Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration is an innovative doctoral program whose curriculum and research requirements focus on applied management practice. An internationally recognized alternative to a PhD program, the DBA enhances the knowledge and skills of experienced business practitioners and higher education faculty to prepare them for demanding positions in management, post-secondary teaching, and consulting. The Metropolitan State University DBA program provides a rare opportunity for professionals to earn a high quality, applied doctoral degree on a part-time basis.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the DBA program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the business common bodies of knowledge at an advanced level.
  • Apply complex research and practice-based information to organizations.
  • Integrate and analyze complex research and practice-based information valuable to business practitioners.
  • Develop effective strategies for organizations, clients, or students.
Curriculum

The DBA curriculum requires 52 doctoral credits beyond an MBA (or an equivalent management-related master's degree program). Prerequisite courses (minimum of two credits each) must have been completed with at least a B grade and include the following:

  • Graduate courses in organizational behavior, management information systems or information systems, finance, and a strategy or related capstone course.
  • Three other graduate courses from among accounting, economics, marketing, and operations/project management or process modeling.

Phase One (40 credits)

Consists of completion of ten, four-credit core doctoral courses offered by the College of Management over two years.

During this two-year period, students identify an applied research project/dissertation topic, prepare a literature review on the topic, and select a research methodology for conducting the research project.

With the assistance of the DBA Program Director, each student selects a dissertation adviser and is expected to form a three member DBA Dissertation Committee. The committee consists of the dissertation adviser and two additional dissertation readers: a doctorally-trained faculty member and an outside expert on the research topic.

Phase Two (12 credits)

During Phase Two, students must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations.

Also in this phase, an applied research project and resulting dissertation are completed. Oral defense of the research project/dissertation project, its methodology and findings are required.

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Admission Criteria

The DBA Admissions Committee reviews the complete application, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Admission criteria include:

  • An earned MBA or equivalent management-related master's degree.
  • All students admitted to the DBA program must have course credits and professional experience in areas related to business and/or business administration.  Student’s must have 20 credits of master’s level coursework in the following areas: a) organizational behavior, b) management information systems, c) finance, d) organizational strategy, e) accounting, f) economics, g) marketing, h) operations management, i) project management, j) research methods, and/or k) statistics. If you wish to apply for the program and need to include coursework outside of the following areas listed in a) through k) above, you must include a rationale paper that helps to elucidate the connection between the DBA program and the coursework in question. Use this rationale paper to explain how the coursework is applicable to the 20-credit admissions requirement and/or DBA program more generally; consider including such things as course syllabi, course descriptions, or other material evidence that would help to strengthen your argument. 
  • The ideal applicant will have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
  • The ideal applicant will have a GMAT or GRE scores above the 51st percentile.

Students seeking admission to the DBA program may complete required prerequisite courses in the College of Management without being admitted to a COM graduate program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned an MBA or management-related master's degree
  • Achieved a 3.0 GPA in their master's degree program
  • Have completed at least five years of professional work
  • Indicate in writing an intent to apply for the DBA program in a specific year
  • Additional rationale paper: If you wish to apply for the program and need to include coursework outside of the following areas: a) organizational behavior, b) management information systems, c) finance, d) organizational strategy, e) accounting, f) economics, g) marketing, h) operations management, i) project management, j) research methods, or k) statistics, you must include a rationale paper that helps to elucidate the connection between the DBA program and the coursework in question.  Use this rationale paper to explain how the coursework is applicable to the 20-credit admissions requirement; consider including such things as course syllabi, course descriptions, or other information that would help to strengthen your argument.
Appeal of Admission Denial

Applicants denied admission to the DBA program may contact the COM Director of Graduate Programs for additional information about the denial decision. Initial appeals of decisions by the DBA Admissions Committee should be made to the Dean of the College of Management.

Orientation

All DBA students must attend a graduate student orientation before or during the first semester of doctoral course work.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee (waived for Metropolitan State graduates)
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two Professional References
  • Goals Essay
  • Current Vita or Resume
  • GMAT Scores

See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.

Additional Information

Academic Standing

Students must maintain satisfactory progress to remain in the DBA program. The DBA program follows Metropolitan State University Graduate Programs guidelines; only courses for which students receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree requirements, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in good standing.  

Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. They will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises above 3.0 and they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.

Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. DBA students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the Graduate Studies Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts. For further information, view the Graduate Policies and Procedures

The policy for an "incomplete" grade is consistent with University policy. That is, an incomplete grade must be satisfied by the end of the following semester; otherwise the student will automatically fail the course. An instructor may set a completion date prior to the end of the following semester, in which case, the student must comply with that date; otherwise, the student will fail the course.

Time to Completion

Students have seven years to complete all graduation requirements from enrollment in the first semester of DBA courses.

Faculty

All faculty members are:

  • Authors of applied or refereed publications
  • Experienced in their employment fields
  • Hold of doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields

David Bahn, Allan Bellas, Erica Berte, Pat Borchert, Steve Creason, Marcia Hagen, Perwaiz Ismaili, Ronald Jacobson, Simon Jin, Katryna Johnson, Jun Li, Ming Lo, Duncan McCampbell, Linda McCann, Susan Misterek, Nancy Nentl, Vadhindran Rao, William Rosaitis, Jayant Saraph, Jennifer Schultz, Gary Seiler, Minh Vo and Denise Williams.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 52 total credits)

Phase One (40 credits)

  • DBA 700 Doctoral Seminar in the Development of Management Thought
    4 credits

    This course examines the history of the development of management theory and practice and its relationship to significant issues and challenges of today's managers. The works of both classical and contemporary management theorists will be analyzed, with students developing and defending models of management practice for their use in business organizations.

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  • DBA 705 Foundations of Research Inquiry
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to the assumptions, theories, and processes of qualitative and quantitative business research methods. It requires students to develop a preliminary prospectus for their doctoral research project, identifying a practice-anchored research problem, a brief literature review, and an appropriate research methodology.

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  • DBA 710 Applied Business Statistics and Analytics
    4 credits

    In this course, students apply statistical and analytical techniques used in conducting doctoral-level applied research, with emphasis on graphical, bivariate, and multivariate data analysis techniques as well research and reporting practices.

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  • DBA 711 Advanced Methodology
    4 credits

    DBA 711 Advanced Methodologies is an extension of DBA 705 Introduction to Research Inquiry, and covers research methodology at a deeper level. In this course students will gain practical experience by applying the procedures and techniques of various research methodologies, using both instructor-provided and student-generated data. Students will learn methodological techniques that require the collection, and analysis of data and reporting of results via such methods as bivariate, and multivariate data analysis, as well qualitative research methods to a lesser degree.

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  • DBA 712 Applied Research Projects Design
    4 credits

    In this course, students design the research proposal for their applied doctoral research project. The proposal is an expansion of the research prospectus developed in DBA 705 Foundations of research. The proposal consists of the identification and definition of the research problem, the literature on the problem of study, and a description of the specific research methodology to be used in the research project.

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  • DBA 720 Accounting and Financial Policy
    4 credits

    This course promotes understanding of the impact of accounting principles and valuation methods used in financial reporting and corporate financial policy making. Emphasis is placed on analysis and application of capital asset theory in policy making.

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  • DBA 730 Information Technology: Issues and Strategy
    4 credits

    This course offers an in-depth understanding of the values, roles, and alignment of information technology in support of the mission of business organizations, with attention given to the relationship between strategic technology management and managerial decision making at senior levels.

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  • DBA 740 Global Issues in Business: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
    4 credits

    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of international factors directly or indirectly affecting day-to-day operations and management decision making of small, mid size, and large organizations that pursue business opportunities internationally. Emphasis is placed on research, analysis, and decision making skills essential to success in an increasingly international business environment.

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  • DBA 760 Advanced Strategic Management Seminar
    4 credits

    This course assists students to understand more fully effective processes for developing and executing complex management strategies in business organizations. Emphasis is placed on researching and analyzing four significant frameworks of strategy-making, with in-depth case study research and reporting required.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • DBA 750 Innovative Teaching for Business Faculty and Professionals
      4 credits

      This course presents relevant research and theory on curricular and teaching approaches for higher education business students and adult learners. Applied skills in areas such as course and unit development, use of alternative teaching methods, and assessment of learner outcomes will be developed. Attention to effective e-learning approaches is emphasized.

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    • DBA 755 Current Topics in Business Leadership
      4 credits

      This course is an integrated multi-disciplinary inquiry seminar of the critical problems facing the pragmatic and academic nature of leadership theory and practice. The broad scope of this course explores the impact of leadership theory, research and practice on individual, group , and organization outcomes. This course focuses on emerging and applied research and theory in leadership.

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