PhD in Business Administration

To prepare lecturers, executives and young researchers to build successful academic careers.

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Dear friends:
I proudly present to you the PhD in Business Administration program at Nobel International Business School (NiBS). As one of the distinguished research focused programs in West-Africa, we strive to prepare candidates for research careers in higher education and for careers requiring advanced research and analytical capabilities in research departments in all sectors of the economy: primary sector (extraction of raw materials – mining, fishing and agriculture), secondary sector (producing finished goods) and Service / ‘tertiary’ sector – concerned with offering intangible goods and services to consumers.
NiBS, while still quite young, has already established a stellar international reputation as a world-class university, with demonstrated excellence in a number of essential doctoral disciplines. Our faculty, with diverse backgrounds in Marketing, Finance, Innovation, Management, Leadership, Human Resource Management (HRM), Organizational Behavior, Economics, Entrepreneurship among others are recognized as outstanding scholars in their respective disciplines as well as accomplished mentors in terms of producing the next generation of scholars in business.
This unique and timely program is possible because we do not have the traditional mindset of playing ‘god’ with thesis supervision – a common ‘migraine’ and ‘nightmare’ for doctoral students. One key aspect of a PhD is developing a lifelong bond between supervisor and student. At NiBS, students work hand-in-hand with their supervisors to produce world class research. A bond that we cherish and nurture at all times.
NiBS also offers candidates the tools and knowledge required to make vital contributions to the field. As a PhD student at NiBS, your research will advance knowledge in your chosen field. In fact, that is what a PhD is all about. Learning how to contribute knowledge to an existing body of research. In the PhD program at NiBS, we rigorously train and equip students with strong analytical and research skills in formal social inquiry, to address complex issues in-depth, and to disseminate knowledge in scholarly journals and other publication outlets to contribute to the theoretical and empirical knowledge and practice of the field.
Intakes are usually in April/May and October/November recruitment windows of every year!
I look forward to seeing you in the program.

Best wishes,
Dr. Hod Anyigba, FCE
Aggregate Professor of  Economics and Entrepreneurship 
Director, PhD Program

Mission
To prepare candidates for research and teaching careers in higher education and for careers requiring advanced research and analytical capabilities in research departments in consulting, banking, government, etc.

Objective

  • 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 thesis 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 an understanding of the theory and practice of teaching in business.

      • A 4 year program with modular delivery

      • We have experienced research-oriented faculty, actively engaged in academic and applied research in business administration.

      • Demonstrate expertise in a specific topic area through the design, execution, and completion of a doctoral thesis that contributes new theoretical and empirical knowledge and practice of the field.

      • We run a cohort model designed to promote collegiality, interdependence, networking and camaraderie among participants to enhance personal, academic and professional growth.

      • We have a creative 3-step dissertation supervision model, led by experienced, local and international research-oriented faculty, designed to ensure successful on-time completion.

      • We have teaching seminars that develop your skills in discovery–rich performance learning pedagogy.

      • You attend academic publishing modules designed to develop your skills in writing academic publications; led by experienced scholars who have published in leading academic journals.

      • You are encouraged and supported to publish at least one paper in international peer-review journals approved by NiBS.

      • We have merit-based scholarships available for applicants, especially women.

      • We offer flexible customized payment plan to suit each applicant.

          The program is delivered in modular format with each course completed over a number of days. In between the on-campus residencies, students will remain engaged through interaction experiences as well as team learning activities to complete assignments and to prepare for the next on-campus residency.

          Components of the program:

          Core courses – 18 credits
          The core 6 courses (3-credits each) emphasize the development of skills in understanding theories and practices of business administration foundation courses. The core courses are

          Research Methodology – 15 credits

          Five research methodology courses (3 credits each) develop research skills needed to conduct business research and complete a doctoral thesis. In these courses, students learn to evaluate a broad range of business and academic research, to design research projects and use research techniques, and to analyze data using a variety of statistical techniques

          Area of Specialization – 12 credits

          To enable students appreciate fundamental concepts and issues in their field of study – as directed by their chosen research areas, courses in the following areas (concentration areas) must be taken as the case may be: Finance, Management, Innovation, Leadership and Marketing. These courses cultivate the breadth of knowledge and understanding of the theory development and comprehension of current conceptual issues in their chosen field of research.

          Finance;or 

          Management;or 

          Marketing;or 

          Strategy & Innovation;or 

          Organizational Leadership;or 

          Teaching and Publishing Seminars – 6 credits

          Teaching and publishing seminars provide the student with opportunities to understand and practice teaching skills as well as to conduct and publish original research under the supervision of an advisor.

          Thesis Project – 24 credits

          Thesis develops the student’s skill in designing, conducting, and evaluating business research. Candidates complete this project under the guidance of their thesis supervisor. Candidates also present their output to receive feedback from peers and invited academics.

          Program Fee

          Application FeeUSD200.00 (Non- refundable)
          Fee includes course materials, supervisor fees, teaching assistance,library access (including online), faculty amenities, research assistance and program amenities such as coffee breaks and lunch during classes.
          (Please contact program manager)
          Benedict: +233 (0) 262 367 830 | Jennifer: +233 (0) 278 961 059

          Please Note:
          Graduation fee (eg. cap and gown hire or purchase, thesis binding, mock and final dissertation defense, graduation ceremony and amenities, etc) is not included in these fees.

          Scholarship
          The Innovation Management Academy (IMA), a major sponsor of the NiBS PhD in Business Administration program, may provide assistance to deserving qualified students on case by case basis

           

          Admission Requirements

          • Master/MPhil, MSC Degree in Management, Business and other fields

          • Completed and duly signed application form

          • Pass interview with admission committee

          • 2 passport size photographs

          • Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences

          • Official academic transcripts

          • Payment application fee ( Non-Refundable)

          Step 1 : Submit your CV for assessment, Usually assessment takes 2-3 days. Kindly use the form below to submit your cv

          Step 2: Upon approval, download, complete and submit application from with supporting documents (Certificate (s) and transcript)

          Download PhD Application form

          Submission:
          Please submit hard copies to the PhD Unit – 3rd Floor, Adoma House, Plot 2, Arko Close, Off Nelson Mandela Avenue near Gulf House, South Legon: or
          Submit by post to:
          The Director, PhD Program
          3rd Floor, Adoma House,
          Plot 2, Arko Close,
          Off Nelson Mandela Avenue near Gulf House, South Legon

          Step 3: Pay application fee and alert PhD Unit via phd@nibs.edu.gh or hod@nibs.edu.gh

          Step 4: Be interviewed by admission committee.

          Application Form Phd

          Kindly use the form below to apply for the PHD in Business Administration
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          Benedict Asiedu 
          PhD, Program Manager
          Tel: +233 (0) 262 367 830

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          Jennifer Nketia 
          PhD, Program Manager 
          Tel: +233 (0) 278 961 059

          Download PhD Brochure 
          PhD Application Form