doctor of business administration - curriculum + schedule


Curriculum and Schedule


Degree Steps

The DBA Handbook  outlines DBA program requirements in detail.

1. Coursework

  • Complete 36 credit hours of coursework

2. Comprehensive Examinations

  • Complete qualifying papers upon completion of all coursework.

3. Dissertation

  • Convene the dissertation committee
  • Register for the first dissertation course
  • Submit and present your research proposal to the dissertation committee
  • Register for subsequent dissertation credit hours
  • Perform research and write dissertation
  • Defend dissertation
  • Apply for graduation

DBA Coursework Schedules

DBA Program 4:  Coursework Schedule
DBA Program 5:  Coursework Schedule
DBA Program 6:  Coursework Schedule

Note: Schedule subject to changes with advanced notice



The curriculum consists of 36 hours of coursework and 24 equivalent hours of research towards a doctoral dissertation. Coursework falls into two categories: the DBA core and research methods.



The Core Courses 

The eight core courses cover the major fields of business. The coursework 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.   


DBA 8013 Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice: Creating Strategic Leaders

This course introduces students to 21st Century strategic leaders and organization change makers.  The course integrates the theory and practice of effectively leading organizations in a constantly changing world. Students study leadership models that help transform organizations for sustained business growth.  Through the research, the importance of critical leadership skills is reinforced to help students in the progression of their personal and professional leadership development.  The course includes a variety of application-based techniques that reinforce successful leadership and management practices used in today's leading organizations.


DBA 8023 Global Economic Theories: Trade and Systems

Globalization has dramatically increased the economic, political, social and cultural interdependence among nations. This course provides students with the theoretical and institutional knowledge needed to understand the multi-faceted impacts of globalization, competing economic systems, international institutions, global politics and diverse cultures on organizational performance.  The course examines the impacts of public policies on private decision making.  Patterns of global trade, investment, and financial flows are analyzed. International institutions that play a key role in global economic integration are studied. Case studies are utilized from developed and developing economies to illustrate the multitude of issues business organizations face in a dynamic world economy.


DBA 8033 Institutions: Strategies, Structures and Systems

Society and its economic, political, social and spiritual institutions are essential to material well being, human progress, sustainable development and intergenerational equity.  This course explores the strategies, structures, systems and values that sustain these institutions.  It explores their impacts on society, and the interrelationships among these institutions that determine modern society’s ability to meet growing demands for goods and services, safety and security, environmental preservation and social justice.

The course traces the development of the private market system and the public sector, and examines their respective roles in allocating society’s limited resources to meet its multiple goals.  It examines the development of the publicly-held corporation, the separation of ownership and management, and the need for effective governance structures to ensure that these institutions operate with integrity, fiscal soundness and in the long-term interests of their stakeholders and society at large. 


DBA 8043 Global Marketing: Strategy, Structures and Systems

Profitable growth from product innovation and promotion is necessary to remain competitive in today’s global markets.  This course analyzes strategic marketing processes, industry structures, competitive environments, and the process of continuous innovation. Qualitative tools are introduced to help students determine a company’s mission and goals.  Quantitative tools are used to determine a company’s core capabilities, and to identify strategic opportunities to improve its long-term competitive position. Students complete a market assessment and prepare a plan for launching a new product or service.


DBA 8053 Financial Valuations and Strategies

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of both corporate and public financial management systems, policies and practices.  It analyzes the impacts of global financial institutions on business and not-for-profit organizations.  Students examine the role of money and global capital markets from the perspectives of financial and risk management strategies. Quantitative tools, techniques, and the technology of modern financial markets are examined as they pertain to money and capital markets. The emphasis is on the theory and practice of financial decision making to maximize the organization’s short- and long-term financial performance.


DBA 8063 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Designs

This course prepares leaders to anticipate and evaluate the political, economic and social impacts of technology on the organization.  Students examine the strategic relationships among information technologies and systems and organizational performance. The role of technology is examined in the context of identifying and enhancing distinctive competencies that will enable the organization to create and sustain competitive advantage. The management of innovation and technology, and the transfer of knowledge within global organizations and among nations are also covered.


DBA 8073 Global Organization Development, Transformation and Leading Organizational Change

Organizations and their external environments are constantly changing at exponential pace.  It is important for the leaders of business, government, non-profit and civil organizations to understand the fundamental nature of these changes, their impacts on organizational success, and how to lead their organizations through periods of rapid change successfully.   This course provides the conceptual frameworks and tools leaders need to orchestrate organizational change. Leading theories and models of organizational development, transformation and change are presented. Students explore case studies of organizational and global change that involve methods of discovery, envisioning, process design, experience as learning, and effective implementation. Students complete a change leadership self-assessment of their strengths and competencies to effectively lead change, a critical review of change methods, and a proposal to lead a change initiative within an organization.


Advanced Topics in Business Administration

The content and structure of this course varies to reflect current issues and challenges affecting leadership, management and organizational performance.  The prior seven core courses provide the theories, principles and tools that are applied to critical leadership and management issues.


The Research Methodologies Courses

The research methodologies courses cover the methods, techniques, notations, and computer-based tools needed to conduct critical inquiry, undertake defensible research, and to test the validity of research findings.  The coursework 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.  


DBA 7013 Introduction to Inquiry & Research Methodology

This course differentiates between inductive and deductive research, and between qualitative and quantitative research methods.  It prepares students for doctoral level research, culminating in the dissertation.

The preparation for doctoral research includes identifying pertinent research topics, critiquing research hypotheses and designs, and writing and disseminating the dissertation. The philosophy of the dissertation and its requirements are covered in this course.  The expectations for substantive doctoral level inquiry that makes a contribution to the practice of business administration are also defined.  Practical issues of choosing a dissertation committee and understanding the roles and responsibilities of the members of the committee; of conducting a critical literature review; of writing and defending the dissertation proposal; and of writing and successfully defending the dissertation are thoroughly addressed in this course.


DBA 7023 Qualitative Research Design and Techniques

Qualitative research techniques have proven to be viable and valid forms of inquiry as researchers have entered fields that include complex human systems and multiple human perspectives. Qualitative research techniques that are examined include: action research, ethno methodology, grounded theory building, phenomenological inquiry, case studies and participative research. 

This course includes crafting research statements of purpose and questions attending to the larger pragmatic and theoretical contexts that shape them.  It includes designing qualitative research proposals, interviewing, and collecting, analyzing interpreting and reporting qualitative data.  A variety of qualitative inquiry theoretical orientations and their practical applications are explored.  Research mapping and the evaluation of qualitative research articles and studies are also covered in this course.


DBA 7033 Quantitative Research Design and Techniques

This course provides the basic fundamentals of quantitative research methods. It provides students with a solid grounding in business statistics and probability, survey analysis and in the non-parametric statistical techniques that are used to interpret surveys. Analysis of Variance techniques, valuable to the completion of the dissertation research, are also addressed.

Coursework includes the development of a population sample and survey in an area of interest to the student.  The student will utilize the survey to prepare a report and analyze the implications of the findings.  The course also demonstrates how qualitative methods can be used in multi-method research to provide a more balanced research design. This analytical approach is continued in the Business Modeling and Analytical Techniques course.


DBA 7043 Business Modeling and Analytical Techniques

This course covers business modeling, correlation analysis, time series analysis, various regression techniques, and multivariate analysis. The concept of seasonality and how it is factored into forecasting is emphasized.  Students undertake a forecast of product revenues, sales volumes, or other data relevant to their area of primary business interest.   Econometric forecasting can be undertaken by students with strong economic or financial interests.  Decision trees and other quantitative techniques are also discussed. Multi-method techniques are utilized to broaden the relevance and increase the rigor of the research.

The integration of the various statistical techniques learned in this course into a “live” situation demonstrates how these techniques are used in the business world to reveal and resolve a variety of practical business issues.