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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

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The Doctoral Studies Committee in the major areas will evaluate applicants to the Ph.D. program based on several factors, including academic achievement, standardized test scores, employment history, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and possibly an interview. All applicants must submit the following material for evaluation:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed
  • 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
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae and a statement of academic interests and goals
  • International students must also submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old.
  • Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree in a business or business-related discipline with sufficient quantitative rigor are required to complete a program consisting of a minimum of 84 semester credit hours. The Doctoral Studies Committee for the major area discipline will determine a degree program for each candidate based upon that candidate’s particular background. Candidates whose backgrounds are determined to be insufficient may be directed to take additional background or leveling courses (See sections A, B, and C of the Program of Study below) before proceeding to the program’s required courses. Candidates who enter the program with the appropriate prior graduate coursework may be waived from some or all of the background requirements (sections A, B, and C).
  • Admission normally includes appointment to a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or research fellowship. The Doctoral Studies Committee, comprised of members selected from the graduate faculty, is responsible for advising students. 

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.

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