The Ph.D. in Business Administration is a full-time research-oriented program, designed to prepare graduates for academic teaching and research careers. The program includes core courses covering all business disciplines, combined with in-depth study in both theoretical and empirical aspects of finance. Students admitted to the finance program minor in economics and will complete a research methods sequence in mathematics. Students also will teach undergraduate courses to receive training in pedagogy. Graduates will be qualified for tenure-track professor positions at both national and international research and teaching universities and other educational institutions.

The Belk College of Business began offering a Ph.D. in business administration in the fall of 2006. UNC Charlotte is now one of only three universities in North Carolina that offers degrees in business administration at the bachelor’s, master's and doctoral level. (Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill share the distinction.)

The Ph.D. in Business Administration currently offers one major, in finance; additional majors may be added as the program grows.  Faculty from the departments of Finance and Economics in the Belk College of Business and the Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences teach in the program.

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programs

Faculty from the Department of Economics are actively involved in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Policy program.  Find out more about the Ph.D. in Public Policy program.

The Belk College, in close partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers a Ph.D. in Organizational Science. Organizational Science is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry focusing on employee and organizational health, well-being, and effectiveness. Find out more about the Ph.D. in Organizational Science program.