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Ph.D. Programs

Blacksburg Campus

The Pamplin College of Business offers the PhD in Business. The program is offered in Blacksburg on a full-time basis with admission for the Fall semester. Financial aid is available for qualified PhD students; most students making satisfactory academic progress receive tuition and stipend support for four years. A total of 90 credit hours is required to complete the PhD, of which at least 30 hours must be in graded classes. Included in the graded coursework are five core courses in research methods and statistical analysis: MGT 5124 Business Research Methods, MGT 5384 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership, BIT 5724 Managerial Statistics, STAT 5615 and 5616 Statistics in Research. Students pursuing the PhD. in Business must select one of six concentrations (majors).

Graduate Programs - National Capital Region

Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business offers a concentration within its Ph.D. program in Business.  Launched in 2016, the Ph.D. concentration in Executive Business Research serves experienced executives who seek the advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct high quality research on critical issues facing the business community. This part-time program challenges students to dive deeply into the scholarly literature and master advanced research methods in their chosen business discipline. Students blend this scholarly knowledge with their business experience to create high quality, original research embodied in a dissertation that addresses a complex business problem. Importantly, students develop the skills needed to publish their research in leading-edge research journals.

Prospective students should plan a four to five-year commitment to build the credentials needed to earn this unique and rigorous Ph.D. degree. The academic demands in this unique part-time program are on par with that of Pamplin’s full-time Ph.D. program in Business.