Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/International Business Administration, Ph.D.



Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications for the Ph.D. program are all processed together after the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree in the field is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT/GRE is required. We expect  980th percentile in both Quantitative and Verbal sections. A minimum score does not ensure admission to the program.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT.


A resume is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

As a specialization within a Ph.D. in Business Administration, the IB Ph.D. program consists of 16 courses (48 credits), which include: 1 concentration pro-seminar (3 credits), 10 core theory and research method courses (30 credits), 3 concentration courses (9 credits), and 2 elective courses (6 credits). In addition, additional credits must be maintained during the time of preparation for comprehensive exams, dissertation proposal and final defense.

The 10 core courses include 2 required courses: BA9101 (statistics methods for business research, either (a) applied or (b) theoretical section), and BA9103 (economic theory of choice); plus 8 more from the menus of other BA listed courses, indicated in the Ph.D. Handbook.

Courses required for IB major are:

• IB 9001 (BA cross-listed): Theory of International Business and Multinational Firms

• IB 9002: Empirical Research in International Business

• BA9212/FIN9004: Seminar in International Finance

• GSM900: Strategy Formulation and International Business

IB students are also required to take a minor in one business functional area (e.g., marketing, finance, strategy), and take 1-2 generic functional courses in that area after consultation with the IB doctoral advisor.

The Ph.D. Program also stipulates the following additional requirements:

• Qualifying exam in statistics – after the first year

• First-year research proposal (encouraged) – by the end of summer after the first year

• Second-year paper requirement - by the end of summer after the second year

• Comprehensive exam in IB – after all coursework is completed

• Dissertation proposal defense

• Final dissertation defense


Program Contact Information:

Stephen Boro
Administrative Director
Doctoral Programs
Alter 337

Concentration Advisor:
Dr. J. Jay Choi
Alter Hall 417
Tel: 215.204.5084


About the Program

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program prepares individuals for advanced research and scholarship. The primary emphasis of our program is to prepare future faculty members for successful academic careers, although many of our alumni are employed in government, industry, and consulting.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Job Placement:

The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers for academic positions.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take doctoral courses.

Financing Opportunities

Typically all PhD students receive financial assistantship in the form of full tuition remission and a stipend in return for offering services as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). Level of support is based on the concentration, the applicant’s qualifications, and competitive considerations.

Students can also receive remuneration for Conference travel, publications, and academic achievement.

Updated 10.10.13