Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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DESCRIPTION

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program serves the needs of mature students, helping them to advance in their careers. The program is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practices and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching, and consulting. The program is designed to serve the needs of both fully employed and full-time students with a background as experienced business professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into leadership positions as consultants or as executives within their organizations. The program creates an opportunity for the student to demonstrate application of the knowledge and skills gained in the course work portion of the program and to demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills required to successfully complete the Doctoral Project.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program will allow students to:

  1. Employ advanced written communication skills to share complex information, organizational vision, and actionable guidelines to various audiences. (ILO1)
  2. Deliver advanced oral presentations that use effective content, organization, and delivery, accompanied by appropriate technology. (ILO2)
  3. Demonstrate the skills, competence, and critical thinking required to design, execute, and evaluate creative and meaningful research in a field of specialization. (ILO2)
  4. Demonstrate effective information literacy skills including formulation of research problems; integration of previous publications into an appropriate literature review; design of a research study; data analysis; ability to summarize and present the results. (ILO6)

PROGRAM MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Instruction can be completed through classroom-hybrid and/or online instructional methodologies.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Pre-Education: IAU requires evidence of an earned bachelor and a master degree. At least one degree must be in business, management, administration, or related discipline. All degrees must be earned at an appropriately accredited institution or foreign equivalent. IAU understands the differing rigor of schools and grading scales around the world, and IAU evaluates prior academic credentials within their own context. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Experience: IAU recommends a minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience in any organization, including, but not limited to, private, public, for-profit, non-profit, start-ups, or established corporate organizations.

Information Technology: IAU requires students to possess computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU’s pedagogical model and conduct research at the undergraduate level.

Evidence of English Proficiency: IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has not had their secondary education taught in English, they will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak English.

Application Materials in additional to Standard Required Documents:

  1. Letter of Interest: The Letter of Interest will contain three parts: Personal Statement, Professional Statement, and Research Statement. Each part will be described below.
    • Personal Statement: Please express in no more than one page how your experience, education, and training qualify you for the DBA program.
    • Professional Statement: Please describe in no more than two pages your interests in the DBA program and how you plan to complete it.
      • Why do you want to pursue a DBA degree?
      • What do you see as the most significant qualities or experiences that you would bring to the DBA program?
      • What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
      • What obstacles/ challenges do you envision having to overcome to complete your degree within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/ challenges?
      • What concrete steps will you take to manage your time to tackle classes and up to 30 hours a week of study?
    • Research Statement: Please describe in no more than three pages your research interests and what topic you plan to pursue.
  2. Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:
    • Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
    • Your academic pursuits.
    • Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for doing advanced academic work.
    • Your oral and written communication skills.
    • Your potential as an instructor.

Maximum Total Credit Awarded is 30 units:

  • Transfer Credit (TRC): 30 credits
  • Standardized Exam Credit (SEC): 0 credits

CURRICULUM

DBA Program Requirements Sem.Hrs.
Core Component | 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours BUS 860 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
ECN 800 Economic Theory and Policy 3
MGT 800 Leadership in Organizations 3
MGT 860 Managerial Decision Making 3
Elective Component | 15 Semester Hours 15
Research Component | 3 Courses/9 Semester Hours RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods 3
RSC 810 Literature Review 3
Choose 1 (other can be elective)
RSC 905 Quantitative Analysis 3
RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis 3
Comprehensive Examination Component | 2 Courses/9 Semester Hours DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination 4.5
DOC 902 Comprehensive Examination 4.5
Project Component | 4 Courses/15 Semester Hours DOC 910 Prospectus 4.5
DOC 911 Proposal 4.5
DOC 912 Project 4.5
DOC 913 Project Defense 1.5
TOTAL DBA 60

*63 units with prerequisites. For the course descriptions, click here.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 54 semester units of prescribed curriculum.
  2. Complete a minimum of TWO internships.
  3. Complete Comprehensive Examinations and Doctoral Project.
  4. Complete all required coursework with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.
  6. F-1 students must maintain lawful status.
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DESCRIPTION

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program serves the needs of mature students, helping them to advance in their careers. The program is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practices and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching, and consulting. The program is designed to serve the needs of both fully employed and full-time students with a background as experienced business professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into leadership positions as consultants or as executives within their organizations. The program creates an opportunity for the student to demonstrate application of the knowledge and skills gained in the course work portion of the program and to demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills required to successfully complete the Doctoral Project.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program will allow students to:

  1. Employ advanced written communication skills to share complex information, organizational vision, and actionable guidelines to various audiences. (ILO1)
  2. Deliver advanced oral presentations that use effective content, organization, and delivery, accompanied by appropriate technology. (ILO2)
  3. Demonstrate the skills, competence, and critical thinking required to design, execute, and evaluate creative and meaningful research in a field of specialization. (ILO2)
  4. Demonstrate effective information literacy skills including formulation of research problems; integration of previous publications into an appropriate literature review; design of a research study; data analysis; ability to summarize and present the results. (ILO6)

PROGRAM MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Instruction can be completed through classroom-hybrid and/or online instructional methodologies.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Pre-Education: IAU requires evidence of an earned bachelor and a master degree. At least one degree must be in business, management, administration, or related discipline. All degrees must be earned at an appropriately accredited institution or foreign equivalent. IAU understands the differing rigor of schools and grading scales around the world, and IAU evaluates prior academic credentials within their own context. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Experience: IAU recommends a minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience in any organization, including, but not limited to, private, public, for-profit, non-profit, start-ups, or established corporate organizations.

Information Technology: IAU requires students to possess computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU’s pedagogical model and conduct research at the undergraduate level.

Evidence of English Proficiency: IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has not had their secondary education taught in English, they will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak English.

Application Materials in additional to Standard Required Documents:

  1. Letter of Interest: The Letter of Interest will contain three parts: Personal Statement, Professional Statement, and Research Statement. Each part will be described below.
    • Personal Statement: Please express in no more than one page how your experience, education, and training qualify you for the DBA program.
    • Professional Statement: Please describe in no more than two pages your interests in the DBA program and how you plan to complete it.
      • Why do you want to pursue a DBA degree?
      • What do you see as the most significant qualities or experiences that you would bring to the DBA program?
      • What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
      • What obstacles/ challenges do you envision having to overcome to complete your degree within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/ challenges?
      • What concrete steps will you take to manage your time to tackle classes and up to 30 hours a week of study?
    • Research Statement: Please describe in no more than three pages your research interests and what topic you plan to pursue.
  2. Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:
    • Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
    • Your academic pursuits.
    • Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for doing advanced academic work.
    • Your oral and written communication skills.
    • Your potential as an instructor.

Maximum Total Credit Awarded is 30 units:

  • Transfer Credit (TRC): 30 credits
  • Standardized Exam Credit (SEC): 0 credits

CURRICULUM

DBA Program Requirements Sem.Hrs.
Core Component | 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours BUS 860 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
ECN 800 Economic Theory and Policy 3
MGT 800 Leadership in Organizations 3
MGT 860 Managerial Decision Making 3
Elective Component | 15 Semester Hours 15
Research Component | 3 Courses/9 Semester Hours RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods 3
RSC 810 Literature Review 3
Choose 1 (other can be elective)
RSC 905 Quantitative Analysis 3
RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis 3
Comprehensive Examination Component | 2 Courses/9 Semester Hours DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination 4.5
DOC 902 Comprehensive Examination 4.5
Project Component | 4 Courses/15 Semester Hours DOC 910 Prospectus 4.5
DOC 911 Proposal 4.5
DOC 912 Project 4.5
DOC 913 Project Defense 1.5
TOTAL DBA 60

*63 units with prerequisites. For the course descriptions, click here.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 54 semester units of prescribed curriculum.
  2. Complete a minimum of TWO internships.
  3. Complete Comprehensive Examinations and Doctoral Project.
  4. Complete all required coursework with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.
  6. F-1 students must maintain lawful status.

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