doctor of business administration




 DBA

Delivery Format

This is a part-time program making it possible to earn your doctorate degree while continuing to work full-time. Classes are offered on Friday evenings and weekends.

Lawrence Tech's College of Management Offers: 

  • A personal faculty advisor mentors you as you strive to meet your professional goals.
  • Dedicated student relationship advisors help guide you throughout your academic experience.
  • Insightful theories and thoughful reflection enhance managerial learning and development.
  • A learning environment that encourages the cultivation of global thinking to advance a more humane and sustainable world community.

Summary

  • The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Lawrence Tech is an intensive practioner-scholar program designed to develop leaders who can think strategically and act decisively in today’s global environment.
  • It is one of the few on-campus, part-time, practitioner-scholar programs in the nation that is designed for working professionals (with weekend residency requirements).  
  • Designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and qualities that tomorrow's leaders need to address the multi-dimensional challenges they will confront from accelerating global economic forces, rapidly changing technologies, work force diversity, conflicting value systems and from the demographic, political and structural changes occurring in the world economy.
  • Students master basic principles, core theories, fundamental concepts, and advanced research techniques. 
  • Students develop the analytical skills and acquire the tools necessary to review literature critically; to conduct independent qualitative and quantitative research; and to engage in scholarly writing.  
  • Graduates of the DBA program will be thoroughly prepared for executive-level positions in business, government, consulting and for teaching at universities that emphasize theory and practice. Download DBA Program Brochure here.

Curriculum

Degree Steps

1. Course work

  • Complete 36 credit hours of course work
  • Complete 24 hours of dissertation research  

2. Comprehensive Examinations

  • Complete Qualifying Paper Proposal & Exam upon completion of all course work

3. Dissertation

  • Convene the dissertation committee
  • Register for the first dissertation course (DIS 8113)
  • Submit and present your research proposal to the dissertation committee
  • Register for subsequent dissertation credit hours (DIS8123-DIS8183)
  • Perform research and write dissertation
  • Defend dissertation
  • Apply for graduation

 

Courses

The curriculum consists of 36 hours of course work and 24 equivalent hours of research towards a doctoral dissertation. Course work falls into two categories: the DBA core and research methods. Find a copy of the course descriptions here...

 

The Core Courses (24 credit hours)

The eight core courses cover the major fields of business. The course work broadens and deepens the student's awareness and understanding of the economic, financial, competitive, political, ethical and social issues confronting today's organizations. Students acquire the analytical tools, leadership skills and practical knowledge needed to address these issues successfully in a fast-paced, global environment. Students learn how to lead the transformation of their organizations to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through course work in leadership, organization development and change, global marketing, and organizational behavior.   

  DBA 8013 Leading the Global Enterprise

  DBA 8023 Globalization: Institutions, Strategies, and Structures

  DBA 8043 Global Marketing: Research and Practice

  DBA 8053 Financial Analysis and Management

  DBA 8063 Creating Value with Technology and Innovation

  DBA 8073 Organization Development, Transformation, and Change

  DBA 8083 Advanced Topics in Business Administration

  DBA 8093 Organizational  Behavior


The Research Methodologies Courses (12 credit hours)

The research methodologies courses cover the Quantitative and qualitative design, methods, techniques, notations, and computer-based tools needed to conduct critical inquiry, undertake defensible research, and to test the validity and reliability of research findings. The course work also covers the requirements for completing the doctoral proposal and dissertation. It provides students with the statistical and analytical tools needed to conduct the independent, scholarly research that underlies the dissertation.  

  RES 7013 Overview of Doctoral Research Methodology

  RES 7023 Research Design - Qualitative Methods

  RES 7033 Research Design - Quantitative Methods

  DBA 7043 Advanced Topics in Research Methodology


Dissertation (24 credit hours)

DBA Coursework Schedules

 DBA Program 8:  Course work Schedule PDF image (revised April 2012)
 DBA Program 9:  Course work Schedule PDF image
 DBA Program 10: Course work Schedule PDF image

Note: Schedule subject to changes with advanced notice

Admission

DOCTORAL PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The first step toward advancing a more humane and sustainable global community is education. Making the choice to apply for admission to Lawrence Tech's College of Management will further your educational objectives and make it possible to achieve both your personal and professional goals.

Admission Requirements:

  • DBA program applicants should hold an MBA degree or equivalent master's degree in business from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants with an out-of-field master's degree will be required to complete the prerequisite foundation course work before starting the DBA Program.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended of all previous college or university work in sealed envelopes by the granting institutions.
  • Applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE. The GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived upon petition to the DBA Program Chair. The petition must include a portfolio that demonstrates exemplary professional work experience and evidence of scholarship (two peer-reviewed scholarly published papers).
  • Applicants must have 5 years or more experience managerial positions in a corporate, governmental or non-profit organizations. This requirement does not apply to applicants who are acquiring the DBA degree to teach or work in an academic institution.
  • Applicants are required to take TOEFL or IELTS if English is not the student's native language. The minimum acceptable performance is 550 on the written TOEFL, 250 on the computerized version, or 79 on the Internet TOEFL. Minimum acceptable IELTS is 6.5. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for those international students who have completed their degrees at an accredited U.S. university. 
  • Applicants must provide a professional resume or CV.
  • Applicants must provide three professional letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants must provide a statement (approximately 1000 words) addressing the applicant's career objectives and professional and personal reasons for pursuing a doctorate degree, the applicant's primary academic and research interests, the applicants qualifications for completing a doctoral program, and the reasons for selecting Lawrence Technological University.
  • Applicants must complete Application for Doctoral Admission and a personal interview with the DBA Program Chair and members of the DBA faculty.

*Letters of Recommendation, transcripts and independent test scores must come directly from the institution or person to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075-1058. Candidates are notified by mail of the outcome of their applications.

Application Deadline

All documents are required to be received by:

  • June 15th for the Fall Term
  • October 1st for the Spring Term

 For more information, contact our Student Relationship Advising Office at 248.204.3050 or email mgt-srm@ltu.edu.

For additional information, contact our Student Relationship Advising Office at 248.204.3050 or mgt-srm@ltu.edu.

FAQ


What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?

What is the nature of the Cohort Program?
When should I apply to the DBA program?
Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?
Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?
My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?

What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
What is the schedule of classes? 
Are there distance-learning components in the program?
Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?
Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program? 



What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?
Ph.D. programs are more theoretical than DBA programs. Ph.D. programs are also more specialized in a particular discipline, and more oriented to teaching and research. Most Ph.D. programs are full-time day programs. The Lawrence Tech, DBA program provides the student with a more balanced combination of theory and practice.  The  DBA program is application based, and specifically tailored for careers in senior management.  The program prepares future leaders to think strategically and act decisively in today's global environment.  Dissertations in the DBA program address real, practical issues faced by business and other organizations.  The research contributes to the field through its affects on business policy and practice.

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What is the nature of the Cohort Program?

A new cohort of 10-12 students is admitted to the DBA program every January.  All required application materials must be submitted by October 1.

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When should I apply to the DBA program?
Applicants should apply to the DBA program between June 1 and October 1. All materials required for admission must be received by October 1, 2008.

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Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?

Yes.  An MBA degree or equivalent master’s degree in business is required from an accredited college or university. Applicants with an out-of-field master’s degree will be required to complete the prerequisite foundation coursework before starting the DBA Program.

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Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
All applicants, without exception, must take the GMATs.  An acceptable GMAT score is 550 or higher.  However, this is not an absolute requirement. The GMAT score is considered in the context of the applicant’s overall qualifications and ability to do acceptable work at the doctoral level. 

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I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?

This depends on the score received, your GPA, managerial experience, and how long ago the GMAT was taken. You will be notified if you must retake the GMATs.

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My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
 
You should seriously consider retaking the GMAT before you apply if your previous score was low. 

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Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
 
There is a website that will help you learn more about the GMAT.  The website address is: www.mba.com. This is a very helpful site and will answer any questions you may have regarding the GMAT. Also online GMAT practice tests are available (no charge). Online GMAT practice test.

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Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?
Since the DBA was designed for working professionals, we do not offer scholarships at this time. There may be aid/scholarships available from other sources however. We suggest that you conduct your own research. For example, grants have been given to students doing research and dissertation projects from various associations and nonprofit organizations such as The Aspen Institute and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. There may also be employer sponsorship for coursework and/or dissertation work that adds value to your organization. Loans are also available. For more information, contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Financial Aid at 248.204.2280 or e-mail to enrollmentservices@ltu.edu.

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What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
For current admission information, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/management_DBA_admission.asp

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Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
No, you only need to pay the application fee when you apply. A $100 deposit is required when you are admitted into the program. The deposit will be credited to the first term’s tuition.  

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What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
 
For the current tuition rate, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/registrars_office/tuition_fees.index.asp. A total of 60 credits hours are required to complete the DBA program.

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How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
The program, courses and dissertation, can ordinarily be completed in four and a half years.

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What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
Seven years.  The student can request an extension of time if there are extreme circumstances.

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What is the schedule of classes?
 
There are four terms per year.  One course is taken each term as scheduled.  Each term lasts approximately three months.  Classes meet four weekends per term on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and on the following Saturdays from 8:30am- 3:00pm. Click here for class schedules.

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Are there distance-learning components in the program?

Yes. All courses are supported by a web-based e-learning environment called Blackboard. Blackboard has many features to communicate and share information among faculty and students. Blackboard offers valuable support for the on-ground sessions of the program.

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Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Management experience is required unless you plan to work as an administrator or faculty member at a university.  The DBA is designed for current executives and management personnel.  This experience is critical to students working on their dissertations where a current organizational problem will be investigated and researched extensively.  You may want to consider applying at a later date after you have sufficient managerial experience.

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Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
Yes. The DBA program for the practitioner scholar provides the ideal linkage between theory and practice that is important to effective teaching at any level.  Many of our DBA students plan to teach.

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I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?

Yes.  The combination of theory and practice that is offered at LTU provides ideal training and preparation for a career in consulting.  Many of our students plan to consult for business and other organizations when they obtain their DBA degrees.

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Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
Yes.  All classes are currently offered at the Southfield campus only. 

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What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
The time commitment varies with each student’s particular situation, but one can expect to devote up to 20 hours a week completing course work. 

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Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
No.  You can perform your dissertation research for any company, organization, association, or industry.

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Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
No.  Students, however, are encouraged to formulate ideas for the dissertation throughout the program rather than waiting until all of the coursework is completed.

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Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Yes.  The comprehensive examination is taken following completion of the 36 hours of required coursework.  The examination consists of a qualifying paper on a topic of interest to the student.  It should be related to the student's dissertation interests.  A student who submits a failing paper will have one additional opportunity to submit an acceptable paper.  Work on the dissertation cannot commence until the comprehensive examination is successfully completed.  A student who does not successfully complete the comprehensive examination cannot continue in the DBA program.

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Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program?
 
Please visit our website at http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/business_admin.asp or e-mail the DBA Program Office with further questions at DBA@ltu.edu.

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