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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is a research-based program designed to prepare leaders for positions in the private and public sectors by enhancing knowledge and competencies appropriate to a leadership role in business, administration, and technology management. Upon completion of the PhD program, students are expected to have a broad knowledge in fields of business and technology management and an understanding of at least one specialized area of study.   A Ph.D. requires original ideas about a specialized topic, as well as a high degree of methodological/scientific rigor (Nelson, & Coorough, 1994). As is traditional in higher education, a Ph.D. is only awarded for a piece of work that will actually make a difference to the theoretical context of the field ‑‑‑ the Ph.D. dissertation is a new contribution to the body of knowledge.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree are:

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Specializations

The Doctor of Philosophy of Business Administration (PhD) program emphasizes leadership preparation by providing a broad-based knowledge in the field of business with an understanding of at least one specialization area of study. This program is based upon scientific inquiry and independent research to create original contributions to the body of knowledge in Business. PhD Specializations are offered in the following areas:

Courses taken to satisfy the fundamental requirements may not be counted toward a specialization.  

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at Northcentral University (not counting fundamental courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

Course Length

As of August 1st, 2011, all new students enrolling in the Business PhD program are automatically enrolled in courses that are eight weeks in length.  Students whose PhD program was in progress as of August 1st, 2011 will continue to be enrolled in courses that are twelve weeks in length.  These existing PhD students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor.  Once an existing PhD student has opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses.  All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

PhD Degree Requirements

Admission to the Doctorate programs requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.  

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

The PhD degree programs in business have the following graduation requirements:

Fundamental Competencies for PhD Programs

All PhD students are required to demonstrate competency in these areas:

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs.  Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred in.   

Note: Normal time to completion is also based upon the policies in effect while students were active in their programs. On January 3, 2011 Northcentral implemented new continuous enrollment policies, which have decreased the expected time to completion. Additionally, on August 1, 2011, non-dissertation courses in the PhD-BA program were converted from 12 week courses to 8 week courses.

Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.

Doctoral Dissertation Process

Faculty assist each Northcentral University Doctoral student to reach this high goal through a systematic process leading to a high-quality completed dissertation. A PhD dissertation is a scholarly documentation of research that makes an original contribution to the field of study. This process requires care in choosing a topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and conducting the research. These activities lead smoothly into the writing and oral presentation of the dissertation.

A doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled throughout the series of dissertation courses. If additional time is required to complete any of the dissertation courses, students must re-enroll and pay the tuition for that course. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when students demonstrate progress toward completing dissertation requirements. The Dissertation Committee determines progress.

PhD Doctoral Course Sequence

Credit Hours - The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits.  Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. Students who do not complete their program in 75 credit hours (not including Standard Curriculum courses) will be dismissed.

Basis of Admission - In order to enter the doctoral (PhD) program, applicants must have earned a master's degree from an accredited university.

The PhD in Business requires the following courses for every specialization:

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Required Foundational Courses must be taken first and in sequence.

PhD Required Foundation Courses – 12 credit hours

BTM7101, BTM7101-8

Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business

SKS7000, SKS7000-8

Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies

BTM8104, BTM8104-8

Statistics I

MGT7019, MGT7019-8

Ethics in Business

The PhD in Business requires five specialization and six research courses, a total of 33 credit hours.

 

Specialization Course 1

BTM8102, BTM8102-8 

Business Research Methodology

 

Specialization Course 2

BTM8103, BTM8103-8 

Research Design

 

Specialization Course 3

BTM8108, BTM8108-8 

Qualitative Research Design

 

Specialization Course 4

BTM8107, BTM8107-8 

Statistics II

 

Specialization Course 5

BTM8106, BTM8106-8 

Quantitative Research Design

BTM8109, BTM8109-8

Planning Dissertation Research in Business

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (PhD) - 3 credit hours

CMP9500B

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (PhD)

**Dissertation Courses - 12 credit hours

DIS9501B

Doctoral Dissertation Research I

DIS9502B

Doctoral Dissertation Research II

DIS9503B

Doctoral Dissertation Research III

DIS9504B

Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

**Dissertation Research - A minimum of four dissertation research courses must be completed in order to complete the program.  Up to an additional five dissertation research courses (DIS9505 through DIS9509) may be taken if the dissertation requirements are not completed in DIS9504B.

Note: The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires a minimum of 60 credit hours post-master's with a maximum of 75 credit hours, depending on the time required to complete the dissertation research.

PhD Specializations

Advanced Accounting Specialization

This specialization provides students with application of a broad accounting perspective and research based accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, business performance and forensic analysis. Students will be able to meet the demand for advanced analysis of management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of business enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and higher education instruction.

Advanced Accounting Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for ACC – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):  

ACC7000, ACC7000-8

Advanced Managerial Accounting

ACC7010, ACC7010-8

Advanced Accounting and Fraud Examination Techniques

ACC7015, ACC7015-8

Advanced Forensic Accounting Theory and Practice

ACC7020, ACC7020-8

Advanced Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations

ACC7025, ACC7025-8

Advanced Tax Strategies

ACC7030, ACC7030-8

Advanced Auditing Methods and Practice

ACC7035, ACC7035-8

Advanced Accounting Theory and Policy

ACC7040, ACC7040-8

Advanced International Accounting

ACC7045, ACC7045-8

Advanced Cost Accounting

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Applied Computer Science Specialization

Research and development is at the forefront of rapid changes in technology. To maintain a competitive edge, business and research institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary computer science methods. This specialization provides preparation for professional careers emphasizing research and development leadership and technology.

Applied Computer Science Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for CS – 15 credit hours  

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):  

CS7001, CS7001-8

C# Programming for Doctoral Research  

CS7002, CS7002-8

C++ Programming for Doctoral Research  

CS7005, CS7005-8

Complex Database Management Systems  

CS7006, CS7006-8

Advanced Networking Technologies for Technology Leaders  

CS7009, CS7009-8

Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems  

CS7010, CS7010-8

Advanced Topics in Network Communications  

CS7013, CS7013-8

Programming Language Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

CS7014, CS7014-8

Software Engineering Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

CS7015, CS7015-8

Distributed Computing Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

MIS7005, MIS7005-8

IT Network Architecture  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Computer and Information Security Specialization

This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on developing best practices for forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Students study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits.

Computer and Information Security Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for CIS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

CIS7002, CIS7002-8

Organizations Corporate Computer and Network Security  

CIS7003, CIS7003-8

Cyber Forensics  

CIS7004, CIS7004-8

Foundations of Systems Certification and Accreditation  

CIS7005, CIS7005-8

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Information Warfare, and Cyber Terrorism

CIS7006, CIS7006-8

Foundations of Computer Network Auditing

CIS7007, CIS7007-8

Information Security and Outsourcing Computer Systems  

CIS7008, CIS7008-8

Advanced Risk Management in Information Assurance and Security  

CIS7009, CIS7009-8

Information Assurance from Legal and Ethical Issues

CIS7010, CIS7010-8

Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning for the Security
Professional
 

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Criminal Justice Specialization

This specialization explores research in the dynamics connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, teaching or private consulting fields.

Criminal Justice Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for CJ – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):  

CJ7002, CJ7002-8

Delinquency and Criminal Justice  

CJ7004, CJ7004-8  

Organized Criminal Gangs  

CJ7006, CJ7006-8

Illegal Maritime Activities 

CJ7007, CJ7007-8

Criminal Justice Research Methods  

CJ7009, CJ7009-8

Institutional Corrections  

CJ7010, CJ7010-8

Effective Police Tactics, Techniques and Methodologies  

CJ7011, CJ7011-8

Ethics and Criminal Justice  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Financial Management Specialization

This specialization concentrates on research and development analyses used to manage and allocate financial resources and develop effective strategic planning for projection and ROI issues. Students will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations.

Financial Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for FIN – 15 credit hours 

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

FIN7012, FIN7012-8

Advanced Corporate Finance

FIN7013, FIN7013-8

Investment Portfolio Analysis  

FIN7014, FIN7014-8

Managing Financial Institutions  

FIN7015, FIN7015-8  

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis  

FIN7016, FIN7016-8  

Financial Management for International Business  

FIN7018, FIN7018-8

Accounting and Control for Nonprofit Organizations  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Health Care Administration Specialization

This specialization develops essential perspectives and skills for application of theoretical and research-based health care industry management issues. The specialization prepares students for problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change in delivery systems. Students in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies related to total quality management in health care.

Health Care Administration Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for HCA – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HCA7012, HCA7012-8

Health Care Industry and Financial Management  

HCA7013, HCA7013-8

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Research Management  

HCA7014, HCA7014-8

Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and
Management
 

HCA7015, HCA7015-8

Health Care Educational Theory and Application  

HCA7019, HCA7019-8

Managerial Leadership within Managed Health Care Systems  

HCA7020, HCA7020-8

Global Issues in Health Care Policy and Management  

HCA7022, HCA7022-8

Health Care Strategic Management  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy (HS) Specialization

This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. This specialization focuses on rigorous research exploring advanced concepts and methods, and applying theory and emerging concepts through innovative approaches to complex problems. Students may choose from a variety of courses in terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues.

Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for HS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HS7000, HS7000-8

Homeland Security and Terrorism

HS7004, HS7004-8

Local Emergency Management and Civil Preparedness

HS7010, HS7010-8

Aviation and Ground Transportation Security

HS7013, HS7013-8

Intelligence and Law Enforcement

HS7014, HS7014-8

Strategy, Resiliency, and Coping with Fear

HS7020, HS7020-8

Security of the Maritime Transportation System

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Human Resources Management Specialization

This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and business organization. Students research theory and practice for HRM information systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM.

PhD Specialization Courses for HRM – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HRM7000, HRM7000-8

Human Resources Management  

HRM7001, HRM7001-8

Information Systems within HR  

HRM7002, HRM7002-8

Compensation and Benefits  

HRM7003, HRM7003-8

Labor Relations  

HRM7004, HRM7004-8

Supervising in the 21st Century  

HRM7006, HRM7006-8

Change and Innovation within HRM  

HRM7007, HRM7007-8

Cultural Issues  

HRM7008, HRM7008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization

(Interdisciplinary)

This specialization explores the application of industrial and organizational psychology and management theory to the understanding of people in work environment. In this interdisciplinary specialization, students complete courses in the School of Business and the School of Psychology in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Students conduct advanced research related to the application of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management.

Industrial Organizational Psychology Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for IOP – 15 credit hours

Select 4 courses from the following courses (12 credit hours):

IOP8400, IOP8400-8

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

IOP8404, IOP8404-8

Consulting in Business, Education and Health

MGT7006, MGT7006-8

Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior

MGT7022, MGT7022-8

Advanced Topics in Organizational Development

Select 1 course from the following (3 credit hours):

MGT7110, MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations

MGT7014, MGT7014-8

Business and Management Consulting

HRM7008, HRM7008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

International Business Specialization (IB)

This specialization focuses theory and research of business practices in multinational and international organizations. Students interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides students with comprehensive education and research techniques in cross-disciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Students study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning.

International Business Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for IB – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

IB7002, IB7002-8

International Business Environments  

IB7012, IB7012-8

Global Economic Environment  

IB7013, IB7013-8

Global Marketing Environment  

IB7014, IB7014-8

Cultural Environment of Global Business  

IB7016, IB7016-8

International Business Strategic Management  

IB7017, IB7017-8

International Business Law & Environment  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Management Specialization

This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. Students explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment through management research projects. This specialization will prepare students for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting.

Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for MGT – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MGT7000, MGT7000-8

Business Organization and Management  

MGT7002, MGT7002-8

Marketing Management  

MGT7006, MGT7006-8

Organizational Behavior  

MGT7007, MGT7007-8

Strategic Management  

MGT7009, MGT7009-8

International Business  

MGT7012, MGT7012-8

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making  

MGT7013, MGT7013-8

Entrepreneurship  

MGT7014, MGT7014-8

Business and Management Consulting  

MGT7016, MGT7016-8

Managing Change  

MGT7022, MGT7022-8

Organizational Development  

MGT7023, MGT7023-8

Crisis Management  

MGT7026, MGT7026-8

Effective Managerial Communications  

MGT7027, MGT7027-8

Legal Implications in Management

MGT7029, MGT7029-8

Strategic Leadership

MGT7110, MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization

This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and research. This specialization focuses on the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes. Research projects provide in-depth analysis of principles of productivity, quality management, productivity using technology, and environmental systems management.

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for MET – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MET7000, MET7000-8

Fundamentals of Productivity  

MET7002, MET7002-8

Applications of Systems Theory  

MET7003, MET7003-8

Applications of Decision Theory  

MET7006, MET7006-8

Operations Research  

MET7015, MET7015-8

The Impact and Process Optimization of Technology  

MET7020, MET7020-8

Strategic Technology Management  

MET7029, MET7029-8

Enterprise Project Management  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Management Information Systems Specialization

This specialization combines and applies the components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The focus is using LAN/WAN/Database systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes, applying contemporary research and current theories in the MIS field.

Management Information Systems Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for MIS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MIS7000, MIS7000-8

Information Technology Management  

MIS7002, MIS7002-8

Database Administration and Management  

MIS7003, MIS7003-8

Information Technology Decision Support  

MIS7004, MIS7004-8

IT Data Communications Management  

MIS7005, MIS7005-8

IT Network Architecture  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Marketing Specialization (MKT)

This specialization focuses on marketing management and research, including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices and research theory.

Marketing Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for MKT – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MGT7002, MGT7002-8

Marketing Management  

MKT7000, MKT7000-8

Strategic Service Marketing  

MKT7001, MKT7001-8

Strategic Sales Force Management  

MKT7002, MKT7002-8

Customer Relationship Management Strategies  

MKT7003, MKT7003-8

Advertising and Promotion Strategies  

MKT7100, MKT7100-8

Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice  

MKT7101, MKT7101-8

Brand and Product Management  

MKT7104, MKT7104-8

Advanced Ethical and Legal Cases and Applications in Marketing  

MKT7105, MKT7105-8

Qualitative Marketing Research Theory  

MKT7106, MKT7106-8

Quantitative Marketing Research Methods and Techniques  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Organizational Leadership Specialization (Interdisciplinary)

This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. The focus of this specialization is to provide the student with a theoretical research approach to strategic planning in all phases of organizational leadership including building organization capacity and sustainability. This interdisciplinary specialization appeals to professionals in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a senior leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations.

Organizational Leadership Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for OL – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

OL7001, OL7001-8

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

OL7002, OL7002-8

Building Organizational Capacity

OL7003, OL7003-8

Leadership for Excellence

OL7004, OL7004-8

Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership

OL7005, OL7005-8

Ethical Leadership

OL7007, OL7007-8

Leader as Coach

OL7008, OL7008-8

Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Project Management Specialization

This specialization explores research and development of principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Students examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on theoretical application of research to management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment.

Project Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for PM – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MET7029, MET7029-8

Enterprise Project Management  

PM7000, PM7000-8

Project Procurement Management  

PM7004, PM7004-8

Project Risk Management  

PM7008, PM7008-8

Project Monitoring and Control  

PM7012, PM7012-8

Multiple Project Management  

PM7016, PM7016-8

Managerial Budgets and Project Management  

PM7020, PM7020-8

Developing High Performing Teams in a Project Management Environment  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.  

Public Administration Specialization

This specialization focuses on research related to government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, political systems, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes strategic planning including contemporary program evaluation, complex public organizations, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels.

Public Administration Specialization Learning Outcomes

PhD Specialization Courses for PUB – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HRM7000, HRM7000-8

Human Resources Management  

PUB7000, PUB7000-8

Public Administration  

PUB7002, PUB7002-8

Administrative Law  

PUB7003, PUB7003-8

Urban Politics  

PUB7004, PUB7004-8

Urban and Regional Planning  

PUB7005, PUB7005-8

Public Budgeting and Finance  

PUB7012, PUB7012-8

Technology in Public Administration  

PUB7014, PUB7014-8

The U.S. Federal Government  

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.