Doctor of Philosophy in Business

The PhD in Business program combines interdisciplinary study and research. It is designed to prepare students for careers in academic research and teaching. Students follow specialized programs of study under the guidance of faculty experts. In addition, they have the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary training. The curriculum will also equip students with the skills and experience necessary for academic placement in the world’s top research universities. 

A minimum of 60 credit hours are required to earn the PhD in Business degree. The program requires year-round, full-time study in order to maximize interaction between faculty and students. Students are expected to interact and begin research projects with the faculty upon entering the program.

The requirements for the PhD in Business degree are the same as those listed in the general section.

Students may choose to concentrate their study in:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Management Science

  • Marketing

  • Operations Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Strategy/International Business

Required “Core” Courses

*These courses can be waived by consent of the appropriate department; waiver is granted by issuing transfer credit hours for similar courses taken at the advanced graduate level at accredited institutions.

There are two streams of “core” courses for students, each comprising of five courses.

Stream I

(Accounting, Finance, Management Science, Marketing-Quantitative, and Operations Management)

ECO 600Econometrics3
ECO 601Graduate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECO 602Advanced Microeconomic Theory3
ECO 612Economic Strategies for Firms and the Industry3
ECO 620Advanced Econometrics3
Total Credit Hours15

Stream II

(Marketing-Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Strategy/International Business)

PSY 625Social Psychology3
PSY 631Psychological Statistics, Research Methods, and Design3
PSY 632Multiple Regression3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods3
SOC 616Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives3
or ECO 602 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
Total Credit Hours15

Area of Concentration Courses

*These are to be decided by the student and faculty.   

*Students in the Management Science concentration are required to complete at least 30 graduate credits in STEM courses.

In total, a minimum of 33 credit hours in concentration courses are to be taken, up to 15 of which may be satisfied by transfer-credit hours. Some Departments may require students to complete a minor field. If so, their major field must consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours (with at least 15 credit hours completed in doctoral program residence at the University of Miami). The minor field would then consist of 9-12 credit hours in an area outside of the major concentration (with a minimum of 9 credit hours taken in doctoral program residency at the University of Miami).

Dissertation Research

12 credit hours are to be taken at a minimum—two semesters of 6-9 credit hours each. No transfer credit is given for dissertation or prior research.

Total Credit Hour Requirements

In total, a minimum of 60 credit hours are required for receiving the Ph.D. degree in Business:

"Core" courses15
"Concentration" courses33
Dissertation research12
Total Credit Hours60

To this total must be added any prerequisite courses (as outlined above), with transfer- credit hours being subtracted.


The mission of the PhD in Business program is to attract the best and brightest students and train them to become serious research scholars who are capable of being placed in faculty positions in leading business schools after they graduate.


  • Understand the latest theories in their chosen field of study to create new knowledge.

  • Demonstrate research methodology skills to conduct rigorous academic research.

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to disseminate the knowledge.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the extant literature, theories, and concepts in their chosen field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of appropriate research methods to conduct appropriate empirical and/or theoretical research.
  • Students will develop good communication skills to be able to present their research effectively to academic audiences, and write research articles that can be published in referred academic journals.