Business Administration (DBA)
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The Doctor of Business Administration is an innovative doctoral program whose curriculum and research requirements focus on applied management practice. An internationally recognized alternate to the 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.
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
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 (32 credits)
Consists of completion of eight, four-credit core doctoral courses offered by the College of Management over a two year, six consecutive semester schedule. These courses are scheduled as follows:
- DBA 700 Doctoral Seminar in the Development of Management Thought
- DBA 705 Foundations of Research Inquiry
- DBA 730 Information Technology: Issues and Strategy
- DBA 740 Global Issues in Business: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
During this two-year period, students begin identifying an applied research project topic, prepare a literature review on the topic, and select a research methodology. This work is done both in and outside of assigned courses
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 doctoral-trained faculty member and an outside expert on the research topic.
Once a student has completed drafts of the first three chapters of the dissertation���on the topic, the literature, and the research methodology���the dissertation adviser will schedule the student's oral presentation about the research project. At this presentation for the Dissertation Committee, the student will explain his/her research proposal, summarizing the major ideas of the initial dissertation chapters. Some students do this presentation in Phase 1 of the DBA Program, but most do so in Phase 2, when they have finalized work on their first three chapters.
Phase Two (20 credits)
Students begin Phase 2 by passing a comprehensive written examination on content from selected Phase 1 courses, prepared by DBA faculty members. They then complete 12 credits of DBA 795 Directed Research on Applied Projects, and two of the following four-credit, elective courses:
- DBA 750 Innovative Teaching for Business Faculty and Professionals (for those interested in faculty positions teaching business in higher education institutions)
- DBA 751 Professional Consulting in Business: Theory and Practice (for those interested in professional management consulting practice)
- DBA 755 Current topics in Business (for those interested in advanced management practices for businesses). The initial focus of DBA 755 was on the topic of advanced leadership, but the selection of alternative topics is likely.
In this phase, students are encouraged to complete an applied research project, prepare a dissertation on the project, and deliver an oral presentation describing study methodology and findings/recommendations to the Dissertation Committee, project sponsors, invited faculty, students, and others.
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.
- Completion of graduate-level prerequisite courses, each with a B grade or higher. DBA prerequisite graduate courses are finance, organizational behavior, management information systems, and a strategy or capstone course. In addition, three graduate courses are required from among accounting, economics, marketing, and operations/project management or process modeling.
- 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
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.
All DBA students must attend a graduate student orientation before or during the first semester of doctoral course work.
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- Official Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
- GMAT or GRE Scores
- Current Vita or Resume
- Goals Essay
- Two Professional References
See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.
Students must maintain satisfactory progress to remain in the DBA program. 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 for graduation.
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.o 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.
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.
Students have seven years to complete all graduation requirements from enrollment in the first semester of DBA courses.
All faculty members are:
- Holders of doctorates in their fields
- Authors of applied or refereed publications
- Experienced in their employment fields
Mary Bader, David Bahn, David Bouchard, Steve Creason, Tim Delmont, Marcia Hagen, Ken Hess, Ronald Jacobson, Katryna Johnson, Barbara Keinath, Susan Misterek, Nancy Nentl, Hameed Nezhad, Narasimha Paravastu, Roger Prestwich, Vadhindran Rao, Harold Rivera, Jayant Saraph, Frank Schweigert, Larry Selin, Jennifer Schultz, Gary Seiler, Adrianne Slaymaker, and Minh Vo.