Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)

The School of Business, Graduate College, and the Hampton University Online Program collaborate to offer a hybrid online doctoral program in business which includes two mandatory summer residencies of four weeks each. The Business Administration track includes courses in accounting/ finance or marketing/ management. The Hampton University doctoral program in business includes 60 credit hours with a concentration in Business Administration. The program culminates with a published article and a dissertation with a final dissertation defense held on campus.

The target market for the Ph.D. program is professionals located nationwide who desire an advanced degree in business to excel in their careers. In addition, the program responds to current MBA or technical graduate students aspiring to become consultants, researchers or academicians and students who seek advanced degrees to support leadership roles in organizations. Online courses will be provided during the academic year. Hence, the program is suitable for busy professionals seeking an advanced degree in business to increase their credentials in their current or future industrial role and/or for advancement in academia.

Students enrolled in the Hampton University doctoral program may select six graduate level courses that will result in at least 18 credit hours of subject matter in a discipline. Semester sessions are eight weeks in duration with the exception of summer residencies, which are four-week terms. All coursework with the exception of summer residency will be facilitated online. Dissertation work will commence after successful completion of all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, acceptance of a published scholarly article, successful passing of the comprehensive examination, and presentation of an acceptable dissertation proposal. Final defense of the dissertation is required.

Further details are provided in the Graduate College section, and also in the Hampton University Online section of the Hampton University catalog and website.

The program requires completion of approximately 60 credit hours

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CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
BLAO 701ROrganizational Behavior3
BLAO 702ROrganization Theory and Practice3
BLAO 703RAdvanced Computer Applications3
BLAO 704RAdvanced Topics in Research3
BLAO 760RBehavioral Research Methods3
BLAO 761REmpirical Research Methods3
BLAO 706RTeaching Methodology Seminar1
*BLAO 707RPre-Proposal Presentation2
BLAO 740RManagerial Economics3
BLAO 800Dissertation I4
BLAO 805Dissertation II4
**BLAO 810Dissertation III4
BLAO 815Dissertation Defense0
Total Credit Hours:36

Hampton University Catalog: 2020-2021


All PhD in Business Administration students are required to complete two summer residencies during their program. Students will be in residence on the Hampton University main campus for 4 weeks during the mid July through Mid August period of the first and second years of their program.

This residency accounts for 24 credit hours.

The required four courses in research preparatory skills are designed to prepare students to create a required publishable paper at the completion of the first year and a dissertation proposal which will subsequently be done completely on line.

Online Coursework

During the fall and spring semesters students will take six graduate level courses online to establish 18 credit hours in the discipline. Students will also complete six hours of minor coursework.

For those students continually in residence, up to 6 credit hours of the six graduate level courses will be accepted to fulfill “discipline” requirements.


Admission into the PhD in Business Administration program is open to all students seeking an advanced degree.

Preferred students would possess a master’s degree in an approved program. Otherwise, nine credits in master level prerequisite business courses will be required in Economics, Accounting, and Quantitative Business Analysis.

All prospective PHD students must take the GMAT and score at least 400, for admission into the Hampton University PhD in Business Administration, if they have not done so within the past five years. Students with a MBA who previously (within five years) scored 400 or greater on the GMAT, are not required to retake the examination but must submit score. All students must submit three letters of recommendation, have three years of relevant work experience, and submit a prepared Statement of Career/Professional plans. Students lacking undergraduate or graduate degrees in business may be required to take up to 9 hours of prerequisites. If needed, this work can be taken concurrent with required PhD coursework.

Up to six credits of minor coursework may be accepted for professional relevant life experience.

Students will be required to complete dissertation requirements within 6 semesters (3 years) of the first
enrollment in the dissertation seminar.


  • GMAT score of at least 400
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume with 3 Years of Relevant Work Experience
  • Statement of Career/Professional Plans
  • A copy of your State or Federal ID
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions

Application Deadlines

This program now offers rolling admissions. Application deadlines are for each cohort. If the cohort is full, or if the cohort does not meet the minimum student requirement, you will be considered for the next cohort. 

Summer – April 15th (Starts end of May)

Please forward all admissions packages and supplemental documentation to:

Hampton U Online
Attn:  HUO Graduate Admissions
PO Box 6227
Hampton, Virginia 23668

Official Transcripts sent through a transcript network may be sent to
Unofficial/Opened/Scanned transcripts will not be accepted for graduate programs

Course Details

  • Cost Per Credit – $695
  • Course Length – 16 weeks
  • Degree Credits – 61
  • Degree Length – 3.5 years

Financial Aid


For more information about the PhD in Business Administration program, please contact:

Dr. Nikki Finley
Hampton University School of Business

Hampton University Online is recognized as one of Virginia’s Top Affordable Online Colleges by Affordable Colleges Online.