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Business Administration, DBA *

Program Objectives

Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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

To ensure success in the core curriculum of the DBA program, candidates are required to demonstrate competency in business knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and statistics before starting the DBA program. Students who have not successfully completed 6 undergraduate credits or 3 graduate credits with at least a B grade in each of these areas will be provided the opportunity to take the prerequisite courses in the semester(s) prior to the start of the DBA program. Candidates must pass the prerequisite courses with at least a “B” or retake the course. Candidates may only attempt the prerequisite courses no more than 2 times.

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), 12 credit hours in research, 15 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:

Graduate Division Courses

Core Courses (21.0 credit hours)
Foundations in Business Research Writing 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 (12.0 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
Business Research and Publication 3.0 credit hours
Marketing Specialization (15.0 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
Global Management (15.0 credit hours)
Micro Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Macro Organizational Behavior 3.0 credit hours
Decision Making and Risk Analysis 3.0 credit hours
Organizational Design and Development 3.0 credit hours
Emerging Management Theories 3.0 credit hours
Global Business Specialization (15.0 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 Supply Chain Management 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Topics in Global Management 3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation Extension 2.0 credit hours

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

Program Outcomes

Residency Requirement

Students will complete (2) two residencies, the initial residency in the first year and the subsequent residency prior to taking the comprehensive exam. Students will complete all coursework, both residencies and comprehensive examination prior to beginning dissertation process.

  • DOPR: Doctor of Philosophy Residency One;
  • DOPR2: Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two.

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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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