Ph.D. in Business Administration

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The objectives of the Ph.D. in Business Administration program is to provide opportunities to develop student competencies in research and teaching and to prepare graduates for academic careers. Specifically, the goal is to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to enable them to meet critical challenges projected in business education across the United States, Mexico, and other countries.

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program is one of only 25 such programs worldwide accredited by the AACSB International designed to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to meet critical research and teaching challenges projected in business and in particular, international business education. Ph.D. students are trained to plan and execute high-quality research that is publishable in major scholarly journals. Ph.D. students attend national and international conferences, where they have the opportunity to present papers and network with scholars in their fields as well as in related fields. The full-time program also offers the opportunity for secondary specializations in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. Further, the program supports student success through mentoring, diversifying the faculty (24% Latino full-time faculty), and providing affordable graduate business education.


Latinos now represent 31% of all of the program's graduates, a percentage that is five times higher than the percentage of Latino Ph.D.’s in the entire United States.

The Latino students’ retention rate for those entering the program since 2008 is 87%.

The percentage of Latino graduates among all graduates rose from 29% in 2010 to 31% in 2012.

100% of Latino graduates received a job offer or were employed by the time they graduated. Additionally, 100% of Latino graduates working in education do so in programs that are AACSB accredited or have an equivalent accreditation.