What Is a Doctor of Business Administration – Management?

By Samuel Sprague

Meeting in Coffee Shop

Earning a DBA in Management is a unique opportunity for anyone looking to gain opportunities in domestic and international business. Graduates may find opportunities as Chief Executive Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, senior management consultants, operation leadership and other high-level positions.

Program Focuses

The DBA in Management offered by Grand Canyon University combines innovative business practices with strategic management. DBA learners will learn about the role of ethical decision-making and principles of servant leadership while polishing executive communication skills, critically analyzing data and developing a dissertation.

Learners will study the following topic areas:

  • Theories and frameworks that drive financial decision-making
  • Management theories and their application to support organizational stability in a global economy
  • Relationships between organizational designs and organizational structures
  • Legal aspects of business management
  • Microeconomic principles and their application to solving business problems


Learners will participate in two or three five-day residencies conducted on GCU's Phoenix campus to engage in networking opportunities, receive instructor feedback and undergo intensive faculty mentorship. All DBA, EdD and PhD learners are required to attend Doctoral Residency programs.

Lectures, professional exchange forums and elective sessions offer crucial resources to establish a network of peers, guide the development of your dissertation and make full use of available resources.


A DBA is a research degree, so course material will revolve around preparing learners to write a dissertation. Researching, writing and revising are essential to a successful program. Learners will have access to resources like GCU’s Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT), which provides materials to help learners succeed in effective research.

Similar Programs

The emphasis in management is different from GCU’s DBA in Data Analytics and DBA in Marketing. The emphasis in data analytics prepares graduates to develop cost-effective strategies to support data-driven decisions, focusing on big data, research design and data warehousing. The emphasis in marketing centers on data-driven marketing strategies, focusing on the subjects such as the influence of digital technologies on consumer behavior and marketing strategies.

The Master of Business Administration at GCU has some resemblance to the DBA in Management, but the purpose and scope of the degree programs is different. The MBA is a general business degree oriented toward graduates with less professional experience, offering a broader curriculum. The DBA in Management focuses on connecting leaders to the academic world and encourages them to contribute their experience and research to the field.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career, consider enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management. The College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University gives doctoral learners the flexibility and resources to achieve their goals. To learn more about GCU’s doctoral programs, visit our website or click on the Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Written by Samuel Sprague, a public policy major at Grand Canyon University.

“The Doctor of Business Administration program has exceeded by expectations. It is a challenging program that feeds my craving for knowledge. I feel that every instructor has provided valuable feedback; it is evident that they are passionate about helping me succeed. I have created lifelong relationships with my fellow peers and professors that have helped me develop both professionally and personally.”
- Anissa Villegas, BS in Marketing, MBA. and DBA with an Emphasis in Management, Alumni 2015

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

Loading Form

Scroll back to top