The Bridge to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is designed for learners with a master's degree in in a field other than business administration who desire to pursue a doctoral degree in business administration. Courses in the DBA bridge program are graduate-level courses that are considered essential requisites to doctoral business study. Upon completion of bridge courses, learners enter the Doctor of Business Administration degree program.
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 877-860-3951 or click here to request more information.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|ACC-502||Accounting Practices||This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.||4|
|FIN-504||Finance Principles||This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.||4|
|SYM-506||Applied Business Probability and Statistics||The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.||4|
|RES-811||Introduction to Advanced Graduate Studies and Scholarship||This course 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 form and style, and learn to coordinate literature searches. Furthermore, they 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 course also introduces learners to the Universitys overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.||3|
|DBA-805||Management Theory in a Global Economy||This course provides an overview of seminal management theories and their relevance, applicability, and/or divergence from current business practice. Students focus on understanding the application of management theories to support organizational sustainability in a global economy.||3|
|DBA-810||Contemporary Issues in Marketing||This course examines issues, emerging practices, and problems facing marketing executives, researchers, and decision makers. Topics include marketing philosophy and strategy, marketing research, consumer behavior, product development and brand management, pricing, promotion and integrated marketing communications, distribution and supply chain management, services marketing, and global marketing issues and models. Marketing ethics is an integrated topic throughout the curriculum. The course utilizes text, peer-reviewed research, and practitioner articles as a basis for discussion and presentation.||3|
|MGT-805||Designing Organizational Structures||This course examines the foundational considerations of organizational design and the relationship between design and structures. It presents the key considerations relevant in designing and structuring the optimal organization. The theoretical foundations for such decisions are also presented.||3|
|DBA-815||Economics for Business Decisions||This course provides the student with the skills and competencies needed to be able to apply microeconomic principles to the solution of business problems. Specifically, the course examines the four market structures focusing on competition and utilizes microeconomic theory to provide solutions to business problems.||3|
|MGT-810||Intellectual Capital in a Learning Organization||This course explores the need to leverage intellectual capital and the human relations movement. Students focus on ways to manage knowledge and intellectual capital.||3|
|RSD-851||Residency: Dissertation||This residency allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Residency sessions address topics such as research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing. Students have hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis software.||3|
|RES-861||Analysis of Existing Research||This course is designed to train learners in the conduct of a systematic literature review related to their research topic. Emphasis is placed on creating structure for reading, analyzing, synthesizing, and organizing prior research necessary for drafting the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 2 of the dissertation. Learners use the research prospectus template to guide the development of their Chapter 2. Prerequisite: ORG-810, EDA-810, EDL-810, EDU-810, PCN-810, or RES-850.||3|
|DBA-820||Emerging Issues in Financial Management||This course explores the theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in organizations today. Students focus on issues facing administrators in the changing business environment.||3|
|MGT-815||Managing Stakeholder Relationships||In this course, students explore the needs of internal and external stakeholders and their interdependence. They focus on balancing stakeholders interests while cultivating a mindset that is sensitive to cultural, legal, and ethical differences as well as social responsibility.||3|
|DBA-830||Statistics for Business Research||This course provides an overview of preparing, analyzing, and interpreting data using statistical techniques. Topics include data preparation and statistics basics, as well as factor analysis, t-testing, ANOVA, and correlation and regression.||3|
|LDR-805||Innovation: The Last Frontier of Competitive Advantage||In the face of rapidly changing customer needs, the importance of innovation to the survival of businesses cannot be overemphasized. Innovation has become the fundamental source of competitive advantage and new value for companies facing the threat of extinction. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the leadership skills and capabilities required to foster, lead, and sustain innovation in organizations operating under either the steady state or change environment. The fundamental role of leadership in the innovation process is explored by evaluating the relationship between key leadership and innovation theories.||3|
|MGT-820||Using Business Analytics for Competitive Advantage||Students research the emerging use of business analytics in organizations. Through exploration of the available tools and models, this course demonstrates how analytics can be used for competitive advantage.||3|
|RSD-881||Residency: Presentation of Progress or Results||This residency prepares students to present their scholarly work and to thoughtfully critique the work of others. Students orally present papers developed in their own classes and respond to questions from colleagues. Students are further prepared to become active members in academic communities by learning how to review papers and provide comments.||3|
|RES-865||Research Design and Methods||In order to explore research findings, scholars must be clear in their explanation of the steps that were taken to gather the data. This course examines the choices a scholar must make when choosing a methodology and the impact those approaches have on the study and the results. The course also reviews research methods and discusses criteria to be considered in the choice of data collection methods, including the consideration of interactive methods for the collection of qualitative data (interview and focus groups), quantitative data (survey, experiment), and mixed methods. This course provides exposure to the basic concepts and tools that leadership students and practitioners need in order to understand and analyze data and to utilize research findings in decision making and problem solving. Prerequisite: RES-861.||3|
|DBA-825||Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage||This course examines the evolution of strategic management theories and practices with a particular emphasis on competitive advantage rather than a comprehensive review of the literature relevant to strategic management. It focuses on ideas and perspectives that continue to shape thought, research, and practice in strategic management today, paying particular attention to resource-based, dynamic capabilities and competence-based perspectives.||3|
|RES-871||Developing the Formal Proposal||The best researchers know how to strategically define their research agenda with the necessary clarity to inform the scholarly community and to establish a blueprint for analysis and replication. In this course, learners focus on these issues by exploring development of chapter 1 of their dissertation proposal. Learners are asked to create a problem statement; identify research questions and/or hypotheses; identify the data required to answer those questions; summarize the methodology they will use to investigate the problem; and provide a discussion of the studys significance and purpose, limitations/delimitations and assumptions, operational definitions, and an introduction to the problem as well as a summary of the chapter in order to demonstrate their understanding of effective research application. The development of this knowledge will result in the formation of the learners dissertation proposal. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) RES-862; or 2) RES-861 and RES-865.||3|
|DBA-955||Dissertation I||One of the most essential aspects of bringing research findings to the scholarly community is mastering the discipline of approaching this task in an unbiased, benign manner. This course emphasizes the steps scholars must take in taking their findings and establishing a reporting mechanism that presents the outcomes of the research in a way that clearly articulates the fruits of the researchers labors without distracting or misinforming the audience. This work is typically done in chapter 4 of a dissertation. Also included in this content is the organization of data sets and the application of tables, charts, and graphs.||3|
|DBA-960||Dissertation II||While chapter 4 focuses on the benign presentation of results, chapter 5 of the dissertation seeks to make sense of these findings in relationship to the overarching body of work that currently exists. Reflections include the synthesis of findings, comparing those findings to previous work done in the area; consideration of issues related to the research process used and the potential challenges and advantages of the approaches used; and thoughts on implications of these findings on the current body of work. In addition to this course content, students learn to present the opportunities for further research that might have emerged as a result of this work and the potential that lies ahead for others to follow. Prerequisite: DBA-955.||3|
|DBA-965||Dissertation III||This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners guidance for finding the appropriate venues and approaches in publishing their research findings. This includes the final steps necessary in pulling together what might have been earlier versions of chapters 1, 2, and 3, as well as the proofing and dissertation editing strategies that are required and the steps scholars can take to make sure their results are, in fact, shared with other scholars. This includes an exploration of writing research articles and preparing to present scholarly papers, as well as other publication venues. Prerequisite: DBA-960.||3|
|Total Degree Requirements:||72 credits|
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.