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."
Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.
Carlos Tijerina came to UD as a Campus Safety officer 23 years ago. He has loved the camaraderie of the CSO, but it has always been his dream to become a police officer. Then, a little over a year ago, UD finally got a police department. On Sept. 10, Tijerina was sworn in by President Thomas Hibbs as an official part of the UDPD team.
"I guess I'm a man for all seasons," said Irving City Councilman Al Zapanta, who was elected to the University of Dallas Board of Trustees on May 31. Zapanta has had, as he explained, three different, often overlapping careers: in the military, in the private sector, and in both federal and state government and politics.