The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program prepares graduates for advancement in their current employment or new business career opportunities. While learning the most advanced decision-making skills and techniques, doctorate candidates also develop and hone research and writing skills required for high- level responsibility in academic and business environments. The program encourages executives, college or university professors, and consultants to use their professional backgrounds to explore, design, and manage large systems in the complex organizations of increasingly multifaceted and multi-sectored economy.
Program Competencies and Learning Objectives
Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in specialized fields for a higher level of understanding for decision making in complex organizational environments.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills for local and global business planning and decision making.
- Integrate knowledge across disciplines in the use of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for business problem-solving.
- Identify and evaluate business issues and opportunities that enhance prospects for optimum return on investments and creating value.
- Demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and skills for starting and growing new ventures.
- Demonstrate creative research approaches to data collection, analysis, and synthesis of organizational effectiveness, change, and continuous improvement.
- Demonstrate informational literacy and computational thinking for effective and efficient use of technology.
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills for innovative and collaborative economic development.
- Develop diverse teams and foster teamwork through effective techniques through human resource management.
- Review business case studies and prepare theoretically-grounded arguments using peer-reviewed journals and appropriate scholarly writing styles.
Students must have successfully completed all courses in order to begin the Doctorate Dissertation. The Doctorate Dissertation must be selected, agreed upon, reviewed and approved by the assigned committee, Dean of Doctorate Studies, and Chief Academic Officer. The requirements for the Doctorate Dissertation include the final preparation, acceptance of the Dissertation, (based on established guidelines) and the candidate’s successful Presentation and Oral Defense.
- GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction
- GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review
- GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology
- GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings
- GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations
Students unable to complete the individual course requirements on their first attempt may remain enrolled in the course for an additional two attempts (GRC B and C). Failure to complete the course within three attempts, the initial and two additional attempts, will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. Only the initial course is a 3 credit course and the applicable tuition fees will apply. Students unable to complete the course on the initial attempt may continue on to the B and C series for no credit but will be responsible for the GRC B and/or GRC C fee.
Dismissed students may appeal their dismissal. If approved, students may return upon agreeing to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The second attempt at the course with an IEP starts at (D) and is considered a new course subject to full tuition fees. This course may be repeated once (E) subject to the GRC E fee.
Students that are dismissed or withdrawn during the dissertation phase and are approved to return will have to start from the beginning of the dissertation phase and will be responsible for any applicable fees.
The Doctorate of Business Administration program requires the completion of 60-semester units of coursework that include:
- Business Required Courses: 30 Units / 10 Courses
- Elective Courses: 15 Units / 5 Courses
- Dissertation: 15 Units
- DBA CCA Exam
An applicant for the Professional Doctorate program must meet and submit the following admission prerequisites:
- A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
- For graduate programs official transcript showing the completion of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (e.g. satisfactory completion of at least 120-semester units of transferable college-level credit from other accredited colleges/ universities, reviewed and accepted by the Academic Department). For doctorate programs official transcripts showing the completion of a bachelors degree and if applicable any master level graduate work completed or completed masters degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in an unrelated field, the Academic Department can evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctoral program. If no master’s level work has been completed, then the bachelor's mandatory requirements for admissions into the DBA program are:
- 3.75 GPA
- Bachelors degree in the field of the DBA program selected
- 3-5 years direct business, professional work experience in the field of the DBA program selected
- For graduate programs, the applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher. For doctorate programs, The applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) grade or higher
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