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Doctor of Business Administration



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The DBA is in Management and specifically encompasses the organization sciences which include organizational behavior, human resource management, strategic management, and organizational theory.

Students take 12 courses in the following areas:

  • Three research methods courses that provide students the tools to design research studies and analyze data.
  • Four seminars that cover the major topics in the fields of organizational behavior, human resources, strategic management, and organization theory.
  • One case research course that focuses on helping students analyze organizational cases and developing abilities to research and write case studies.
  • Four special topics courses that allow for in-depth study of a particular area in the field of organizational behavior, human resources, strategic management, and organizational theory.

All students complete the following courses:

Research Methods Courses
DBA 901 Research Methodology
DBA 902 Statistical Techniques I
DBA 903 Statistical Techniques II
DBA 925 Case Research in Management

Readings Seminars
DBA 910 Readings Seminar: Organizational Behavior (OB)
DBA 911 Readings Seminar: Human Resources (HR)
DBA 912 Readings Seminar: Organization Theory (OT)
DBA 913 Readings Seminar: Strategic Management (SM)

Special Topics Courses
Students will be required to complete four of the eight 930-961 series of courses:
DBA 930, 931 Special Topics: Human Resources
DBA 940, 941 Special Topics: Organizational Behavior
DBA 950, 951 Special Topics: Organization Theory
DBA 960, 961 Special Topics: Strategic Management

Written and Oral Comprehensive Exams
All students will be required to take, and pass, both written and oral comprehensive exams. The purpose of the comprehensive exams is to examine the student's command of the management literature and his or her ability to integrate this literature into models that have theoretical significance and practical utility.

Students are generally required to complete all of their course work before sitting for written exams. Comprehensive exams shall be given only twice during an academic year, once in March and once in October. The written examination takes place on two separate days, and consists of a 4-hour testing period each day.

Upon successful completion of the written examination, students complete the oral portion of their comprehensive exams. The time limit for the oral examination varies depending on the questions asked by the faculty and the performance of the student.

Upon successful completion of comprehensive exams, students begin their dissertations:
DBA 990 Dissertation