​Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Management

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Management

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Management program is a professional doctoral program that aims to prepare students to be competent chief executives or senior level managers who are able to lead an organization in the real world with high professionalism, regardless of whether they are private or public, large or small.

The program intends to educate future chief executives and senior level managers in how to successfully manage an entire organization wisely and skillfully, through managing people, policy, programs, projects and related issues effectively and efficiently, in its self-developmental process and constantly changing environment.

Program Objectives

The specific objectives of this practice-oriented professional doctoral program are to provide its students with:

  1. An advancement or improvement in scholarly reading, evaluating, writing, presenting or communicating skills.
  2. A multi-perspective foundation in learning HOW to think, act, lead, and learn (TALL) critically, creatively and practically, and with emphasis on application to the understanding and/or problem-solving in the real world situations.
  3. A complete knowledge in general management principles applicable to the operation or management of any business or organization.
  4. An advanced knowledge or individualized expertise in self-selected, specialized areas to better advance in one’s particular field in which he or she intends to lead.
  5. A core ability to view, assess, reason, focus on, and deal with specific practice and personal issues or problems effectively, efficiently, and wisely.
  6. A solid knowledge, skill and attitude to conduct practice-oriented scholarly research in professional practice fields, especially in management areas.
  7. An opportunity to make contributions through dissertation research to the understanding and problem-solving of one or more specific issues related to individuals and/or organizations, or to a particular field of managerial practice, research or education.

Program Information

With the ultimate goals articulated above, the Doctor of Business Administration in Management (DBA) program is conducted through completing courses and conducting a major research project. Consistent with accreditation guidelines recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the courses cover in-depth foundation knowledge of human and organizational management. In addition, it includes current and emerging issues that are challenging organizations in the 21st century, as presented in the curricula schedule and course descriptions listed below. The research work is generally focused on practice-oriented topics or subjects.

The course work is delivered through online format. All enrolled students must have the basic knowledge and online communication skills prior to taking their formal program courses. During the course of the program, faculty will interact with students through email, virtual chat, web conferencing, discussion forum and other means to deliver courses. The student’s faculty advisor must approve the topic of applied research and/or supervised clinical practice or fieldwork, if required, during any course.

For online course delivery, the University currently uses the Moodle CMS software system as the basic platform for delivering regular online courses. All students must take the University’s Graduate Learning and Online Studies course (CC500), at no additional cost, before taking regular courses simultaneously during the first semester.

For research work, students are required to work with their mentor on a regular basis. The time and length of research work depends on the research project, student, and mentor. When a student cannot come to the University campus, the student must nominate a member of his or her dissertation committee who resides in a location convenient for regular interaction on an in-person basis. This member must meet the University qualifications to be appointed as doctoral faculty at the University, and be approved by the University administration.

Admission Requirements

The Admission requirements for this program are provided in the Admission Policies section of this Catalog. In addition, there may be a requirement for other prerequisite courses beyond the foundation courses. This will be determined at the time of admission. Candidates are expected to have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in his or her previous degree programs.

Curriculum and Schedule

The curricular of Doctor of Business Administration Degree (DBA) Program is described as follows:

  1. Biology, Psychology and Sociology (3 credits) CC 601
  2. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (3 credits) CC 602
  3. Sciences, Systems and Rules (3 credits) CC 603
  4. Advanced Research Methods I (3 credits) CC 604
  5. Advanced Research Methods II (3 credits) CC 605
  6. Basic, Current and Emerging Issues of Management (3 credits) BA 701
  7. Management Theories and Practice Concepts (3 credits) BA 702
  8. Organizational Behavior & Theory (3 credits) BA 703
  9. Human Relations in Organizations (3 credits) BA 704
  10. Human Resources Management (3 credits) BA 705
  11. Managerial Economics, Finance and Accounting (3 credits) BA 706
  12. Marketing Strategy and Management (3 credits) BA 707
  13. Creative and Innovative Management (3 credits) BA 708
  14. Innovation, Adaptation and Entrepreneurship (3 credits) BA 709
  15. Leadership (3 credits) BA 710
  16. Dissertation Research (15 credits) BA 799

Academic Degree Requirements

Students must be formally accepted into the program. Matriculated students must successfully complete the total of 45 credit hours of courses plus the 15 credit hour Dissertation Research for a total of 60 credit hours specifically as follows:

Course Work

Course selection or progression generally taken in the prescribed sequence listed above. The Dean of Graduate Studies must approve exceptions. If a student fails a required course (less than a 3.0 grade point average), he or she may request a re-take of that specific course, paying the current rate of tuition. Specific information regarding the objectives, prerequisites and other requirements of each course are described below in the Course Description section.

Qualifying Examination

Students will be given a proctored, written qualifying examination when all foundation or related courses is complete, and before or during the advancement into specialty course studying. This examination will normally be given at the completion of the Foundation courses, usually requiring one full-time year study, or given by the end of the equivalent of one year of full-time enrollment in the program. The exam is graded on a pass/fail basis and does not factor into the student GPA. Students must pass this examination. They may retake the qualifying examination with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive Examination

Students will be given a proctored, written, comprehensive examination when all coursework is completed and prior to commencing work on the dissertation. The exam also is graded pass/fail and does not factor into the GPA. Students must pass this examination. They may retake the examination with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Work

The topic of any dissertation shall be approved by a Dissertation Committee appointed by the University. The next step of the dissertation work is to produce a written Dissertation Proposal. This proposal must include a clear statement of the problem to be researched, a survey of the relevant literature, the research methods to be used, including data collection, and data analysis techniques, in detail. The proposal requires an oral defense and must be approved by the student’s Dissertation Committee before the student may commence work on the dissertation. When approved by the Committee, the student is promoted to the status of doctoral candidate and may proceed with the dissertation.

Dissertation Committee

The Dissertation Committee guides or mentors students after they pass their comprehensive examination. All Committee members must have demonstrated appropriate scholarship, experience, or practice in the subject area. The Committee must include at least two members who earned their doctoral degrees from appropriately accredited institutions other than Orlando University. The Committee members must be qualified in the subject area of the student’s dissertation. At least one member of the Committee must be a member of Orlando University’s faculty. When students reach the point of dissertation, students may have the option of nominating their Dissertation Committee members or major professors. However, Orlando University will make the final decision. Students may request substitutions or additions to the committee, which must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students work closely with their dissertation committee members through the remainder of their doctoral program.

Dissertation Project

Students begin the final phase of their studies formally after the successful oral defense of the proposal, although they may engage in research activities anytime or any stage during their study at the University. Working closely with their Committee, students conduct their research project and develop their dissertation, achieving the highest levels of scholarship. The dissertation must include original research that is focused either on expanding the methodological scope of the content area, developing new theories, or confirming theoretical models. Research methods that may be employed include field experiments, surveys, and case studies. The dissertation study requires fifteen (15) credit hours to complete.

Dissertation Defense

An oral defense of the doctoral candidate’s dissertation with the Dissertation Committee is required. This may be conducted at a distance or in person. No degree shall be awarded unless a majority of the Dissertation Committee approves the dissertation. The dissertation must be bound and delivered to the committee at least 30 days prior to the scheduled defense. Two bound copies are required for the University Library. The candidate may be directed to rework portions of the dissertation and repeat this examination until it is approved by a majority of the dissertation committee. The program, however, must be completed in no fewer than two years from the date of initial enrollment and no more than ten years from the date of initial enrollment.

Residency Requirements

Students are required to attend three residency study sections during the entire degree program. Each section normally consists of one working week (5 days). Each study section has a different focus. The first one is mainly for preparing and completing the qualifying examination and a dissertation conceptual plan. The second section is mainly for preparing and completing the comprehensive examination and dissertation action plan. The third section is mainly for the dissertation defense.

Students arriving for their residency will be assigned a Student Services Directors or assistant who will assist them with housing, transportation and other questions they may have. The faculty advisor/mentor will be also available to assist them during the residency.

For those students who are absolutely unable to visit the campus because of visa or other extreme situations, special arrangements may be possible, but must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.