Top 10 Online PhD Programs in Business 2016

Top 10 Online PhD Programs in Business 2016Our list of the Top 10 Online Doctoral Programs in Business is a broad ranking which takes into account accreditation and general reputation. With the increased presence and acceptance of online Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S., prestigious institutions and many state schools are now offering online degrees with more frequency.


The doctoral degree in Business has become more common throughout the country. With many emphases being offered at various institutions, it may be difficult to find a degree that suits a students’ purposes. This list provides a list based on reputation that we hope will help guide decisions in picking a top tier school. The schools that made the list are accredited.

In constructing the list, a number of sites were used for research including U.S. News and World Report, The National Center for Education Statistics, and The Guide to Online Schools.

1. Temple Universitytemple

Temple University offers an online, hybrid Executive Doctorate in Business Administration. The program is targeted at those with extensive managerial experience who want to enhance their skills in the market. They must be on campus three times a year throughout the program while the rest of the year is handled online. There is a mandatory 15 years of managerial experience with seven years as an executive as a prerequisite for the degree. Temple University is ranked #19 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016. In this regard, the program is unique and unlike other online programs in the U.S. Temple University is nationally ranked at #115 among universities by U.S. News and World Report along with a ranking of #1 for their MBA program, which shares professors with the PhD programs. In-state tuition is $1,082 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition is $1,511 per credit hour. Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

2. Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University also offers a PhD in Business for Executives. It is a hybrid program requiring residency for four days a month while the rest of the program is delivered online. Oklahoma State University is ranked at #149 among national universities and the online business programs are ranked at #46 by U.S. News and World Report. The program is mapped out to last three years, including the writing of a dissertation. In-state tuition is $399.95 per credit unit while out-of-state tuition is $989.70 per credit unit. Oklahoma State University holds institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

3. Hampton UniversityHampton_University_Seal

Hampton University offers an online PhD in Business Administration. The program is for busy professionals so they can get an advanced degree while still working in their current careers. There are two summer residencies during the course of the program, which accounts for 24 credit hours. These residencies prep the student to produce a publishable paper as well as a dissertation proposal. Hampton University is regionally ranked at #18 by U.S. News and World Report. Tuition is $522 per credit hour. Hampton University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

4. Saint Leo UniversitySaint Leo

Saint Leo University offers an online Doctor of Business Administration which aims at producing either academics in business or to give people in the business world advancement as executives or consultants. Further, the program seeks to develop leaders who aim for business that promotes sustainability within the context of economies, organizations, and world communities. U.S. News and World Reports ranks Saint Leo University at #71 among regional institutions. Tuition at Saint Leo University is $900 per credit hour. Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

5. Liberty UniversityLiberty University

Liberty University offers an online doctorate in Business Administration. Liberty University is a Christian university that claims to impart “biblical principles” into its academic curriculum. There are a number of specializations in the program including Accounting, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, and Project Management. U.S. News and World Report ranks Liberty University at #80 regionally and the online business programs at #61. Tuition is $570 per credit unit. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

6. University of Maryland University CollegeUMUC-logo

University of Maryland University College offers an online doctorate in Management. This program is a hybrid program with online components and some residencies. The residencies are mandatory two days per term. The program emphasizes areas such as theory and strategic thinking in management issues, organizational leadership and change, analysis of different methods of research, and innovation and sustainability within a global business environment. Tuition is $1,087 per credit hour. University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

7. Northcentral UniversityNorthcentral University

Northcentral University offers an online doctorate in Business Administration. To give the ultimate in flexibility to the program, courses begin on a weekly basis. There are no residency requirements with the entire program taking place online. Further, students are paired with a faculty member who will be their mentor and are guaranteed to hold a PhD themselves. Northcentral University is a for-profit institution and tuition is $1,129 per credit hour. Northcentral University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

8. Capella UniversityCapella

Capella University offers an online doctorate in Business Management. The program is meant to train scholars to teach, consult, and lead with a focus on business theory, research, and practice. The program is a hybrid program with online components, in person residencies, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. There are three residencies required during the course of the program. The program has partnered with The Wall Street Journal to give students digital access to news and business information. Capella University is a for-profit institution and tuition is $728 per credit hour. Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

9. Walden UniversityWalden University

Walden University offers an online doctorate in Management. The doctorate has a number of specializations to choose from including Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, Leadership and Organizational Change, and a Self-Designed option. Students are asked to do research on possible new forms of management and leadership that would be applicable in the new digital landscape. There are four mandatory residencies during the course of the program. Walden University is a for-profit institution and tuition is $950 per credit hour. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

10. Grand Canyon UniversityGrand Canyon

Grand Canyon University offers an online doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. There are two four-day campus residencies during the course of the program. The program emphasizes strategic management theories in the context of globalization. Within this context, the program concentrates on the field of business analytics and its use in organizational strategies in order to create competitive advantages. Grand Canyon University is a Christian, for-profit institution and tuition is $560 per credit hour. Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.