PHD in Administration

PHD in Administration
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Program Goals

The program aims to qualify researchers who are capable of analyzing problems and developing appropriate solutions in the sectors related to management / technology, quality and business /. This enables the researcher to follow up on the latest developments in management / technology - quality - business / and to create new knowledge that allows companies working in related fields to develop their technologies and enhance their role at all levels: local, national, regional and global.

The program covers different research areas in the field of management / technology - quality - business /. The Council of Scientific affairs defines these at the beginning of each new academic year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the PhD thesis, the student is expected to possess a set of knowledge, skills and values, in particular:

  • Knowledge and Understanding


  1. Distinguishing between appropriate research methodologies in their competence.
  2. Knowing the latest developments and innovations in the field of their thesis.
  3. Classifying the mechanisms for developing solutions, studying their effectiveness and evaluating their impact on complex environments.
  4. Understanding the impact of values ​​and ethics in science related to their specialty.
  5. Classifying scientific journals and conferences that publish the latest scientific developments in their specialty.


  • Intellectual Abilities:


  1. Analyzing problems and developing solutions.
  2. Creating new knowledge.
  3. developing creative ideas within the modern trends in their area of ​​competence.

      C. Practical Skills:

  1. Evaluating the work of others.
  2. Selecting appropriate methods to document the results of his/ her research.
  3. Choosing the appropriate techniques to display his/ her work.
  4. working to secure funding sources for the development and application of the creative ideas.
  5. Participating in national, regional and international forums and working on marketing the results of his/ her research.

       D. General transferable skills:

  1. Continuing the search for the latest developments and innovations in the field of specialization.
  2. Constantly working to develop themselves.
  3. Documenting the results of his/ her research and discussing them in international forums.
  4. Forming and leading teams.
  5. Using appropriate language and terminology to discuss problems and develop solutions


Students are accepted to prepare for the Ph.D. degree in the Syrian Virtual University in the disciplines of management / technology - quality - business / after they have achieved the following:

  1. The candidate must have a Master’s degree in Technology Management, Quality Management or Business Administration from the Syrian Virtual University with at least a very good grade.
  2. He/ she must have passed the bridging year for graduates of the Department of Technology management, Quality Management and Business Administration from the Syrian Virtual University, in accordance with the rules determined by the University Council in its decision to adopt the bylaws of the bridging year and its amendments.
  3. He/ she must have passed the English language test conducted by the University whether this took place before or after the bridging year and before being registered for the following year, or to have an equivalent international standardized test scores, such as TOEFL, IELTS, or the highest level in the English placement test of the Syrian Virtual University, or any other test accepted by the Council of Scientific Affairs, whose conditions are determined by the University Council provided that it has not been more than two years since the date the student obtained the standard test document.
  4. The Candidate must have published at least one paper in English in one of the journals or the indexed and accredited dual arbitration scientific conferences and approved by SCOPUS or WEB of Science, or has obtained the approval of the journal or the conference for publication where not more than two years passed since the date of approval of the publication of the research.
  5. To submit a proposal (title and objective) that conforms with the research axes referred to in Article No. / 52 /, and is accepted in accordance with the selection criteria set out in Article No. / 55 / and the procedures set forth in Article No. / 56 / of the Regulations.

In case the student passes the bridging year according to the conditions specified in its internal regulations, he/ she shall continue in the second year of the Ph.D., and if they fail to pass it, their registration will be suspended and registration will be cancelled from the program.

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study plan

  1. The student shall prepare a research plan for the doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a supervisor and a co-supervisor if any, according to a form determined by the Council of Scientific Affairs.
  2. The Scientific Committee evaluates the research plan based on the report of the plan and the oral presentation made by the student before the committee in the presence of the supervisor.
  3. After the approval of the Scientific Committee, the research plan is presented to the Supervisory Committee along with the opinion of the Scientific Committee. The Supervisory Committee has the right to summon the student to ask him about the dissertation specifics.
  4. The University Council shall approve the registration of a doctorate student after the approval of both scientific and supervisory committee of the plan. The registration decision is issued by the University President.
  5. The follow-up and supervision is conducted by the research supervisor through monthly guiding meetings (at least one monthly meeting), through face-to-face meetings, or through the system of synchronized sessions adopted at the university with the need to record all meetings and document them digitally, and upload the recorded sessions within a maximum of two weeks since their date to be considered as part of the dissertation. Moreover, it is not accepted to defend the dissertation without submitting monthly recordings of the meetings and considering them as part of the required documents.
  6. The University Council may assign a PhD student to pursue a number of scientific activities necessary to complete his/ her qualification based on the proposal of the supervisor of the doctoral research. These activities may include contributing to the teaching of courses or seminars, and participating in conferences or scientific activities.

Article 60. PhD dissertation:

  1. The dissertation shall be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member or the like, or a specialist approved by the Scientific Affairs Council who holds a doctorate degree at the rank of at least Assistant Professor.
  2. Another supervisor approved by the Scientific Affairs Council may participate in the supervision.
  3. The doctorate dissertation is prepared in Arabic, and the student has the right to prepare it in English after the approval of the Council of Scientific Affairs to be accompanied by a comprehensive summary in Arabic.
  4. The student shall submit a reading at the university to approve the research plan at the end of each academic year before the scientific committee presenting in it the progress of his/ her research and this requires the student to attend in person. After that the scientific committee shall present periodic reports indicating the status of students of the doctorate programme to the supervisory committee for a follow-up and to present appropriate suggestions for the development of the scientific research system to the Board of Trustees.
  5. The student shall have full responsibility for carrying out his/ her research and the communicating with the supervisor.
  6. The supervisor and the co-supervisor, if any, after completing the preparation of the doctorate dissertation, submit a detailed report on the dissertation to the scientific committee stating the validity of the dissertation for presentation to the jury committee.
  7. The Scientific Committee shall adopt its decision regarding the validity of the dissertation for arbitration based on the dissertation report, progress reports and the interim readings of the student and supervisor.
  8. A jury composed of specialists or experts in the field of the dissertation shall be composed of at least five members of the Ph.D. holders, one of whom shall be the supervisor. The panel should be composed of an odd number of judges, and at least two of the members are rapporteurs and with a rank not less than an assistant professor or a chief researcher from the country’s universities or any Arabic or foreign universities in addition to one member of the Scientific Committee.
  9. Each rapporteur shall submit a report on the validity of the dissertation for discussion. The date of the discussion shall be determined upon obtaining two positive reports.
  10. All reports shall be submitted to the Scientific Affairs Council for decision and approval by the University Council.
  11. The dissertation will be discussed in a public judgement session, which will be announced and communicated to the vice president for scientific affairs two weeks prior to its convening.
  12. The jury committee evaluates the dissertation according to the rules set by the University Council based on the proposal of the council of scientific affairs. The student is considered to succeed in the dissertation based on one of the ranks adopted in the Universities Regulation Law.
  13. The Judging Committee may give a period of not more than three months from the date of the discussion for the amendments (if necessary).
  14. The student shall not be granted a Ph.D. degree and his/ her registration shall be cancelled if the Committee does not approve of the amendments requested of him/ her within less than three months after the discussion, and if he/ she does not implement the amendments.
  15. After the final discussion, the jury committee shall prepare a record containing the approved result of the student according to the system of calculating the evaluations adopted by the University, and submit it to the competent councils for approval. Attached to the record are the reports of the two rapporteur members.
  16. Registration of the student shall be frozen and his/ her registration in the program shall be cancelled in the absence of a decision to validate the dissertation for arbitration within the maximum period allowed in the program, without refunding any fees or installments.

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