Keiser University

Doctor of Business Administration, DBA

Keiser University

This program is available in the following campuses:

Fort Lauderdale Online Division, Graduate School

Program Objectives

Keiser University‘s Doctor of Business Administration degree program enables students to contribute to the business profession and the business educational profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. At the conclusion of the program, doctoral students will:

  • Apply and evaluate effective leadership and decision-making practices at complex, multifaceted, and global organizations
  • Formulate and disseminate organizational goals and strategies with data through versatile information systems
  • Have the ability to prepare and evaluate ethical informed business decisions using advanced research methods, and communicate effectively at various organizational levels, in a global business environment
  • Be educated to enhance their awareness and improve their ability to meet the opportunities and challenges in the global business environment
  • Be prepared to contribute to the body of knowledge as part of the research community for application in the global business environment
  • Be prepared for careers as university researchers and teachers or for senior positions in business or government
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications.


Prerequisites for Major Courses:

  • Master degree in business administration, management, public or non-profit management, or related field that demonstrates exposure to managerial functions from an accredited institution and (2) two years of full-time managerial or professional experience; or Master degree from an accredited institution and at least (3) three graduate credit hours or (6) six undergraduate credits hour in each of the following: accounting, finance, and economics, and three years and preferably (5) five years of full-time managerial or professional experience.

Note: Courses in the DBA program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length.

Program Outline

Students are required to select one of the three specializations. Students take seven core courses for 21 credit hours (common to all specializations), 9 credit hours in research, 18 credit hours in their respective specialization, and 12 hours in the dissertation.

To receive a Doctor of Business Administration degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Doctor of Business Administration Major Core Courses ( 60.0 credit hours )
Core Courses ( 21.0 credit hours )
Foundations in Business Research Writing ( Prerequisite )3.0 credit hours
Management and Leadership Approaches3.0 credit hours
Global Business3.0 credit hours
The Global Economy3.0 credit hours
Financial Theory and Policy3.0 credit hours
Marketing Management3.0 credit hours
Strategic Decision Making for Managers3.0 credit hours
Research Courses ( 9.0 credit hours )
Methods and Analysis of Quantitative Research3.0 credit hours
Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Research3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods3.0 credit hours
Marketing Specialization ( 18.0 credit hours )
Emerging Issues in Marketing3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Global Marketing3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Marketing Models and Theory3.0 credit hours
Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice3.0 credit hours
Strategic Service Marketing3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Research Analysis for Marketing3.0 credit hours
Global Organizational Leadership ( 18.0 credit hours )
In-Depth Exploration of Organizational Behavior3.0 credit hours
Analysis of Management History, Theory, and Leadership I3.0 credit hours
Leading in the 21st Century3.0 credit hours
Transformational Leadership3.0 credit hours
Emerging Leadership Practices3.0 credit hours
Analysis of Management History, Theory, and Leadership I3.0 credit hours
Global Business Specialization ( 18.0 credit hours )
Cross Cultural Management & Negotiations3.0 credit hours
Global Finance Management3.0 credit hours
Global Strategic Management3.0 credit hours
Global Business and Technology3.0 credit hours
Global Supply Chain Management3.0 credit hours
Advanced Topics in Global Management3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Dissertation12.0 credit hours
Continuing Dissertation Services II1.5 credit hours

Students must be admitted to candidacy before enrolling in Dissertation Courses.

The following courses are not scheduled with any other course: Strategic Decision Making for Managers ( This course is taken as the final core course ) and Dissertation.




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I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios, Medical Assisting Graduate

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores, BA in Accounting Graduate

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella, MBA Graduate

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

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Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon, Criminal Justice Graduate

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou, Histotechnology Graduate

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

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Nadege Dor, Medical Assisting Graduate

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The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

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