Executive STEM Doctorate of Business Administration

General

Program Description

Westcliff University’s Executive STEM Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a terminal degree for career executives and experienced entrepreneurs looking to complete their personal portfolios and transform their industries with technological innovations. Students with appropriate professional experience who have already earned a graduate degree have the opportunity to cap off their educational profile while also evolving their companies and their industries with forward-thinking changes designed to set trends and break molds.

Executive STEM DBA (STEM EDBA)

The Westcliff University Executive STEM programs provide working and aspiring business executives the opportunity to advance their careers and evolve their organizations in an intensive yet convenient executive degree program design. Student-practitioners develop and refine their understanding of advanced business and technology concepts by applying them to the needs of their current organizations and producing tangible solutions to existing challenges and opportunities.

Throughout these experiences, Westcliff exposes students to multi-disciplinary instruction, case studies selected to promote innovative decision-making and problem-solving, and mentorship from successful industry executives.

The Executive STEM programs include rigorous multi-day Executive Residency Sessions at Westcliff’s main campus in beautiful southern California while the rest of the program is facilitated through a combination of live and on-demand online learning experiences. The design of the program accommodates working professionals who appreciate flexibility and international professionals who value face-to-face onsite learning complemented by live interactions with professors through virtual class sessions.

The Westcliff University Executive STEM DBA is a terminal degree for career executives and experienced entrepreneurs looking to complete their personal portfolios and transform their industries with technological innovations. Student-practitioners with appropriate professional experience who have already earned a graduate degree have the opportunity to cap off their educational profile while also evolving their companies and their industries with forward-thinking changes designed to set trends and break molds.

Each Executive Residency Session in the STEM EDBA provides opportunities for direct interaction with and feedback from visionary global business leaders drawing from their experiences and expectations for the future. The doctoral dissertation for the STEM EDBA is a research-based business plan that contributes value to both the organization of focus and the industry by demonstrating the application of research and technology in meaningful ways that drive change.

Executive Residency Sessions

Every semester, students enrolled in the Executive STEM programs at Westcliff University meet at Westcliff’s main campus in Irvine, CA, for an intensive, immersive, workshop-style class session. These sessions consist of a variety of learning activities designed to stimulate growth through active learning, collaborative problem-solving, and interaction with distinguished industry professionals. Sessions are led by faculty-practitioners equipped with substantial industry experience and versatile instructional abilities who serve as both mentors and appraisers in the classroom.

Executive Residency Courses are front-loaded with guided independent work and virtual class meetings and set the stage for the residency session. During these sessions, students share the work they have been developing with peers for further refinement. Additionally, students work through case studies carefully selected to promote innovative problem-solving and interact with industry leaders to gain valuable and diverse insight as to the current and future trends within the industry.

Executive STEM DBA – The Westcliff Way

  • Contextualized Learning – Curriculum design promoting the student-driven application of concepts to areas of personal/professional interest

  • Applied Active Learning – Collaborative and hands-on approach to solving complex business problems

  • Practical Curriculum – Emphasis on practical application over theoretical contemplation

  • Relevant Instruction - Constructing research-driven, real-world solutions to enrich the academic discipline

  • Intentional Learning - Persistent acquisition of skills to improve one’s capacity for attaining and applying knowledge

  • STEM Focus – Appreciation for the value of technology across the modern business landscape

  • Dissertation Integration - Development of culminating research project occurs across the curriculum

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

The STEM EDBA Schedule

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

STEM-Oriented Courses

Foundations in Analytics for Executives

Business Intelligence, Analytics, & Decision Support

Time Series & Predictive Analysis for Business

Artificial Intelligence and Prescriptive Analytics

Dissertation Blocks I-IV

Research and Dissertation Preparation Courses

Business Research Methods I* & II*

Doctoral Prospectus*

Doctoral Literature Review/Candidacy Review*

Admissions Requirements

  • Interview with an Admissions Representative
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Personal statement of professional goals
  • Official transcripts from previous institutions
Last updated May 2020

About the School

Westcliff University is a globally recognized and regionally accredited private institution that specializes in Business and Education. Our curriculum is designed to develop students both personally a ... Read More

Westcliff University is a globally recognized and regionally accredited private institution that specializes in Business and Education. Our curriculum is designed to develop students both personally and professionally through practical, innovative, high-quality distance and campus programs. Read less