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Business Administration, DBA

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Fort Lauderdale Online Division (eCampus), Graduate School, Lakeland, West Palm Beach

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 Approaches 3.0 credit hours
Global Business 3.0 credit hours
The Global Economy 3.0 credit hours
Financial Theory and Policy 3.0 credit hours
Marketing Management 3.0 credit hours
Strategic Decision Making for Managers 3.0 credit hours
Research Courses ( 9.0 credit hours )
Methods and Analysis of Quantitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Methods and Analysis of Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
Marketing Specialization ( 18.0 credit hours )
Emerging Issues in Marketing 3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Global Marketing 3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Marketing Models and Theory 3.0 credit hours
Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice 3.0 credit hours
Strategic Service Marketing 3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Research Analysis for Marketing 3.0 credit hours
Global Organizational Leadership ( 18.0 credit hours )
In-Depth Exploration of Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Analysis of Management History, Theory, and Leadership I 3.0 credit hours
Leading in the 21st Century 3.0 credit hours
Transformational Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Emerging Leadership Practices 3.0 credit hours
Analysis of Management History, Theory, and Leadership I 3.0 credit hours
Global Business Specialization ( 18.0 credit hours )
Cross Cultural Management & Negotiations 3.0 credit hours
Global Finance Management 3.0 credit hours
Global Strategic Management 3.0 credit hours
Global Business and Technology 3.0 credit hours
Global Supply Chain Management 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Topics in Global Management 3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Dissertation 12.0 credit hours
Continuing Dissertation Services II 1.5 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.




Faculty Research Spotlight

Business Administration, DBA program links:

Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

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

Nidia Barrios

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

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

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.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

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

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

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.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

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.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate