Ph.D. in Business Administration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.) program at Kennesaw State University is an innovative program offered by an AACSB-accredited business school. Enrolling in this innovative program will allow you to advance your goal of obtaining an academic position at an AACSB-accredited university, all while still maintaining your full-time job. With more than 100 alumni, the program’s impact on academe and the business community is far-reaching and will provide you with the opportunity to develop and strengthen your network. Our alumni have an established record of publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals, thus demonstrating the quality of research conducted by our alumni.

KSU’s Ph.D. in Business Administration Program is intended for two types of doctoral students:

  • Academic professionals, such as lecturers and adjuncts, wish to establish a stronger academic presence and pursue a tenure-track position. 
  • Experienced business professionals who wish to strengthen their academic credentials.

Ph.D. Concentrations

The Ph.D. in Business Administration Program is designed around intensive weekend residencies, so you can successfully attend while continuing with your current line of employment. Our concentrations allow you to focus on a specific area of business:


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Program Snapshot

Program Format: One Weekend a Month In-Person Residency

Number of Credits Hours: 48 Minimum Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Three-to-Five-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Deadline: February 1 (Priority, October 18)
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Admissions Requirements

The four-step application process is designed to determine if applicants have the skills and interests necessary to succeed the program. Admission decisions for each step are made only after receipt of required documents for that step. The program receives a extensive number of applications every year for each of the concentrations. Depending on the number of students enrolled in each concentration and discipline courses offered, certain concentrations will either admit students every year or every other year. Please see below for specific information pertaining to the concentrations before applying to the program.

  • Applications for Fall 2025 open on June 3, 2024
    • Application deadlines for Fall 2025
      • Priority Admissions: October 18, 2024
      • Regular Admissions: February 1, 2025

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Step 1 Initial Requirements: Attend an information session before applying. Once you've decided, please complete the application, submit your resume, and request your academic transcripts. Submit your Statement of Interest and request two letters of Recommendation.  

Step 2 Research Workshop and Research Interest: Attend a research workshop at the KSU Center. Submit your Research Interest Overview.
Step 3 Interview:
Complete an interview with the Ph.D. program Directors and faculty by invitation.
Step 4 Offer and Commitment:
Receive the offer to join the other successful candidates selected within two weeks. 

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Ph.D. in Business Administration Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Get an Earlier Decision - Coles College offers priority deadlines for applications so you can have an earlier acceptance decision.

  • Continue to Work and Study – You can continue your full-time job, while pursuing doctoral studies, unlike most traditional doctoral programs.

  • Residency-based Program – You will engage in an intense once-a-month residency structure (Friday – Sunday) while taking classes in our Program, unlike traditional programs that have courses taught throughout the week.

  • Complete the Program in as Little as Three Years – The first two years of the Program consist of in-class residencies. The third year focuses on dissertation research and does not require in-class residencies.

Ph.D. in Business Administration Salary and Career Information

Assistant professors at universities earn a median of $92,100 annually, according to However, salaries can vary widely depending upon the university size, length of employment, additional responsibilities, and other factors.


KSU alumni hold these types of positions at AACSB-accredited universities across the United States:

tenure track
fellow clinical


Coles College of Business

Linda Rowlette
Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor, Ph.D. in Business Administration Program
Phone: 470-578-4798

Kennesaw State University
PhD in Business Administration Program Office
Coles College of Business
3333 Busbee Drive
North Entrance, Suite 431
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-4798

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