Doctor of Philosophy in Business Research ProgramPh.D. For Professionals

The Professional Ph.D. program is designed to provide professional candidates with an appreciation of academic training so that they may understand professional and academic research and be able to critique methods and research positions. The focus of the program is to provide the student with a solid grasp of all aspects of their chosen study domain at the doctoral level. Candidates pursuing this degree are interested in examining the issues and problems of their specific domain from more of a theoretical perspective. Candidates entering this program open themselves to positions as professors within academic institutions, directors of think tanks & NGOs/CSOs organizations, members of the Board of Directors, positions of responsibility within government agencies.  The defining characteristics of the program are:

List Of Doctor of Philosophy Study Domains

  • Professional Research Orientation
  • Dissertation Based
  • Flexible Study Modes Available

Henderson-150-175The Professional Ph.D. program enables the Candidate to develop research skills used within the context of practicing management. In the past, business schools have been missing the professional orientation within Ph.D. studies forcing business candidates to acquire academic perspectives not appropriate to the business arena.  The Monarch Professional Ph.D. program is unique as it maintains an orientation to practicing management theory. The professors at Monarch have substantial business experience and are therefore the ideal mentors for professionals returning for advanced training.

Dr. Henderson – Dean of the Faculty


ISO-SFPBSMonarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school in the world to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001) and is accredited by the Swiss Federation of Private Business Schools. Monarch Business School is a member of ACBSP-the Association For Collegiate Business Schools & Programs, CEEMAN-The Central and Eastern European Management Association and ACUNS-The Academic Council of the United Nations System. See our accreditation page.

Program Structure

The program is structured through the provisioning of various modules that assist the PhD Candidate in completing the necessary requirements. During the program the student will work with several supervisors and reviewers in order to perfect the structure (research methodology) of the research and ultimately carry out the research (field work and writing the manuscript). Specific modules include:

  • Academic Orientation Module 1 & 2
  • Quantitative Research Methods Module
  • Qualitative Research Methods Module
  • PhD Research Proposal Perfecting Module
  • Dissertation Part A Preparation & Completion (Chapters 1, 2 & 3)
  • Dissertation Part B Preparation & Completion (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
  • Defense Presentation Preparation Module

The program has a rolling admission and be started at any time.

Study duration varies depending on the study mode:

  • Standard Duration = 3 Years
  • Part-Time = 5 Years


The program may be followed Full-time, Part-time or as an Independent Study.

Program Open To

  • Graduates from accredited Bachelor & Master programs with +5 Years Management Experience;
  • Candidates with a Professional designation and +5 years managerial experience may be admitted to the program on the discretion of the Dean.

Tuition is levied on a quarterly basis in advance. All candidates may terminate a program upon 3 months written notice to the administration.

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Aurelia Ravet-Narayan, Doctor of Philosophy in Business ResearchI am a PhD graduate from France. Usually, before entering a PhD program one is asked to provide an academic proposal with the application, even if one doesn’t have any previous academic writing experience. This process can be challenging for a graduate from business or management science. At Monarch, you are guided from the beginning and the school assists you in creating your research proposal. You start the program by learning and understanding what research methodology is all about. Once this learning is integrated, you clarify and delineate the scope of your subject. Then you are equipped to start the research journey. I am very satisfied with the program because it is streamlined. The guidance from supervisors was clear and support from them is provided in a timely manner. You can also count on the support of your fellow students as a spirit of camaraderie reigns at the workshops. The Monarch experience is and will remain a tremendous step in my life.
Dr. Aurelia Ravet-Narayan – Doctor of Philosophy in Governance Graduate


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