Aspire to Achieve

    •, A researcher, باحث
      A researcher
    •, An undergraduate, البكالوريوس
      An undergraduate
    •, A graduate, الدراسات العليا
      A graduate

PhD in Business Administration

Key Fact
  • Program name
    PhD in Business Administration
  • Program code
  • Program director
    Dr. Uzma Javed
  • Program length
    4 years
  • Credit hours
    60 Credits

 About the Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The PhD in Business Administration program is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and research skills in various areas of business, such as accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, operations, and real-estate. The program takes 4-5 years to complete and involves rigorous coursework, independent research, and the completion of a dissertation. Students are typically required to take core courses in research methods and theories of business, as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization. Students in the program will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who are experts in their field, and will be encouraged to conduct original research and present their findings in academic conferences and publications.

The program is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing careers in academia or research, or for those who aspire to senior-level management positions in various industries. In addition to the coursework and research requirements, students in the program will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses under the supervision of senior faculty members, providing valuable experience and skills that can enhance their future career prospects. Overall, the PhD in Business Administration program is designed to provide students with the advanced knowledge and research skills they need to become leaders in their field, and to make significant contributions to the business community and society as a whole.​

 Educational Objectives

​The major objectives of the program are:
  • To provide students with top-tier and advanced knowledge in the business administration general area and the field of specialization.
  • To provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to design and conduct high quality research.
  • To prepare student to be outstanding scholars, self-directed and highly disciplined.
  • To prepare students to become excellent communicators, which is a skill highly required in different domains of which teaching and quality research output.
  • To equip students with strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • To develop students' creativity, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.​​

 Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles, theories and concepts in the Business administration general field.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding at the frontiers of knowledge in the field of specialization.
  • Demonstrate outstanding scholarly and academic skills.


  • Synthesize theoretical knowledge and analytical skills to provide innovative ideas for complex issues and challenges related to the field of specialization.
  • Apply advanced knowledge and research methodologies and techniques to test innovative ideas and provide creative solutions.
  • Effectively design, conduct and communicate research output.
  • Communicate effectively at appropriate level with a variety of audience using relevant IT tools.
  • Apply advanced numerical skills to conduct the research in the field of specialization.


  • Demonstrate high level of responsibility and autonomy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact and lead in a multicultural environment.
  • Deal consistently and sensitively with complex ethical issues in academic and/or professional contexts, and reflect high levels of loyalty, responsibility, and commitment to serve the society.

 Career Opportunities

After graduation, the PhD holders can pursue the following careers:

  • Professors in Business Schools in their field of specialization
  • Researchers in the field of specialization
  • Practitioners in their field of specialization
  • Consultants in their field of specialization​

 Graduation Requirements

​​​The program graduation requirements are as follows:
  • Doctorate students are expected to complete the PhD program in 4 years. The additional year would be added to the duration of the program in case the student needs to first start with the Preparatory Program before starting the PhD program.
  • Completing 60 credits hours leading to 4 years of full-time study, excluding the preparatory year.
  • Successfully pass the qualifying exam in semester 5 of year 3.
  • Successfully defend the research proposal during semester 6 in year 3.
  • Complete the mandatory teaching engagement in semester 6 of year 3.
  • Successfully defend their dissertation for the award of PhD degree. The dissertation defense is oral and open to the public.

 Study Plan

PhD in Business Administration Program study plan as (PDF)​, more sui​table for mobile browsing. ​
Bachelor GPA
3/4 or 4/5
Master GPA
3.5/4 or 4.5/5
Required Tests
(520 or 6), 600
Additional Department Requirement
Recommendation Letter
Personal Statement
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137817
Tel.+966 122137811 

Effat Alumnae