The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is designed for current and potential business leaders and senior managers, in the private and public sectors to enhance their knowledge and competencies appropriate to a leadership role in business administration. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a research-based degree, but unlike the PhD, the DBA program is intended to engage the student in the application of theoretical knowledge to the advancement of practice in the field (solving complex problems) (Archibald, 2010; Corley & Giola 2011; Huba, Shubb & Shelley, 2006).

The outcome of the research is designed to provide valuable insights to an organization. Examples of an applied investigation may include a replication study, a case study, or a special project (such as, for example, the creation of a curriculum, training program, or educational artifact), followed by an evaluation. A doctoral project for a professional degree does not have to be an original contribution to the body of knowledge that impacts the theories in the field, but typically responds to a practical problem or proposed innovation (Archibald, 2010).

The DBA is increasingly recognized by international business and management schools as the most appropriate post-MBA (or equivalent master's degree) route to combining academic research with management and business.

Doctor of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Doctor of Business Administration degree are:

Doctor of Business Administration Specializations

DBA specializations are offered in the following areas:

Courses taken to satisfy the fundamental requirements may not be counted toward completion of required specializations courses or electives.

Students who complete at least 15 credit hours in a single area of specialization at Northcentral University (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma. Students may also opt for a General Business specialization, electing 15 credit hours of cross-discipline courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

DBA Degree Requirements

Admission to the Doctorate programs requires a master's degree from an accredited institution (also see Direct Entry and Evaluation Track Requirements).

The University may accept a maximum of 9 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

The DBA degree programs in business have the following graduation requirements:

Fundamental Competencies for DBA Programs

Students in the DBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

Time to Completion for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less.  

Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limit are dismissed. Students who believe they have extenuating circumstances may document the circumstances in a request for special consideration to their respective School Dean or designee.  Exceptions to this policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.

Normal time to completion for this program is 82 months. Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 39 months.

Course Length

As of July 1st, 2011, all new students enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration program are automatically enrolled in courses some of which are eight weeks in length and some of which are 12 weeks in length. Students whose Doctor of Business Administration program was in progress as of July 1st, 2011 will continue to be enrolled in courses that are all twelve weeks in length. These existing DBA students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor.  Once an existing DBA student has opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of all 12-week courses.  All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

DBA Doctoral Course Sequence

Credit Hours - The DBA program may be completed in 54 credits.  Up to an additional 12 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research.  Students who do not complete their program in 66 credit hours (not including Standard Curriculum courses) will be dismissed.

Basis of Admission - In order to enter the doctoral (DBA) program, applicants must have earned a master's degree from an accredited university (also see Direct Entry and Evaluation Track Requirements).

All DBA specializations require the following courses:

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Required Foundational Courses must be taken first and in sequence. Evaluation track students will take SKS7000-8 after BTM7101-8 and before BTM7300.

DBA Required Foundational Courses – 12 credit hours

BTM7101, BTM7101-8

Foundations for Doctoral Study In Business

BTM7300

Scholarly Literature Review

BTM7104, BTM7104-8

Statistics I

MGT7019, MGT7019-8

Ethics in Business

The DBA in Business requires five Specialization and four Research courses, for a total of 27 credit hours. Following completion of Foundational courses, Specializations, and Research courses must be taken in sequence as described.

 

Specialization Course 1

BTM7303

Research Methodology

 

Specialization Course 2

BTM7103, BTM7103-8

Research Design

 

Specialization Course 3

 

Specialization Course 4

BTM7106, BTM7106-8

Quantitative Research Design

A few months prior to this course, students must consult with their Academic Advisors to consider whether the alternate course on Qualitative Research Design (BTM7108/BTM7108-8) might better suit their plans for a dissertation.

 

Specialization Course 5

BTM7109, BTM7109-8

Planning Dissertation Research in Business

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (DBA) - 3 credit hours

CMP9400B

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (DBA)

**Dissertation Courses - 12 credit hours

DIS9401B

Doctoral Dissertation Research I

DIS9402B

Doctoral Dissertation Research II

DIS9403B

Doctoral Dissertation Research III

DIS9404B

Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

**Dissertation Research - A minimum of four dissertation courses must be completed in order to complete the program.  Up to an additional four dissertation research courses (DIS9405B through DIS9408B) may be taken if the dissertation requirements are not completed in DIS9404B.

Note: The Professional Doctorate (DBA) requires a minimum of 54 credit hours post-master's with a maximum of 66 credit hours depending on the time required to complete the dissertation research.

Advanced Accounting Specialization

This specialization is designed to provide students with practical application of a broad accounting perspective and technical accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, and business performance. Students will be able to meet the demand for analyzing advanced management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of a business.

DBA Specialization Courses for ACC – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

ACC7000, ACC7000-8

Advanced Managerial Accounting

ACC7010, ACC7010-8

Advanced Accounting and Fraud Examination Techniques

ACC7015, ACC7015-8

Advanced Forensic Accounting Theory and Practice

ACC7020, ACC7020-8

Advanced Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations

ACC7025, ACC7025-8

Advanced Tax Strategies

ACC7030, ACC7030-8

Advanced Auditing Methods and Practice

ACC7035, ACC7035-8

Advanced Accounting Theory and Policy

ACC7040, ACC7040-8

Advanced International Accounting

ACC7045, ACC7045-8

Advanced Cost Accounting

 

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Applied Computer Science Specialization

Due to continuous, rapid changes in technology, business institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary applied computer science methods. The Corporation Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized advanced education in the information technology field. This specialization is designed to provide preparation for professional careers with an emphasis in both leadership and technology. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for CS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

CS7005, CS7005-8

Complex Database Management Systems  

CS7006, CS7006-8

Advanced Networking Technologies for Technology Leaders  

CS7009, CS7009-8

Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems  

CS7010, CS7010-8

Advanced Topics in Network Communications  

CS7013, CS7013-8

Programming Language Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

CS7014, CS7014-8

Software Engineering Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

CS7015, CS7015-8

Distributed Computing Fundamentals for Technology Leaders  

MIS7005, MIS7005-8

Enterprise Network Architecture  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Computer and Information Security Specialization

This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on best practices involved in forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Students study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for CIS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

CIS7002, CIS7002-8

Organizations Corporate Computer and Network Security  

CIS7003, CIS7003-8

Cyber Forensics  

CIS7004, CIS7004-8

Foundations of Systems Certification and Accreditation  

CIS7005, CIS7005-8

Critical Infrastructure Protection, Information Warfare, and Cyber Terrorism

CIS7006, CIS7006-8

Foundations of Computer Network Auditing

CIS7007, CIS7007-8

Information Security and Outsourcing Computer Systems  

CIS7008, CIS7008-8

Advanced Risk Management in Information Assurance and Security  

CIS7009, CIS7009-8

Information Assurance from Legal and Ethical Issues

CIS7010, CIS7010-8

Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning for the Security
Professional
 

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Criminal Justice Specialization

This specialization explores the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within a worldwide venue. Students will evaluate the coordination efforts of local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, teaching or private consulting fields. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for CJ – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):  

CJ7002, CJ7002-8

Delinquency and Criminal Justice  

CJ7004, CJ7004-8 

Organized Criminal Gangs  

CJ7006, CJ7006-8

Illegal Maritime Narcotics and Migrant Smuggling

CJ7009, CJ7009-8

Institutional Corrections  

CJ7010, CJ7010-8

Effective Police Tactics, Techniques and Methodologies  

CJ7011, CJ7011-8

Ethics and Criminal Justice  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Financial Management Specialization

This specialization concentrates on developing essential skills needed to manage and allocate financial resources. Students will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, religious, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for FIN – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):  

FIN7012, FIN7012-8

Corporate Finance

FIN7013, FIN7013-8

Investment Portfolio Analysis  

FIN7014, FIN7014-8

Managing Financial Institutions  

FIN7015, FIN7015-8  

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis  

FIN7016, FIN7016-8  

Financial Management for International Business  

FIN7018, FIN7018-8

Accounting and Control for Nonprofit Organizations  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

General Business Specialization

The General Business specialization allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours for the specialization in General Business. Students may take business courses at the 7000 or 8000 level including up to two courses from other fields (Psychology and/or Education) to fulfill their specialization requirements. Additional courses (i.e., more than two courses) from other disciplines may be considered to fill this requirement, with Dean approval.

Recommended Specialization Courses* - 15 credit hours

FIN7012 / FIN7012-8

Advanced Corporate Finance

HRM7004 / HRM7004-8

Supervising in the 21st Century

IB7012 / IB7012-8

Global Economic Environment

MGT7110 / MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations

MGT8010DBA / MGT8010DBA-8

Applied Management Capstone Project

*Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program the initial degree plan will include these courses. Students are encouraged to choose their specialization courses based on personal and professional goals and to work with their Academic Advisor to revise their degree plan.

Health Care Administration Specialization

This specialization develops essential managerial perspectives and skills for managerial expertise for the health care industry. The specialization prepares health care administrators in problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change. Students in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, conduct a comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies as it relates to total quality management in health care. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for HCA – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following courses (15 credit hours):

HCA7012, HCA7012-8

Health Care Industry and Financial Management  

HCA7013, HCA7013-8

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Research Management  

HCA7014, HCA7014-8

Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and Management  

HCA7015, HCA7015-8

Health Care Educational Theory and Application  

HCA7019, HCA7019-8

Managerial Leadership within Managed Health Care Systems  

HCA7020, HCA7020-8

Global Issues in Health Care Policy and Management  

HCA7022, HCA7022-8

Health Care Strategic Management  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Homeland Security: Leadership and Policy Specialization

This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. Students are provided with a rigorous educational opportunity to research and explore advanced concepts and methods, and apply theory and emerging concepts to real world issues through innovative approaches to complex problems. Students choose from a number of courses that cover terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for HS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HS7000, HS7000-8

Homeland Security and Terrorism

HS7004, HS7004-8

Local Emergency Management and Civil Preparedness

HS7010, HS7010-8

Aviation and Ground Transportation Security

HS7013, HS7013-8

Intelligence and Law Enforcement

HS7014, HS7014-8

Strategy, Resiliency, and Coping with Fear

HS7020, HS7020-8

Security of the Maritime Transportation System

 **Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Human Resources Management Specialization

This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. This specialization focuses on HRM Information Systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for HRM – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HRM7000, HRM7000-8

Human Resources Management  

HRM7001, HRM7001-8

Information Systems within HR  

HRM7002, HRM7002-8

Compensation and Benefits  

HRM7003, HRM7003-8

Labor Relations  

HRM7004, HRM7004-8

Supervising in the 21st Century  

HRM7006, HRM7006-8

Change and Innovation within HRM  

HRM7007, HRM7007-8

Cultural Issues  

HRM7008, HRM7008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization

(Interdisciplinary)

This specialization explores the practical application of industrial and organizational psychology to the understanding of people in the world of work. In this interdisciplinary specialization, students in the DBA program also complete courses in the School of Psychology in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Students conduct basic and applied research related to the applications of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management. Students will complete a final written research project (through business), demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for IOP – 15 credit hours

Select 4 courses from the following courses (12 credit hours):

IOP8400, IOP8400-8

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

IOP8404, IOP8404-8

Consulting in Business, Education and Health

MGT7006, MGT7006-8

Organizational Behavior

MGT7022, MGT7022-8

Organizational Development

Select 1 course from the following (3 credit hours):

MGT7110, MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations

MGT7014, MGT7014-8

Business and Management Consulting

HRM7008, HRM7008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

International Business Specialization

This specialization focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage multinational and international organizations. Students interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides students with comprehensive education and training in interdisciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Students study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for IB – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following courses (15 credit hours):

IB7002, IB7002-8

International Business Environments  

IB7012, IB7012-8

Global Economic Environment  

IB7013, IB7013-8

Global Marketing Environment  

IB7014, IB7014-8

Cultural Environment of Global Business  

IB7016, IB7016-8

International Business Strategic Management  

IB7017, IB7017-8

International Business Law & Environment  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management Specialization

This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business administration. Students explore theory and historical frameworks to business in today's global environment through multiple management processes, based on the curriculum selected. This specialization will prepare students for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for MGT – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following courses (15 credit hours):

MGT7000, MGT7000-8

Business Organization and Management  

MGT7002, MGT7002-8

Marketing Management  

MGT7006, MGT7006-8

Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior  

MGT7007, MGT7007-8

Strategic Management  

MGT7009, MGT7009-8

International Business  

MGT7012, MGT7012-8

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making  

MGT7013, MGT7013-8

Entrepreneurship  

MGT7014, MGT7014-8

Business and Management Consulting  

MGT7016, MGT7016-8

Managing Change  

MGT7022, MGT7022-8

Organizational Development  

MGT7023, MGT7023-8

Crisis Management  

MGT7026, MGT7026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

MGT7027, MGT7027-8

Legal Implications in Management

MGT7029, MGT7029-8

Strategic Leadership

MGT7110, MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization

This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and practice. Focusing on technical expertise in a management environment, the curriculum provides understanding of the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes through awareness of principles of productivity, quality management, improving productivity through technology, and environmental systems management. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for MET – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MET7000, MET7000-8

Fundamentals of Productivity  

MET7002, MET7002-8

Applications of Systems Theory  

MET7003, MET7003-8

Applications of Decision Theory  

MET7006, MET7006-8

Operations Research  

MET7015, MET7015-8

The Impact and Process Optimization of Technology  

MET7020, MET7020-8

Strategic Technology Management  

MET7029, MET7029-8

Enterprise Project Management  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management Information Systems Specialization

This specialization combines and applies the best components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The specialization focuses on management of LAN/WAN/Database computer information systems to enhance the management decision making process and enterprise business outcomes. Students are prepared for careers in network and systems management.  Students complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for MIS – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MIS7000, MIS7000-8

Information Technology Management  

MIS7002, MIS7002-8

Database Administration and Management  

MIS7003, MIS7003-8

Information Technology Decision Support

MIS7004, MIS7004-8

IT Data Communications Management  

MIS7005, MIS7005-8

Enterprise Network Architecture

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Marketing Specialization

This specialization focuses on marketing management and research including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for MKT– 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MGT7002, MGT7002-8

Marketing Management  

MKT7000, MKT7000-8

Strategic Service Marketing  

MKT7001, MKT7001-8

Strategic Sales Force Management  

MKT7002, MKT7002-8

Customer Relationship Management Strategies  

MKT7003, MKT7003-8

Advertising and Promotion Strategies  

MKT7100, MKT7100-8

Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice  

MKT7101, MKT7101-8

Brand and Product Management  

MKT7104, MKT7104-8

Advanced Ethical and Legal Cases and Applications in Marketing  

MKT7105, MKT7105-8

Qualitative Marketing Research Theory  

MKT7106, MKT7106-8

Quantitative Marketing Research Methods and Techniques  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Organizational Leadership Specialization (Interdisciplinary)

This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. This interdisciplinary specialization has broad appeal among practicing professionals (middle and upper management, and military personnel) with a background in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a generalist leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for OL – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

OL7001, OL7001-8

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

OL7002, OL7002-8

Building Organizational Capacity

OL7003, OL7003-8

Leadership for Excellence

OL7004, OL7004-8

Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership

OL7005, OL7005-8

Ethical Leadership

OL7007, OL7007-8

Leader as Coach

OL7008, OL7008-8

Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Project Management Specialization

This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Students examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment. Students will examine strategies relating to managing multiple projects as well as the concepts of earned value project management. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for PM – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

MET7029, MET7029-8

Enterprise Project Management  

PM7000, PM7000-8

Project Procurement Management  

PM7004, PM7004-8

Project Risk Management  

PM7008, PM7008-8

Project Monitoring and Control  

PM7012, PM7012-8

Multiple Project Management  

PM7016, PM7016-8

Managerial Budgets and Project Management  

PM7020, PM7020-8

Developing High Performing Teams in a Project Management Environment  

Public Administration Specialization

This specialization focuses on acquiring administrative knowledge and skills in government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, politics, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes contemporary program evaluation, complex public organization, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

DBA Specialization Courses for PUB – 15 credit hours

Select 5 courses from the following list (15 credit hours):

HRM7000, HRM7000-8

Human Resources Management  

PUB7000, PUB7000-8

Public Administration  

PUB7002, PUB7002-8

Administrative Law  

PUB7003, PUB7003-8

Urban Politics  

PUB7004, PUB7004-8

Urban and Regional Planning  

PUB7005, PUB7005-8

Public Budgeting and Finance  

PUB7012, PUB7012-8

Technology in Public Administration  

PUB7014, PUB7014-8

The U.S. Federal Government  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.