The following are frequently asked questions about the PhD in International Business program at SNHU.
Application deadlines for the PhD program are November 30 for the Winter term and April 30 for the Fall term. Applications not received in full by the deadline are not considered for admission into the program. The Doctoral Admission Committee will review all complete and on-time applications.
International Students (in addition to domestic student requirements):
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.
Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Scholarship awards are usually decided upon following the application deadline. Teaching assistants are hired based upon department needs.
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.
Classes meet once a week, usually from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Occasionally, courses may be scheduled during daytime periods. PhD seminars are not offered through an online delivery model; all classes are structured to meet face-to-face with a full-time faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University who holds a terminal (PhD of DBA) degree.
Examples include fields such as Finance, Marketing, and Information Technology. You can also work with PhD faculty to design your own specialization.
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 coursework, doctoral students must sit for a series of comprehensive examinations in international business, research methodology, and their minor fields of specialization.
After successfully completing their comprehensive exams, 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 selects a committee, normally consisting of a minimum of four faculty members.
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. A student must receive approval from all members of their dissertation committee in order to successfully complete the doctoral 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 who meet all prerequisites, coursework takes approximately two years to complete. For full-time students who do not meet all requirements, 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.
PhD in International Business (Full or Part-Time)
Dissertation Colloquium: $2,352 / Course
Doctoral Dissertation Continuation Fee: $2,000 / Course
PhD Dissertation Fee (One Time): $412
Additional Costs: Application Fee ($40) Graduation Fee ($150), Books ($1,000-$1,500/Year)
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.