doctor of Business Administration
The DBA degree requires the completion of 54 semester credit hours distributed as follows: common core course requirements, 21 credit hours; program core course requirements, 24 credit hours; and dissertation or research project requirements, 9 credit hours. The program course work is designed to be completed within a 2 ½ year time frame. The dissertation or culminating research project will require additional time to complete, typically a year. The program is organized and scheduled to accommodate the needs of people who maintain full-time employment while pursuing the degree. The program design permits students to complete the requirements for the DBA at their own pace. Students will have 7 years from the start of their first class to complete the DBA program. Students who take longer than that time period will have to meet with the Program Director to discuss their options.
The DBA Program is offered in two formats: the Hybrid Weeknight and Online. Cohort placement and specific start dates are dependent on preferred format. Students who start the program are expected to stay in the format that they were accepted into. Any exceptions may be discussed with the Director.
Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy
At or near the completion of the student's course work, but before embarking on the DBA dissertation or research project, the student is required to achieve a passing grade on a formal Comprehensive Examination. In addition, the student is required to recruit a dissertation committee and gain approval for a concept paper describing the purpose and approach envisioned for dissertation research. After completing these requirements, the student will advance to doctoral candidacy.
Dissertation or Research Project
The DBA dissertation (traditional five chapter or Critical Evaluation Recommendation paper) or culminating research project requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for completion. This process involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a dissertation committee. A dissertation or research project proposal must be completed, reviewed, and approved by the student's dissertation committee prior to the beginning of data collection in the area of the research topic. Once the dissertation or research project is complete, the student will present the results before the dissertation committee and colleagues.
Qualifications for Degree
To qualify for the DBA degree, a student must satisfactorily complete 54 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including four research foundation courses, 11 program-specific courses, and a dissertation or research project. The student must: (1) maintain a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0; (2) achieve a grade of at least "B-" or better in all courses; (3) achieve satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination; (4) obtain approval of the student's research proposal; and (5) successfully complete and defend the dissertation or research project. These requirements must be completed within seven years of matriculation into the program.
Common Core Courses (21 credits)
DBA 7100 Organizational Strategy and Policy Seminar
LDR 7000 Experiential Learning: Leadership Issues
LDR 7100 Managing Innovation and Change
RES 7105 Statistics for Research
RES 7106 Disciplined Inquiry I
RES 7107 Disciplined Inquiry II
RES 7111 Research Design
Program Core Courses (24 credits)
DBA 7310 Executive Decision Making
DBA 7400 Advanced Seminar in Managerial Finance and Accounting
DBA 7510 Business Intelligence
DBA 7600 Ethics in Business and Management
DBA 7800 Global Management Models
DBA 8000 Seminar on Research in Management
Two of the following four courses:
DBA 7200 Advanced Organizational Behavior
DBA 7700 Advanced Marketing Management
EDD 7303 Policy and Planning in Higher Education
EDD 7304 Planning, Budgeting, and the Higher Education Finance Process
Dissertation or Project Requirement (9 credits)
DBA 9004 DBA Research Continuation (if needed: 0 credits)
Total credits required for program completion: 54
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.