UD Launches First AACSB-Accredited Doctor of Business Administration Program in Texas
Application Deadline Nears for Inaugural Class in UD's AACSB-Accredited Doctor of
Business Administration Program
Time is running out to join the inaugural class of Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of
Business Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) students. Applications are due May 1 for the program's first students, who
will enter in fall 2014. The three-year, 60-credit-hour program is one of fewer than
a dozen AACSB-accredited programs in the United States and the first in Texas.
"Our DBA program offers an intense, challenging curriculum centered on building strategic
approaches to solving existing business problems," said Director of Executive Learning
Rodney Williams, who will oversee the new program. "Coursework won't be limited to
the theoretical. Our students will actively test researched theories within their
The program's curriculum, which has been designed to quickly respond to rapidly changing
business landscapes, will focus on applied research. More specifically, students will
develop strategies that incorporate organizational agility, direct customer engagement,
emerging technologies and sustainable and ethical business practices.
Courses for the part-time program will be delivered by scholar-practitioners in a
blended format that combines online learning and traditional classroom instruction
during monthly in-residence weekends (Friday afternoons and Saturdays).
"The ideal DBA candidate will be an experienced business executive who is looking
for career advancement or personal achievement by acquiring advanced research skills
and qualifications," said Williams. "Because the class size will be capped, the admission
selection process will be extremely competitive."
They came here so that someday, they can go back with even more to offer. Sana Kandalan, MA '19, and Anmar Oghanna, MBA '19, a wife and husband, both received scholarships to pursue graduate education at UD; they hope to use their degrees and experiences here to better serve their community back home in Erbil.
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After happening across the early biophilosopher Jakob von Uexküll as a freshman biology major, Professor of Psychology Scott Churchill began peering into the worlds of animals through what Uexküll called the "spiritual eye" rather than our physical one; there, he discovered the animal spirit.