The following are frequently asked questions about the Ph.D. in International Business program at SNHU.
SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, which means that your degree carries with it international recognition.
This program is for individuals who want to earn a Ph.D. with a focus on doctoral-level scholarship in international business and research. Applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree and may come from a variety of related fields. The campus-based program is designed for domestic and international students who wish to engage in learning alongside faculty as full-time students. The executive low-residency program is designed to support professionals who wish to further develop their ability to provide leadership within their organization or field while working full-time. At this time, the executive low-residency program is only available to domestic United States students. International students interested in the Ph.D. in International Business are encouraged to apply as an on campus residency student.
The on campus program has one admittance date which is the Fall term. The application deadline for this is April 30. The Executive Low-residency program has three admittance dates – Fall, Spring and Summer. The application deadlines are as follows – July 30 for Fall, November 30 for Spring, April 30 for Summer. Applications received in full after the deadline may be considered for admission into the program on a case-by-case basis.
International Students (in addition to domestic student requirements):
Test scores are required for immediate acceptance. Prospective students can be offered conditional acceptance without test scores, converting to full acceptance upon successful demonstration of academic ability.
Due to the nature of the program, transfer credits are not accepted.
Yes, financial aid is available if a student is taking three (3) credits or more per term. A graduate student must be accepted to our program to be eligible for financial aid.
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.
Within the program, there are opportunities to focus on specific topics of personal and professional interest. Examples include fields such as Business Analytics, Finance, or Marketing.
After successfully completing comprehensive exams, students enroll each term in the doctoral dissertation colloquium. The dissertation is based on a student's research and is expected to contribute to his or her area of study. Each student has a dissertation 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, he or she will give an oral presentation. A student must receive approval from all members of their dissertation committee in order to successfully complete the doctoral program.
The program is designed to take approximately 3 years. You have eight years to complete your program from the time you begin the first course. This includes the completion of the required course of study, comprehensive exams, and the dissertation.
On campus: Classes meet at night and may be scheduled during daytime periods. All classes are structured to meet face-to-face with faculty members of Southern New Hampshire University who hold a terminal degree.
Executive Low-residency: Students participate in class meetings held once a month on weekends during the Fall and Spring academic terms. These classes are facilitated on campus; and students located throughout the country are welcome to attend remotely. Students are required to attend a week-long summer residency each year they are in the program.
Low-residency means on-site, face-to-face meeting times are kept to a minimum. This format is specifically designed to accommodate students who wish to earn their Ph.D. while they work full time. By emphasizing online coursework, it’s a perfect fit for students trying to balance professional, familial, or personal commitments.
Required Doctoral Courses:
INT 800 - Foreign Direct Investment
INT 801 - Foundations for Advanced International Business Study
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
INT 880 - Advanced Quantitative Methods/International Business I
INT 881 - Advanced Quantitative Methods/ International Business II
INT 889 - Comprehensive Exam
INT 890 - Doctoral Colloquium
DOC 950 - Dissertation Status
12 credit(s) from subject(s): FIN IT, MKT, OL, BUS, INT, or MBA within the range of course numbers 500 - 999. Students and faculty mentors design an area of specialization related to business fields such as Business Analytics, Finance, or Marketing. Upon successful completion of coursework, students must take a comprehensive exams and complete a dissertation. The time allotted for preparation for comprehensive exam and finalization of dissertation work vary from student to student, and may add some time to the overall duration.
During most academic terms, students in this doctoral program will take two to three 3-credit courses. After the successful completion of comprehensive exams, students enroll in dissertation colloquium courses each term.