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In the face of increasing competition, it is no longer sufficient to work harder and faster. Companies call upon people with advanced degrees. It is in this context that the International Technological University (ITU) Business Department proposes a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).

The DBA degree is a research doctorate that focuses upon business practice, and the application of theory rather than on the development of new theory. The DBA requires significant coursework beyond that required at the master level. It is a professional doctoral program intended for Executives, Senior managers, Consultants, Advanced students, and Instructors of business who want to expand their knowledge, and skills.

The program develops the skills to analyze, practice applied topics and research to equip graduates with an understanding of management thoughts, and of real-world business principles and practices. ITU bridges the gap between learning and application.

ITU’s Doctor of Business Administration delivers a powerful program designed to enhance the student critical thinking, analytical skills, and leadership abilities, and enable them to develop an expertise in conducting and understanding research, methodology, and evaluation.

Advisory Committee

To guide students through the first phase of the degree program, an advisory committee of at least three faculty members with appropriate terminal degrees will be assigned. The advisory committee also may serve as the Dissertation Committee.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, graduates will:
  • PLO #1: Appraise the theoretical knowledge and relate it to use in business practice.
  • PLO #2: Relate existing academic contributions to the practice of management in industry.
  • PLO #3: Generate a greater level of effectiveness as a professional in managing technology, innovation and related organizational change.
  • PLO #4: Select the appropriate research methodology, which supports the desired dissertation outcomes.
  • PLO #5: Formulate original research, which includes research design, tools and structure.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Results

External Assessment:

Internal Assessment:

  • DBA Candidate Dissertation *

* DBA dissertations are currently in process

All the learning outcomes and results of assessment are included in our ACBSP Self Study.

Requirements for Admission to Program

International Students: This program is not available to F1 visa holders

  • Resume.
  • Completed application form.
  • MBA or a relevant Masters Degree and work experience.
  • Official transcripts of graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • GMAT or GRE examination: you are required to take the GMAT or GRE examination (within 10 years prior to application to the program) and have the test score results sent to the university. GRE or GMAT scores are considered alongside several other factors during the application review process.
  • TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5 is required for international students of non-English speaking countries.
  • Recommendations: Three letters of recommendations from professionals attesting your ability to succeed in a doctoral program are required.
  • Statement of purpose: A statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words is required. This statement should address your reasons for seeking the doctoral degree and how the doctorate will advance your personal and career goals.


The DBA may not be completed in less than three years. The maximum time allowed is eight years, during which the candidate works under a supervisor, who is also a member of the jury before which the candidate will defend his or her dissertation.

Admissions are highly competitive. Candidates are expected to have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in a relevant, accredited master’s program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Business Administration

To be awarded the degree, you must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit units. International Technological University doctoral program in business administration requires satisfactory completion of 42 credit units of DBA curriculum, and the doctoral dissertation (18 credit units).

Pursuit of the DBA involves two main components
  • Coursework: includes 9 credit units of foundation core courses, 15 credit units of business core courses, and 18 credit units of electives, totally 42 credit units.
  • Dissertation: concludes the program with a significant scholarly research project, requiring a minimum of 18 credit-hours. Although research papers, reports and examinations may be required in doctoral seminars, the major assessment points in the DBA program are the qualifying examination, taken after the foundation, and business core courses have been completed.

You must successfully complete all required courses and pass the qualifying exam before you are allowed to present a dissertation proposal and officially advance to candidacy. To fulfill the degree requirements, your dissertation must be completed and defended successfully within eight years of entry into the program. The students are assigned a Dissertation Committee. Similar to the Advisory Committee, this committee will consist of at least five members, including the dissertation advisor, the department chair and another member from the concerned department. The Dissertation Committee must also include one member from outside the department, and one from outside the university. The dissertation advisor will serve as the chair of Dissertation Committee. Students work closely with their dissertation committee members through the remainder of their doctoral program. See the Doctoral Program Standard 2015-2016 for the DBA guidance.

Course Settings and Education Methods
Core Courses

Foundation Core Courses – 9 credit units

BUS 800 Writing and Research Methods (3 credit units)
BUS 801 Quantitative Research Analysis (3 credit units)
BUS 802 Qualitative Research Analysis (3 credit units)


BUS 804 Management and Organizational Theory

BUS 806 Emerging Issues in Marketing Management and Research

BUS 807 Emerging Issues in Strategic Decision Making

BUS 812 Emerging Issues in Financial Decision Making

BUS 813 Seminar in Organizational Behavior Research with Emphasis on Leadership

Qualifying Examination

Qualifying exams will be administered upon completion of all required foundation and business core course work. This integrative examination will test your mastery of the literature in your area by satisfactory performance on this examination.

  • Taken after the Foundation and Business core curriculum. Written Exam in four areas:
  • Foundations area
  • Two research areas
  • Business Core area


You must choose six of ITU’s MBA elective courses (different than the ones taken in the MBA program; exceptions to this requirement can be made by the Academic Quality Committee) OR six of the following DBA courses closely related to your dissertation research topic. (18 credit hours)

BUS 700 Management Practice and Organizational Behavior

BUS 703 Leadership Behavior and Motivation

BUS 710 Current Issues in Accounting Research

BUS 713 Multinational Business Finance

BUS 720 International Information Technology Management

BUS 726 Seminar in Organizational Behavior Research

BUS 728 Seminar in Strategy and Innovation

BUS 729 Leadership Behavior and Conflict Resolution

BUS 730 Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

For more information on program requirments and course descriptions click here.

Dissertation Proposal

The critical work is a formal written proposal for dissertation research. This proposal must include a clear statement of the problem to be researched and a survey of the relevant literature. The proposal must specify the research methods, data collection, and data analysis techniques in detail. The methods to be employed must be appropriate, reliable, and appropriate for the measures taken.

Proposal Defense

The proposal defense is a comprehensive oral examination. The student may be directed to rework portions of the proposal and repeat this examination only once.

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation document must be made available to all members of the doctoral program council one-month prior to the defense. The oral defense shall consist of a presentation of the dissertation results and the defense. The dissertation defense is open to the public, but only members of the Dissertation Committee have a vote. The dissertation defense passes through unanimous vote.

Teaching Requirement

The Doctoral Candidate is recommended to teach at least one regular course in order to show teaching capability. The teaching assignment must be completed before the dissertation defense.

Terminal Master Degree

Students who are not able to complete the dissertation after completing the 42 credit units course work. They will receive a Terminal Master degree. The Terminal degree is usually found in professional fields, or academic areas where research is not the priority.