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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program

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

The Value of a CALUNIVERSITY online DBA General Degree.

The Doctor of Business Administration general program has been structured to keep in mind the changing needs of today’s corporate world. Course content reflects the best practices in the business world taught by highly qualified faculty with a focus on advanced application.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) prepares graduates for advancement in their current employment or new business career opportunities. While learning the most advanced decision-making skills and techniques, doctoral candidates also hone research and writing skills required for the high- level responsibility in academic and business environments. The program encourages executives, college or university professors, and consultants to use their professional backgrounds to explore, design, and manages large systems in the complex organizations of increasingly multifaceted and multi-sectored economy.

Credits required for degree completion: 60
Maximum transfer credits accepted: 9
Program length: 2 years
Cost per credit: $445
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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 Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisite Credits Core Major
Semester 1
GRC 600 Doctoral Academic Study and Writing 3 3
GRC 605 Business Research Methodology & Quantitative Statistics 3 3
ECO 615 Global Economy 3 3
Semester 2
MGT 616 Organizational Change & Development in Mgt. System 3 3
MGT 626 Managing Innovation Integrating Technology 3 3
MKT 645 Qualitative Research in Consumer Behavior GRC 605 3 3
Semester 3
FIN 605 Financial Economics GRC 605 3 3
MKT 640 E-Commerce Models and its Applications MGT 626 3 3
MGT 635 Merger & Acquisition: Due Diligence Report MGT 616 3 3
Semester 4
MGT 645 Strategic Management: A Global Approach MGT 616 3 3
CCA1
Elective 1 Choose from the list of specialization courses 3 3
Elective 2 Choose from the list of specialization courses 3 3
Semester 5
Elective 3 Choose from the list of specialization courses 3 3
Elective 4 Choose from the list of specialization courses 3 3
Elective 5 Choose from the list of specialization courses 3 3
CCA2
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
60 30 30

Required Courses

  • ECO 615 Global Economy
  • FIN 605 Financial Economics
  • GRC 600 Doctoral Academic Study and Writing
  • GRC 605 Business Research Methodology & Quantitative Statistics
  • MGT 616 Organizational Change & Development in Management System
  • MGT 626 Managing Innovation Integrating Technology
  • MGT 635 Merger & Acquisition: Due Diligence Report
  • MGT 645 Strategic Management: A Global Approach
  • MKT 640 E-Commerce Models and its Applications
  • MKT 645 Qualitative Research in Consumer Behavior

Specialization Courses

  • HCM 603 Strategies for Healthcare Leadership
  • HCM 612 Economic Evaluation in Healthcare: Merging Theory with Practice
  • HCM 620 Managing Disaster: Perspectives for Healthcare Leaders
  • HCM 625 Healthcare Marketing: Tools and Techniques
  • HCM 630 Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach
  • IST 630 Information Technology in Organizations
  • IST 635 Managing IT Projects
  • IST 638 Knowledge Management: Concepts and Practices
  • IST 639 Enterprise Resource Planning and Management
  • IST 655 Effective Security Management
  • MGT 610 Mastering Leadership: Theories and Concepts
  • MGT 618 International Business
  • MGT 620 Risk Management
  • MGT 630 Business Logistics: Theory and Practice
  • MGT 650 Project Management
  • MGT 655 Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • MGT 657 Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 660 Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 662 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • MGT 665 Exploring Entrepreneurship and Economics

Comprehensive Competency Assessment 2 (CCA2) Exam will be taken after completing the 5 emphasis courses

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.

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
2 CCA Exams

Admissions Requirements

An applicant for the Professional Doctorate program must meet and submit the following admission prerequisites:

  • A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
  • For graduate programs official transcript showing the completion of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (e.g. satisfactory completion of at least 120 semester units of transferable college level credit from other accredited colleges/ universities, reviewed and accepted by the Academic Department). For doctorate programs official transcripts showing the completion of a bachelors degree and if applicable any master level graduate work completed or completed masters degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in a unrelated field, the Academic Department can evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctoral program. If no master’s level work has been completed, then the bachelors mandatory requirements for admissions into the DBA program are:
    • 3.75 GPA
    • Bachelors degree in the field of the DBA program selected
    • 3-5 years direct busines, professional work experience in the field of the DBA program selected
  • For graduate programs the applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of C (2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher. For doctorate programs 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

Other Course Offerings

DBA – Entrepreneurship and Business Management
DBA – Global Business and Leadership
DBA – Healthcare Management and Leadership
DBA – Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management

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