The fully-online Doctor of Business Administration program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for business leaders interested in a terminal degree. It differs from a traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a number of ways, most importantly in that it focuses much more on a practical and applied approach. The DBA focuses on training students in real-world, business-oriented problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
The program is completely online. There is no residency requirement. Therefore, students come from across the globe to learn. This makes for an incredibly rich learning experience. Courses fall into three general categories: statistics/research methods, business coursework, and dissertation development. It is comprised of 54 credit hours or 18 courses. Courses are offered in continuous eight-week terms (except dissertation courses which extend to 15-weeks). If students follow the prescribed course sequence, they will complete their degree requirements in less than three calendar years. Beyond the coursework, students are required to successfully pass a core examination, a comprehensive examination, and defend their dissertation.
Students will work closely with a faculty advisor once they reach the dissertation stage. The advisor will serve as the dissertation committee chair and the student will gain additional support from the other members of the committee. A series of milestones and timelines will be established to assure students complete their degree requirements on time.
The first DBA class will enroll for a Fall 2019 start.
What can one do with a DBA?
There are typically two employment pathways. One is education. With a terminal degree, graduates will qualify to teach either part-time or full-time in higher education. Should graduates wish to conduct research, they will be well prepared to do so. Alternatively, graduates can either move into industry or advance their current careers. A DBA prepares graduates well for business consulting, senior-level leadership positions, and new career opportunities. It also provides a way for graduates to differentiate themselves from other job candidates who also possess a master degree.
- Educational preparation: A master's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or comparable foreign institution. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the master's degree is required. Applicants with a master’s degree in a non-business discipline will require additional coursework.
- Experience: Applicants with responsible managerial or professional work experience are preferred. A professional resume is required.
- GMAT or GRE examination: All applicants must take one of these two examinations (within 10 years of applying to the program) and have test scores forwarded to the School.
- Recommendations: Three written recommendations attesting to the ability to succeed in the doctoral program.
- Statement of purpose: A statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words is required. This statement should address goals and reasons for seeking the doctoral degree.
* Program pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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