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Program Information Ph.D.
A Ph.D. in Business Administration will prepare you for a career as a college or university professor. The program is designed to prepare individuals to perform research, teach, and provide service to their university, college, community and to the profession. Occasionally, graduates of Ph.D. programs do not become university professors but instead move into specialized government or industry jobs; however, our program focuses on preparing candidates for academic careers.
Currently, there is a high demand for academicians in all business disciplines. Research suggests that this demand will continue to increase.
Earning a Ph.D. can be broken down into two stages: the coursework stage and the dissertation stage. All students must first complete 2 years of coursework, culminated by a set of comprehensive exams. Students then spend at least two years developing and conducting original research resulting in a written dissertation.
When you enter the program, you will be matched to a faculty advisor. Although this faculty member may advise you throughout the entire program, neither you nor the faculty member
While taking coursework, you should expect to take nine hours each semester. During the dissertation stage, you will be enrolled for a minimum of three dissertation hours each semester.
The program is typically four years with two years of coursework and two years of dissertation work.
Because teaching is critical to success in an academic career, all Ph.D. students will teach while they are enrolled in the program. During the first two years of the program, students are each assigned a faculty member who serves as a teaching mentor to the student and for whom the
Applicants must select the area of concentration they would like to pursue before submitting their application. The Ph.D. in Business Administration program offers four concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing.
An MBA or a business-related master’s degree will reduce the amount of coursework needed to earn your Ph.D. in Business Administration. However, we welcome applicants who have training in other fields. If you do not have a business background, you may be required to take up to eight “leveling” Business Foundation courses in addition to your Ph.D. coursework.
A master’s degree is not required for admission to the program. However, if you do not have a master’s degree you may be required to take up to eight “leveling” MBA courses in addition to your Ph.D. coursework.
Your chances of acceptance are improved if you have a solid record of academic achievement and a high GMAT score. Relevant business experience is also a plus.
A GMAT score is preferred. However, if you have taken the GRE within the past five years with an exceptionally high score, you do not need to take the GMAT.
Yes, the GMAT requirement applies to all applicants.
If your GMAT or GRE score is more than five years old, you must re-take the exam.
The TOEFL, or IELTS, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. An acceptable score is 600/250.
You must re-take the TOEFL, or
Persons writing letters of recommendation should sign their name across
The Graduate School
The University of Texas at El Paso
Mike Loya Academic Services Bldg. Room 223
500 West University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968-0566
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Tuition and Financial Assistance
Yes. Subject to availability of funds and academic performance, students are provided financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships.
No additional form is needed for the tuition fellowship or assistantship.
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Dr. Richard Posthuma
Director, Ph.D. Program
Phone: (915) 747-8646
Ph.D. Program Coordinator/Manager
Business Room 101G
Phone: (915) 747-5496