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Earning a Ph.D.

with professional experience
Oklahoma State University offers an AACSB accredited Ph.D. in Business Administration for executives that allows organizational leaders to earn a doctorate while continuing their full-time careers. The program is designed to bridge academic study and business practice through a rich research-based curriculum.

Curriculum & format

  • 60-credit hours may be complete in three years
  • Hybrid format with three-day monthly in-person residencies supplemented by recorded lectures and synchronous online classes
  • Extensive curriculum covering research design and methods, statistics, theory, strategic management, organizational behavior, marketing, entrepreneurship and business analytics
  • Courses taught by senior researchers and instructors
  • Faculty-mentored group research practicums with the opportunity for publication
  • Doctoral dissertations conducted one-on-one with a faculty research advisor


Residency schedule

  • 2023-24
    Fall 2023
    Dates                 Residency
    August 17-19                 Welcome and Orientation, Cohort XII
    September 7-9                 Residency 1 
    October 19-21                 Residency 2
    November 16-18                 Residency 3
    Spring 2024
    Dates   Residency
    January 25-27   Residency 1
    March 7-9   Residency 2
    April 11-13   Residency 3
    Summer 2024
    Dates   Residency
    May 31 - June 1   Residency 1
    June 28-29   Residency 2
    July 26-27   Residency 3
  • 2024-25
    Fall 2024
    Dates                 Residency
    August 15-17                 Welcome and Orientation Cohort XIII
    September 26-28                 Residency 1
    October 24-26                 Residency 2
    December 5-7                 Residency 3
    December 13-14                 Graduation Events, Cohort X
    Spring 2025
    Dates Residency
    January 16-18 Residency 1
    February 27-March 1 Residency 2
    April 3-5 Residency 3
    Summer 2025
    Dates         Residency
    May 16-17         Residency 1
    June 27-28         Residency 2
    July 18-19         Residency 3
  • 2025-26
    Fall 2025
    Dates                           Residency
    August 14-16                           Welcome and Orientation, Cohort XIV


Application process

Learn about the admission process for Oklahoma State University’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.

Current cohorts

Current students will show you how rewarding and manageable it is to earn your Ph.D. through OSU’s executive program.

Contact us

Meet the dedicated support team who will assist you with curriculum and program logistics. We are available via email or phone to answer any questions you may have.

Meet the faculty

Learn more about the faculty who will be assisting as you earn your doctorate and their specific areas of expertise.

Program alumni

See how graduates apply their research knowledge to practice after graduation or transition to careers in academia

Publications & placements

Our students and alumni publish in top journals and receive academic placements at leading institutions.

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