Spears School of Business Oklahoma State University

Spears School of Business Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK
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Executive PhD in Business at Oklahoma State University

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University offers an Executive PhD in Business program that is "tailor-made for the demanding schedule of today's executives." The program helps experienced executives acquire the applied research skills needed to help businesses excel in today's global environment.

Oklahoma State University was the first major university in the United States to offer this groundbreaking program

As with all of the programs in the Spears School of Business, the Executive PhD in Business program has accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Therefore, students can be assured that the program adheres to the highest educational standards.

Executive PhD in Business Curriculum

The Executive PhD in Business curriculum integrates advanced business science with practical experience.

This academically rigorous program has 4 components: core courses, concentration courses, an applied research practicum sequence, and dissertation work.

The Executive PhD program in business is designed to be completed in 3 years of study, but dissertation work may extend the completion of the program for some students.

Core and Concentration Courses

The core curriculum consists of 8 courses that cover micro- and macro-organizational issues, creativity, and innovation. Core courses also cover a broad range of research methods including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Concentration courses are designed to help the cohort address the organizational issues and concerns that they are facing in their current positions. These courses emphasize the use of research-based methods to understand and solve these critical issues.

Applied Research Practicum

Students in the Executive Business PhD program at Oklahoma State University participate in 3 applied research practicums that build upon the knowledge bases that they develop from their coursework.

The first practicum involves conducting simulated research that prepares students for actual research projects. In the remaining practicums, students work in groups to conduct applied research on topics that are of interest to them.

They work as teams to identify research issues, write research proposals, gather and analyze data, and complete research papers. They then present their research to Executive PhD faculty members and are encouraged to submit that research to conferences for presentation and journals for publication.

Dissertation Work

Students who pursue the executive doctoral degree in business at OSU also complete dissertations.

Although similar to dissertations in traditional doctoral programs, dissertations for the Executive PhD in Business program are generally more applied and interdisciplinary in nature.

Before beginning work on the dissertation, students develop prospectuses and complete and defend dissertation proposals. They work with faculty advisers and dissertation committees to complete their dissertations.

Residencies and Class Schedule

Students attend classes on campus for 3 days approximately once per month; one full day is devoted to each course. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are devoted to classes and Wednesdays and Sundays are reserved for travel time.

Classes also meet 2 hours per week for at least 16 weeks during each semester via video or asynchronous discussions.

This convenient schedule makes it possible for students to continue with their careers while pursuing their PhD degrees on a full-time basis.

The Executive PhD Program Faculty Members

The Executive PhD program in business has a multi-talented group of faculty members who are researchers, educators, and successful business people.

They specialize in a wide-variety of business areas including accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management, and management science and information systems.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Ramesh Sharda

Dr. Ramesh Sharda is the executive director of the Executive PhD in Business program and a faculty member. His research focuses on decision support systems, with special emphasis on neural network applications and technologies for managing information overload.

His team's research on the topic of forecasting box office revenues for movies has received national recognition. Furthermore, his research has been published in several major journals including "Management Science," "Information Systems Research," and "Decision Support Systems."

In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Sharda is also co-founder of iTradeFair.com, which is a company that produces virtual trade fairs.

Admissions Process at Oklahoma State University

The admissions process for the Executive PhD in Business program is a multi-step process that involves submitting documents to both the Oklahoma State University Graduate College and the Spears School of Business. The first step involves applying online to the Graduate College, and the second step entails applying to the Spears School of Business.

In step 3, selected students are invited to attend a 1-day research interest workshop. After they complete the workshop, candidates who are interested in continuing with the admissions process each prepare and submit a 12-15 page research essay.

In the final step, the Directors of the Executive PhD program select and notify each candidates of his or her acceptance into the program.

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma in the south central region of the United States.

The university, which was founded in 1890, provides outstanding bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs to more than 33,000 students on 5 campuses.

OSU's mission is to advance knowledge, enrich lives, and facilitate economic development through teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Location & Contact

Spears School of Business

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74078
United States

Dr. Ken Eastman


Phone: 405-744-5064
Fax: 405-744-8956
Email: ken.eastman@okstate.edu

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 460
    • Doctoral Degrees 16
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,402
    • Accepted 320
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 230
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or GMAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE or GMAT
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1051
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1051
    • Part-time Percentage65%
    • Full-time Percentage35%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian79%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty156
    • Full-time Percentage82%
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%