Ph.D. classes at Stevens are small, allowing for direct access to highly accomplished faculty.
Small class sizes in the doctoral program at the School of Business help create close bonds between Ph.D. students and their faculty advisors.

The Ph.D. curriculum at the School of Business is demanding, and is designed to prepare students for the rigors involved in a career in academic research. While coursework is extremely challenging, students benefit from a supportive environment — they work closely with both faculty mentors and their fellow doctoral candidates as they develop the skills required of highly effective leaders in academic discovery. They also attend required research colloquia that give fresh insight into the problems prominent researchers are investigating and the methods they use to carry out their work.

To obtain a Ph.D. from the School of Business, a student must complete at least 84 credits beyond the bachelor's level. A maximum of 30 credits is awarded for a master's degree from another school.


Ph.D. candidates must have some proficiency in selected areas of mathematics and quantitative analysis — especially calculus, linear algebra and basic statistics — as these tools are the general foundation for study in all business disciplines. To assure proficiency, the School of Business offers remedial courses addressing these areas.

Required courses

Every doctoral student at Stevens completes PRV 961 Ph.D. Signature Course as part of their studies. All students in the Ph.D. in Business Administration take the following five courses: 

  • MA 701 Statistical Inferences
  • FIN 703 Microeconomic Theory
  • FIN 704 Econometrics
  • MGT 719 Research Design
  • BIA 652 Multivariate Data Analytics

In addition to the above courses, all students take two independent study courses and three electives from master's or doctoral programs at Stevens.


Each concentration has a specific set of courses that students must complete as part of their doctoral studies.