Doctorate in Business Administration

University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud School of Business

Program Description

Doctorate in Business Administration

University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud School of Business

The UIC Liautaud Ph.D. program in Business Administration trains future scholars in business statistics, organizational behavior/human resource management, and marketing. While students are accepted into an area of specialization, they are given the flexibility to design an individual program of study and are encouraged to take a more interdisciplinary approach within the area of specialization.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration prepares students for careers as professors in public and private universities or industry. The program helps students develop:

  • A thorough grounding in research skills and the fundamental concepts of business and related social science disciplines
  • Original knowledge in the specific area of research
  • A spirit of inquiry and lifelong learning
  • Ideal candidates are bright and highly motivated individuals with outstanding verbal and quantitative aptitude seeking an academic research and teaching career within business administration.

Areas of Inquiry

Business StatisticsUIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business Ph.D. BA booklet The Business Statistics Area-of-Inquiry combines an advanced program in statistics with training in a second field, chosen from such fields as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, MIS, or operations management. Students are trained in the use of state-of-the-art computer software and, depending on individual interest, a combination of applied statistics, data analysis, econometrics, finance and predictive analytics/data mining.

Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Our program is highly focused on research. Students are required to take seminars on OB, HR, research methods, statistics, and electives from our department as well as other departments on campus, such as psychology, sociology, and educational psychology. In terms of major requirements, students are required to write a qualifying paper (a research paper of publishable quality), take a comprehensive exam, and write a dissertation.


Students are required to take seminars on core topics in marketing and entrepreneurship, in addition to courses on research methods, statistics, and electives from other departments on campus, such as psychology, sociology, and educational psychology.

Entry Requirements

The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business uses a competitive selection process to identify highly motivated professionals looking to take their career to the next level.


Master of Business Administration (MBA): we expect incoming students to have a statistics course with regression analysis within their academic history. This course may be taken before entering the program or during the first semester of study.

Academic Record

A business-related undergraduate degree is not required to be admitted to our master's programs. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0. If you are an international student, you are required to submit official transcripts and degree certificates so that we are able to verify the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Work Experience

Work experience is an important criterion for being selected for the UIC Liautaud MBA program as we strive to create an environment where students learn from the professional experiences of one another. This creates a dynamic learning environment which enhances the student’s overall experience in the program. Specialized master’s degree programs (MSA, MIS) do not use work experience as part of their selection criteria.

Test Scores

GMAT: Our average GMAT score for each incoming class is approximately 600, across all programs. Our typical score range is 500-700. The score is important as it helps determine your ability to perform well in our courses. 

GRE: The admissions committee prefers a combined verbal/quantitative score of 300 or higher on the newest GRE scale.

Please note that we do not waive these exams in lieu of work experience, prior degrees earned, prior academic performance/ GPA, or any other factors. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Please contact the testing company for full details.


Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. Paper-based exam - 550
Computer-based exam - 213

IBT Scores:
Writing - 21
Speaking - 20
Listening - 17
Reading - 19
Total score - 80

IELTS Scores:
Listening - 6.0
Writing - 6.0
Reading - 6.0
Speaking - 6.0
Total Score - 6.5

Please note TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years. Please contact the testing company for full details.

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation from references who know you in a professional manner and can attest to your professional abilities. Specialized master’s degree programs also accept letters from previous professors who can speak to your academic abilities.

Personal Statement

This section of the application provides you with the opportunity to discuss your career goals and why you think the UIC Liautaud program is a good fit.


3 years

Entry Requirements

Ph.D. Requirements

Minimum Credits Required

96 for a student entering the program directly from the baccalaureate. 64 entering the program from an MBA or a business-related master's degree. A minimum of 32 hours of dissertation research is required. The typical time for a student with an MBA to complete the program is four or five years of full-time study. The maximum time allowed by the Graduate College for students with the MBA is six years.


The first year of study includes two course requirements in mathematics, statistics, or computing, a four-course breadth requirement (students without a prior MBA must take four MBA core courses*, no two of which are from the same functional area and none of which is from the Area of Inquiry), and a six-course depth requirement (advanced courses, at least two in the area of the qualifying exam). Students are also encouraged to take graduate coursework in related non-CBA departments such as psychology, sociology, and educational psychology (methods). The Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP) also allows UIC doctoral students to take selected courses at Northwestern University and University of Chicago. Following the qualifying exam, additional course requirements are determined by the student's faculty adviser.


Students entering the program are advised by the Ph.D. coordinator in their area of interest. Courses are approved in this way until the student passes the qualifying exam. At that stage, an adviser is selected to supervise research for the dissertation.

Required Exams

  • Qualifying Exam: This exam is based primarily on the core and depth requirements. Students must take this exam within two years from the time of admission. This exam may be taken a second time if the first attempt results in failure.
  • Preliminary Exam: Within three months of completing the qualifying exam the student will begin coursework in their area of interest under the supervision of the faculty advisor. At least 32 hours of coursework will take place at this stage (not counting dissertation research). The preliminary exam will be written or oral, at the discretion of the exam committee. A major purpose of the preliminary exam is to ensure that the candidate possesses sufficient general and specialized knowledge to undertake dissertation research.
  • Dissertation: The final stage of doctoral studies the dissertation defense. The dissertation must make an original contribution to knowledge in the chosen field. A dissertation may address theoretical or applied problems and is expected to take at least one year of full-time study. The Graduate College requires one year between the preliminary exam and the dissertation defense.
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Last updated February 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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2 - 4 years
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- Illinois Residents, 15,976 USD - non-Illinois Residents (per semester, full-time)
USA - Chicago, Illinois
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