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Doctorate of Business Administration

Doctorate of Business Administration

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The Doctor of Business Administration is structured as a three-year, 90 quarter credit program. This program:

  • 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.
  • Culminates in a research-based dissertation focused on a real problem that faces today’s business leaders and managers.
  • Enables you, over time, 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 your chosen area of interest in the third year.
  • You may choose from five areas of specialization or design your own specialized field of study.

DBA Program

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program serves the needs of working adults, helping them to advance in their careers through quality graduate education. The program is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practices and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching, and consulting.

Specifically, the purpose of the doctorate in Business Administration at Baker College is to graduate managers, business leaders, executives, and scholar practitioners who able to:

  • Contribute to a deeper understanding of business and management processes in an increasingly complex world through applied research, teaching, and scholarship.
  • Improve their performance and the quality of their business decisions through reflective practice and lifelong learning.
  • Help companies and organizations solve critical problems and foster an environment of performance excellence.
  • Make a difference in the life of their organizations, professions, and the larger world-wide community through service to social and professional organizations by conducting themselves in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

The program builds on 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, students gain a comprehensive understanding of critical foundation theories and the ability to immediately apply creative solutions to existing problems.

DBA Admission Information

To be admitted into the program an MBA degree or equivalent and a minimum of five years professional experience in business or management is required. Candidates applying for matriculation into the DBA program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Graduate College Application form submitted electronically.
  2. Nonrefundable $25.00 application fee.
  3. Official transcripts indicating an MBA or related Master’s degree from a U.S. school accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations, or from a non-U.S. institution with comparable accreditation. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) must evaluate a degree awarded from a non-U.S. institution as equivalent to a master’s degree awarded by a U.S. institution. A minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in their master’s course work is required.
  4. A current resume indicating a minimum of five years of professional experience in business, management, or administration.
  5. Three professional references.
  6. A 500-1,000 word essay on your motivation for doctoral study. Essay must be submitted electronically.

Program Details and Courses

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