of their understanding of globalization as a conceptual and empirical phenomenon for their doctoral dissertation work in the International Business Department.
INT-840: Seminar in Multinational Marketing
This seminar will include extensive reading in the international Marketing/Business literature. Major seminar topics will include (but will not be limited to): countertrade, tariff and non-tariff barriers, cultural differences among market segments and global vs. multinational marketing strategies. The case method will be utilized. Class discussions will center around the literature via assigned journal articles. Class preparation and presentation will be individual and group. International market access will include the Internet.
INT-850: Seminar in Global Business Strategy
This seminar is designed to allow doctoral students to explore the complex problems of international business strategy from multiple levels of analysis using both contemporary and historical materials. The course will include a literature review, area studies and specialized case analysis as appropriate to illustrate specific problems characteristic of the discipline. Various theoretical methods will be compared and contrasted in order to evaluate their ability to solve problems of particular interest and intractability as defined by the major authors and practitioners in the field.
INT-880: Advanced Quantitative Methods/ International Business I
This is an advanced, applied statistics course that is applicable to both economics and business environments. This course highlights matrix approach linear models, binary and continuous response functions, model building, model diagnostics and remedial measures.
INT-881: Advanced Quantitative Methods/ International Business II
This is an applied, multivariate statistics course that is applicable to both economics and business environments. It highlights factor analysis, discriminate analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, canonical correlation and MANOVA.