DBA in Management

Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

Focus Your Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Management

Demonstrate your commitment to professional excellence by earning your Doctor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management. Offered by the College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University, this DBA in Management program delivers a rigorous curriculum that blends transformative business practices with strategic management theory. The program empowers executives and those in leadership roles to apply sound business principles within a wide range of sectors.

The Management Doctor of Business Administration, online at GCU, enables learners to study from anywhere at any time. The dynamic learning platform is intuitive in design and collaborative in nature, connecting learners to fully qualified instructors. Learners benefit from the diverse perspectives of peers and the ongoing mentorship of faculty members through the dissertation process.

Research Business Tools and Models, and Become a Leader

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.

Within the DBA in Management program, courses such as Management Theory in a Global Economy, Emerging Issues in Financial Management and Designing Organizational Structures, learners will study the following topic areas:

  • The theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in 21st century organizations, with a focus on the changing business environment
  • Seminal management theories and their application to support organizational sustainability in a global economy
  • The relationship between organizational design and structures, including the theoretical foundations of decision-making
  • The legal aspects of business management, with an emphasis on limiting organizational liability in an ethical manner
  • Microeconomic principles and their application to the solution of business problems

At key intervals during the Doctor of Business Administration – Management program, learners will attend two or three five-day residencies. These are conducted on campus to enable learners to benefit from networking opportunities, peer feedback and intensive mentorship from faculty members. During the first residency, learners acquire advanced skills in academic research that will provide the framework for their dissertation work. During the second residency, learners are expected to present their scholarly work and be progressing in their dissertation.

Prepare for an Executive-Level Career in Business with a Doctor of Business Administration: Management Degree

This DBA in Management prepares current and future business executives to develop a keen understanding of the 21st century challenges and opportunities in the corporate world. Graduates may pursue opportunities in domestic or international businesses, or elect to nurture a career in consulting.

Some roles that may be related to this degree may include the following:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Client Executive
  • Senior Management Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Operations Leadership

Graduates who possess a DBA may also decide to pursue positions at postsecondary education institutes. There, they may advance the overall knowledge of the field while instructing the next generation of business leaders.

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Total Program Credits: 60
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Up to 9 doctoral credits

Online: $670 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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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 explores the theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in organizations today. Students focus on issues facing administrators in the changing business environment.

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.

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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 a broad overview of foundational elements for conducting independent, original research. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods are introduced and applied. The template for developing a research prospectus is also introduced, with emphasis on identifying a researchable topic related to the learners’ degree specialization. Prerequisite: RES-811.

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

Learners explore the legal aspects of business management in a global integrated enterprise. Emphasis is placed on ethically limiting organizational liability in a complex business environment by extending the perspective of business beyond profit.

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 or RES-825.

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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 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.

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This course provides learners with an overview of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches with emphasis on conceptual and practical aspects of data collection, management, and analysis. Learners use their research prospectus to align the research question(s) and variables of interest with the appropriate data collection and analytical techniques. Prerequisite: RES-861.

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This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

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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.

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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

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This course provides the doctoral learner the opportunity to manage a fictitious business entity in which they balance conflicting resource requests. The doctoral learner applies the management, financial, marketing, technology, and economic skills acquired during the program of study to recommend policy decisions with the intent to increase stakeholder value, competitive advantage, and long term sustainability.

Course Description

Learners complete a cogent research prospectus as the foundation for their dissertation research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with the research questions and developing the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 3 of the dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-855 or RES-866.

Course Description

In this course, learners formalize their research proposal specific to their topic. Emphasis is placed on fully developing Chapter 1 and incorporating Chapters 2 and 3 (drafts) from previous research courses. This proposal becomes the first three chapters of the dissertation upon approval of the final draft by the College of Doctoral Studies. Prerequisite: RES-880.

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.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

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GCU Evening Student

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.

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Program Domains

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