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Doctorate in Business Administration

The OSU doctorate in business administration is designed to prepare students for successful careers in research and teaching in a chosen area of specialization. Specialization is available in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, management science and information systems and marketing. A Ph.D. in Business Administration is also available for working professionals through the OSU Ph.D. for Executives in Business program.


The course work component of the doctoral program consists of approximately 60 credits hours with the majority of the total hours made up of core requirements and the remainder coming from guided electives identified to develop the candidate’s specific research area and quantitative/research methods courses.


Research and Faculty

Research is central to Spears Business and is a key component of the school’s doctorate in Business Administration. A number of business departments house research centers including the Center for Health Systems Innovation, the Center for Legal Studies and Business Ethics, the Center for Applied Economic Research and others. Learn about these and other centers as well as research resources and the Spears Business annual research magazine, Discover@Spears


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The GMAT is required for the accounting, finance and management science and information systems options. GRE or GMAT is accepted for the management and marketing options. Other admissions requirements vary by option - see option-specific admission requirements. Applicants must submit a current resume or vita, a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation. If English is a second language, TOEFL or IELTS test scores must also be submitted.


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Cost & Assistance

The cost for each program will vary depending on credit hours taken, scholarship funding, assistantships and financial aid. Complete the  Free Application for

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate eligibility for aid.




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