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Doctor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Business Management Program

Earn a DBA and empower yourself for a great career
in business.

The Value of a CALUNIVERSITY online DBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Management Degree

The outlook for small businesses is getting increasingly brighter as investors are beginning to assess less risk and see more opportunity in the entrepreneurial market.

With coursework focused in financing new ventures, case studies in global entrepreneurship, and small business management, the student will gain a firm grasp of the kinds of challenges that are faced daily by entrepreneurs and business leaders. These courses also train students to demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills for local and global business planning and decision-making. By learning how to navigate through a complex economy, graduates are well-versed in identifying business opportunities that create value and optimize return on investments.

Armed with the highest level of education and credentials for understanding what it takes for a business to succeed, the innovative and enterprising DBA graduate has what it takes to create positive growth for a company while overseeing structural systems and managing organizational change.

Doctoral graduates who specialize in entrepreneurship and business management are able to thrive in a startup environment or provide fresh insight into the inner-workings of an established corporation.

Credits required for degree completion: 60
Maximum transfer credits accepted: 9
Program length: 2 years
Cost per credit: $445
Payment options: Click to view interest-free payment options

Program Competencies and Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in specialized fields for a higher level of understanding for decision making in complex organizational environments.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills for local and global business planning and decision making.
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines in the use of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for business administration problem solving.
  • Identify and evaluate business issues and opportunities that enhance prospects for optimum return on investments and creating value.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial mindset and skills for starting and growing new ventures.
  • Demonstrate creative research approaches to data collection, analysis, and synthesis for organizational effectiveness, change, and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate informational literacy and computational thinking for effective and efficient use of technology.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills for innovative and collaborative economic development.
  • Develop diverse teams and foster teamwork through effective techniques through human resource management.
  • Review business case studies and prepare theoretically-grounded arguments using peer-reviewed journals and appropriate scholarly writing styles.
Degree Plan Doctorate of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Business Management (DBAEBM)
Course Number Course Name Credits Core Major
Semester 1        
GRC 600 Doctoral Academic Study and Writing 3 3
GRC 605 Business Research Methodology and Quantitative Statistics 3 3
ECO 615 Global Economy 3 3
Semester 2        
MGT 616 Organizational Change and Development in Management Systems 3 3
MGT 626 Managing Innovation Integrating Technology 3 3
MKT 645 Marketing Research in Consumer Behavior 3 3
Semester 3        
FIN 605 Global Business Finance 3 3
MKT 640 E-Commerce Models and Applications 3 3
MGT 635 Merger and Acquisition: Due Diligence Report 3 3
Semester 4        
MGT 645 Strategic Management: A Global Approach 3 3
MGT 655  Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures 3 3
MGT 657 Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship 3 3
Semester 5        
MGT 660 Strategic Entrepreneurship 3 3
MGT 662 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3 3
MGT 665 Exploring Entrepreneurship and Economics 3 3
DBA CCA
Semester 6        
GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction 3 3
GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review 3 3
GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology 3 3
Semester 7        
GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings 3 3
GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations 3 3
Dissertation Presentation and Oral Defense
   Total Credits: 60 30 30

Students must have successfully completed all courses in order to begin the Doctorate Dissertation. The Doctorate Dissertation must be selected, agreed upon, reviewed and approved by the assigned committee, Dean of Doctorate Studies, and Chief Academic Officer. The requirements for the Doctorate Dissertation include the final preparation, acceptance of the Dissertation, (based on established guidelines) and the candidate’s successful Presentation and Oral Defense, and the submission of two bound copies of the final paper to the Dean of Doctorate Studies for the candidate’s file.

Dissertation

  • GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction
  • GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review
  • GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology
  • GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings
  • GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations

Students unable to complete the individual course requirements on their first attempt may remain enrolled in the course for an additional two attempts (GRC B and C). Failure to complete the course within three attempts, the initial and two additional attempts, will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. Only the initial course is a 3 credit course and the applicable tuition fees will apply. Students unable to complete the course on the initial attempt may continue on to the B and C series for no credit but will be responsible for the GRC B and/or GRC C fee.

Dismissed students may appeal their dismissal. If approved, students may return upon agreeing to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The second attempt at the course with an IEP starts at (D) and is considered a new course subject to full tuition fees. This course may be repeated once (E) subject to the GRC E fee.

Students that are dismissed or withdrawn during the dissertation phase and are approved to return will have to start from the beginning of the dissertation phase and will be responsible for any applicable fees.

Course Schedule

The Doctorate of Business Administration program requires the completion of 60 semester units of coursework that include:

Business Required Courses: 30 Units / 10 Courses
Elective Courses: 15 Units / 5 Courses
Dissertation: 15 Units
Competency Assessment
Qualifying Exam

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the preliminary admissions requirements listed above, an applicant for the Professional Doctorate program must meet and submit the following admission prerequisites:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
  2. Evidence of having minimally two or more years of full-time, occupational experience, preferably at a managerial level, related to the Business Administration field
  3. Official transcripts showing the completion of a Master’s degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in a non-business related field, the Academic Department can evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctoral program.
  4. The applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) grade or higher.

Graduation Requirements

The Doctorate Degree is conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed all required courses of the Doctorate curricula and have completed the minimal required Learning Time for each course and program
  2. Met the study time residency requirement for degree completion and award
  3. Achieved at least 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
  4. Successfully passed the Competency Assessment
  5. Successfully passed the Qualifying Examination
  6. Be cleared of all indebtedness and other obligations to CALUNIVERSITY
  7. Be recommended for graduation by the Faculty and Academic Department
  8. Successfully complete and pass an Oral Defense of the Dissertation
  9. Submission of two bound copies of the final Dissertation

Other Course Offerings

Doctorate of Business Administration
DBA – Global Business and Leadership
DBA – Healthcare Management and Leadership
DBA – Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management

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