Westcliff University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is tailored specifically for working adults. You can choose from our campus or online. Each class is 8-weeks long, which provides you the opportunity to focus on one class at a time.

DBA Program Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed for candidates who, having already completed a Masters program, are looking to further develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of the principles that govern global business. The WU DBA program emphasizes advanced decision making and leadership skills as well as in-depth knowledge of theory and applied research. Students have the opportunity to explore challenges facing business today, including corporate social responsibility, globalization, and managing change. In keeping with our commitment to working adult professionals, we have one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that allow students to complete their doctoral studies in a hybrid or online format. The performance outcomes which are required for the completion of the program include class participation, response to discussion questions, writing research papers, group assignments, case study analyses, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations (Comprehensive Learning Assessments), and a Doctoral Final Project/ Dissertation.

DBA Program Objectives

Westcliff University wants to produce capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment. The master’s degree in business administration requires both academic and personal growth of its students, contributing their success as classroom teachers. The program’s educational objectives are to:

  • Assess and interpret the foundational material for communications in a manner that supports the accuracy of the messages (Communication)
  • Critique how a broader understanding of cultural differences results in personal competencies that positively impact business strategies (Diversity)
  • Formulate how transformational leadership can improve the implementation of business objectives no matter the location of the business (Team)
  • Evaluate how the relationship between vision and tactics can result in meaningful and successful strategies in a complex business environment (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)
  • Judge and measure how the internal and external criteria for an organization may be used to maximize both efficiency and effectiveness of a business operation (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)
  • Justify the ethical choices related to societal issues, so as to optimize organizational effectiveness in a global setting (Ethics)
  • Evaluate the essence of business knowledge in existing literature to produce new, meaningful ideas that have practical application (Research)

Doctor of Business Administration Program

Core course Requirements (60 credit hours)

1st Year = 18 credits

  • BUS 710 Finance for Managers (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 715 Global Economics (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 720 Marketing Strategy & Consumer Behavior (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 725 Business Intelligence & Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 730 Management Strategy for Performance (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 735 Leading Change (3 credit hours)
  • Doctoral Qualifying Exam (0 credit hours)

2nd Year = 18 credits

  • BUS 740 Global Business Initiatives (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 745 Corporate Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 750 Statistics for Business (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 755 Strategic Planning & Implementation (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 760 Creative Solutions Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 765 Management of Technological Innovation (3 credit hours)

3rd Year = 9 credits

  • BUS 770 Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 775 Transformation & Execution Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • BUS 780 Organizational Development (3 credit hours)
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (1 credit hour)

Final Project & Dissertation (14)

  • BUS 785 Final Project & Dissertation Block 1 (4 credit hours)
  • BUS 790 Final Project & Dissertation Block 2 (5 credit hours)
  • BUS 795 Final Project & Dissertation Block 3 (5 credit hours)

Westcliff University Will Help You

  • Apply theory to real life through professional business cases
  • Advance your leadership and teaching potential
  • Enhance your practical job skills for career advancement
  • Be creative and innovative with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn through the vast experiences of our esteemed faculty

Imagine Where a DBA Degree Can Take You

Possible career opportunities include:

  • Education Administrator
  • Director of Business Development
  • Regional Management
  • VP of Operations
  • Educational/Management Consultant
  • Manufacturing Director
  • Social & Community Services Manager
  • Management Analysts

Admissions Requirements

  • Interview with an Admissions Representative
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Personal statement of professional goals
  • Official transcripts from previous institutions
Program taught in:
  • English

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