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Best Online PhD Programs in Business: School List

Find out what schools offer an online doctoral degree in business. Get details on program offerings, requirements, school rankings and other relevant information.

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School Overview

Students of most research-based doctorate programs must work closely with faculty members to develop their teaching skills and dissertation subject. To foster this collaboration, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs, including doctoral programs in business, are not commonly offered in a distance-learning format by public or private not-for-profit colleges in the U.S.

Hampton University

School Highlight: In its 2016 ranking of American colleges, U.S. News & World Report placed Hampton University 18th among universities in the U.S. South and third among the nation's historically Black colleges.

Hampton University was founded in 1868 as an agricultural school for African Americans, and its physical campus is in Hampton, Virginia. The university has evolved into a medium-sized university with six doctoral, 27 master's, and 68 undergraduate degree programs in journalism, engineering, nursing and pharmacy, among others. Its Division of Continuing Studies operates degree and non-degree distance learning programs in subjects such as criminal justice, human resources, education and nursing.

Hampton University's Ph.D. in Business program does not have teaching assistantships or other research work that require students to be in residence at the physical campus. The program is geared toward working professionals who want to pursue an advanced education in a part-time format while continuing their employment. Those who already hold a master's degree and are interested in academic or consulting careers are also encouraged to apply. Students without a master's degree in a relevant field must take nine credits of prerequisites in quantitative analysis, economics and accounting before beginning their curriculum sequence.

The program's curriculum includes online courses taken during the fall and spring semesters. In addition, students must attend two on-campus residencies. Students earn 12 credits during each session, which lasts four weeks. After all required coursework has been completed with a grade of B or better, doctoral candidates begin their dissertation work. The final exam and submission of research topic are designed to be completed in the fall semester of the second year, after which students have three years to complete their dissertation.

Top Online PhD in Business Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Grand Canyon University The online Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management program requires two 4-day on-campus residencies and offers courses that focus on management theory, business research, research design and more Phoenix, Arizona
Northcentral University The School of Business and Technology at this accredited online university offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with over a dozen specializations from which to choose Prescott Valley, AZ
Saint Leo University The Doctor of Business Administration Degree offers a mix of online and on-campus courses that are eight weeks each; program generally takes three to four years to complete Saint Leo, FL
University of Maryland University College Two online doctorate programs are available in the areas of management and community college policy and administration Upper Marlboro, MD
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