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Doctor of Philosophy in Management (PhD)

The student’s program of study includes the coursework, projects and other educational activities to prepare the student for the successful completion of the doctoral comprehensive examination and for the development, implementation and defense of the doctoral dissertation. The program of study for the Ph.D. in Management is determined largely by the concentration area selected by the student.

Ph.D Program Objectives

The Ph.D program at American Vision University has four major objectives:

  • To prepare students to conduct scholarly research relevant to the management of organizations in the public and private sectors
  • To prepare students for responsible positions in private and public sectors
  • To prepare management practitioners to develop research and application skills that will enable them to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations
  • To help public and private sector organizations solve critical problems, make better decisions, and foster environments built on performance excellence

Total Program Required Credits: 74 Credits

Content of Program of Study

Research Core (24 credits)

  • Research Design & Methods | 4 credits
  • Quantitative Research & Analysis | 4 credits
  • Qualitative Research & Analysis | 4 credits
  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis | 4 credits
  • Advanced Qualitative Research & Analysis | 4 credits
  • Mixed Methods Research and Design | 4 credits

Management Core (20 units)

  • Organizations and the External Environment | 4 credits
  • Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations | 4 credits
  • Managing Innovation and Change in Organizations | 4 credits
  • Seminar in Human Capital Management | 4 credits
  • Seminar in Strategic Management | 4 credits

Select a Concentration Area (16 units)

  • Strategic Management Concentration
    • Industry Structure and Competitive Strategy | 4 credits
    • Seminar in Strategy and Public Policy | 4 credits
    • Specialized Topics and Readings | 4 credits
    • Proposal Development | 4 credits
  • Conflict Management Concentration
    • Philosophical And Social Issues In Conflict Management | 4 credits
    • Organizational Conflict Management Analysis and Intervention | 4 credits
    • Specialized Topics and Readings | 4 credits
    • Proposal Development | 4 credits
  • Information Technology Management Concentration
    • Data Mining and Business Intelligence | 4 credits
    • Knowledge Management | 4 credits
    • Specialized Topics and Readings | 4 credits
    • Proposal Development | 4 credits
  • Human Resource Leadership Concentration
    • High-Performance Human Resource Leadership | 4 credits
    • Workforce Analytics & Technology | 4 credits
    • Specialized Topics and Readings | 4 credits
    • Proposal Development | 4 credits

Doctoral Comprehensive Exam | 2 credits

Dissertation | Minimum of 12 credits

Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:

Admission into the Ph.D. program in Management program is selective and contingent upon an applicant satisfying a number of conditions. Primary factors considered include the applicant’s graduate grade point averages, significant experience in a professional managerial capacity, career interests and goals discussed in an essay, professional recommendations, the applicant’s appropriateness for Ph.D. study, and the ability to handle advanced-level research. Applicants who seek admission into the Ph.D. program must submit the following materials for consideration by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee within twenty-one (21) days prior to the start of Ph.D. studies and must be accepted at least fifteen (15) days prior to the beginning of the quarter:

  • Application form
  • All students must submit documentation of a current photo ID that is issued by the government
  • Official transcripts indicating a completed, related master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or from a non-U.S. institution with comparable accreditation. A minimum of a 3.40 on a 4.0 scale for master’s course work is required
  • A current resume that demonstrates proven progressive experience in a managerial capacity
  • Contact information for three references from past or current employers, university professors, or professional associations. Personal references from family, friends, and others are not acceptable
  • A minimum of 750-word essay describing how your goals and experiences make you a superior candidate to pursue research and studies in management

International Students

International students are a valued part of our student body. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit the results of their TOEFL examination or to take AVU English Language assessment test in addition to the above requirements.

* AVU reserves the right to accept students on a conditional basis if one or more of the above mentioned requirements are not met upon admission. However, any deficiencies must be remedied within four months from the program start date.

American Vision University was founded with a vision of making exceptional quality education affordable and convenient for students who are juggling career/family obligations. We abide by that vision strongly even today and this is the sole reason why we are able to offer unmatched value of education at an extremely affordable fee that stays the same.

Tuition Fees: Ph.D tuition fee per credit: $450.00 USD 74 credits are required to complete the program Total tuition fees: $33,300 USD (3 years)

Payment Options

Full Tuition Payment: The student has the option to pay for the degree program in a single payment by the date of registration. If this is not possible, a financial plan is available.

Term-by-Term Payment Plan: This option offer students a way to make four equal payments over the course of the semester. The first payment will be taken at the time of enrollment. The three remaining payments are automatically withdrawn from the students account in equal installments over the course of the semester and are scheduled by/with the Enrollment Advisor. This plan offers for students to finance their education while earning their degree. By avoiding college student loans, students can ideally graduate with zero debt.


  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
  • We also accept cash payment upfront and in full for your registered courses
  • We accept bank wire transfers. Wire fees may apply, please check with your bank. Student Accounts Department can provide the SWIFT details.
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