DBA in Marketing – Qualitative
Advance Your Career in Marketing With a Doctorate Degree
Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with an Emphasis in Marketing program focuses on integrating the history, philosophy and theories of marketing, assessing the influence of digital technologies, evaluating data-driven marketing management strategies and analyzing the complexities of global marketing. This program utilizes qualitative methodology and prepares students to create and manage data-driven marketing in a variety of industries with the intent to secure competitive advantages.
Choosing to Specialize in a Qualitative DBA With an Emphasis in Marketing
Through GCU’s qualitative DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing online or evening program, students will learn to employ qualitative methodology to design, as well as collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation. Students will do this by creating a sampling plan, designing and field testing research tools, collecting data and conducting a deep analysis of the data using a systematic approach. This differs from GCU’s quantitative DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing, which focuses on examining and analyzing events by interpreting numeric data. Students enrolled in both of these programs are required to draft a written dissertation detailing their findings.
Sharpen Your Market Research Skills and Data-Driven Management
GCU’s DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing program was created by the College of Doctoral Studies to help marketing professionals expand their knowledge and experience, set themselves apart from the competition and further their careers. In this program, students will learn the importance of acquiring and harnessing data and information for decision making throughout the marketing management process. Additionally, they will develop the skills and competencies needed to apply microeconomic principles to the solution of business problems. Other areas explored include components of GCU’s qualitative core research designs, qualitative data collection techniques, the complexity of implementing marketing solutions, the related cultural considerations and more.
Students will take courses including:
- Complexity of marketing
- Data-driven marketing management
- Designing a qualitative study 1
- Economics of business decisions
- Emerging issues in financial management
- Qualitative data analysis, results and findings
- The history and philosophy of marketing
In addition to completing a minimum of 60 credits, students must participate in two or three five-day residency experiences on GCU’s vibrant campus in West Phoenix.
Career Paths for Marketing Doctorates
GCU’s DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing prepares graduates for high-level executive and consulting positions, as well as positions at postsecondary education institutes. Graduates may go on to become:
- Chief executive officers
- Chief innovation officers
- Chief marketing officers
- Market research analysts
- Market research directors
- Marketing professors
- Senior management consultants
Time to Completion and Dissertation Process
To learn more about time to completion and the dissertation process at GCU, visit our doctoral page.
This course introduces doctoral learners to the principle elements of research, scholarly writing, and effective argumentation. Learners are made aware of the dispositions and expectations of doctoral researchers as well as the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to contribute new knowledge to their respective fields of study. Learners begin the process of identifying a researchable dissertation topic and are acquainted with appropriate scholarly resources that support the development of the dissertation.
In this course, learners are introduced to the critical reading of scholarly qualitative and quantitative literature at the doctoral level. Learners also explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems and problem spaces that emerge to form a researchable topic of study. The application of scholarly argumentation from the extant literature to defend the need for a research study is discussed.
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.
The course explores the theoretical foundations and supporting research of marketing history and philosophy. Legal and ethical considerations and emerging marketing strategies are addressed in their historical and philosophical context.
In this course, learners are introduced to key components of qualitative and quantitative research designs and the means to critically appraise the application of research designs as observed in the scholarly literature. The University's core research designs are presented. Consideration is given to the initial selection and defense of a research design to address a problem that emerged from the extant literature.
This residency allows learners to continue developing their skills as academic researchers. Learners will have hands-on experience applying quantitative and qualitative design principals to develop the foundational elements for their potential dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-850, RES-825, RES-831, or RCS-831.
This course provides an introduction to the sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in qualitative and quantitative research designs. Learners explore the alignment of sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods to the research topic, research questions, and research design. The course positions learners to select qualitative or quantitative designs for their dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-831.
This course explores current practices in digital communications in the context of integrated marketing communications. Learners will interact with a multi-year integrated business case as a means of exploring applications of marketing.
The course discusses the importance of acquiring and harnessing data and information for decision making throughout the marketing management process. This discussion includes the ethical application of data to the creation and evaluation of marketing plans leading to competitive advantage.
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.
In this course, learners explore the basic components of GCU qualitative core research designs including descriptive, case study, and phenomenology. The nature of epistemological foundations and the structure of problem statements, purpose statements, research questions, data sources, collection and analysis approaches are discussed in the context of each design.
In this course, learners differentiate the epistemological foundations and explore the data trustworthiness, research ethics, and potential for bias in descriptive, case study, and phenomenology research designs. The process of building a rationale for design choice and aligning the research questions, interview questions, problem statement, and purpose statement is addressed. Sources of qualitative data are introduced for each design, and ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-841.
This course examines organizational sustainability through the lenses of competitive advantage and innovation. It addresses the leadership skills and capabilities required to foster, lead, and sustain innovation in organizations, and it explores how these ideas can be applied to create competitive advantage leading to a sustainable organization.
In this residency, learners orally present and defend an expanded design of their preliminary dissertation research from RSD-851. Emphasis is placed on developing the qualitative dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-843.
Business is routinely using marketing strategies to create competitive advantage. This course addresses the complexity of implementing marketing solutions and the related cultural considerations. Learners will interact with a multi-year integrated business case to experience the complex interactions associated with conducting marketing research and exploiting marketing strategies for competitive advantage.
In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: RES-871 or RES-885 or RSD-883 or RSD-884.
In this course, learners explore qualitative data collection techniques and sources of qualitative data in the context of answering the research questions posed by a study. Consideration is given to the recognition of data saturation and the management of data. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs to prepare a written statement of data collection, and management activities. Prerequisite: RES-843.
In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DBA-955.
In this course, learners focus on the interpretation of qualitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-873.
In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DBA-960.
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