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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a part-time program designed for experienced managers, professionals, and educators who are employed in business, nonprofits, government, military, healthcare, higher education, and a variety of other organizations. The program helps students attain the insights and skills that are needed to advance to executive or professional leadership positions. Graduates of this program are academically qualified to teach business subjects at the college level and to fill higher education administrative positions.
A recent survey of graduates and advanced students showed that more than half have already advanced to more responsible positions and are able to make a greater contribution on strategic issues. In addition, students note that their opinions are more highly valued, and they are included in more important projects or teams. Some of the positions held by DBA students and graduates include Chief Financial Officer, Senior Director, Executive Director, Acting Dean, Faculty Chair, and Chief of Staff.
The DBA program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills that lead to high performance. In contrast to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), which places more emphasis on developing narrow, theoretical perspectives, the Doctor of Business Administration is a practitioner’s degree that develops well-integrated skills which are immediately applicable.
The program fosters a rich learning community in which students learn from sharing each other's experiences and perspectives in addition to classroom learning and personal study, research, and reflection. Students are encouraged to develop their own distinctive views concerning leadership, strategy, finance, ethics, and other business disciplines through evaluating and integrating the ideas and research of leading scholars. In addition, students develop specialized expertise by conducting independent research on problems and issues that are important to their employers, professions, or industries.
DBA classes have a maximum of 20 students, so that we can maintain a personal touch. We feature one of the most affordable DBA tuitions in the U.S. Our accelerated, “hybrid” courses are comprised of seven face-to-face classes held during evenings or on Saturdays, complemented by online instructional techniques. In fall 2013, we plan to offer a fully online option in addition to the evening and Saturday options. Students are free to move between the various format options. This is part of our commitment to making education affordable, personalized, and convenient.
Wilmington University College of Business is accredited by Middle States and IACBE. Specific IACBE accreditation for the Wilmington University DBA program, which requires two years of graduates, will be applied for in December, 2013.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.