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Business Administration (Ph.D.) Information Technology

Basic Degree Information/Description

The College of Business offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration. The degree program offers five areas of emphasis: Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, and Organization and Management Studies. The Ph.D. in Business Administration is awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrated the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of specialty.

Why a Business Administration Ph.D.?

  • The college's doctoral classes are diverse in terms of professional experience, academic experience, cultural influences and international experiences.
  • Commitment to research and a passion for teaching are two of the qualities that distinguish both our doctoral faculty and our graduates.
  • Students work closely with faculty members in small classes, seminars, research projects and other assignments, aimed toward developing the analytical skills competencies to conduct independent quality research.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

Transcripts:Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Graduate School Application:Yes

Test Scores: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination

Resume:Professional Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Letters of Recommendation:Three letters of recommendation are required from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose:Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Business Administration in Information Technology.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants):International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Additional Requirements:International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.     

Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Information Technology

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Private industry

Research Opportunities Available in UTSA Business Administration (Ph.D.) programs

Our professors do research in their fields which keep them current. In turn, this also helps students keep current and aware of trends/changes in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems & Technology Management (IT), Marketing, Organization and Management Studies (Management) and Management Science and Statistics for the Ph.D.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Myung Ko, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-6339

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Funding Opportunities

PhD's are generally funded with our financial package which consists of an assistantship in the form of a research or teaching assistantship with paid tuition and fees for up to four (4) years.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

This is a full-time program. Students will normally be expected to enroll for nine hours each semester. Most courses will be offered during the day. Ph.D. students normally serve as either a teaching assistant or research assistant throughout the program. These experiences are an important part of the training and over all doctoral experience. It would be difficult for someone to manage both a full-time job and the doctoral program's requirements.