At Grand Canyon University, the bridge to the Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing (Qualitative) program is your introduction to an exciting executive and academic journey. Designed for aspiring marketing doctoral learners who have earned a master’s degree in a field other than business administration, this online doctorate in marketing bridge program provides the strong foundation necessary for engaging in doctoral-level business studies.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway will prepare you to enroll in the Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing (Qualitative) program, where students acquire research skills enabling the application of data-driven marketing management strategies to achieve competitive advantage. Areas of focus include:
- Influences of digital technologies on consumer behaviors and marketing theories
- Consumer marketing segments vs. mass marketing
- Marketing strategies aligned with global/country opportunities, cost and culture
An example of a qualitative marketing study might include the design and execution of focus groups to better understand those factors, other than price, that influence consumer product decisions. Based on the results of this study, the student would provide commentary on how the results compare with previous studies and offer specific recommendations for future studies.
Why Choose a Qualitative Doctorate in Marketing Bridge Program?
Students pursuing their bridge DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing (Qualitative) gain in-depth insights into how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way. Through independent research, they will acquire an in-depth understanding of the experiences, phenomena and context behind consumer decisions.
In contrast, students pursuing their quantitative bridge doctorate in marketing examine and analyze events by interpreting numeric data using statistical techniques to clean, describe, assess, summarize, compare and predict outcomes.
What Makes GCU a Leader in Online Doctorate in Marketing Programs
GCU has redesigned its online DBA programs to focus instruction on the execution of sound research studies while offering a more profound knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students will understand what makes a researchable topic, learn the role of a researcher, compare and contrast study design, learn how to read and write research as well as prepare argumentation.
As a private, faith-based school, GCU encourages learners to study the curriculum through the lens of the Christian worldview. There is an emphasis on the role of ethical decision making and the principles of servant leadership for current and aspiring business leaders. Learners will benefit from polishing their communication skills, critically analyzing data and integrating systematic feedback to achieve programmatic competencies.
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