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Business Administration, Ph.D.

Darla Moore School of Business

This doctoral degree is designed for students of outstanding ability who wish to do advanced work to prepare themselves for careers in university teaching and research, business and/or government.

The program provides a thorough knowledge of the main theoretical disciplines underlying the student’s fields of specialization, develops the skills, professional ethics and competence required for creative and meaningful research, and encourages students to customize their research and teaching interests and expertise.

Program Highlights

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    One Degree, Seven Options

    Choose accounting, finance, intl. business, intl. finance, marketing, organizational behavior/human resources or production/operations mgmt.

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    A Top-Ranked Faculty

    Learn from some of the best international business faculty members in the world.

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    Flexible Curriculum

    Customize your research, teaching interests and expertise to match your interests and career goals.

What You’ll Study

In consultation with a Ph.D. advisory committee, you will develop a program of study based on your academic background and professional objectives. In total, you'll earn 60 credit hours of coursework: two foundational courses, six research-tools courses, five major area courses, three courses for a cognate and 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Management

    Directing and overseeing the activities and resources to achieve specific goals


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    International and Domestic Business

    Building relationships and conducting transactions across borders

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Researcher for Business
  • Researcher for Government

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Associate Professor

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $112,038

Workplace Settings

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government

Employers of Alumni

  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Duke University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Washington