Move your career forward.

Prepare to build business from the inside out.

Business Administration is a complex process of managing workers and allocating resources effectively to achieve common business goals. Leaders and administrators within the organization invest time, effort, and money in building their organization’s core competencies, management and leadership talents to achieve business stability, growth, and profitability. This program is delivered online.

Discover Your
New Career

FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

Load More FAQ'S

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

Getting Started

There's a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

Request Information
Schedule a Visit
Apply Online

David Gomez - A Baker Online Testimonial
Watch this testimonial Watch Testimonial

For every degree I've received from Baker, I've also received a promotion—giving me the chance to reach my full potential.

David Gomez
US Airways
Business Administration Doctoral Degree from Baker College

Business AdministrationDoctoral of Business Administration

Move your career forward.

Prepare to build business from the inside out.

Business Administration is a complex process of managing workers and allocating resources effectively to achieve common business goals. Leaders and administrators within the organization invest time, effort, and money in building their organization’s core competencies, management and leadership talents to achieve business stability, growth, and profitability. This program is delivered online.

Discover Your Future Business Administration Career

Career Facts

$93,910

Median salary for Management Occupations

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Doctoral degree

$101,650

Median salary for Top Executives

View citations
Overview

Baker’s Doctor of Business Administration program is designed for graduate business practitioners who set the standard for best practices and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching, and consulting.

The program builds expertise through an effective combination of courses, seminars, professional residencies, research papers, and a final dissertation. Working with faculty members, who have extensive academic and practical experiences, you gain an understanding of critical foundation theories and the ability to immediately apply creative solutions to existing problems. The program culminates in a research-based dissertation focused on a real problem that faces today’s business leaders and managers.

Course Information
Doctoral Core Requirments42 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 800
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the need in proficiency at identifying the need for information, finding it, and evaluating its accuracy, significance, and relevance to research. Students will be introduced to the information resources available as a doctoral student at Baker College and will develop proficiency at using them. Library services such as remote access to resources, supply materials, and search strategies are explored. Students will also become familiar with the My eLibrary module available in each doctoral seminar.

Doctoral Seminar in Information Proficiency2
BUS 801
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the connection that exists between the role of learner and practitioner. At the heart of the DBA program is the belief that ideas will improve professional practices and reflection on professional practices to create new ideas. These relationships are explored in this course. Students will use readings, assessment tools, experiential exercises, and reflection on past and current experiences to develop a deeper understanding of the extent of knowledge of business and management, learning styles and skills, and professional strengths and weaknesses. Students will also explore the nature of scholarly inquiry and scientific method as well as explore connections between theory and practice and the importance of these considerations in doing applied research. This course also provides practical guidance on how to critically read scholarly articles, how to formulate researchable questions, and how to ensure scholarly integrity and avoid plagiarism.

The Scholar Practitioner4
BUS 810
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Explores today's complex, world-wide environment that necessitates teamwork and collaboration to sustain a competitive advantage. Students will examine practices required to lead organizations with highly diverse workforces distributed across international, cultural, and regional boundaries. Students will systematically investigate the latest ideas emerging from both the world of practice and leadership research to identify "best practices" in the ever changing and dynamic workplace of the 21st Century.

Leading 21st Century Organizations4
BUS 811
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Addresses how regardless of whether you work in a large or small company, a governmental agency, a nonprofit or community-based organization, or run your own small business, you must function in a new and highly interconnected world-wide context. This course explores this new environment from multiple perspectives. Students will examine cultural, environmental, ethical, political, and legal differences across different regions of the world. Attention is focused on how to manage and lead across boundaries to meet the challenges of this new context. Theories of international management, international human resource management, and international finance and accounting are considered as is the role of information technology in creating greater access to the world-wide economy.

Corequisite(s):
C or better in EDU 601.
Managing in a World-Wide Context4
BUS 812
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Addresses how the digital age has created new opportunities and new challenges for the business enterprise. In this course, students will explore the strategic importance of knowledge and information systems. Students will examine the emerging field of knowledge management and how it addresses the demands of global competition and the needs of 21st century organizations. Students will learn how knowledge is developed, collected, organized, stored, retrieved, disseminated, and applied across organizations; and how information systems are used to make evidence based decisions as well as examine theories and research drawn from organizational behavior, information sciences, and management to create an interdisciplinary perspective on these critical organizational processes.

Corequisite(s):
EDU 511.
Knowledge Management and Information Systems4
BUS 813
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Discusses how understanding system variation and establishing clear metrics are essential to ensure successful change initiatives. In this course, students will examine total quality, ISO 9000, Malcolm Baldrige, process re-engineering, benchmarking, Six Sigma, lean development, and other techniques for quality improvement, and will examine these initiatives in the broader framework of organizational change.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Quality Improvement and Organizational Change4
BUS 814
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Reviews how socially responsible and innovative corporate governance is required to meet the challenges of global warming, the stewardship of scarce resources, and the distribution of income among various stakeholders. Students will examine how ethical principles can be integrated into corporate strategies. The responsibility to a wide array of stakeholders is examined as well as factors that should be considered in guiding a company's philanthropic, community development and sustainable business practices. Students will also focus on individual ethics and how managers and leaders can build congruency between their values and actions. Finally, students will examine best practices in corporate social innovation by such firms as Ben and Jerry's, KLD, Plug Power, PwC, UN Global Compact, and Schlumberger SEED.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Corporate and Personal Ethics4
BUS 840
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the concepts of statistical analysis with application to the functional areas of business. It is rich in applications from accounting, finance, marketing, management, and economics. This course will also serve as a refresher on the basic concepts and statistical techniques used in business and prepare the student for more advanced quantitative methods introduced later in the program, laying a foundation for analytic literacy.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Statistics for Executives4
BUS 841
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Gives students the opportunity to learn the purpose and rationale for conducting scientific research, critical technology used in research, and the basic elements of research design. Elements covered include measurement, sampling, variables, validity, reliability, and causation. Different research designs will be covered including experimental and quasi-experimental, survey, field, designs utilizing existing data, and evaluation research. Ethics involved in research are covered including the protection of human subjects as required by the Baker College Institutional Review Board (IRB). It is recommended that the course be taken before or concurrently with BUS844.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Introduction to Research Design4
BUS 844
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Defines the purpose of dissertation studies; produces a clear statement of the research problem based on a detailed review of the literature, and produces research questions to be answered or hypotheses to be tested. Students will include these in a dissertation prospectus, which can be used to select members for their dissertation committee.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Defining the Dissertation Research Problem and Research Question4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 842
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Explores, in greater depth, the theory behind and the execution of qualitative research studies. Students will formulate qualitative research questions related to a research problem, identify applicable qualitative approaches, and participant selection strategies. Students will develop protocols for interviews, observations, and document analysis as well as learn to organize and analyze data through classification and coding. Students will examine specific methodological and ethical issues associated with qualitative research. The important outcome is that students will have the research design for their dissertations based on a survey of the research design literature appropriate for their study.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Designing a Qualitative Dissertation Study4
BUS 843
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Helps students develop an in-depth understanding and working knowledge of quantitative research design. This course will build on statistical techniques (descriptive and inferential) learned in BUS840, learning to design studies in such a way as to maximize the validity and reliability of the outcome. This course approaches quantitative research design from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis placed on selecting appropriate research designs and on interpreting and reporting data analyses results. Design of experiments to enhance the use and interpretation of statistics in research is the primary focus of the course. The important outcome is that students will have the research design for their dissertations based on a survey of the research design literature appropriate for their study.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Designing a Quantitative Dissertation Study4
Doctoral Specialty Requirements8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 860
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the first of two seminars in the successful completion of a qualifying Paper, which is Chapter I and Chapter II of the dissertation proposal. In this initial doctoral seminar, students will complete Chapter I Introduction and Statement of Problem. Specifically, the student will investigate a topic of their choice within their selected field of study. Chapter I includes a definition of the research problem, identification of the research questions, a description of the purpose of the study, and an explanation about its significance. A brief summary of the literature review as well as a description of the research methodology, identification of relevant terminology, and limitations will be included. The seminar will include the development of a bibliography of major theorists or theories in the field of study.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 800, BUS 801.
Doctoral Specialization Seminar I4
BUS 870
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the completion of Chapter II or Literature Review. Specifically, the student will expound on their research problem by analyzing, comparing, and contrasting major theories relevant to their chosen topic. The student will synthesize these concepts to develop a literature review, which provides a connection between the research problem and the research questions. The student's Qualifying Paper is completed in this seminar.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 844.
Doctoral Specialization Seminar II4
Professional Residency Requirements4 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 880
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Requires students to attend at least one professional conference in the first year. The Academy of Management annual meeting is an example. Approved conferences will be identified and program faculty will also attend. The DBA program will host a seminar at these events. A list of approved conferences will be developed by the faculty each year. Students will be required to document attendance and write a short paper describing what was learned at the conference.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 870.
First Year Professional Residency2
BUS 881
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Requires students to attend at least one professional conference in the second year. The Academy of Management annual meeting is an example. Approved conferences will be identified and program faculty will also attend. The DBA program will host a seminar at these events. A list of approved conferences will be developed by the faculty each year. Students will be required to document attendance and write a short paper describing what was learned at the conference.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 880.
Second Year Professional Residency2
Comprehensive Qualifying Assessment Requirements8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 890A
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Requires students, in preparation for the Comprehensive Essay and the first year assessment, to develop and maintain a reading asset library of annotations, to explore possible topics for their dissertation through the presentation of cases, and to engage in scholarly dialogue with colleagues.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 890A.
Professional Development I2
BUS 891A
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Requires students, in preparation for the Comprehensive Essay and the first year assessment, to develop and maintain a reading asset library of annotations, to explore possible topics for their dissertation through the presentation of cases, and to engage in scholarly dialogue with colleagues.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 893, BUS 894.
Professional Development II2
BUS 892
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to complete the Comprehensive Essay at the end of the first year after the completion of BUS801, BUS810, BUS811, BUS813, BUS890, and BUS891. It provides evidence that the student has mastered foundational theories and concepts in the field of business administration, have an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex nature of business problems, and is able to synthesize and analyze scholarly research publications. The essay requires students to summarize the annotations collected in the Reading Asset Library. The annotations are submitted with the essay.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 895.
Comprehensive Essay2
BUS 893
Tap Again to Close
2 Quarter Hours

Allows students to prepare a scholarly paper suitable for publication, in order to qualify for the dissertation phase of the DBA program. Normally this occurs at the end of the second year after all your coursework in the program has been completed except for BUS814 Corporate and Personal Ethics and all that remains is the dissertation. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate mastery of scholarly writing, research methodology, and a depth of knowledge in a field covered by the program. It will provide evidence that the student is able to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, and be able to communicate management and business theories, research findings, and best practices through scholarly publication.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 896B.
Qualifying Paper2
Dissertation Requirements28 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 894
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to work toward the completion of their dissertation proposal with the support of their chair and committee. The final dissertation is composed of five chapters (Chapter I Introduction and Statement of the Problem; Chapter II Literature Review; Chapter III Methodology; Chapter IV Results; and Chapter V. Conclusions and Recommendations). The proposal is composed of the first three chapters and must be approved before data can be collected and analyzed.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 897B.
Dissertation Proposal I4
BUS 895
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to complete their dissertation proposal with the support of their chair and committee. The final dissertation is composed of five chapters (Chapter I Introduction and Statement of the Problem; Chapter II Literature Review; Chapter III Methodology; Chapter IV Results; and Chapter V. Conclusions and Recommendations). The proposal is composed of the first three chapters and must be approved before data can be collected and analyzed. The proposal oral must be successfully completed to pass the course.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 898B.
Dissertation Proposal II4
BUS 896B
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to work toward the completion of their dissertation with the support of their chair and committee. A successfully completed dissertation provides evidence that you have the ability to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, have mastered foundational theories and concepts, and have an in depth knowledge of theory and practice in one area of specialization. It is also evidence that you are able to conceptualize and carry out research and to communicate the results of that research in a coherent document, which addresses an important problem and makes a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice.

Prerequisite(s):
BUS 899B.
Dissertation I4
BUS 897B
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to continue working toward the completion of their dissertation with the support of their chair and committee. A successfully completed dissertation provides evidence that you have the ability to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, have mastered foundational theories and concepts, and have an in depth knowledge of theory and practice in one area of specialization. It is also evidence that you are able to conceptualize and carry out research and to communicate the results of that research in a coherent document, which addresses an important problem and makes a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 572.
Dissertation II4
BUS 898B
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to continue working toward the completion of their dissertation with the support of their chair and committee. A successfully completed dissertation provides evidence that you have the ability to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, have mastered foundational theories and concepts, and have an in depth knowledge of theory and practice in one area of specialization. It is also evidence that you are able to conceptualize and carry out research and to communicate the results of that research in a coherent document, which addresses an important problem and makes a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 572.
Dissertation III4
BUS 899B
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Allows students to successfully complete their dissertation oral with the support of their chair and committee. A successfully completed dissertation provides evidence that you have the ability to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, have mastered foundational theories and concepts, and have an in depth knowledge of theory and practice in one area of specialization. It is also evidence that you are able to conceptualize and carry out research and to communicate the results of that research in a coherent document, which addresses an important problem and makes a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice. The dissertation oral must be successfully completed to pass the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 572.
Dissertation IV4
BUS 900
Tap Again to Close
4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the successful completion of the students' dissertation with the support of their chair and committee. A successfully completed dissertation provides evidence that the student has the ability to plan, execute, and apply scholarly research, has mastered foundational theories and concepts, and has an in-depth knowledge of theory and practice in one area of specialization. It is also evidence that the student is able to conceptualize and carry out research and to communicate the results of that research in a coherent document, which addresses an important problem and makes a significant contribution to the profession's theory or practice. The dissertation must be successfully completed and submitted to UMI to pass the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 572.
Dissertation V4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 90

Program Description

Structured as a three-year, 90 quarter credit program, the DBA curriculum blends taught interdisciplinary content and research seminars with assessed scholarly and professional development activities organized around two portfolios, the Scholarly Activities Portfolio and the Professional Activities Portfolio. The program culminates in a research-based dissertation focused on a real problem facing today's business leaders and managers. Over the course of the program, the student develops the capacity to work independently and in more depth, moving from prescribed content in the first year of the program, to supervised scholarly activities in the second year, to independent research focused on his or her area of interest in the third year. Students may choose from five areas of specialization or design their own specialized field of study.

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Doctor of Business Administration Program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Program Finder

Start today and discover the program that is right for you.

Upcoming Events

FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • Load More FAQ'S
David Gomez - A Baker Online Testimonial
Watch this testimonial Watch Testimonial

For every degree I've received from Baker, I've also received a promotion—giving me the chance to reach my full potential.

David Gomez
US Airways