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Test Your Limits with a PhD in Business Administration

The University of South Alabama's PhD in Business Administration program is designed with you in mind. Our classes meet over nine weekends each year - three in the summer, fall and spring. With classes held Friday to Sunday, our schedule enables you to pursue your degree without interrupting your career.

With concentrations in business analytics, management and marketing, our program is designed for business professionals and instructor-level faculty seeking a doctorate to pursue an academic career at 4-year universities. It is also suitable for those who wish to adapt industry experience into a consulting role and acquire the tools and perspective to conduct rigorous research and projects. The Mitchell PhD is also the perfect fit for instructors in business schools and colleges seeking a doctoral degree.

Classes are led by doctoral faculty with extensive experience in university teaching and research. The curriculum encourages a balanced approach to learning conceptual, theoretical and methodological components. The program facilitates the transition toward a new career by developing a comprehensive understanding of the discipline and essential research methods.

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South Alabama's Non-Traditional Approach to a PhD

PhD programs are typically designed for full‑time students, but ours is scheduled to accommodate full‑time employment, without sacrificing the coursework and research requirements mirrored by traditional full‑time programs.

Business Analytics One of Three Concentrations

South Alabama's PhD in Business Administration program has three concentrations: Business Analytics, Management, and Marketing. The Business Analytics concentration is one of only five in the entire country!

Dr. Joe Hair

Dr. Joe Hair is Director of the USA PhD Program

Dr. Joe Hair, Director of the University of South Alabama PhD in Business Administration program, was recognized by Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and 2019 as being in the top 1% globally of all Business and Economics professors.


AACSB Accredited

The Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama is a dually AACSB accredited institution.


GMAT/GRE Not Required

We don't require either GMAT or GRE for admission to our PhD in Business Administration program.


Three-Year Program

Program can be completed in three years (average is 3.3 years). Students take two classes (six credits) each semester.


72.5% Graduation Rate

Our PhD Student Graduation Rate is 72.5% (two-year average for students achieving ABD status to graduation).