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Doctorate of Business Administration

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  • Identify research design and methods necessary to undertake a doctoral-level research project.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a major research project dealing with business and managerial issues in the context of effectively managing technology, innovation and change in a business environment.
  • Determine the capacity to conduct original research.
  • Relate, test, and/or examine ideas, whether their own or those of others.
  • Explain the relationship between own research theme, associated literature and business knowledge.
  • Perform an academic research, leading to publication of work in refereed journals.
  • Explain the methodology of research and data gathering process.
  • Identify the writing research skills with high-level of responsibility in the academic and business environments.

Purpose of DBA

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.

Requirements for Admission to Program

  • 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)

Business Core Courses – 15 credit units

BUS 803 Special Topics in Research Techniques (3 credit units)
BUS 804 Management and Organizational Theory (3 credit units)
BUS 805 Management as a Behavioral Science (3 credit units)
BUS 806 Emerging Issues in Marketing Management and Research (3 credit units)
BUS 807 Emerging Issues in Strategic Decision Making (3 credit units)
BUS 808 Creativity: A process-oriented approach (3 credit units)
BUS 809 Innovation and Creativity: Culture of Group Dynamics (3 credit units)
BUS 810 Conflict Resolutions (3 credit units)
BUS 811 Creativity as a Linguistic Process (3 credit units)
BUS 812 Emerging Issues in Financial Decision Making (3 credit units)
BUS 813 Seminar in Organizational Behavior Research with emphasis on Leadership (3 credit units)
BUS 814 Seminar in Special Topics in International Business (3 credit units)
BUS 815 Seminar in Administrative Policy and Administration (3 credit units)
BUS 816 Operations and Information Technology Management (3 credit units)

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

Electives And Seminars – 18 credit units

You must choose six of ITU’s MBA elective courses (different than the ones taken in the MBA program (if you completed your MBA at ITU), exceptions to this requirement can be made by the Doctoral Program Council), OR six of the following DBA courses closely related to your dissertation research topic.

BUS 700 Management Practice and Organizational Behavior (3 credit units)
BUS 701 Advanced Managerial Economics (3 credit units)
BUS 702 Seminar in the Sociological and Psychological Principles of Management (3 credit units)
BUS 703 Leadership Behavior and Motivation (3 credit units)
BUS 704 Seminar in Special Topics in Marketing (3 credit units)
BUS 705 Leadership and Ethics (3 credit units)
BUS 706 Seminar in Strategic Planning in Human Resource Management (3 credit units)
BUS 707 Philosophies and Concepts of Total Quality Management (3 credit units)
BUS 708 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems (3 credit units)
BUS 709 Seminar in Auditing (3 credit units)
BUS 710 Current Issues in Accounting Research (3 credit units)
BUS 711 Seminar in Corporate Finance (3 credit units)
BUS 712 Seminar in Investments (3 credit units)
BUS 713 Multinational Business Finance (3 credit units)
BUS 714 Management Practice for the International Institution (3 credit units)
BUS 715 Seminar in International Business (3 credit units)
BUS 716 Seminar in International Marketing (3 credit units)
BUS 717 Seminar in International Finance (3 credit units)
BUS 718 International Macroeconomics Analysis (3 credit units)
BUS 719 International Human Resource Management (3 credit units)
BUS 720 International Information Technology Management (3 credit units)
BUS 721 Emerging Issues in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 credit units)
BUS 722 Economics and Public Policy (3 credit units)
BUS 723 Organization Design (3 credit units)
BUS 724 Corporate Planning and Environment (3 credit units)
BUS 725 Legal Issues for the Modern Institution (3 credit units)
BUS 726 Seminar in Organizational Behavior Research (3 credit units)
BUS 727 Seminar in Special Topics in Operations Management (3 credit units)
BUS 728 Seminar in strategy and innovation (3 credit units)
BUS 729 Leadership Behavior and Conflict Resolutions (3 credit units)
BUS 730 Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (3 credit units)
BUS 731 Managerial Applications of Information Technology (3 credit units)
BUS 732 Networking Concepts and Applications (3 credit units)
BUS 733 Managing Software Development Projects (3 credit units)

Dissertation Research Projects

BUS 901 Doctoral Dissertation

Dissertation Research – 18 credit units

You may register for BUS 901 Dissertation Research only after having first completed all required foundation and business core courses and having passed the qualifying examination. Students begin the final phase of their studies immediately after the successful oral defense of the proposal. Working closely with their committee, students conduct their research project and develop their dissertation, achieving the highest levels of scholarship.

The dissertation must include original research that is focused either on expanding the methodological scope of the content area, developing new theories, or confirming theoretic models. Research methods that may be employed include field experiments, surveys, and case studies. Successful completion of the dissertation is the final step in the program.

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.

Last modified: April 28, 2016