Program Details

Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
60 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 9 credits

Overview

DBA with a Focus in Management

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with an Emphasis in Management, offered online by the College of Doctoral Studies, provides the framework to build strategic management theory and drive organizational change. With a DBA curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to meet the competitive demands of a global economy, the DBA degree is perfect for those looking to transform business practices.

Enhance your skills in financial, marketing and intellectual planning to support optimization, growth and sustainability. Online discussions and onsite residencies provide the foundation to network, broaden your perspective and improve your research and writing. In Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Doctor of Business Administration, the dissertation process is integrated into your studies, beginning with your first course. Frequent feedback and mentoring from faculty are provided throughout the DBA program, helping you polish your final dissertation to perfection.

You also participate in two in-person four-day residencies.

Degree Outcomes

Research Business Tools and Models

In the DBA degree program from GCU, you learn to survey the tools and available models in the field of business analytics that create a competitive advantage. Research market structure and the economics of business that drive change, while also analyzing established strategies.

What You Will Learn

Study to Become a Business Leader

The Doctor of Business Administration includes coursework focused on:

  • Scholarly research and writing to properly disseminate evidence-based information
  • Application of innovative management theories to create a competitive advantage and provoke financial decision-making
  • Methods of global sustainability leveraging intellectual capital
  • Consumerism and marketing with focus on ethics and research, branding, communications, services, issues and models
  • Methods of designing and structuring an organization for optimization, change and/or growth

Career Outcomes

Prepare for Business Management

As part of the DBA degree program, you focus your attention on the issues that administrators face in today's corporate world. This helps you prepare for an executive-level career in domestic or international business corporations or consulting firms. Upon completion of the DBA, you may also consider a faculty position at a postsecondary institution.

Course List

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Major:
60 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

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 University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

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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.

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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.

Course Description

This course explores the need to leverage intellectual capital and the human relations movement. Students focus on ways to manage knowledge and intellectual capital.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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: RES-850 or MGT-810.

Course Description

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.

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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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

Students will research the emerging use of business analytics in organizations. Through exploration of the available tools and models, this course will explore how analytics can be used for competitive advantage

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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 study’s 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 learner’s dissertation proposal. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) RES-862; or 2) RES-861 and RES-865.

Course Description

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 researcher’s 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.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

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.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.