D.B.A.

Doctor of Business Administration Degree

Prepare for a teaching career at the college or university level, a leadership position in academia, or advancement as a business executive or consultant. Attaining the highest-level of academic excellence, the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree through Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business, is an achievement of consequence.

The D.B.A. is an advanced degree program that can provide you with the research, critical analysis, and application skills that will enable you to make intellectual contributions to your chosen field of business study.

Developing a new generation of business leaders.

Saint Leo University is committed to fostering a new form of values-based leadership for the next 21st century – one that is critical to creating vibrant and sustainable economies, organizations, and world communities.

Saint Leo’s D.B.A. program provides:

  • A world-class education that includes a broad academic background
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurial exploration
  • Real-world experiences that will benefit you in an ever-more complex society driven by technological change, diverse cultures, and intense economic competition.

Delivery format combines flexibility, convenience, and academic excellence.

Designed with the needs of today’s highly mobile professionals in mind, the Doctor of Business Administration degree program is a unique blend of online and classroom learning designed to fit your busy life.

The format includes three separate one-week seminars at University Campus during the intersession break. All other courses are eight-week modules taken one at a time and delivered through our nationally acclaimed online platform.

The coursework and dissertation will generally take three to four years to complete, depending upon the student, though students are permitted to take a maximum of seven years.

D.B.A. program emphasizes:

  • Strong research skills and the ability to use critical thinking
  • Ability to identify and synthesize global implications of research
  • Ability to think critically about interrelated activities that occur in functional areas of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, project management, and statistics
  • Preparation for teaching careers
  • Excellence in consulting practices
  • An original and intellectual contribution to the field of management and/or business
  • Integration of Saint Leo’s core values into the dissertation process

In the business world and life, values matter.

The Donald R. Tapia School of Business provides a values-centered education that develops tomorrow’s business leaders with exceptional skills and the ability to take ethical and effective action. We emphasize the core Benedictine values of community, respect for all, and responsible stewardship, along with the values of excellence, personal development, and integrity.

Why choose Saint Leo University?

  • Well-designed program teaches competencies needed to advance your career
  • Convenient, innovative instruction
  • Respected by employers
  • High-quality, values-based education competitively priced
  • Caring faculty with practical experience
  • Personal attention – start to finish

Some of the courses you will take

The D.B.A. program offers an exceptional curriculum with solid course requirements that provide essential business knowledge. For example, you will study at an advanced level the significance of values and ethics as they relate to global leadership, human behavior in organizations, business innovation and entrepreneurship, analytics for decision making, human resources in multinational organizations, and strategic management.

Getting Started

Applications are being accepted now for D.B.A. students who will begin study in December 2013. Additional cohorts will be forming for commencing in Spring and Fall 2014.

DBA PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 CREDITS)**

Course

Credits

MBA 598 Statistics 3

Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques are applied to practical business problems, while understanding the theoretical underpinning and real-world application of these techniques. Techniques include: central tendency, variability, correlation, hypothesis testing, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, two-sample analysis, sampling, ANOVA, and Linear Regression. SPSS or Excel will be used for analysis.

MBA 560 Financial and Managerial Accounting 3

This course focuses on the study of accounting concepts and standards applicable to presentation of financial information to interested users, structure, uses and limitations of financial statements, and measurement systems related to income determination and asset valuation. The course also considers the discussion of internal and external influences on accounting decisions.

MBA 540 Managerial Economics 3

This course explores the concepts of economic optimization, the estimation of demand, and cost and pricing analysis. An introduction to economic forecasting and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty is also included.

MBA 565 Marketing 3

This course considers the operational and strategic planning issues confronting managers in marketing. Topics include buyer behavior, market segmentation, product selection and development, pricing, distribution, promotion, market research, and international and multicultural marketing. Additional fee applies for marketing computer simulation.

**These core requirement courses must be taken by all students entering the program without a master’s degree in a business-related field (e.g., M.B.A., Master’s in Accounting, M.S. in Business).


Degree Requirements

DBA Program Components (57 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • DBA 701 DBA 701 DOCTORAL SUCCESS LAB: RESOURCES, PROCESSES, AND SUPPORT 3

    This course is an introduction to the doctoral program, the school, and the university in the form of a five-day orientation session. Topics include an introduction to the doctoral programs by faculty and staff, a discussion of program policies and procedures, a demonstration of computer and technology resources available to students, a tour of main campus facilities, a review of the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) topics, and tutorials on the use of the Microsoft Office software. Other topics will include how to do research (literature review and also research thought processes), an overview of academic writing, online Library Resources, and the APA writing style.

  • DBA 705 DBA 705 A HISTORY OF APPLIED MANAGEMENT THEORY 3

    As an introduction to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Management program, this course exposes graduate students to notable management theories within their proper historical context. Emphasis is placed on the application of management theory based on foundational research in the field of study to current management practice. There are several opportunities to analyze cases and to synthesize theories with the aim of applying lessons-learned to present-day management dilemmas.

  • DBA 710 DBA 710 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS 3

    This course is an advanced exploration of the significance of values and ethics as they relate to global leadership. Students will explore how the values and ethics of an organization are established and managed, and how ethical behavior in the organization is influenced by the personal beliefs, values and ethical standards of the leader. Students will also examine how an organization and its leaders can induce changes in the community in order to encourage ethical behavior and social responsibility.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701

  • DBA 715 DBA 715 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 3

    This course is an advanced introduction to the major theories and issues in the study of human behavior in organizations. It focuses on the theoretical and practical implications of organizational behavior, as addressed from a social science perspective. It seeks to explore, understand and articulate the behaviors, thoughts and emotions of individuals within the context of work relationships, teams, organizational and community settings. This course allows students to learn the major concepts in the field, such as diversity in the workplace, perception and attribution processes, motivation and individual differences in organizations, group dynamics and decision making, team work, leadership, and quality improvement programs. These concepts are aimed to create more goals for socially responsible organizations.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705, DBA 710

  • DBA 720 DBA 720 MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES 3

    This course connects managerial decisions to applicable financial theories and practical financial management actions. Managers are encouraged to focus on value creation because a firm that does not create value for its shareholders will not survive to create value for society at large. The importance of capital markets to the success of a company and transparency (or honest, open management) to capital markets is emphasized. This course teaches that financial theory can help managers to assess alternatives, make choices, and make the right decision when facing ethical dilemmas. Modern cases set in the year 2000 or later are used to demonstrate correct managerial actions when faced with a variety of financial and ethical decisions in a global business environment. Students will learn how to assess and forecast firm performance, allocate resources, manage debt and cash flows, reward firm shareholders (owners), make practical financial decisions (e.g. lease or buy, hedge risks or not), and make merger decisions. The importance of making ethical decisions in socially responsible ways is stressed throughout the course.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701

  • DBA 725 DBA 725 BUSINESS INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3

    This course examines the nature of learning, creativity and innovation and through entrepreneurial leadership, the ability to identify market opportunities. Detailed attention is given to the entrepreneurial process: The concepts, skills, know-how and know-who, information, attitudes, alternatives and resources that entrepreneurs need to manage creatively in the process of developing something with tangible economic value. This class also addresses the unique entrepreneurial experience of conceiving, evaluating, creating, managing, and potentially selling a business. The goal is to provide a comprehensive background with practical application of important concepts applicable to entrepreneurial environment. In addition to the creative aspects of business, the key business areas of finance, accounting, marketing and management will be addressed from an entrepreneurial perspective. Students will need to draw upon their business education and experience, and apply them to the task of launching a new venture. Creativity is typically described as the process of generating new ideas, while innovation takes creativity a step further by being a process that turns those ideas into reality.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705, DBA 715

  • DBA 730 DBA 730 RESEARCH METHODS-QUALITATIVE 3

    The course examines and explores the essential concepts that are required for completing doctoral-level qualitative research. The student researcher is encouraged to strive toward innovative techniques with a focus on the development of critical thinking skills aimed at social responsibility. Student researchers are immersed in research techniques, applications, design, measurement, and analysis that are essential in the qualitative research methodology. The subject matter in the course is designed to guide the student through his or her selection of an operative paradigm within their functional area of business and includes significant coverage of areas specific to data collection, data reduction, data display, drawing conclusions, and verification. The student researcher is guided through a practical and applied research skills approach that will enable them to become effective academic researchers.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705

  • DBA 735 DBA 735 RESEARCH METHODS-QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH FOUNDATION 3

    This course concentrates on quantitative research methods to enable researchers to conduct a disciplined inquiry and allow the measurement, assessment, critique, and judgment of data in a systematic investigation. The results of which can be reported, evaluated, or replicated to determine whether others would come to the same conclusion given similar circumstances. This course includes an overview of quantitative research methods, concepts relative to descriptive and inferential statistics, and research design. The course will focus on non-parametric and parametric statistical procedures and quantitative research methods to include the selection of an appropriate research method and strategies associated with quantitative research methods.

    Prerequisites: MBA 598 or an introductory course in statistics at the Undergraduate level, DBA 715

  • DBA 740 DBA 740 ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING 3

    Advances in information technology have made it possible to collect vast amounts of data from numerous sources including organizations, the Internet, and social media. This course will focus on utilizing a number of software tools and techniques to analyze data in order to aid business organizations in making better decisions based on the facts’ and to give them competitive advantages. It will involve analyzing and solving a variety of business related problems. The course will provide students with hands-on experience in using computer software tools such as Microsoft Excel and several add-ins developed for specific applications.

    Prerequisites: MBA 598 or an introductory course in statistics at the Undergraduate level. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is highly recommended.

  • DBA 745 DBA 745 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN HUMAN RESOURCE 3

    This course is an advanced introduction to the major theories and issues currently addressed in the study, use and development of human resources in multinational organizations. The course will focus on the theoretical and practical implications of the increasingly intertwined concerns of organizations to be better, more efficient, while dealing with continuing and growing demands for speed and profitability; while concurrently dealing with a rapidly changing multinational and multicultural workforce. Additionally, the course will delve into the need to localize top quality managers while simultaneously recognizing that local firms need to be enhancing their global leadership competencies. Given the speed with which the global workplace is changing, primarily due to technology and expanded international contacts, employers and employees alike need to recognize the value and need for continuous training and updating workplace skills. Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will have mastered the concepts for continued expansion of workplace skills. These skills will include but not be limited to such areas as; human resource planning, recruiting and selection, compensation and benefits, incentives, recruitment and selection, cultural awareness and many of the legal aspects of dealing with different nationalities, different laws, standards and expectations.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705, DBA 710, DBA 715, DBA 725

  • DBA 750 DBA 750 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS 3

    This is an advanced course in Strategic Management. The course is a blending of research-based findings for use in practical applications. Major topics include the research foundations for the elements of strategic management, the processes and content of strategic management, the analysis of internal and external environments, the assessment of organizational capabilities, the necessity for competitive advantage and assessing firm performance, the value of different types of strategic approaches, the importance of matching plans to strategies, the importance of global markets in strategic management today, the importance of organizational design, structures, culture and control mechanisms, and the importance of ethical governance in socially responsible ways via strategic leadership.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705, DBA 710, DBA 715, DBA 720, DBA 725, DBA 730, DBA 730, DBA 735, DBA 740, DBA 745

  • DBA 755 DBA 755 MANAGEMENT LEARNING SEMINAR 3

    This course provides an overview of the fundamentals required for a teaching career in the discipline of management. This is inclusive of the various management teaching methods generally exhibited in the classroom including lectures, case studies, business simulations, experiential field studies, group and project work, and consulting projects. The course will cover the implementation of these management teaching methods in terms of the range of pedagogical approaches within the various management disciplines. In addition, the course will provide insights into management curriculum development, relevant assessments of management learning, and critical thinking concepts applied in terms of management theory and practice.

    Prerequisites: DBA 705, DBA 710, DBA 715, DBA 725, DBA 730, DBA 740, DBA 745, DBA 750

  • DBA 760 DBA 760 MANAGEMENT TEACHING PRACTICUM 3

    This course provides students the opportunity to teach a management course. Major topics include effective management teaching strategies, student engagement techniques, and classroom management. Students will be given the choice of teaching an 8 week online course or the first 8 weeks of an on ground course. Under both situations the student will work under the guidance of the Saint Leo University faculty member assigned to the course. Students will be assigned to courses based upon their interests and academic and work experiences under the direction of a terminally qualified faculty member.

    Prerequisites: DBA 755

  • DBA 765 DBA 765 DOCTORAL WRITTEN COMPREHENSIVE EXAM 3

    The Comprehensive Exam is an independent course of study designed not only as a culmination of the student’s doctoral studies, but also as preparation for the student’s advance to candidacy in dissertation research and the writing to follow. The doctoral candidate will be required to call upon the knowledge gathered throughout the preceding courses of doctoral studies as well as utilize such knowledge in the preparation of relevant research questions, formulation of the foundational review of the existing literature and a proposal of new research in the field of study. Display of substantive knowledge in the field along with both qualitative and quantitative research techniques will be examined throughout these exams.

    Prerequisites: DBA 701, DBA 705, DBA 710, DBA 715, DBA 720, DBA 725, DBA 730, DBA 730, DBA 735, DBA 740, DBA 745, DBA 750, DBA 755, DBA 760

  • DBA 770 DBA 770 DISSERTATION SEMINAR 3

    This course is scheduled for a 1 week period comprising 45 contact hours, which will be held at the University Main Campus. DBA770 is convened by the DBA Program Director or by his or her designated representative who is referred to as the professor of the class. This course functions to emphasize social responsibility, innovation, and accountability to foster a new form of leadership focused on creating vibrant and sustainable organizations as an integral part of the dissertation and the DBA program as a whole. Candidates are required to attend this seminar.

    Prerequisites: DBA 765. Identification of a Faculty Dissertation Advisor. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination.

  • DBA 780-89 DBA 780-89 DIRECTED RESEARCH 12

    This 12 credit course is scheduled for a 16-week period. Prior to commencement of DBA 780-9, the Doctoral Candidate will have completed DBA 770. During continued enrollment in DBA 780-9, the student will complete the submission of an approved proposal including Chapters 1, 2, and 3, and complete the submission of an approved manuscript including chapters 4 and 5. The student will also conduct the research for the dissertation in keeping with guidance prescribed by the Institutional Review Board, University policy, School of Business policy, and the rules of ethics. This course functions to emphasize social responsibility, innovation, and accountability to foster a new form of leadership focused on creating vibrant and sustainable organizations as an integral part of the dissertation and the DBA program as a whole.

    Prerequisites: Candidacy Status. Committee identified and charged. DBA 770 completed

  • DBA 801 DBA 801 DISSERTATION ORAL DEFENSE 0

    This course is scheduled for a 16-week period. This course functions to emphasize social responsibility, innovation, and accountability to foster a new form of leadership focused on creating vibrant and sustainable organizations. It fosters Saint Leo University core values including specifically excellence, community, and integrity.

    Prerequisites: Completion of DBA 780-9

Total Credits 57