Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) advances decision-making and leadership skills, provides an in-depth application of theory and research, and facilitates methods to solve industry problems. Program components offer opportunities for students to explore investigative skills and perform data analysis. Graduates are prepared to contribute new knowledge to a specific segment of industry.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Apply theoretical frameworks to contemporary issues in leadership and business.
  2. Analyze research results to support business decision-making processes.
  3. Design ethical and original research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge.
  4. Construct recommendations to resolve business problems.

Doctoral Dissertation

Doctoral students are required to complete a dissertation and defend their research before their committee and University representatives, which may take place at a distance through audio/visual means. No degree shall be awarded without majority of committee approval. Information regarding this capstone doctoral requirement is published in the Dissertation Handbook.

The DBA program is offered to students through the Term Learning Option and follows the Term Academic Calendar.

Graduates will successfully complete a minimum of 61 semester hours and dissertation research courses as outlined below.  

DBA Major Requirements
DBA Major Requirements
Course Title Semester Hours
DBA 7000 - Doctoral Student Orientation  1
DBA 7035 - Business, Government and Society 3
DBA 7180 - Managerial Economics and Business Theory 3
DBA 7240 - Doctoral Writing and Inquiry Into Research 3
DBA 7310 - Statistics for Business Decisions and Research 3
DBA 7420 - Organizational Behavior and Comparative Management  3
DBA 7553 - Human Resource Management  3
DBA 7632 - Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility  3
DBA 8149 - Business Research Methods  3
DBA 8230 - Marketing Research and Competitive Strategy  3
DBA 8341 - Corporate Finance  3
DBA 8475 - Operations and Supply Chain Management  3
DBA 8552 - Management Accounting and Control Systems  3
DBA 8671 - Technology and Innovation Management  3
DBA 8710 - International Business and Global Strategy  3
DBA 8758 - Negotiations and Business Strategy 3
DBA 9101 - Comprehensive Examination 2
Option 1: Theoretical-Based Study
Option 2: Research Project-Based Study

*During DBA 9307, Dissertation Research, the student and Committee Chair will collaborate to determine if the student will select a theoretical-based study or a research project-based study.

**Additional Dissertation Research courses may be required to complete all milestones in the program. Dissertation Research courses will continue in sequential order, as needed, beginning with DBA 9311 and so forth until the study is approved for defense.

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