Doctor of Business Administration

From ethical decision making to innovative marketing practices to global logistics, the business administration field encapsulates a wide range of skills that are essential to the day-to-day and long term success of any business. Colorado Technical University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program offers business professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of core administration practices while focusing their expertise through research and writing. This terminal degree is designed for students with previous experience in a business environment who are interested in assuming a leadership role or initiating change within their organization.

The DBA curriculum integrates practical and theoretical skills to prepare students to think and act strategically. The coursework also enable students to become thought-leaders in their industry and to build upon foundational practices with emerging theories related to optimization, supply chain management and marketing in the 21st century. Students in this program will also complete a dissertation sequence and attend regular symposia at which they will attend workshops, meet with fellow students and faculty, and discuss the emerging ideas and challenges relevant to the field.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Doctor of Business Administration degree program includes 96 total credit hours of required instruction. These include 28 hours of core classes and an additional 20 hours of concentration credits. In total, the DBA degree consists of:

    • Core Education: The core Doctor of Business Administration coursework provides a foundation of high-level business administration concepts, theories and practices in order to help students prepare to complete their dissertation. Core education courses in the program include Foundation of Economic Theory and Practice, IT for Business Operations Optimization, and Leadership in Global Organizations.
    • Dissertation: Students who pursue a DBA will also complete a sequence of 8 doctoral research courses. This sequence begins with courses that examine the principles of research methods and design and then follows up with quantitative and qualitative research methods. DBA students are supported in the dissertation process the entire way through, finding the help and guidance they need through senior professors at CTU.
    • Elective: To make the degree program more relevant to their work field, students have the option to complete one elective choice, worth 4 quarter-credits, in the program. There are more than a dozen elective classes to choose from including Leadership, Technology and Social Media; Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking; and Business Intelligence.
    • Symposium: Doctoral students attend symposiums four times during the course of their program. These symposiums are intended to give them the opportunity to attend workshops led by subject experts, meet with their student cohort and CTU doctoral staff, discuss challenges, and learn more about research and scholarship. Students are welcome to attend more than four symposiums over the course of their program if they wish. Read more about the symposium experience.
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses- Core
    BADM810Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
    BADM820Foundations of Economic Theory and Practice4
    BADM840Business Legal and Ethical Environment 4
    BADM850Marketing Strategy for the 21st Century4
    BADM860IT for Business Operations Optimization4
    BADM870Organizational Behavior and Management4
    GL872Leadership in Global Organizations4
    RES804Principles of Research Methods and Design4
    RES812Qualitative Research Methods4
    RES814Quantitative Research Methods4
    RES860Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing4
    RES861Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography4
    RES862Dissertation Research Process4
    RES863Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review4
    RES864Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods4
    RES865Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction4
    RES866Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings4
    RES867Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion4
    RES868Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion4
    Total Credit Hours:76
    Courses- Concentration
    BADM830Strategic Management 4
    BADM880Human Capital Management4
    BADM890Supply Chain and Logistics Management4
    Total Credit Hours:20
    Courses- Elective Choices
    CS857Business Intelligence4
    CS861Information Assurance4
    CS872Introduction to Big Data Analytics4
    CS875Futuring and Innovation4
    GL870Culture, Values, and Ethics in a Global Environment4
    LDR870Self-Insight and Personal Development as a Leader4
    LDR876Leadership, Technology and Social Media4
    MGMT824Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment4
    MGMT832Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking4
    MGMT818Leadership Theory and Development4
    ODC870Organizational Strategy & Design4
    ODC874Leading and Managing Large Scale Transformation4
    ODC876System Thinking and Decision Making4

    Total Credit Hours: 96

    The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for business professionals. The program integrates practical and theoretical skills to prepare students to think and act strategically. The program enhances students’ abilities to make positive contributions and be a thought-leader in the area of their chosen concentration.

    The program thus includes fifteen core instructional courses plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online. 

    In addition, graduation requires the approval of a dissertation which documents the student's research processes and presents the findings and conclusions of that research, and suggests future research. The dissertation is divided into two major segments: the proposal and the full dissertation. The proposal will be developed by the student, and then submitted by the mentor to the University Review Board. The research will then be conducted and written up, resulting in the full dissertation, which is then reviewed by a committee. These processes are conducted under the supervision of CTU's professors. 

    Graduation Requirements
    In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research with a dissertation.

    Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be located in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.

    Degree Completion
    The student must be continuously enrolled until meeting all graduation requirements. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for RES893 Dissertation Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.

  • Advantages

    Advantages of CTU's Doctor of Business Administration

    • Offered online with a residency component
    • Multiple start dates throughout the year
    • May be completed in three years
    • Dissertation development integrated into program
    • Options for an elective courses in business or business-related fields
    • Four symposium experiences
  • Tuition

    $57,408 Tuition

    $4,000 Symposium Fee*
    $200 Graduation Fee

    We understand that paying for your education is an investment in your future. Visit our tuition resources page for links to full tuition, books and fees.

    *A $1,000 non-refundable fee is charged to a student’s account each quarter in which a student is registered for symposium (attendance at four symposia are required as part of the degree). This fee covers administrative costs such as conference rooms, AV equipment, academic event materials and supplies that are associated with the symposium event. Please see the Doctoral Symposium section of the catalog for more information.
    **Financial aid available for those who qualify

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  • Outcomes

    Graduates of CTU’s Doctor of Business Administration program are prepared to:

    • Demonstrate fluency with the body of knowledge and demonstrate ability to apply relevant knowledge to core business disciplines.
    • Utilize analytical, critical thinking proficiencies, and advanced knowledge as a means of synthesizing, evaluating, and integrating concepts and knowledge for making decisions, managing complexities in organizations, and generating solutions.
    • Apply effective theories, models, skills, and core business knowledge within a multicultural society.
    • Contribute to the body of knowledge in business through research, scholarly writing and dissemination of research.

    From privately-owned corporations to government entities to non-profit organizations, these degree competencies can be applied to wide range of industries. Students who complete the degree program may consider a number of different careers including:1

    • Program Manager
    • Director of Sales
    • Business Development Manager
    • Administrative Director
    • Regional Director
    • General Manager
    • Business Analyst
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The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 20%

All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.

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