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.
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 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.