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Ph.D. Business Administration

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Dr. John Ford,
 Ph.D. Director


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program was established at Old Dominion University in August of 1989 for the purpose of preparing outstanding candidates for academic careers in higher education and research or staff positions in industry and government.  In the Fall of 1995, the program's name changed from DBA to Ph.D. The program stresses academic competence through preparation in a major field of business administration combined with a major emphasis on international business that includes course work and research.  In addition, competence must be demonstrated in quantitative areas that provide necessary research and methodology tools.

Information Brochure on Ph.D. Business Administration Program (PDF)

Business Administration Doctorial Student Association

2013 CBPA Thesis Guide

Ph.D. Program Positioning Statement

Program Profile

Degree: Ph.D. in Business Administration (International Emphasis) - full-time program

Fields of Specialization: Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, Strategic Management

Application Deadline: March 1st

Program Entry: Fall Semester

Current Enrollment: 50 students in all phases of the program

Degrees Awarded: 101

Percentage of International Students: 62%

Percentage of Women: 34%

Length of Program: Most students require between 4 and 5 years to complete the program, but it is possible to finish the program is less than 4 years.

Statistics for 2011 Entering Class (students): Average GPA: 3.7, Average GMAT: 665

Graduate Placements (Domestic): Virginia Tech, American University, James Madison University, University of Washington – Tacoma, Radford University, Hofstra University, Hampton University, University of Missouri-St Louis, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, University of Southwest Missouri, University of Nevada at Reno, Western Washington University, East Carolina University, Christopher Newport University, Central Connecticut University, University of South Carolina- Spartanburg, Eastern Connecticut University, College of Charleston, Eastern Kentucky University, California State University – Bakersfield, East Tennessee State University, University of Maryland at Salisbury, SUNY-Oswego, Monmouth University, Roger Williams University, Western Connecticut State University, University of Nebraska at Kearny, Berry College, Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, Longwood College, Webster State University, Texas A&M at Pan Am, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of South Dakota, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State University, Delta State University, Gilford College, University of Missouri-Rolla, Virginia State University, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, JP Morgan-Chase, Kutztown University, Idaho State University.

Graduate Placements (International): Groningen University (Sweden), American University of Dubai (Dubai), Pyungtack University (Korea), Ulsan University (Korea),  University of Kuwait (Kuwait), Varairuk University (Thailand), Far Eastern University (Korea), American University (Bulgaria), Qassim University (Saudi Arabia), Seowon University (Korea).

If you would like more information about Old Dominion University's Ph.D. in Business Administration, please contact our office:


Katrina Davenport
Administrative Manager
Ph.D. Program-Business Administration
Office: Constant Hall 2004
Tel: +1-757-683-5138
Fax: +1-757-683-4076
Email: kdavenpo@odu.edu


John B. Ford
Director and Professor of Marketing
Ph.D. - Business Administration
Office: Constant Hall 2117
Tel: +1-757-683-3587
Fax: +1-757-683-3258
Email: jbford@odu.edu