School of Business Administration Unveils Online Doctoral Program

BarryDickinsonThe School of Business Administration announced its latest program offering—an 18-course, fully online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. Set to launch in Fall 2018, the program will feature eight-week terms with a three-year anticipated completion period. The DBA will initially offer both a general and accounting concentration and will require an MBA or other business-related graduate degree but will not require a residency.

The DBA is a terminal degree for business majors and is an alternative to a PhD in a business area. The DBA focuses on applied learning and is designed for individuals with an MBA who want to differentiate themselves in the workplace, who want to teach in higher education without the heavy research requirements of the PhD, or for business executives who have a desire for more education. 

“We chose this program for several reasons,” said Dr. Barry Dickinson, Dean of the School of Business Administration. “One of the University’s strategic goals is to add academic programs to its portfolio and encourage a culture of scholarship. This degree brings students to the School of Business Administration who will be conducting primary research. Faculty members will be working with them, either in the class or on dissertation committees, and will actively be involved with research. I also feel it is important to have online degree-granting programs so we can reach markets that are unreachable by traditional classroom modalities, thereby diversifying the student population.” 

The DBA integrates the theory and practice of business within the context of current issues in the business world, including increasingly global, complicated, and turbulent challenges and opportunities. The DBA provides business leaders with not only the modern strategies to compete in business but a deep and comprehensive understanding of why these strategies will be successful.

“The first year is dedicated to establishing a strong footing in research methodology and statistics,” Dickinson said. “This prepares the student well for their dissertation, for which they will be collecting data. The second year of the program is focused on the business coursework. The cutting-edge courses cover a variety of topics including supply chain management, technology, marketing, and organizational theory. The second year concludes with a comprehensive examination that evaluates the student’s understanding of key business concepts.”

The final year of the program is devoted to developing and writing a dissertation, in close partnership with a dissertation chair. Students will be assigned a faculty mentor throughout their program to maximize success.