Program Schedule and Courses
Designed to accommodate working business professionals, the program is delivered in
a blended learning format that combines online learning with traditional classroom
instruction during monthly in-residence weekends (Fridays and Saturdays).
The DBA program requires completion of 61 credit hours over a three-year period including
preparation and defense of a doctoral dissertation.
DBA courses consist of the following:
Core Courses (25 credit hours)
Research Methods Courses (12 credit hours)
Doctoral Colloquia (6 credit hours)
The colloquium is designed to facilitate the development and enhancement of professional
working relationships between students and their major professor. As such, the colloquium
sequence will assure that the DBA students are making adequate progress toward developing
an independent applied research study for the required dissertation. The colloquium
provides supplemental instruction in research, teaching, writing, presentation and
career transition strategies. The doctoral colloquia will also include professional
development workshops and assist the students in developing career transition strategies.
DBUA 8102. Doctoral Colloquium I, II, III, IV, V, VI.
Doctoral Dissertation (18 credit hours)
It is possible that some students will not complete the dissertation within three
years, and those students will be required to take 6 hours of doctoral readings each
semester until the program is completed by the successful defense of the doctoral
DBUA 9695. Dissertation I, II, III.
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DBUA 8102, 8103, 8104, 8105, 8106, 8107. Doctoral Colloquium I, II, III, IV, V, VI.
These courses are designed to supplement the formal course work with a series of professional
development workshops. They are also designed to ensure that students are making satisfactory
progress in the development of their applied research study.
DBUA 8111. Becoming a Scholar-Practitioner.
Supports a student’s entry into the format and rigor of the UD DBA program by introducing
them to the scholar-practitioner doctoral competencies of critical thinking and analysis,
academic reading and writing, as well as, the managerial and organizational literature.
Students will complete a personal assessment and development plan to identify strategies
for success. The course will acquaint the students with the blended learning format
that integrates both online and on-ground content delivery methods utilized throughout
the DBA program.
DBUA 8305. The Craft of Research and Writing.
This class teaches students how to write clearly and effectively both in their academic
research and in their professional lives. It sets forth the principles of writing
from a reader’s point of view, beginning on the sentence level and proceeding to the
level of the document. By learning concepts such as “nominalization,” “information
flow,” “point,” “argument,” “warrant,” and “problem,” students learn not only how
to navigate the academic writing that they read, but how to lead their own readers
when they write. The course will also cover the importance of setting up a valuable
problem, and how to explain its rationale with a cogent and well-supported argument.
DBUA 8320. Designing Applied Research.
Designed to equip managers to be critical users of information by learning about the
variety of research strategies, designs, and operations. Designed to build a core
set of skills by examining the full range of methodological choices, constraints,
and compromises that occur in the applied research process.
DBUA 8330. Qualitative Methods for Diagnosis and Assessment.
Focuses on the use of qualitative methods for discovering, observing, and analyzing
a variety of organizational phenomenon. Topics include case method, grounded theory,
action research, phenomenology, ethnography, and comparative-historical inquiry.
DBUA 8340. Applied Statistical Analysis.
Designed to build a toolkit of analytic techniques for development, measurement, and
analysis of data. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation, exploratory
factor analysis, and regression analysis.
9695, 9696, 9697. Dissertation I, II, III.
The DBA Dissertation I, II, and III are the culminating experience in the program.
Individual students demonstrate their ability to design and execute an applied research
study. The DBA Dissertation courses are taken in three successive trimesters after
all other course work has been completed. Enrollment in DBUA 8699 Doctoral Readings
may be required if the applied research project is not completed by the end of the
third dissertation trimester. A grade of T is assigned and remains until after the
defense of the dissertation. Doctoral Readings are required each term until the final
defense of the dissertation is complete.
DBUA 8V98. Teaching Practicum.
Designed for DBA students who wish to teach college-level courses. International Scholars
in the DBA program must enroll in this course in order to receive employment authorization
from the International Student Services Office (ISO). See ISO for details. Special
restrictions apply and a contract is needed to enroll. Enrollment does not make students
eligible for federal financial aid or for the deferment of loans.
DMGT 8310. The Global Imperative.
Focuses on the accelerating convergence of global capital, labor, production and consumer
markets. Special emphasis is placed on opportunities and threats emanating from the
world’s most important emerging economies, where strategic and interpersonal engagement,
grounded in cross-cultural competency, represent the new global imperative.
DMGT 8315. Strategic Perspectives.
Survey of strategic management topics that are relevant to managers. The primary objectives
are for students to be able to assimilate and synthesize existing knowledge from the
field of strategic management in meaningful ways. Intended to equip students to derive
and apply tactical solutions to strategic issues that face both large and small organizations
DMGT 8325. The Engagement Factor.
Attracting and retaining a talented workforce is a strategic imperative. Doing so
requires organizations to create an overall context through a set of organizational
practices referred to as the HR Value Chain. This organizational context must be supplemented
at the individual and group level with a variety of leadership and motivational processes
that foster commitment, satisfaction and engagement.
DMGT 8335. Leadership and Followership.
Views leadership as both a personal and an interpersonal process. In-depth self-assessment
and reflection used to develop the self-awareness necessary for effective leadership
in complex environments. Ethical implications of emerging approaches to leadership
and followership examined.
DMGT 8355. Agile Organizations.
This course examines organizational effectiveness from a senior leadership perspective.
Attention is devoted to understanding the various leverage points that allow leaders
to create high-performing organizations that are capable of quickly adapting to the
volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments in which they operate. Attention
is also paid to the processes and dynamics of implementing successful change via the
formal organization development process.
DMGT 8360. The Sustainable Enterprise.
Inter-firm relationships in a supply chain as a product or service is brought to market
and its cradle-to-cradle life cycle impact on sustainability. The systems view of
the supply chain used to examine sustainable design issues across the chain.
DMKT 8345. Customer Driven Innovation.
Creativity and innovation are the key drivers of success for many of today’s leading
companies. A culture of creativity and innovation may be the only truly sustainable
competitive advantage. An important element of a creative culture is the use of design
thinking to innovate with and on behalf of customers. Design thinking represents a
powerful complement to more traditional management approaches and is an important
knowledge and skill base for business organizations and leaders who want to lead change.
DTEC 8350. Emerging Technologies.
Technologies that enable information power in support of the enterprise mission and
goals. Current and future technologies examined from the perspective of bringing value
add and change to the enterprise, empowering the employee, and engaging customers.
Critical information infrastructures studied to ensure system and information confidentiality,
integrity and availability. Process design, risk management and frameworks analyzed
to minimize the negative effects of business issues, disasters (man-made and natural),
and wicked problems that affect the country, the enterprise and each individual.