Learn more about the Business PhD program, including course information and how to apply.

Business students in a classroom at IUP

A Business PhD Program in Pittsburgh

IUP’s business doctorate is designed for working professionals who are looking to prepare for a business school professorship or advance to senior leadership positions. With weekend classes, it is the first year-round business PhD in the state of Pennsylvania.

Instead of a traditional academic calendar with three courses in the fall and three courses in the spring semester, the program teaches two courses in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This provides working professionals the flexibility needed to work full-time, while also meeting the full-time student status requirements for international applicants.

In the IUP Business PhD program, you'll study in-depth concepts and apply your research under the guidance of experienced, expert faculty with a global perspective in the Eberly College of Business. Eberly College holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—a distinction held by only five percent of business schools worldwide.

The IUP Business PhD at a Glance

The Business PhD program at IUP features:

  • Weekend classes at Pittsburgh East
  • Focus areas include: Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, HR Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Organization Behavior, or Supply Chain Management (consult with the PhD coordinator about the focus areas that are available for each cohort)
  • Excellent program value and return on investment
  • Four-year estimated completion time from entry to PhD degree
  • Cohort format that builds professional relationships
  • Classes that teach advanced quantitative and research skills with a global perspective in addition to academic knowledge

Why Do I Need a Business PhD?

In today's competitive world of business, earning a PhD is a smart career move.

A PhD is typically a requirement or a preferred credential for teaching positions at business schools, four-year colleges, and universities around the world. It also can expand your expertise in an area of focus, helping you advance or redirect your management career in industry, consulting, government, publishing, or other sectors.

The US Bureau of Labor Relations reports that more than 60,000 professors teach at business schools today, with an average salary just above $100,000. Meanwhile, a number of senior leadership positions in a wide range of industries encourage and sometimes require a PhD.

Competitive Tuition and Excellent Return on Investment

Given the academic and industry need for PhD graduates, the potential return on your investment for earning this degree can be significant. IUP's competitive tuition combined with its quality education make it an excellent value choice for your business doctorate.

Students are charged on a per-credit basis. The $923 projected cost per credit for Pennsylvania residents during the 2022–23 academic year makes this program one of the most cost-effective business PhD degrees in the state of Pennsylvania.

We also offer nearly a dozen 10-hour-per-week doctoral graduate assistantships (GAs) during the first year. The awards will be based on the overall strength of the applications. Candidates must apply for assistantships separately. Graduate assistant (GA) positions will also be available during the second year and will be awarded on a competitive basis. GAs will work from a remote site with faculty and/or administrators of the Eberly College.

How Employers Can Benefit From IUP PhD Graduates

Students are not the only group benefiting from our business PhD program. Employers can draw significant rewards from senior leadership within their workforce who hold this doctoral degree. Some points to consider or share with your employer:

  • PhD students acquire tangible skills relevant in today's business environment
  • Weekend classes do not disrupt productivity
  • Our practical classes transfer to real-world applications
  • Focus area studies bring new insight on developments in a wide range of specific business subjects
  • Affordable tuition produces significant, long-term organizational return on investment

How to Apply

IUP accepts applications for the business PhD program on a rolling basis with no application deadline. However, we recommend early applications to secure your seat before the next cohort is filled. International applicants will require extra time to secure visas.

Visit our Application Requirements page for more information about the prerequisites you will need to apply for our PhD program. IUP's graduate admissions pages will walk you through the exact process to follow once you are ready to apply.

Helpful Information

For more information regarding our business PhD program, download the Business PhD Handbook.