TAMIU's First Ph.D. Approved
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has provided its approval
for Texas A&M International University to grant its first Ph.D. in
International Business Administration in action Thursday in Austin.
Dr. Ray Keck, University president, said the approval of the University's
first doctoral degree redefines TAMIU.
"We have been redefined as an institution, as a part of the higher
education community and in how we continue to deliver our mission here.
For the first time, qualified students will have the option of joining
scholars from all around the world in completing a Ph.D. program in a
city and setting that defines international business," Dr. Keck said.
Keck said the program's impacts are multiple.
"The Ph.D. Program in International Business Administration is
a major new initiative which will not only take the University to a higher
level of excellence, but will also have a major qualitative impact on
the community. The Laredo business community is strongly supportive and
looks forward to taking advantage of this great new opportunity to become
globally competitive. The larger community of international business scholars,
too, will benefit from this addition to the cadre of specialists trained
at Texas A&M International University," he explained.
Laredo Senator Dr. Judith Zaffirini, who authored Senate Bill 6 creating
TAMIU and authorizing it to offer doctoral and joint degrees, said she
was delighted with the Coordinating Board's decision to approve the University's
"I am delighted with Coordinating Board's approval for this doctoral
program," Senator Zaffirini said, "Laredo offers a perfect venue
for international business, given its global strategic location. What's
more, we sit at the crossroad of a major international trade and business
route. As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and member of the
Legislative Budget Board, I will continue to champion funding to advance
doctoral programs at our wonderful University."
Dr. J. Michael Patrick, interim dean of the TAMIU College of Business
Administration, said the Ph.D. program is now accepting applications from
"We are eager to form our first cohort and look forward to receiving
applicants," Dr. Patrick said.
Dr. Tagi Segafi-nejad, director of the Ph.D. Program, described the
"It's considered bi-pillar, combining coursework, and research
in one of the following functional areas: accounting, economics, finance,
management and strategy, management information systems, or marketing.
It's designed to produce scholars who can make significant contributions
- through research, teaching and service - to the growing area of International
Business and associated fields," Dr. Segafi-nejad said.
The University and College of Business Administration have been working
steadily for several years to introduce the comprehensive doctorate in
International Business Administration.
The College previously secured accreditation from AACSB International,
the accreditation body for business schools and programs, in 2001, joining
an elite group of international colleges and universities that have earned
For more information, please contact Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad at Texas
A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, Texas
78041; phone (956) 326-2512, e-mail: IB-PhD@tamiu.edu
or click on http://www.tamiu.edu/coba/phd
The University also has two collaborative Ph.D. programs underway with
The Texas A&M University System in Curriculum and Instruction and
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