Ph.D. For Working 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. Characteristics of the program include:

  • Professional Research Orientation
  • Dissertation Based
  • Immediate Entry To The Research Phase of the PhD


Participant progress is assessed through the submission of various assignments per module. The program concludes with the completion of a doctoral manuscript. There are no exams within the program.

Dual Degree (MPhil / PhD)

At the successful completion of the program the candidate will be issued both the Master of Philosophy in Business Research and the PhD in Administration.

Modular Design

Candidates are able to progress through the program and develop their manuscript on a step-by-step basis providing a higher chance for completion.

Professional Focus

The PhD program is designed for working professionals. The structure and knowledge gained is directed at returning professionals who wish to develop their research skills.


Participants demonstrate their mastery of critical thinking by developing theory and merging new ideas with practice. The manuscript is typically 200 to 250 pages in length.

3 Years - Fully Online - Rolling Admission

Monarch Digital Campus

Is the central hub for your studies. It is also your passport to success in your program at Monarch. As a graduate research institute technology is key to the smooth development of research. Monarch has used digital technology as a driver for research success within its various programs since its inception. From the MDC you can access the Monarch Cloud storage, the Nobilis Learning Management System and the suite of Microsoft Office 365 apps. The MDC also includes access to the Monarch Digital Library databases, access to the Dissertation Wikis, and the research database. All resources are available on mobile devices through the Google or iPhone store.


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.

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 School

Aurelia Ravet-Narayan, Doctor of Philosophy in Business ResearchUsually, before entering a PhD program one is asked to provide an academic proposal with the application. This process can be challenging for a graduate from business studies. At Monarch, you are guided in creating your research proposal. You start the program by understanding what research methodology is all about and clarify the scope of your research. I am very satisfied with the program because it is streamlined. The guidance from supervisors was clear. 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 - France

Professional PhD Candidates

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