Graduate opportunities

The University of North Texas' College of Business is one of the nation's largest business schools. Our alumni are prominent scholars, administrators and professors at leading business schools, universities and research institutions.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business prepares you for a career in academia. The curriculum includes course work on research methods and processes, statistical analyses, teaching methodology, and in-depth study in a specific business discipline. Students entering the Ph.D. program have varying academic and professional backgrounds. You are individually evaluated by our Degree Program Committee that will design an emphasis to meet your particular needs and interests. Your studies can concentrate on:

  • Accounting
  • Business computer information systems
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management science
  • Marketing
  • Logistics

Our program is a full-time in-resident research-based program, and our students participate in teaching and research in the department.

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

The Business Leadership Building reflects our commitment to preparing future business leaders and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. The facility — which has Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab.

Research resources

The College of Business has established several research centers and institutes in collaboration with local industry leaders. They provide interdisciplinary forums as well as research support for doctoral students. In addition, several collaborative initiatives strengthen industry and community relationships.

The Center for NAFTA Studies examines issues surrounding international trade and commerce, especially those related to the North American Free Trade Agreement and its regional effects.

The Center for Decision and Information Technologies promotes knowledge, skills and innovative thinking within the North Texas business community and beyond. Utilizing member organizations as well as faculty and student expertise, the center specializes in information technology, quality, business continuity and security, continuous improvement, and decision making techniques.

The Center for Logistics Education and Research facilitates the formulation and implementation of research and education necessary to produce effective strategies and qualified people to meet the rapidly changing knowledge demands. It also contributes to research within the Complex Logistics Systems research cluster.

The Institute of Petroleum Accounting researches the accounting, finance, taxation and economic problems of the extractive industries. It publishes information about the institute's research activities and current developments in the extractive industries through the Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal.

The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship promotes free enterprise through students, faculty and business partners via scholarships, leadership presentations, new business venture contests, internships, entrepreneurial awards and the annual Murphy Center Leadership Luncheon.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Admission to the doctoral program is selective. This allows for close faculty-student working relationships and mentorships that are the program's hallmarks.

The three-step process includes admission to the Toulouse Graduate School, the College of Business and the department of your concentration. A complete application requires the following documents:

  • an application fee and transcripts
  • official GMAT/GRE scores
  • three letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose
  • current vitae

For more information, visit the College of Business admissions website.

Degree requirements

Requirements for the Ph.D. consist of course work, satisfactory performance on the qualifying examinations, pre-dissertation research and dissertation research. The program requires a minimum of 69 semester hours of graduate credit beyond a master's degree or 99 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor's degree:

  • research track (12 to 18 semester hours)
  • major and minor areas (27 to 33 semester hours)
  • pre-dissertation research (12 semester hours)
  • dissertation (12 semester hours)

Students with a bachelor's or master's degree not containing courses equivalent to M.B.A. background courses must take additional courses as "deficiencies" outside the doctoral program.

Financial assistance

Assistantships, fellowships and other scholarships are available at the college and university levels. Awards are given to students on a competitive basis.

Many students are fully supported by their departments through scholarships and assistantships. This support gives you the opportunity to receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. Information regarding assistantship positions, which are granted to outstanding students, can be obtained from the Ph.D. coordinator.

Financial aid is awarded on a competitive basis and is approved in consultation with the department chair and the appropriate departmental committee for recommendation to the Director of Ph.D. Programs and Research.

The College of Business Dean's Scholarship provides $1,000 each year for three years to one full-time doctoral student in each Ph.D. discipline. This scholarship qualifies doctoral students to pay in-state tuition. More information about scholarships is available at the College of Business scholarships website.

Information about federal financial assistance programs can be found on the Financial Aid website.


Our nearly 100 full-time faculty members in the college are recognized for their research and excellent teaching. Ninety-eight percent of the faculty members have doctoral degrees in their academic disciplines. Many faculty members are active professionally in the Dallas-Fort Worth business community.