What will I learn?

The Ph.D. in Business program prepares students for scholarly careers in research and teaching. Our total program size is fewer than 40 students, which allows for extensive one-to-one interaction between students and faculty, and all required courses and teaching assignments are held on campus. Most students earn their degree in four to five years.

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply general principles of scientific research and methodologies to critically review published research papers.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to (a) design a research study, (b) select the appropriate methodology and (c) develop the study into a research proposal.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify ethical dilemmas in the major area of study and know how to respond ethically to such issues.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of current knowledge in the major area of study.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and teach knowledge in the major area of study.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and conduct research in the major area of study (i.e., complete an independent doctoral-level research project pertaining to the state of the art of the student’s major area).


  • Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Management
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Which department am I in?

School of Business

Study options

Full Time (53 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 August 2022


School of Business

Snead Hall,

301 West Main Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Have an earned master’s degree in an academic or allied health-related field from an accredited college or university; preference will be given to applicants who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on master’s-level work (The master’s degree should be in one of the departmental areas of choice.). Have completed a graduate course in statistics (including topics such as random variables, probability, distributions, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing and inferential statistics) with a minimum grade of B.

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based). A TOEFL score of 100 or above; an IELTS score of 7.0 or above; OR a Pearson Test of English score of 68 or above. Deadline: Fall - January 1st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond