International Business

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
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Today’s global leaders must be aware of the challenges of doing business in foreign countries. The PhD in International Business specialization explores theories and conducts research on how multinational and international organizations are meeting global challenges. You will also study and learn research techniques in cross-disciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance and marketing. Graduates are prepared for careers in international leadership and management, marketing, consulting and international trade. You may also choose to pursue international teaching positions in higher education at home or abroad.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


International Business Environments

This doctoral course examines international business theory and their applications in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin-America, the Middle East and Africa. The emphasis is on developing higher-level thinking skills with an ability to critically evaluate international business environments to explore and compare differences in international markets and their effects on conducting business in the particular region. Students are assessed for their independent thinking and theoretical application to resolve complex topical research issues and case problems. Peer-reviewed referred journal articles and current research are used to present course material to guide students develop decisions-making skills required for managers working in varied international business environments.


Global Economic Environment

This doctoral course covers international economic and trade theories and the role of global corporations. The global economic environment continues to pose major challenges; therefore, it is increasingly important to understand principles of international economic theory and international economic and financial governance institutions. Students will be assessed for their independent thinking and the theoretical applications to resolve complex topic research issues, and case problems.


Global Marketing Environment

A doctoral course that examines specific issues of social and cultural environments in the context of global marketing. Global marketing research and product launches are differentiated when entering overseas markets and in conducting marketing operations globally as opposed to \0x2013domestic\0x201D levels. Attention is focused on complex problem solving techniques through an examination of culture and customer differences in different parts of the world. This course also provides a new learning experience for global marketing professionals that need new methods to develop product designs and implement comprehensive marketing brand and plan strategies throughout the world.


Cultural Environment of Global Business

This Doctoral level course examines the theoretical and practical complexities of operating within international environments. Managing global business expansion, establishing organizational relationships and developing strategies for global operations will also be examined.


International Business Strategic Management

This doctoral course covers the strategic management decisions of multinational corporations (MNCs) to enhance success in a global economy. Students will examine decisions-making skills and situations faced by managers of MNCs to meet changes in financial and economic environments.


International Business Law & Environment

This Doctoral level course covers the principles, scope and basic mechanisms of international law, development and practices. The impacts of international relations and the legal environment on global business will also be examined. The course incorporates major cases of emerging disputes and dispute resolution among nations over such issues as intellectual property rights, labor and trade subsidy policies. Students will be assessed for their independent thinking and theoretical applications to resolve complex topic research issues and case study problems.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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