Course Descriptions

Doctor of Business Administration


DBA 7100
Organizational Strategy and Policy
3 credits

This course provides the student with a general overview of the planning, strategy formulation, strategic thinking, strategy implementation, and evaluation processes. Managerial styles and personal strategies are also discussed. The course takes an international view of organizational strategy and policy in a world without borders. Research areas in business strategy are also discussed

Prerequisite(s): DBA7400


DBA 7200
Advanced Organizational Behavior
3 credits

The focus of this course is the theoretical and practical implications of organizational behavior, as addressed from a social science perspective. It stresses how being a consumer of organizational research can help the manager with everyday problems and help the researcher to answer organizational behavior questions. Upon completion of the course, the student will have mastered the concepts of the field, such as diversity in the workplace, perception and attribution processes, motivation and individual differences in organizations, group dynamics and decision-making, teamwork, leadership, and quality improvement programs.


DBA 7300
Quantitative Business Analysis
3 credits

This course studies the application of quantitative methods for business analysis and decision making. Topics will include probability and descriptive statistics, survey construction, project management tools, forecasting methods, and statistical process control.


DBA 7310
Executive Decision-Making
3 credits

This course helps students make good decisions about strategic business issues involving ambiguity and uncertainty. They will understand how to structure the decision-making process and use quantitative techniques such as decision trees and simulation as well as qualitative techniques such as estimating probabilities.


DBA 7400
Advanced Seminar in Managerial Finance and Accounting
3 credits

The course covers the fundamental principles and core tools used in corporate finance. Topics include: the analysis of the firm performance, cash flow valuation, the assessment of capital investment opportunities, the cost of capital and capital structure, managing firm growth, risk assessment, and short-term financial management. The course emphasizes the theoretical and conceptual underpinning of each topic, and its use in applied work. The course further introduces each student to some of the academic and business literature related to the main topics covered.


DBA 7510
Business Intelligence
3 credits

This course integrates and applies key concepts of business intelligence and critical thinking from an executive management perspective. Students learn how to leverage data and systems to develop and evaluate strategic alternates, make better informed decisions, and effectively manage business. A critical thinking process which can help managers "ask the right questions" is explained and applied to a business intelligence project.


DBA 7600
Ethics in Business and Management
3 credits

This course considers ethics in business and management from a research perspective. Topics of study include foundations, ethical codes, ethics education, ethics research, student perspectives of ethics, and ethics by business application, as well as cross-cultural ethics research.


DBA 7700
Advanced Marketing Management
3 credits

This course focuses on marketing problems faced by an organization and its management. A survey of marketing literature examines both theoretical and empirical research in such marketing-related fields as economics, consumer-buyer behavior, promotion, distribution, ethics, pricing, product development, global marketing, and marketing strategy in an effort to seek solutions.


DBA 7800
Global Management Models
3 credits

This course provides students with a general overview of international management, including the integration of corporate culture. Specific applications to trade agreements and research areas in business strategies are also explored.


DBA 8000
Seminar on Research in Management
3 credits

This course offers doctoral-level analysis of selected management topics, assisting the student in selecting and operationalizing a dissertation topic. The course provides an opportunity for students to share their thoughts on carrying out a creative research project, critiquing their own and others’ proposals. Students who have completed the course may return from time-to-time to seek ideas and support from the instructor and their peer

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all DBA common and program core courses.


DBA 9000
DBA Research
3 credits

The DBA dissertation or culminating project requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for completion. This process involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A dissertation or project proposal must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s culminating project committee before the student moves on to collect data in the area of the research topic. Once the dissertation or project is complete, the student will present the results before the culminating project committee and other colleagues. Students who have not completed their work at the conclusion of DBA 9002 will register for DBA 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the progra

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all DBA common core courses and program core courses.


DBA 9001
DBA Research
3 credits

The DBA dissertation or culminating project requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for completion. This process involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A dissertation or project proposal must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s culminating project committee before the student moves on to collect data in the area of the research topic. Once the dissertation or project is complete, the student will present the results before the culminating project committee and other colleagues. Students who have not completed their work at the conclusion of DBA 9002 will register for DBA 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the progra

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all DBA common core courses and program core courses.


DBA 9002
DBA Research
3 credits

The DBA dissertation or culminating project requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for completion. This process involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A dissertation or project proposal must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s culminating project committee before the student moves on to collect data in the area of the research topic. Once the dissertation or project is complete, the student will present the results before the culminating project committee and other colleagues. Students who have not completed their work at the conclusion of DBA 9002 will register for DBA 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the progra

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all DBA common core courses and program core courses.


DBA 9004
DBA Research
0 credits

The DBA dissertation or culminating project requires a minimum of 9 semester credit hours for completion. This process involves extensive work by the student with advisement from a faculty member. A dissertation or project proposal must be completed and be reviewed and approved by the student’s culminating project committee before the student moves on to collect data in the area of the research topic. Once the dissertation or project is complete, the student will present the results before the culminating project committee and other colleagues. Students who have not completed their work at the conclusion of DBA 9002 will register for DBA 9004 on a continuing basis in order to receive academic advisement and to remain in good standing in the progra

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all DBA common core courses and program core courses.