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Doctorate in Business Administration option in Entrepreneurship

The business administration Ph.D. option in entrepreneurship produces graduates who can meaningfully advance theory and practice within the discipline of entrepreneurship and contribute to the pedagogical development of the field. The doctoral program is personalized to reflect the intellectual interests of the students while capitalizing on the strengths of our entrepreneurship faculty. Students are afforded the opportunity to generate and publish research with faculty mentors and receive active support in facilitating their own research. The OSU program is intended to be small, selective and rigorous. Although our core emphasis is innovative, growth-oriented ventures, we seek students interested in entrepreneurial behavior in all of its manifestations, including start-up, corporate, social and public sector contexts.


The following doctoral seminars in entrepreneurship are regularly offered:

  • EEE 6343 Entrepreneurship Processes
  • EEE 6200 Entrepreneurship Research Project
  • EEE 6213 Entrepreneurship: Theory and History
  • EEE 6263 Theoretical Foundation in Entrepreneurship
  • EEE 6353 Advanced Methods in Entrepreneurship
  • EEE 6363 Individual Theories in Entrepreneurship

Research and Faculty

School of Entrepreneurship faculty are prolific researchers and scholars. The academic articles they write help advance understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and the new venture creation process. Our faculty also author textbooks, practitioner-oriented publications, and thought pieces. The idea is to produce publications that advance entrepreneurial thought, education, understanding and practice.

Meet our Departmental Faculty



The School of Entrepreneurship has its own set of requirements for admittance, along with requirements for the OSU Graduate College. Please see department based requirements below:

  • Application deadline is Feb. 1.
  • Three names and email addresses for recommendations.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A letter outlining your motives for pursuing a PhD in entrepreneurship including your professional goals and research interests as they relate to entrepreneurship.
  • Both GRE and GMAT scores are accepted.

The Watson School of Management is available for application and requirement assistance.

Cost & Assistance

The School of Entrepreneurship and Spears School of Business provides an annual stipend to doctoral students who qualify as well as support in attending key national conferences in entrepreneurship. Competitive summer research grants are available to support the research interests of doctoral students. We place a strong emphasis on close faculty mentoring of doctoral students and forums for doctoral students to present and develop their research ideas. Finally, doctoral students are mentored to help them develop strong teaching skills. 




Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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