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

Professional business people have great skill-sets. We learn to manage limited resources, plan for continuous improvement and generally keep a results-oriented view point. At Monarch, the Professional PhD program has been designed to leverage what business people do best: create positive change.  As a business school, we believe that business people are perfectly positioned to create real social change by leveraging the assets and resources at their disposal. One of the most important assets at your disposal is you and the energy you bring to your work. Through pointed and dedicated business research you can make change possible.

Candidates pursuing this degree are interested in examining the critical issues and problems of business and society from both a theoretical and applied business perspective. Candidates entering the program open themselves to positions within the Executive level of industry, professors within academic institutions, directors of think tanks & NGOs/CSOs organizations, members of the Board of Directors and positions of responsibility within government agencies.  The defining characteristics of the program are the desire to effect real change and bring about a better world through applied business research.

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

List Of Doctor of Philosophy Study Domains

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


Monarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001). Monarch Business School is a member of EFMD-The Premiere European Accreditaiton Agency, 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:

Program Schematic Full-Time | Program Schematic Part-Time

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

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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