Executive Ph.D. Schedule

The 3 year 80 credit Executive PhD program starts fall (August) every year.
Year 1-2:  First two years students complete required scheduled course work on campus. 
  • Tools Courses (9 Credits)
  • Seminar Courses (36 Credits)
  • Research Courses in area of interest (9 Credits)
Year 3:  The third year students work on their dissertation without scheduled course work on campus.
  • Dissertation Courses (26 Credits)
  • Defense of Dissertation
Schedule Program Milestones:
  • Completion of coursework: End of summer semester of the second year
  • Application for candidacy: Beginning of fall of third year
  • Proposal defense: End of fall semester of the third year
  • Dissertation defense: End of summer of third year
Program Information
Courses are every third Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., with breaks between semesters. Each class of executives begins and progresses through the program together, sharing the same educational experience for the program.
COVID -19 Message
The On-campus Executive Ph.D. program is delivered through live synchronous sessions during scheduled class days and times on Saturdays and Sundays.  Additionally, asynchronous class lectures and mini-lectures are recorded and accessible on demand to enhance class study in our digital learning management system, Canvas.

When Florida Atlantic University is permitted to reopen our campuses for physical attendance—as determined by the State University System—Executive Education will resume on-campus classroom attendance according to established regulations.  Physical attendance in the classroom will be optional until effective regulations allow for a full return to on-campus immersion.
Accreditation & Rankings

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accreditation

Proud member of AACSB, the premier accreditation agency for business schools.

Princeton Review Entrepreneur

Top-50 in Entrepreneurship

Ranked #37 (ugrad.) and #41 (grad.) in 2021 according to The Princeton Review.

FT Executive Education Rankings

FT Executive Education Rankings

#11 (U.S.) and #1 (Florida) in the Financial Times rankings.

Best International Business

Best International Business

#22 for Best International Business Ugrad. Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.

Best Undergraduate Business

Best Undergraduate Business

Ranked Among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs in 2021.

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

Best Online Bachelor's in Business

#27 for Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs in 2021.

Online Grad Programs

Best Online Grad. Business

Ranked Among the Best Online Master's Business Programs (non-MBA) in 2021.

Online MBA programs

Best Online MBA

Ranked Among the Best Online MBA Programs in 2021.

Online Veterans MBA

Best Online MBA - Veterans

Ranked Among the Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans in 2021.

Online Veterans

Best Online Grad Veterans

#19 for Best Online Master's in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) in 2020.

Sport Interantional Ranking

Best MBA in Sport Management Program

Top-20 in the world according to SportBusiness.