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Business, Executive Business Research
Pamplin College of Business
The seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington is U.S. Green Council LEED-certified. The interior, designed by Gensler, includes computational laboratories, offices, and an Executive Briefing Center (EBC) to accommodate meetings, forums, symposia, and other events.
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center (EBC), 900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA Falls Church Virginia 22203
Research Center Arlington
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Business, Executive Business Research
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
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Program Director : Viswanath Venkatesh
Graduate Program Director(s) : Viswanath Venkatesh (Director), Alan Abrahams (Associate Director)
Professors: Rajesh Bagchi; Reza Barkhi; Sudip Bhattacharjee (National Capital Region); David Brinberg; Kevin Carlson; Dipankar Chakravarti (National Capital Region); John Easterwood; Roger Edelen; Devi Gnyawali; Paul Herr; Jingjing Huang; Tabitha James; Juncai Jiang; Gregory Kadlec; Raman Kumar; Ling Lisic; Paul Lowry; Roop Mahajan (National Capital Region); John Maher; Frank May; Nancy McGehee; Juan Nicolau Gonzalbez; Mario Pandelaere; Richard Perdue; Cliff Ragsdale; Roberta Russell; Vijay Singal; Manisha Singal; Viswanath Venkatesh (National Capital Region); Alan Wang; Richard Wokutch; Zheng Xiang; Christopher Zobel
Associate Professors: Alan Abrahams; Idris Adjerid; Daniel Beal; William Becker (National Capital Region); Robert Davidson; Jason Deane; Donald Hatfield (National Capital Region); Richard Hunt; Eojina Kim; Onur Seref; Sarah Stein; David Townsend; Anna Ward Bartlett; Jin Xu; Ryan Zimmerman
Assistant Professors: Kiran Awate; Shreyans Goenka; Sean Hillison; Pankaj Kumar; Shilpa Madan; Bradley Paye; Phillip Thompson; Broderick Turner; Marshall Vance; Pengfei Ye
Adjunct Faculty: Mohammad Jahan-Parvar (National Capital Region); Wei Liu (National Capital Region); Adam Yonce (National Capital Region)
Collegiate Professors: Michelle Seref
Associate Professor of Practice: Kimberly Carlson
Collegiate Assistant Professors: Joseph Simpson

Executive Ph.D. in Business

Launched in 2016, the Executive Ph.D. in Business serves experienced executives who seek the advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct high quality research on critical issues facing the business community. This part-time program challenges students to dive deeply into the scholarly literature and master advanced research methods in their chosen business discipline. Students blend this scholarly knowledge with their business experience to create novel insights embodied in a dissertation that addresses a complex business problem. Importantly, students develop the skills needed to publish their research in high-quality research journals. Students who graduate from this program can pursue careers in research-oriented business schools, in government, in industry, or in the non-profit sector.

Prospective students should plan a three year commitment to build the credentials needed to earn this unique and rigorous Ph.D. degree. 

Offered In (National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:

Credit Requirements:

The Virginia Tech Ph.D. in Business requires a minimum of 90 credit hours. The pro­gram for the Executive Ph.D. in Business assumes prior graduate study in business or a related field from which a maximum of 30 relevant credits can be transferred to meet core credit require­ments. 

The remainder (a minimum of 60 credits) will include at least 30 credits of graded coursework (disciplinary/interdisciplinary and methodology seminars) and a minimum of 30 research/dissertation credits.

Graded Coursework:

The fall and spring terms during years 1 and 2 use a hybrid delivery format. Classes meet in-person 10 weekends a year: one weekend (Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday morning and afternoon) per month, except July and December.  These mandatory residential sessions help the Executive Ph.D. student assimilate into the Pamplin community and facilitate face-to-face interactions with faculty, potential research mentors, student peers, and academic tutors who support coursework.  There are 3 additional online Saturdays (morning and afternoon), in Fall and Spring.

During Year 1 and 2, students should plan on attending 10 residential sessions (Summer: 2; Fall: 4; Spring: 4). In Year 3, when students are working on their dissertation proposals there are only four residencies (Fall: 2 and Spring: 2). No formal residencies are planned thereafter. However, students are always welcome and encouraged to attend in-person activities. During this period, students are strongly encouraged to communicate regularly and substantively with their Ph.D. Dissertation Committees.

The study plan for the program lays out the registration schedule for the research and dissertation (R&D) credits. At the end of Year 1, students register for 8 R&D credits (literature review and identification of research gap). At the end of Year 2, students register for 8 R&D credits (methodology design, preliminary results, and dissertation proposal). Students in Year 3 register for 20 R&D credits during which they work on the remainder of their research execution, results write-up, and dissertation defense. A minimum of 30 R&D credits must be accumulated during the program.  In the event a student over-runs into year 4 or beyond, the student is required to maintain continuing enrollment (3 R&D credits each Spring and Fall).

In Year 3, each student may have an opportunity to obtain teaching experience.  This may involve teaching an online or face-to-face graduate or undergraduate class in Pamplin. This experience is helpful for gaining the pedagogical skills integral to a Ph.D. degree.

Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center (EBC)

Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center (EBC)

900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203

Virginia Tech Arlington Executive Briefing Center

The Executive Ph.D. in Business is offered at Virginia Tech’s Arlington Executive Briefing Center, 900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.  With state-of-the-art technology and beautifully elegant meeting rooms, the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center (EBC) is designed to accommodate executive seminars, training programs, workshops, receptions, and many other events for both internal and external clients. The conference center is located on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington, just blocks from the Ballston Metro station and I-66, and in the heart of the vibrant Ballston area rich with restaurants, shops, and nearby hotels.

Resource: Virginia Tech Arlington Executive Briefing Center (

Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

Beginning Summer 2024, the Executive Ph.D. in Business will be offered at Virginia Tech's new Innovation Campus, in Potomac Yard.  The 3.5-acre Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, located just across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., firmly establishes our campus community at the center of the region’s technology district.  The campus is serviced by its own Metro station: Potomac Yard VT.
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