The DBA program requires completion of 60 credit hours over a three-year period including preparation and defense of a doctoral dissertation. These courses consist of the following:

  • 36 semester hours of course work are designed to introduce students to a broad range of managerial literature and research. Students will also learn how to use rigorous research methods to analyze and solve organizational problems in a variety of managerial and organizational contexts. These courses will be completed during the first two years of study. 
  • 6 semester hours of doctoral colloquia are designed to supplement coursework by providing workshops to facilitate each student's personal and professional development. The colloquium sessions will provide supplemental instruction in research, teaching, writing, presentation and career transition strategies. The colloquium sequence will assure that the DBA students are making adequate progress toward developing an independent applied research study for the required dissertation. 
  • 18 semester hours of focused dissertation research.

It is anticipated that some students will not complete the dissertation within three years.

Courses are taught in a blended format that combines traditional class instruction with online learning. In-residence sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis (Friday and Saturday, approximately 8 hours each day). Online learning will be utilized between the residence weekend sessions.


Agile Organizations

Applied Statistical Analysis

Applied Research Practicum

Customer Driven Innovation

Designing Applied Research


Doctoral Colloquium

Emerging Technologies

The Engagement Factor

The Global Imperative

Leadership & Followership

Qualitative Methods for Diagnosis and Assessment

Strategic Perspectives

Sustainable Enterprise