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Doctor of Business Administration



This DBA program specifically encompasses the organization sciences which include organizational behavior, human resource management, strategic management, and organizational theory.

"The St. Ambrose curriculum is a good match for what I'm interested in, professionally," said current DBA student Eric Rant, Lt. Col. for the Army National Guard. "I'd like to go into consulting work at some point in the future, and my DBA degree – plus the experience I've gained along the way – will definitely be valued." 


Students take 11 courses in the following areas:

  • Research methods: provides students the tools to design research studies and analyze data.
  • Seminars in four major areas: covers organizational behavior, human resources, strategic management, and organization theory.
  • Case research course: focuses on helping students analyze organizational cases and developing abilities to research and write case studies.
  • Topics courses: An in-depth study of a particular area in the fields of organizational behavior, human resources, strategic management, and organizational theory.

Students complete all courses in Research Methods and Readings Seminars.

Research Methods Courses

DBA 901 Research Methodology
DBA 902 Statistical Techniques I
DBA 903 Statistical Techniques II
DBA 904 Dissertation Design and Development

Readings Seminars

DBA 910 Analyzing Behavior in Organizations
DBA 911 Managing Human Resources in a Global Environment
DBA 913 Developing Strategy for Competitiveness

Special Topics Courses

Students will be required to complete four of the eight 930-970 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
DBA 970 Special Topics: Collegiate Teaching

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 dissertation class, DBA 990 Dissertation.