Online Doctorate in Business Administration Program (DBA)
The DBA is designed for managers who desire to advance their careers in management or consulting through high-quality applied practice-focused research. Graduates of the Abraham Lincoln DBA program will be at the forefront of knowledge generation and evidence-based management, enabling them to make contributions to the advancement of management practice. There is a growing recognition that this evidence-based approach to management is an increasingly important skill for executives. Accordingly, the Doctor of Business Administration is a highly recognized degree by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) our major accrediting body, by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), by the Association of Business Schools, and by California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). The DBA program offers a combination of both theoretical and applied research methodology courses. The program offers students a rigorous, research-focused curriculum that emphasizes assessment of the problems most relevant to managers. Students attend online face-to-face lectures, utilize web-conferencing tools to collaborate with faculty and peers, and develop their program of research through applied coursework, culminating in a dissertation under the supervision of faculty experts in their fields. The DBA curriculum develops the applied research competencies necessary to create independent thinkers and problem-solvers. Managers equipped with these advanced research skills will be better prepared to discover and address the usual and unusual problems that face complex organizations, lead change initiatives, improve performance and impact standard business practice. Consequently, DBA graduates will increase their value to their organizations. DBA Program Mission The mission of the DBA program is to train managers to become leaders of management practice by engaging in theoretically grounded, methodologically sound practice-focused assessment and research, with the guidance and mentorship of ALU faculty. The DBA Program is committed to the following:
- Students’ intellectual growth developed through working closely with faculty, research projects, and other assignments that develop research and management skills.
- Coursework and practical exercises in business administration, leadership, management as well as sound operational practices that will enhance students’ professional and personal lives.
- Preparing professionals to serve in upper-level management and entrepreneurial roles with a background of sound practices backed by current research and theory.
- Employing faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.
Program Outcomes At the completion of the doctoral program successful graduates can expect to:
- Contribute to advanced professional practice through advanced critical thinking, conceptual communication, and analytical skills.
- Obtain a thorough knowledge of scientific and scholarly research methods and their application in business settings.
- Apply advanced, critical thinking, conceptual communication, and analytical skills.
- Grasp both the seminal theories and the latest practices in business administration.
- Apply the tools to perform original applied research that advances knowledge.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural, ethical, and global issues and their impact on business theory and practices.
- Apply the ability to make effective decisions in complex environments through integrating theories, insights, and practical knowledge.
- Combine and apply both the theories and the latest practices in business administration.
- Make effective decisions in complex environments through integrating theories, insights, and practical knowledge.
- Create rigorous, independent and ethical dissertation research using applied research methodologies, design, and statistical analysis.
- Contribute to the professional body of knowledge through the publication of original research (the dissertation).
Program Requirements Credit Hours The degree consists of 60 units (hours) completed between 2.5 and 3 years and is comprised of:
- Business Core – 39 units
- Research Core – 12 units
- Dissertation – 9 units
- Total – 60 units
Students must be continuously enrolled in coursework until they have successfully completed their dissertation and it has been posted. Program Process/Steps for the Doctorate in Business Administration