Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
IAU requires evidence of an earned bachelor degree with a minimum of a 2.5 CGPA. Further, IAU requires a master degree with a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA. 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.
IAU recommends a minimum of 5 years of full-time professional work experience.
Possess computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU’s pedagogical model and conduct research at the graduate level.
Application Materials in additional to Standard Required Documents:
- 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 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.
- 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
The mission of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program serves the needs of mature students, helping them to advance in their careers through quality graduate education. The program is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practice 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. Doctor of Business Administration program is designed for experienced business professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into leadership positions as consultants or as executives within their organizations. The proposal course creates an opportunity for the student to demonstrate application of the knowledge and skills gained in the course work portion of the program and demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills required to successfully complete the Doctoral Project.
As a DBA student, you are expected to complete 54 semester hours of course work, including 3 elective courses. Students can choose to complete general electives, which may consist of any 500+ courses under the School of Management that are not required for the program. Students can specialize and develop additional expertise in a particular area of concentration by completing a Concentration Module. Concentration designation will appear on the degree and transcripts upon completion of the courses required for the concentration.
Concentrations available are:
- Healthcare Administration
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program will allow students to:
- Develop advanced managerial, entrepreneurial, and strategic knowledge and skills of the students;
- Develop the knowledge and skills for managing all facets of contemporary organizations;
- Acquire the expertise in research design and methods necessary to be able to undertake a doctoral-level research project;
- Acquire a ‘state of the art’ understanding of theory and practice in their area of research;
- Achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner in management, leadership and related organizational change;
- Acquire creativity, research aptitude, analytical thinking, critical analysis, and innovative solutions to organizational problems;
- Develop the motivation for and appreciation of the acquisition of lifelong learning skills.
PROGRAM MODE OF INSTRUCTION
Instruction can be completed through classroom-hybrid and/or online instructional methodologies.
Students, who did not complete an MBA or related degree, must complete these courses. Foundation requirements are designed to develop an appreciation of the institution of business.
DBA students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary business concepts and practices. By completing the Core Courses, students can be confident that they will be well-prepared to tackle the real-world challenges that organizations face.
Elective or Major Module:
Elective Module: Once students complete most of the core courses, they can explore other interests through general electives or concentration courses. Students who complete 3 or more concentration courses will earn the distinction on the degree.
DBA 800: Consortium I: This consortium introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Learners explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA convention, and learn to coordinate literature searchers. Learners also learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This consortium also introduces learners to the University’s over-arching Christian values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to continue a tradition of contributing to an ever-expanding body of knowledge.
DBA 810: Consortium II: This consortium allows student to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Addressed topics include research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing.
DBA 820: Consortium III: Learners complete research prospectus as the foundation for their project research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with their research questions and hypotheses.
Once most core and elective coursework has been successfully completed, Doctoral Students are required to complete the research courses. These allow a student to start to think about the design of their project and research background information about the topic.
The final step is the completion of a Doctoral Project. The Committee Chair/Mentor will work with the doctoral student and serve as the liaison during the process. Together, with guidance from the Committee, the student will complete a Doctoral Project that is worthy to be published. The Doctoral Project will be a practical application of a field-based project. A review is given to research design, modes of observation, and techniques of analysis, the social and ethical context of research, and the uses of research. A focus is placed on the delineation of a problem in business and a plan for conducting substantive research leading to its resolution or recommendations.
The doctoral student selects two other members, in addition to the Committee Chair/Mentor, to create a Project Committee to review and complete the project. A presentation of the Doctoral Project is required. The Doctoral Project is graded by the committee and is graded as Pass/Fail.
- Student must complete 54 semester units of prescribed curriculum. One semester unit is equivalent to 15 contact hours or the equivalent in accelerated or distance learning terms.
- Satisfactory completion of all required course work with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Satisfactory completion of Comprehensive Examinations.
- Satisfactory completion Doctoral Project.
- Complete a minimum of TWO internships. Applicable to non-immigrants only.
- Students must apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.
|Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Total Units||54|
|Foundation Module (4 courses) Non-MBA Holders must take following or transfer in equivalents: 12 units||12|
|ECN 500 Managerial Economics||3|
|FIN 500 Financial Management||3|
|MGT 500 Organizational Behavior & Leadership||3|
|MKT 500 Marketing Management||3|
|Core Courses (6 courses)||22.5|
|BUS 560 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility||3|
|ECN 800 Economic Theory and Policy||3|
|MGT 510 Human Resource Management||3|
|MGT 600 Organizational Theory and Design||3|
|MGT 800 Leadership in Organizations||3|
|MGT 860 Managerial Decision Making||3|
|MGT 880 Managing Team Dynamics||3|
|COM 500 Public Speaking for Managers||1.5|
|Elective or Major Module||9|
|(Any 500+ course not required)|
|Consortium Module (4 courses)||1.5|
|DBA 800 Consortium I: Scholarly Writing||0.5|
|DBA 810 Consortium II: Research Techniques||0.5|
|DBA 820 Consortium III: Project Development||0.5|
|Research Module (4 courses)||12|
|RSC 500 Research and Writing||1.5|
|RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods||3|
|RSC 810 Literature Review||3|
|DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination||4.5|
|Choose 1 or both (1 as elective)|
|RSC 905 Quantitative||3|
|RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis||3|
|Project Module (2 courses)||9|
|RSC 955 DBA Project I||4.5|
|RSC 960 DBA Project II||4.5|
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Account Coordinator (13-2011), Accountant (13-2011), Analyst/Software Intern (15-1130), Assistant Manager (11-9199), Business Analyst (13-1199), Business Analyst Intern (13-1199), Business/Quality Analyst Intern (13-1199), Customer Service Representative/Account Manager (43-4051/11-2000), Customer Service/Sales Associate (43-4050), Market Research Analyst (13-1161), Marketing Manager (11-9199), Marketing Specialist (13-1161), Office Assistant (43-6010), Sales/Marketing Analyst (13-1161), Senior Accountant (13-2011), Staff Accountant (13-2011).