Doctorate Degree Programs for International Students

100% online DBA, PhD and EdD degrees

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Becoming An Expert: Earning A Doctorate Degree In Your Chosen Profession

For international students who want to become a top-level expert in their field, an online doctoral degree program is the best way to get there. There are many advantages to earning a PhD, EdD or Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Concordia-Chicago. 

  • Innovative approach to education 
  • Empahsis on practical application of theory and research 
  • World-class faculty 
  • Ultimate flexibility through online modality

Concordia University Chicago offers a range of online doctoral degree programs for those with the ambition and perseverance to earn a terminal degree. Programs are offered online, providing maximum flexibility for working professionals who want to schedule their classes around busy lives.

Degree Program Specifications

The online doctoral degree programs each require 60 to 67 credit hours of online coursework, including a 6-credit dissertation for the DBA or 9-credit dissertation over the final three semesters of the PhD/EdD programs. Courses are eight weeks in duration and students typically earn their degree in three to five years.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A completed Doctoral Application for Admission
  • Submission of rationale statement, including personal goals for applying for admission to the program.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from each college/university attended showing all college/university course work with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Also, any international transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service such as WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers).
  • Letters of recommendation from two persons qualified to comment upon the applicant’s potential for doctoral study.
  • Past experience: At least two years of successful teaching/administrative experience (required only for doctoral programs in K-12 education).
  • Writing sample: Submit a paper that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner at a level typical of graduate work. A paper from your master’s program would be most appropriate. This sample should approach, but not exceed, five pages in length.
  • TOEFL: A score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 72 (internet) minimum requirement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) unless English is the native language, and an unqualified recommendation from an ELS program director is provided.  (International students who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States do not need to submit TOEFL scores.)
  • Financial Support: A certified document guaranteeing adequate financial support for at least the student’s first year of study and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding from the same or an equally dependable source, for subsequent years.
  • Medical: A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment.
  • Regular Admission Requirements: International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll.

DBA, Strategic Leadership and Innovation Specialization

The DBA in Strategic Leadership and Innovation provides students with the latest research, theory and practical strategies in business. Much of the focus includes the data analytics that drive much of decision-making in business today. Students also learn a global perspective on business and sociological issues that affect the worldwide marketplace.

Online
60 Credits
No GMAT

DBA, Innovation in Health Care Management Specialization

The DBA in Innovation In Health Care Management provides a focus on research, theory and business strategy, but also the complexities and challenges of the healthcare industry. Health care faces more challenges than ever with both government laws and industry regulation, as well as pressure from financial constraints. Graduates from the DBA in Innovation In Health Care are equipped to deal with these issues, running organizations that provide quality care effectively and efficiently.

Online
60 Credits
No GMAT

PhD/EdD Leadership: Higher Education Specialization​

The online Doctorate in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization positions graduates to become valued experts and front-runners in their field. This program is specifically designed to produce graduates with expert-level higher education leadership skills. They learn of the challenges facing colleges and universities, as well as the proven strategies that address those issues. They also learn change management, research skills and making evidence-based decisions. From the moment they graduate, they are prepared to run an institution of higher learning. Two degree options available: an online PhD and an online EdD.

Online
61-67 Credits
No GMAT

PhD/EdD Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization​

The online Doctorate in Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization gives graduates skills to keep up with the ever-evolving innovation and technology of the business world. In this degree program, students learn to use the latest leadership theory in developing successful strategies for 21st century organizations. The use of technology and data to drive innovation and better decision-making skills is part of what they learn, as well as how to best use change management to improve work culture and production. Two degree options available: an online PhD and an online EdD.

Online
61-67 Credits
No GMAT

The Concordia University Chicago Difference

Concordia University Chicago is a leader in online graduate education, allowing international students to choose from in-demand master’s and doctoral programs. Classes are offered online and asynchronously for maximum flexibility so that working professionals can achieve their academic dreams from wherever they are, anywhere in the world.

We believe in innovation, leadership with a global perspective, and, most importantly, helping students achieve their career goals. Our programs are designed to provide students with skills, knowledge, and experience to help their resumes stand out.

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