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.
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.