International Business Doctoral Degrees

Find out about prerequisites for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with a specialization in international business. Read about possible careers, required courses, and online course options. Schools offering International Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites for a Doctoral Degree in International Business?

Prerequisites for doctoral degrees vary by school, but most require submission of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. You'll also need to submit your resume, 2-3 letters of recommendation and a statement defining your educational goals.

PrerequisitesMaster's degree in business or related field, GMAT or GRE scores, resume, letters of recommendation, and statement of education goals
Common CoursesInternational accounting, strategic management, international trade, global information systems, international finance
Possible CareersCFO, business consultant, business manager, college professor
Online AvailabilityRare, but partially online programs do exist

Most schools will expect you to have a master's degree in business or a related field. Some programs accept students who possess only a bachelor's degree; these students may need to take graduate-level prerequisite courses in business or statistics.

What Courses Are Included in the Program?

Students in a doctoral degree program in international business take courses in managerial economics and global economic environments. Many programs will expect you to complete a 1-semester student teaching experience. A dissertation on an original research topic is required before you can graduate. Typical courses in a doctoral program may include:

  • International accounting
  • Strategic management
  • International trade
  • Global information systems
  • International finance
  • International marketing
  • Research methods

What Can I Do With My Degree?

A Ph.D. in International Business is usually designed to prepare graduates for careers in post-secondary instruction and scholarly research. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs for college professors was expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 13% between 2014-2024 ( As of January 2016, salaries for college professors ranged from $50,416 at the 10th percentile to $155,909 at the 90th percentile, according to

Graduates of a DBA program with a concentration in international business may decide to pursue careers as business consultants or upper-level managers. The number of employed consultants was projected to grow by 14% from 2014-2024, as reported by the BLS. The number of available upper-management positions was not expected to increase during the same time period; chief financial officer (CFO) and business manager are both examples of upper-management positions.

In January 2016, reported that management consultants earned an annual salary of $54,733 at the 10th percentile and $143,264 at the 90th percentile; CFOs made $67,176 at the 10th percentile and $208,100 at the 90th percentile. notes that business managers earned $35,901 at the 10th percentile and $99,781 at the 90th percentile during the same time period.

Can I Find This Program Online?

Online doctoral programs in international business are rare. Online DBA programs with concentrations in international business are more common than online Ph.D. programs; online DBA programs are usually available through private for-profit institutions. Distance students in doctoral programs usually take the same courses as students in a campus-based program. Some programs require 1-2 campus residencies, where students attend seminars and meet with faculty members.

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