“Walden’s team did its research and thought about all the things that would make a student comfortable in a learning environment.”
Nadia Adams, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Student
The DBA program is designed for visionary professionals who want to use their expertise to change how their business changes the world. With access to resources that allow students to track their progress more closely, they will define the social change impact they want to make—and then design their doctoral experience around it. Coursework in this program includes self-analysis activities, as well as international case studies featuring alumni and business leaders from the Laureate International Universities network. Students can explore some of today’s greatest business challenges and opportunities—including globalization, ethics, and relationship management—and examine those issues in relation to their own organization.
At the end of the program, students will be able to:
- Evaluate the relevance of current and emerging business theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective (WO III, IV, V, VI, VIII).
- Formulate effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to the practice of business and management (WO II, IV, V, VIII).
- Apply current research literature to practical problems found in business and management (WO III, IV, V, VI, VIII).
- Evaluate scholarly research in business and management (WO II, III, IV, V, VI).
- Design rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge of business and management (WO II, III, IV, V, VI).
- Design rigorous research that contributes to positive social change (WO I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX).
- Apply professional ethics appropriately (WO I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX).
- 60 total semester credits*
- Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
- Core and business strategy courses (18 sem. cr.)
- Research methods courses (11 sem. cr.)
- Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
- Doctoral mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
- Doctoral studies sequence (15 sem. cr.)
- Two residencies
*Note: Students who have earned a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), Chartered Financial Analyst, or Project Management Institute designation or certification may be eligible to accelerate their DBA program. For information, contact the Academic Advising Team.
Foundation Course (3 sem. cr.)
Core and Business Strategy Courses (18 sem. cr.)
Research Methods Courses (11 sem. cr.)
Specialization Courses (9 sem. cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Doctoral Studies Courses (20 sem. cr.)
- DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study Mentoring
1 cr. each session = total 4 cr. To be taken along with other coursework after completion of DDBA 8303 until beginning DDBA 9001.
- DDBA 9001 - Doctoral Study Completion
This course is required to be taken for a minimum of 5 times. Additional sessions may be required until the Chief Academic Office (CAO) has rendered final approval.
- Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program (while taking DDBA 8006 or DDBA 8151); should be taken within 90 days of completing your Foundations course DDBA 8006.
- Complete Residency 2 face-to-face just prior to the start or during the first few weeks of DDBA 8303.
- Optional: Complete a DBA Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during DDBA 8101 or DBA 9001. Contact Academic Advising to register.
*DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study Mentoring, 1 cr. each session = total 4 cr.
To be taken along with other coursework after completion of DDBA 8303 until beginning DDBA 9001.
Doctoral Writing Assessment
Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.
Walden University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.
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