DBA Course Structure

The required DBA Core courses (300 level, 3 units each) consist of 54 credit hours: 51 credit units courses and a seminar devoted to Higher Education, which will require students’ preparation of individual oral presentation as teaching practice.

DBA Concentration courses (400 level, 4 units each) consist of lecture and a faculty-supervised practicum component. The lecture component consists of 45 hours of a lecture contact and is classroom-based. The practicum component is based on an instructor-approved independent study project that should be research-based, and consists of 45 hours of out-of-classroom work (in some cases the courses can be offered as 30 lecture and 90 research hours’ format). Student study projects must be submitted to and approved by the course instructor at the beginning of the course, and, under normal circumstances, be completed by the end of the current semester. Supervision of the study project by the instructor will include continuous monitoring of the student’s progress in terms of their study project’s stated objectives, evaluation of the student’s final written project report, and its oral presentation. This will give students consulting experience. Graduate Internship and Report (BA 492 and BA 494) courses are focused on a student internship (3 units equal at least 135 hours of work) in the field of study and a written analytical report covering the student’s internship experience (1 unit), with total supervised work of at least 180 hours. The course is finalized by an oral presentation in front of a DBA committee member and the faculty advisor.

Doctoral Research seminars (500 level, 3 units each) are designed to build student scholarly research skills in the concentration fields (BA 501, BA 502) or focused on advanced research methods applied and tested on projects (BA 510). Course lectures include the identification of productive areas for research and discussions of the research process. Class activities are focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue assigned individual projects. Students are required to make a formal presentation to the class covering their research methodology, data gathering process, research results and conclusions. The presentations will be discussed and critiqued by fellow students and the instructor in order to help students improve both their research skills and their ability to support and defend their conclusions based on the information which their research has developed.

DBA Dissertation courses I, II, III (upper 500 level, 3 units each) include student meetings with faculty dissertation advisors as well as the time students invest in the selection of their research topic, data gathering, data analysis and interpretation, dissertation preparation and defense. These are 3 credit hours courses, which correspond to at least 135 hours of research work for each course.