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PhD in Business Administration | Nobel International Business School PhD in Business Administration | Nobel International Business School

PhD in Business Administration

Program Mission

To prepare lecturers and young aspirants to build successful academic careers.


    The program enables students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and expertise required to identify, understand and successfully tackle a key research issue in a specialized area of study in business and management.
  • Exhibit rigorous analytical and research skills in formal social inquiry required to define and address a complex issue in-depth, and to disseminate knowledge in scholarly journals and other publication outlets to contribute to the theoretical and empirical literature as well as influence the theory and practice of management and public policy in Africa.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specific topic area through the design, execution, and completion of a doctoral dissertation that contributes new theoretical and empirical knowledge and practice of the field.
  • Demonstrate ability to disseminate new knowledge through publications in academic and practitioner journals and other outlets by achieving a successful internationally peer-reviewed journal publication before graduation.
  • Develop and demonstrate key skills in the design and delivery of educational courses through understanding of the theory and practice of teaching in business.

Admission Requirements

  • Master/MPhil, MSC Degree in Management, Business and other fields
  • Lecturers with teaching, research and publication experience of significant duration.
  • Completed application form
  • Pass interview with admission committee
  • Full Resume
  • 2 Passport pictures
  • Application Fee

Note: Non-business Master’s degree applicants – These applicants must completing business foundation program to qualify.

Duration, Time Limits and Launch Date

  • Candidates with a master degree in business/ management in minimum 3 years.
  • Candidates without Master Degree in Business/Management in minimum 4 years.

A student requires 66 credits to graduate. A student must take:

  • 15 credits of course work in research methodology,
  • 18 credits of course work in area of specialization,
  • 9 credits of teaching and publishing, and
  • 24 credits of dissertation.

Program Certification

Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA)

Program Structure and Module Descriptions

The program is delivered in a modular format with each course completed over a number of days. The program is delivered in two stages:
Pre-dissertation stage
The objective of the pre-dissertation stage is to provide the students with the theoretical and methodological foundations and with a command of relevant qualitative and quantitative methods of research and analysis. In between the on-campus residencies, students will remain engaged through an integrative online interaction experience as well as team learning activities to complete assignments and to prepare for the next on-campus residency.
Dissertation stage consists of several doctoral seminars, research execution and final dissertation approval and defense. The objective is for the students to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge and analytic methods to the resolution of research program. Students work closely with supervisors to develop and complete the dissertation, research that contributes to the body of theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field.

MGT 900: Scientific Inquiry and Theory Development – 3 credits
What is research and how is it done? What is theory? What makes a study both practically relevant and of high-quality? This course addresses these questions through an exploration of the philosophy of science and applied scholarly research. It introduces the philosophy of scientific inquiry, common research approaches (e.g., quantitative and qualitative) and common perspectives (e.g., positivistic, interpretative, and critical). Students will learn the basic principles of theory development and testing as well as how to build a conceptual research model. The ultimate goal in this module is to prepare students to develop their minds as scholars

MGT 901: Qualitative Research I – 3 credits
Qualitative research I focus on the exploration of phenomena in their natural setting that seeks to make sense of underlying mechanisms and processes. This course compares a variety of qualitative techniques, such as case studies, ethnography, action research, grounded theory building and content analysis. Students will review contemporary and classic studies that employ quantitative methods in both theoretical and applied contexts, providing examples of how to use each approach in practice. It will also cover interviewing and observation techniques, coding semi-structured and structured interview data, and building hypotheses based on qualitative data.
MGT 902: Qualitative Research II – 3 credits
In Qualitative Research II, candidates conduct semi-structure interviews to collect data to develop a case study, through interviews and analysis using inductive coding techniques. The candidate prepares a formal research report on that project, which will be submitted to an academic research conference or journal. The final report constitutes draft of a potential conceptual model, integrating new understandings from the field interviews and literature arising from the data collection and analysis.

MGT 903: Quantitative Research – 3 credits
Quantitative research teaches students how to investigate problems through the design and execution of quantitative research as it applies to experiments, surveys and the analysis of secondary data. Students will learn to apply and evaluate these methods through examples of theoretical and applied research papers that employ quantitative methods. It develops understanding and skill in the scientific approach to research design like measurement approaches, scale construction, interview procedures, questionnaire design, assessing reliability and validity of measures. Students will learn the fundamental statistical techniques to develop and test research hypotheses, such as the t-test, correlation analysis and regression. Students will prepare data for analysis and understand how to interpret the results.

MGT 904: Advanced Quantitative Research – 3 credits
This course explores advanced concepts and topics in advanced quantitative research methods. Students will learn to select and apply statistical techniques to new problems and data. It will cover analysis of variance, multivariate regression, confirmatory factor analysis, logistic regression and where necessary other techniques such as structural equation modeling (SEM). It will also enable students to identify and address problems in real-world data sets, including: normality violations, multi-collinearity and missing data. It emphasizes the selection, application, and interpretation of statistical techniques rather than the mathematical theory that underlies them.

Specialization – 18 credits
Students can conduct research in marketing, strategy, innovation, HRM, accounting, and other areas of business management. However, consistent with the mission of NIBS of developing innovative leaders, the program has an orientation towards leadership issues in these areas. Thus, three Doctoral seminars explore the broad conceptual foundations of in leadership in governance, marketing, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

MGT 905: Doctoral Seminar in Leadership and Governance – 3 credits
Examines the principal theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches researchers use to analyze the field of leadership, ethics and governance. It traces the historical development of leadership theory and examines selected streams of research to identify and analyze their contemporary issues and future research needs.

MGT 906: Doctoral Seminar in Marketing and Strategy – 3 credits
The module also examines the contemporary issues in the field of marketing from historic, academic, and professional perspectives. It develops ability to critically evaluate published research in marketing from these perspectives. It explores leading research streams in marketing and demonstrates how research on contemporary issues contributes to the theory of marketing. The module also develops a comprehensive understanding of selected topics in the foundations of strategy and leadership in the light contextual developments in Africa.

MGT 907: Doctoral Seminar in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – 3 credits
The module examines the contemporary issues in the field of innovation management and entrepreneurship from academic and professional perspectives. It develops ability to critically evaluate published research in this field from these perspectives as they apply in the African context. It explores leading research streams in innovation and entrepreneurship and demonstrates how research on contemporary issues contributes to the theory of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

MGT 908: Independent Study I – 3 Credits
This module allows candidates to develop an understanding of the development of theory and new directions for theory development in his/her topic of specific interest to him/her and the supervisor. Working with their supervisors, candidates will be assigned reading and written assignments in the area of interest. The module is assessed by at least 1 written paper and oral presentation.

MGT 909: Independent Study II – 3 Credits
This module allows candidates to develop an understanding of the methodological orientations and developments in his/her topic of specific interest to him/her and the supervisor. Working with their supervisors, candidates will be assigned reading and written assignments in the area of interest. The module is assessed by at least 1 written paper and oral presentation.

MGT 910: Independent Study I – 3 Credits
This module allows candidates to develop an understanding of the leading theoretical and empirical frameworks in leading academic journal publications in his/her topic of specific interest to him/her and the supervisor. Working with their supervisors, candidates will be assigned reading and written assignments in the area of interest. The module is assessed by at least 1 written paper and oral presentation.

Dissertation – 24 credits

Type of Dissertation: The student has two options to the type of dissertation pursued: the traditional thesis or article dissertation.

Option 1: Traditional PhD Thesis
This kind of dissertation consists of a document with specific chapters and is common in the British education system. It has a 60,000 maximum word count.

Option 2: Article PhD
This kind of dissertation consists of three articles and an overarching summary. It is common in the Scandinavian systems and some major business schools in the US and continental Europe. It is usually a requirement for one or more of the articles to be published or accepted for publication prior to graduation. The dissertation consists of the Conceptual paper, Qualitative Research Report, Quantitative Research Report and an Integrative Paper that organizes the research into a coherent thesis.

Teaching and Publishing – 9 credits
MGT 911: Teaching Seminar – 3 credits

The objectives of this module are to familiarize participants with the academic culture and today’s student, discover what makes truly great teachers, develop effective teaching skills and the fundamentals of course development and delivery, gain valuable insight into the student learning process and understand the implications of assurance of learning in the classroom, and how to create an effective syllabus. Other topics include effective teaching skills and the fundamentals of course development and delivery (Create an engaging and motivating learning environment and planning, organizing, and delivering course contents), the student learning process ( investigate preferred instruction methods, explore social development and information processing and teaching styles and their influences on learning). This module involves students preparing, teaching and grading a course in the specialized subject area to an undergraduate or graduate student group in a local University.

MGT 912: Publishing Seminar I – 3 credits
This module covers the publication process and provides guidance on ‘how to publish’ in international high quality journals. Students will be exposed to the requirements for high quality articles as enshrined by top tier journals. All students will be schooled in reviewer guidelines of these journals as well as the reasons for success and failure. Also covered is the process of preparing one’s work for publication and successfully navigating the peer review process. Students will study journal selection and how to craft a response to reviewers. Each student will serve as an ad hoc reviewer for two the papers.

MGT 913: Publishing Seminar II – 3 credits
Under the supervision of a qualified faculty member, a student prepares a paper with their joint authorship and submits it to a refereed journal. The paper must include hypotheses grounded in theory and supported by empirical data. Joint authorship requires frequent communications. As primary author, the student must serve as principal investigator and complete all of the substantive work for the paper. As secondary author, the faculty member must serve as a guide and advisor to assure the student is moving in productive directions and progressing at an appropriate to journal submission. Each student will present and defend the completed journal paper during this module.

Comprehensive Examination
In addition to the assessment of each taught module, all students will sit a comprehensive examination prior to proceeding to the dissertation stage of the program. The Comprehensive Examination is intended to assure that students have mastered knowledge of their discipline before candidacy status is achieved and their dissertation work is initiated. The Comprehensive Examination is taken following the completion of all foundation, specialization, and methods courses. This course is graded using Pass with Distinction, Pass or Fail. The Examination must be successfully completed with a Pass grade prior to beginning work on Dissertation

Annual Evaluation
At the end of every year, the student is provided with a written evaluation of his/her performance by the Program Director, based on academic performance and information provided by faculty on performance in coursework, research and professional development activities.

Program Investment

Application fee: $150.00
Tuition fee: $1846.00 per module
This investment covers your tuition and affiliation fee, program management, faculty amenities, supervisor fees course materials, technical assistance, research support and program amenities such as breakfast

Early bird offer available.
Student Loan: NIBS have established an exclusive partnership with two finance companies to offer loans to program participants (who have paid their enrolment deposits). Loans are typically offered over the duration of the program, with repayment starting at the beginning of the program. Participants who are successful in obtaining loans will be supported by NIBS in the form of part- payment of the interest charged on the loan.

Faculty: Doctoral Advisory Board (DAB)
Our 30+ full-time and adjunct Professors are experienced in designing and delivering doctoral education. They share our vision of developing research-based practitioners to transform organizations in Africa and to support high-class teaching in business schools. (See for list of faculty).

How to Apply

Download application and complete application and along with your CV, copies of Master Degree or professional qualification, and transcripts, two passport-size photos and application fee. Mail your application to:

Hod +233 (0) 560 911 176 |
NIBS, 7 Oleander Street, East Legon, Accra