First Semester DBA

DBA program image

A Promising Start For The State's First

Inaugural semester comes and goes for Texas' first AACSB-accredited DBA program.

They commute from as far away as Houston. One student moved to Dallas from Brazil. Half of them already have a degree from UD. With an average age of 49 years, and 13 years on average of executive management experience, they are the inaugural class of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program, which launched in August with a full class. 

The programs curriculum, which has been designed to quickly respond to rapidly changing business landscapes, will focus on applied research. 

The DBA is broader in approach than a PhD, said Director of Executive Learning Rodney Williams. Coursework isnt limited to the theoretical. Our students will actively test researched theories within their own workplaces. 

The programs launch has brought many alumni back to school, and back to UD. 

The high-quality faculty was a significant contributor in my decision to pursue the DBA, and equally important is the strong commitment our faculty have to create an optimal learning environment for my cohort, said Mark Brightenburg, MBA 11, director at Fidelity Investments and one of the university's DBA students.

During their first semester this fall, students cut their teeth on topics like strategic and interpersonal engagement, cross-cultural competency and designing applied research. 

My present research inquiry, under Sri Beldonas guidance, takes a global perspective on how emotional intelligence influences the relationship between leadership style and employee outcomes within China as compared to the United States, said Brightenburg. 

The DBA students represent a wide variety of industries from accounting to aerospace. 

All in all, students were excited and empowered by a busy first semester of doctoral coursework with Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business faculty. 

I have many wonderful memories, including having dinner with my classmates and faculty at President Keefes home, a group exercise on learning styles, a panel discussion with faculty, presenting an article on global business, and enjoying meals with my new friends, said Brightenburg.

News

Program Aims to Open UD Ethos to Wider Community

On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."

+ Read More

The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

+ Read More

To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

+ Read More