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PhD in Business AdministrationInternational Business

The International Business (IB) Ph.D. Concentration, offered by the Department of International Business, aims to develop doctoral graduates who are well prepared to undertake an academic career in the following three fields at reputable research universities:

  • International Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Recent graduates from our program have secured positions at reputable universities such as University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Suffolk University, Arkansas State University, and San Diego State University, and been nominated for outstanding dissertation awards by major professional organizations. They also have co-authored publications in reputable journals.


In addition to the following IB seminar courses, students will take methods and elective courses, and complete several research projects during the program:

  • MAN 7207 Theories of Organization
  • MAN 7616 Global Strategy
  • MAN 7640 International Business Theory
  • MAN 7718 Analysis of Corporate Policy
  • MAN 7910 Advanced Management Research Methods.

Critical assessment and project related milestones follow:

  • Year 1 (early Summer): Methods exam.
  • Year 1 (Summer): First year research project of sufficient quality for submission to a conference. To be presented at a department brown-bag in Year 2 early Fall.
  • Year 2 (early Summer): Comprehensive examination, which includes a written component and an oral component, taken after completing all course requirements.
  • Year 3 (by beginning of Fall): Research paper of sufficient quality for submission to a reputable journal.


Our faculty are highly visible scholars who publish in influential research journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of World Business and Journal of Management Studies. They serve as editors or on the editorial review boards of top journals in their fields and also occupy leadership positions in major professional organizations such as the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business and Strategic Management Society.

Our Ph.D. faculty include:

  1. William Newburry (Department Chair)
  2. Aya Chacar
  3. Orhun Guldiken
  4. Arun Kumaraswamy (IB Doctoral Program Director)
  5. Sumit Kundu
  6. Curba Lampert
  7. Ronaldo Parente
  8. Karen Paul
  9. Ochieng (Fred) Walumbwa


For general information on admission requirements and deadlines, please see Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines. International applicants may need to fulfill additional requirements (e.g., TOEFL). Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions  for answers to typical questions pertaining to the Ph.D. in Business Administration program.

While all applicants are expected to satisfy admission requirements of the program, students admitted to the IB Ph.D. Concentration typically have a graduate degree (MBA, MS or MA) with at least 3.5 GPA, GMAT scores of at least 650 (or its GRE equivalent) and interested in pursuing an academic career on graduation.

Typically, all admitted students will receive tuition fee waiver and graduate assistantships for four years. The department may nominate eligible and exceptional applicants for University Graduate School Fellowships. Please see Financial Aid and Fellowships for financial assistance available to admitted students.

In addition, admitted students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply for FLAS Fellowships offered by FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Note that these fellowships include a language course requirement.

To maximize their chances of being considered for financial assistance and fellowships, applicants are advised to complete all admission-related paperwork as soon as possible, instead of waiting till the application deadline.

For information

For additional information on the IB Ph.D. concentration, please contact:

Arun Kumaraswamy
Department of International Business
FIU Business
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 441
Miami FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-3780

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