Doctor of Management

Project Management

Colorado Technical University’s Doctor of Management (DM) degree program offers a focused concentration in Project Management. This rigorous curriculum integrates PM tools with management concepts, giving practitioners the skills to manage an entire lifecycle of a product or program. This concentration in Project Management is designed to expand the skills of senior level program or portfolio managers. Students will be challenged to contribute to the current body of knowledge in this area through scholarly research and writing.

  •  Classes start October 04, 2015

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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 Doctor of Management with a concentration in Project Management is designed to expand the skills for senior level program or portfolio managers. The program is designed to integrate PM tools with management concepts giving practitioners the skills to manage an entire life-cycle of a product or program.

Preparatory Requirements for DM in Project Management

The DM in Project Management will focus on portfolio management and project-based program management. Although prior project management knowledge or experience is not required it is highly recommended. The program curriculum is designed for students with previous coursework and prior work experience in project management.

Outcomes: Core

  • Demonstrate fluency with the body of knowledge and demonstrate ability to of apply relevant knowledge to their chosen field, supplemented by a broad integrative understanding of complementary disciplines.
  • Utilize analytical and critical thinking proficiencies as a means of synthesizing, evaluating, and integrating concepts and knowledge for effective decision analysis, and solution generation, in the context of their managerial interests and responsibilities.
  • Apply effective theories, models, skills, and competencies in the context of their interests and responsibilities within a multicultural society.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge through research, scholarly writing and dissemination of research.

Outcomes: Concentration

  • Demonstrate the core competencies required to manage and lead complex projects in both a multi-national organization and global environments.
  • Analyze opportunities for improving organizational project management and organizational performance
  • Apply project management methods (tools and techniques) through the lens of the triple constraint (scope, time, cost)
  • Evaluate, assess and improve organizational project portfolio management
  • Examine the discipline of portfolio project management

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

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.

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.

Symposium
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 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 MGMT 893 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 MGMT 895 until their research publication is accepted by a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

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 for 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.

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core
MGMT802 Management Theory

4

MGMT808 Management and Ethics

4

MGMT818 Leadership Theory and Development

4

MGMT822 Application of Action Research

4

MGMT824 Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment

4

MGMT828 Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention

4

MGMT832 Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking

4

RES804 Principles of Research Methods and Design

4

RES812 Qualitative Research Methods

4

RES814 Quantitative Research Methods

4

RES860 Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

4

RES861 Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

4

RES862 Dissertation Research Process

4

RES863 Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

4

RES864 Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

4

RES865 Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

4

RES866 Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

4

RES867 Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

4

RES868 Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

4

Core Credit Hours: 76
Courses: Concentration
PM870 Life-Cycle and Performance Management

4

PM872 Portfolio & Program Management

4

PM874 Special Topics in Project Management

4

PM876 Risk and Quality Management

4

PM878 Advanced Career Strategies in Project Management

4

Concentration Credit Hours: 20
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 96

MGMT802 Management Theory

The course examines the four critical aspects of a successful manger-leader: personal identity as a manager-leader, ability to embrace ambiguity, problem identification, and problem solving. The course will utilize classic and contemporary readings and research in Organizational Behavior and Management Theory.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT808 Management and Ethics

Students will look at moral dilemmas and choices in organizational life and professional careers. Students will review research and literature on socio-technical systems from the global perspectives.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT818 Leadership Theory and Development

This is an active course in leadership, building on critical and creative thinking. Students will be expected to build and develop their leadership with new doctoral students via cooperative research projects and programs of research.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT822 Application of Action Research

MGMT822 is the first of two practice courses which provides the student(s) with the opportunity to engage in field practice in an actual organization. This Course provides an opportunity to plan for the intervention in an actual client system using the theories, models, practices of Organization Development, Action Research, Process Consultation, and Appreciative Approaches to change. At the close of the course, the student(s) shall have produced a proposal which includes an overview of the project and organization, the methods to be employed, and how data will be collected and analyzed (and other components TBD by professor).

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT824 Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment

Develops and expands students’ ability to think strategically. This will involve various typologies and methods of exploration and an examination of heuristics and biases. Students will develop the capacity for concurrent action and ‘birds-eye’ perspectives of ongoing organizational activity.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT828 Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention

MGMT828 is the second of two practice courses which provides the student(s) with the opportunity to engage in field practice in an actual organization. This course supports the execution of plans made in MGMT822 to intervene in an actual client system using the theories, models, practices of Organization Development, Action Research, Process Consultation, and Appreciative Approaches to change. At the close of the course, the student(s) shall have produced a document/paper outlining the project, methods employed, analysis and learnings related to the theory, methods, the specific project, and self-as-instrument.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

MGMT832 Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking

This course develops skills in futuring via Delphi, Future Search, scenario building and other techniques. Students will talk with futurists and futures organizations, becoming involved in the World Futures Society and tech trending with leading electronics and aerospace companies. They will develop a socio-technology plan for the future of the organization and will also look at formal models of innovation and diffusion of innovation.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES804 Principles of Research Methods and Design

This course provides a general understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods within the context of research designs. Research design is the plan for the selection and application of accepted research practices. Research methods provide models for the appropriate collection, organization and analysis of data for decision-making, replication, and contribution to a knowledge base. Additionally, this course supports doctoral students’ abilities to demonstrate an understanding of the research purpose, nature and forms of research design and their relationship to research questions, methods for data collection and data analyses.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES812 Qualitative Research Methods

This course examines the fundamental principles of qualitative inquiry differentiating among various qualitative research designs. Includes active engagement and practice with capturing qualitative data including being a participant observer and an interviewer. Students will learn how to minimize threats to the internal validity of qualitative studies, focusing on specific techniques for interpretation of data that contributes to the authenticity of qualitative studies.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES814 Quantitative Research Methods

Students will learn fundamental concepts of designing, collecting and assessing quantitative data. The course covers descriptive measures as well as various forms of probability and inferential analysis. Exploration of multivariate statistics will be practiced via large datasets using statistical analysis software.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES860 Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

RES860 is the first course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, and produces a written document that shows adequate progress toward completion of dissertation research.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES861 Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

RES861 is the second course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, and produces a written document that shows adequate progress toward completion of dissertation research.

Prerequisites

RES860

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES862 Dissertation Research Process

This course presents doctoral students to the dissertation research process and applies relevant integrative understanding of complementary disciplines. It examines in depth the research process and introduces doctoral candidates to the various aspects of conducting valid research. Topics in this course include: hypothesis formulization, designing a literature review, conniving data collection techniques, ethical issues in research, and dissertation research design.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES863 Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

RES863 is the third course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, produces a review of the literature.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES864 Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

RES864 is the fourth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires: fine tuning the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, strengthening the review of the literature, drafting a methods chapter (min), and drafting a chapter one. Students may surpass this description as they are able.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES865 Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

RES865 is the fifth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: producing a defense-ready draft of Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (the research proposal), undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application.

Prerequisites

RES864

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES866 Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

RES866 is the sixth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application, proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis.

Prerequisites

RES865

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES867 Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

RES867 is the seventh course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis, working on initial drafting of chapters 4 & 5, and preparing for Final Defense. Course is pass/fail.

Prerequisites

RES866

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

RES868 Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

RES868 is the eighth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: completing Data Collection and Analysis as needed, completing work on chapters 4 &5, undertaking the Final Defense, modifying document as required by the committee, editing of final document for publishing, and University sign off. Course is pass/fail.

Prerequisites

RES867

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

PM870 Life-Cycle and Performance Management

Possessing the skills to manage the entire life-cycle of programs and portfolios is critical for an organization to remain competitive in today’s global and turbulent business environment. Just as important is determining and measuring performance of programs and portfolios to ensure they are effective and efficient. This Doctoral level course is designed to prepare the senior level program or portfolio manager with the knowledge and tools to integrate various product or service life-cycle frameworks with program and portfolio management concepts. Additionally, this course will analyze how to measure and assess performance through-out the entire life-cycle of a program.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

PM872 Portfolio & Program Management

This course will explore different strategies used for managing multiple organizational projects within a business portfolio or program. Students will learn and apply multi-project management tools, methods, techniques and technologies that are used by program managers and project management offices (PMO). Students will analyze and manage a group of projects (portfolio or program) to best achieve operational and financial goals of an organization.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

PM874 Special Topics in Project Management

This course covers advanced topics in Project Management. Course topics will vary as determined by student’s interest and evolution of the discipline.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

PM876 Risk and Quality Management

This course is research based. As such, it provides a high-level, analytic, synthetic and evaluative approach to the twin Knowledge Areas of Project Quality Management, and Project Risk Management, employing a case-study methodology. Thus, the course requires research into a serious project quality case and a separate serious project risk case. Students are to pick one major case each for project quality management and project risk management (utilizing real-world cases, and in the best case, cases from their own experiences). Then, they must research and analyze these cases, synthesize their results, and present these to the class in evaluative form, giving professional recommendations for what should or should not have been done, and drawing applicable conclusions for project management practice.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

PM878 Advanced Career Strategies in Project Management

In this course students will expand career options by exploring a variety of careers that are consistent with their management concentration areas. Students will be engaged in defining career aspirations, mapping professional goals, and creating strategies for performance enhancement. This course places emphasis on professional development by evaluating personal strengths and identifying opportunities to doctoral experiences. Students will leave this course with a direction for life after the DM program.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Credits

4

Distribution

Business
×

$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.

Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

*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

CTU's Doctor of Management degree builds on the foundation of a master’s degree to help prepare students for senior level leadership, consulting, and teaching positions within business, government, nonprofit organizations, and higher education. DM students in this concentration are educated to discover new solutions to unsolved problems as a leader within global organizations. 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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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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