How to Apply

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PhD Admission Requirements

  • A completed MBA from an accredited program or Specialized Master’s degree in a business field from an accredited school
  • A minimum of five years of professional business or teaching experience
  • Complete USA Graduate School Application
  • Send official transcripts
  • Send current CV/resume
  • Mail 3 letters of reference
  • GMAT score is not required
  • Completion of a writing assignment using resources from the writing workshop: See below
  • Completion of an interview with the Mitchell College of Business Ph.D. in Business Administration Admissions Committee

For additional program information please email



Information Session  

TBD | 9am-10pm | Zoom | Free

Find your direction. Learn more about how a Ph.D. in Business Administration can help you in your career. Hear from Ph.D. Director, Dr. Joe Hair and a panel of current Ph.D. students in various stages of the program. This free informational session will provide you the opportunity ask questions and see for yourself if this non-traditional Ph.D in Business Administration program is right for you. 

Watch the 2021 Info Session | Connect with PhD Faculty to Learn More

Writing Workshop 

TBD | 10am-12pm | Zoom or In-person | $100 materials licensing fee

This essential workshop provides the requirements and resources needed to complete the writing assignment. This writing assignment is a required component of the application process. The workshop was held online, via Zoom, on Saturday, October 24th, 2020. Applicants can view the writing workshop video for free, however,  applicants will need to pay the $100 licensing fee to gain access to the materials needed to complete the assignment.

Watch the 2021 Writing Workshop | Purchase the Writing Assignment Materials


What to expect once you have purchased the writing workshop material: (prospective Ph.D. in Business Administration applicants):

Upon payment, applicants will receive an order confirmation in their email. To obtain access to the Ph.D. in Business Administration workshop files, applicants should forward this order confirmation to Lissa Williams (, a graduate assistant at the Mitchell College of Business. Applicants will receive access to a Google Drive folder that contains all of the Ph.D. in Business Administration Workshop files and a video from the workshop.

Please be aware that you will need to have a Gmail email account to access the files on Google Drive.


Required documents need to be mailed to:
University of South Alabama
c/o UniCas Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9218
Watertown, MA 02471

Qualified applicants will be invited to an admissions interview.  Admissions into the program is subject to the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Ph.D. in Business Administration admissions committee.  For questions regarding your online admissions application, please contact University of South Alabama Customer Service at (857) 304-2084 Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time, or email at

Application Timeline

The application deadline is January 31st of each year.  Applicants seeking financial aid may want to apply earlier to ensure sufficient time for processing. Applications will be reviewed from September 1 of each year. The first semester for each new cohort begins in May of each year.

Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, students must confirm enrollment and submit a non-refundable deposit for $2,500 within 45 days. The deposit is credited toward first semester tuition and fees.

International Student Requirements

International Students: As per the University Graduate School requirements, international students are required to score a minimum of (197) (71) on TOEFL or 6.0 or higher on IELTS. Additional Information regarding international student admissions can be found here.


Contact Information:

Dr. Joe Hair
Director, PhD in Business Administration Program
Cleverdon Chair of Business
Mobile, Alabama USA
Mitchell College of Business
(251) 460-6418 | (251) 460-6529 (fax)