If you're looking to do the kind of insightful research that gets people in industry to rethink how they do business, you've found the right program.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration at Stevens is an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to conduct creative, innovative research in any of the three major research concentrations at the School of Business: Innovation and entrepreneurship, information systems and analytics, and finance.

“Stevens faculty understand the research needs of businesses, since they have so much experience in industry. Their guidance has helped me think critically about real-world research needs.”

Yue Han '17 Ph.D., assistant professor, le moyne college

You'll be pushed to test your research skills by investigating practical areas of need in the private sector, and have a chance to present and defend your work at conferences around the world. You'll enjoy a close, nurturing relationship with faculty as you create, augment and apply technology-driven business innovations.

The doctoral program at the School of Business provides a strong background in basic disciplines, particularly management and economic theory, computational methods, research methodology, and statistical methods. Faculty at the school are committed to high-quality research and teaching, and are passionate about instilling those same values and work ethic in Ph.D. students.

Students who complete the Ph.D. program are prepared to independently conduct creative and innovative research projects. They are immediately hired at competitive institutions, where they become standouts for their analytical thinking and technology-driven creativity, as well as their ability to bring a fresh perspective to the most pressing problems facing business.



A Stevens student presents to peers and a faculty advisor at the Hoboken campus.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A chief concern of business leaders is how to remain entrepreneurial and innovative as the enterprise continues to grow. Doctoral candidates in this concentration study the roles of creativity, strategy, organizational design and behavior in encouraging innovation, preparing them to do research that helps companies stay entrepreneurial.

Information Systems and Analytics

Students pursuing this concentration are taught to think about the relationships between business and technology that power the economy. This helps them become effective researchers in areas like networks, operations, marketing and web analytics, risk management, financial analytics, decision support systems, collaborative analytics and Big Data.


Doctoral candidates in this discipline learn to question assumptions and develop insights to guide the future of finance using diverse, specialized information. This concentration covers quantitative and corporate finance by focusing on advanced methods in econometrics, machine learning, dynamic optimization of financial markets, corporate finance, asset pricing, empirical micro-structure, derivatives, algorithmic trading, risk management, portfolio theory, international finance, and commodity and energy markets.

The Stevens advantage