Ph.D. in Business Administration

The Ph.D. program in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University prepares students to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and become effective educators in their field of study. Students in the Doctoral Program work closely with renowned faculty to develop their independent research agenda, present work at leading academic conferences and contribute to advancing the knowledge of their discipline.

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students for research careers in accounting, finance, information systems, management or marketing.

*Currently we are not accepting applications for the Supply Chain Management concentration

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Program Features

The program consists of two years of coursework followed by a comprehensive examination and a substantial component devoted to dissertation work. Students who pass the comprehensive examination become Ph.D. candidates. Under faculty supervision, Ph.D. candidates develop their independent research into a dissertation proposal and then a complete dissertation. Ph.D. candidates also obtain teaching skills as undergraduate instructors in their field of study. They also receive guidance from faculty as they enter the job market.

Financial Support

  • Research and Teaching Assistantship: Students accepted in the program are awarded a Research and Teaching Assistantship that includes a tuition waiver and annual stipend.
  • Research and Travel Funding: A limited amount of financial support is available on a competitive basis.

Research Mentorship

Ph.D. students will acquire and develop advanced research skills under faculty mentorship.


  • Conference Presentations: Ph.D. students present at research conferences and seminars.
  • Co-Authored Publications: Students often co-author research publications with faculty and students.
  • Collaboration: Ph.D. students have offices on the same floor as faculty and share offices with other doctoral students.


Each Ph.D. student is paired with teaching mentor. Pedagogical and curricular skills are strengthened through the program's college teaching course.



Faculty members are recognized as scholars who are actively engaged in leading research in Accounting, Finance, Strategic Management, Information Systems and Marketing. Journals where recent research by faculty members has appeared include:

Academy of Management Journal

MIS Quarterly

Journal of Corporate Finance

Journal of Marketing Research

Journal of Finance

Personnel Psychology

Journal of Marketing

Review of Accounting Studies

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science


Journal of Accounting and Economics


Strategic Management Journal


Program Structure

The College of Business Administration Ph.D. program is full-time only, with an average completion time of five years. The program is comprised of coursework, a comprehensive examination and the dissertation.

Ph.D. Program Components  
College Core 3 courses
College Teaching 1 course 
Concentration Coursework 5 courses
Supplemental or Minor Courses 4 courses
Departmentally Selected Courses Up to 3 courses
Comprehensive Examination Taken after completing all coursework
Dissertation Begins after successful completion of the comprehensive examination




Kent State University College of Business Administration Doctoral Program offers academic programs for Ph.D. degrees and research careers in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

*Currently we are not accepting applications for the Supply Chain Management concentration

Accounting Information Systems Marketing Finance Management

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The Kent State University Ph.D. program in Business Administration admits students for full-time study only beginning in the fall semester each year. Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive and, normally, only two to three applicants are admitted within an area of study each year.

Application Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GMAT score for the Accounting concentration, official GMAT or GRE score for all other concentrations.
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay of goals and objectives
  • International applicants: Test of English proficiency - IELTS (minimum 7.0) or TOEFL IBT (minimum 100)

The average GMAT score for students admitted in the past three years is 653.

Application Deadline

We encourage you to start your application for consideration for fall 2020. The application deadline is January 1 for international applicants and February 1 for domestic applicants. All admission requirements must be received by the application deadline.

Financial Support

Admitted applicants are awarded a Research and Teaching Assistantship that includes a tuition waiver and annual stipend. Limited additional support is available for research and conference travel.



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Cathy L. Z. DuBois, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Online Programs


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration Program Director 
    Jennifer Wiggins, Ph.D., Professor

  • Alam Pervaiz, Ph.D.

    Accounting, Ph.D. Concentration Coordinator  
    Indrarini (Rini) Laksmana, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

  • Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D.

    Finance, Ph.D. Concentration Coordinator
    Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D.
    Olga A. Mural Risk Management Associate Professor

  • Murali Shanker, Ph.D.

    Information Systems, Ph.D. Concentration Coordinator 
    Greta Polites, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

  • Management, Ph.D. Concentration Coordinator 
    Ilgaz Arikan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

  • Jennifer, Ph.D.

    Marketing, Ph.D. Concentration Coordinator
    Chris Groening, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

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