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."
On July 9, President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, along with Alex and Martha Galbraith, parents of alumna Alison Galbraith, BA '12, signed the C.W. Eaker Scholarship Fund for Chemistry/Biochemistry at UD. The endowed scholarship is the first to be received by Hibbs since his presidency began on July 1; it honors longtime and much-loved chemistry professor C.W. Eaker, Ph.D., who served UD with distinction for over 40 years, first as a faculty member, then as dean of Constantin College and finally as provost of the university.
I was always puzzled by the look of UD until one afternoon several years ago. While hiking through the woods above the seminary with my family, I happened upon something extraordinary: jutting out of the ground was the corner of a rock painted with exquisite patterns.