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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


  • 2021–2022
    Fall 2021
    Dates Residency
    August 18–21 Dissertation Workshop, Cohort VIII
    August 20–21 Welcome & Orientation, Cohort X
    September 16–18 Residency 1
    October 21–23 Residency 2
    November 18–20 Residency 3
    December 10–11 Graduation, Cohort VI & VII
     Spring 2022
    Dates Residency
    January 20–22 Residency 1
    March 3–5 Residency 2
    April 7–9 Residency 3
     Summer 2022
    Dates Residency
    May 13–14 Residency 1
    June 10–11 Residency 2
    July 15–16 Residency 3
  • 2022–2023
    Fall 2022
    Dates Residence
    August 17–20 Dissertation Workshop, Cohort IX
    August 18–20 Welcome & Orientation, Cohort XI
    TBD Residency 1
    TBD Residency 2
    TBD Residency 3
    December 9-10 Graduation, Cohort VIII
     Spring 2023
    Dates Residency
    TBD Residency 1
    TBD Residency 2
    TBD Residency 3
    Summer 2023
    Dates Residency
    TBD Residency 1
    TBD Residency 2
    TBD Residency 3


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.

Featured Announcements

Cohort presents research at Southern Management Association conference

December 2, 2021

The Southern Management Association accepted the paper “Overlooked Aspect of Measurement: Does the Content of Verbal Anchors Matter?,” which was co-authored by Spears School of Business’s Dr. Lisa Schurer Lambert and students in the Executive Ph.D. in Business program.

Oklahoma State University Executive Ph.D. faculty provide leadership for Southern Management Association

November 16, 2021

Oklahoma State University Executive Ph.D. faculty showed up big time for the Southern Management Association’s (SMA) 2021 conference in New Orleans as Dr. Alexis Smith Washington took her seat as a new board member and Dr. Lisa Schurer Lambert began her tenure as the association’s president.

Executive Ph.D. program accepting applications for 2022

October 27, 2021

Oklahoma State University offers an AACSB-accredited Ph.D. in Business for Executives program that allows students to earn a doctorate in three years while continuing their full-time career.

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