Doctor of Management

Colorado Technical University’s Doctor of Management program offers you the opportunity to develop management expertise in one of several concentrations. CTU's Doctor of Management program is designed to be 3 years1 in length and enable you to develop a leadership style that will allow you to critically evaluate, analyze and solve problems – and ultimately make key contributions – to your field.

CTU offers nine concentrations for the Doctor of Management, allowing students to focus their degrees.

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Colorado Technical University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

  • Classes start in 6 Weeks

  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  96

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online: Online

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The Doctoral Advantage
  • Concentrations

  • Career Paths

    CTU's Doctor of Management degree builds on the foundation of a master’s degree to prepare students for senior level leadership, consulting, and teaching positions within business, government, nonprofit organizations, and higher education. Students develop analytic and research skills to define problems, study advanced content knowledge to discover innovative solutions, and practice consulting and leadership techniques to facilitate innovative change in organizations, communities, and society. Using these skills, graduates may find opportunities as leaders within nonprofit organizations and businesses, as consultants, or as faculty within higher education.

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  • Curriculum

    The core courses for the Doctor of Management degree program include:

    • Management Theory
    • Principles of Research Methods and Design
    • Management and Ethics
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Quantitative Research Methods
    • Leadership Theory and Development
    • Application of Action Research
    • Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment
    • Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention
    • Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking
    • Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing
    • Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography
    • Dissertation Research Process
    • Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review
    • Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods
    • Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction
    • Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings
    • Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion
    • Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

    The Doctor of Management (DM) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for management professionals. The program prepares students to think and act strategically and enhance their abilities to make positive contributions in their chosen area of management expertise. The program emphasizes three sets of competencies: (1) Research and Writing; (2) Leadership and Change Management; and (3) the specific Concentration discipline.

    The program includes ten core instructional courses, five concentration instructional courses, plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online.

    Students are required to attend an intensive two and a half day residential symposium twice annually. The symposia are scheduled four times throughout the year and doctoral students are welcome to attend all four symposia available. First term doctoral students will have an additional required CTU student orientation the day prior to the residential symposium for returning students.

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  • Graduation Requirements

    In addition to the successful completion of all 96 credits with the required GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research with a dissertation.

    In addition, graduation requires successful defense of a dissertation that requires a literature review and a research proposal. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers. The dissertation is an extensive document that incorporates the literature review, a major study, and a proposal for further investigation. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee.

    Degree Completion and Post Doctoral Study

    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 MGMT893 Dissertation Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.

    CTU offers a Post-Doctoral Certificate for applicants with a terminal degree from a regionally accredited program. This program offers accelerated applications of management theories and research design methods. Students must demonstrate advanced knowledge in a field of study through research and scholarship. Each candidate will be appointed a distinguished mentor at the beginning of their program to supervise research and guide scholarly goals. Candidates will be required to publish their research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

    To receive a Post-Doctoral Certificate students must successfully complete the five concentration courses offered in their selected program of study. Students are required to produce and publish the results of their postdoctoral research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal. Due to the temporary nature of postdoctoral programs, candidates must complete the program within a maximum of three years (extension may be granted by the Provost or Vice Provost). Candidates are required to be continuously enrolled in MGMT895 until their research publication is accepted by a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

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  • The Doctoral Advantage

    While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MBA or MSM while starting work on the Doctor of Management. The program outcomes remain the same for the DM and the MBA or MSM under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after completing ten of the twelve required master’s courses. Program plans must be approved by the Provost, Vice Provost, Dean or Director of Graduate Programs. In no case will a master’s concentration be awarded unless all of the concentration courses (with the exception of a capstone course) have been completed.

    The MBA or MSM degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus two approved DM courses.

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