Curriculum

Study Format Online, On Campus
Program Length 60 credits; 3 years

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

 

Credits

Total

Semester 1

1st  (8 weeks)

DBA

7010

Foundations of the Doctoral Experience

2

6

DBA

7000

The DBA Residency Experience 1

1

2nd  (8 weeks)

DBA

7020

The Global Leader:
Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making

3

Semester 2

1st (8 weeks)

RES

7901

Research Design

4

DBA

7404

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 1

1

2nd (8 weeks)

DBA

7405

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 2

1

Semester 3

1st (8 weeks)

DBA

7401

Mentor Courseroom 1

3

2nd (8 weeks)

 

 

Specialization Course #1

3

DBA

7406

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 3

1

Semester 4

1st (8 weeks)

RES

7605

Quantitative Research

3

DBA

7200

The DBA Residency Experience 2

1

2nd(8 weeks)

RES

7700

Qualitative Research

3

DBA

7407

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 4

1

Semester 5

1st (8 weeks)

DBA

7030

Strategy Formulation, Deployment & Innovation:
A Global Perspective

3

6

2nd(8 weeks)

DBA

7040

Global Business Operations

3

Semester 6

1st (8 weeks)

DBA

7402

Mentor Courseroom 2

3

2nd (8 weeks)

 

Specialization Course #2

3

DBA

7408

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 5

1

Semester 7

1st (8 weeks)

DBA

7050

Business Analytics & Financial Decision Making

3

7

DBA

7300

The DBA Residency Experience 3

1

2nd (8 weeks)

DBA

7403

Mentor Courseroom 3

3

Semester 8

1st (8 weeks)

DBA

7060

Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing

3

7

2nd (8 weeks)

 

Specialization Course #3

3

DBA

7409

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 6

1

Semester 9

1st  (8 weeks)

DBA

8000

Dissertation 1

3

6

2nd (8 weeks)

DBA

8010

Dissertation 2

3

Core: 17 credits

Foundations of the Doctoral Experience

This course orients and provides students with the foundational tools they will need for success in writing course assignments, literature reviews, and the dissertation. APA style, scholarly writing, academic integrity, library literacy skills, and writing for an academic audience will be reviewed. (2 credits)

The Global Leader: Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making

A critical examination of the creative tension among the three principal components of organizational performance: leadership, social responsibility, and ethical decision making. This course examines the leader as the principal driving force of global performance, the role of sustainable social responsibility in the global world and the intricacies of ethical decision making in diverse cultures.

Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing

This course examines the marketing function from a global perspective. It focuses on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology across multiple cultures and emphasizes marketing decisions associated with allocating organizational resources. The course will assess and analyze strategic product development and design, pricing, promotional strategies, and distribution in a global environment.

Strategy Formulation, Deployment, and Innovation: A Global Perspective

This course reviews the key elements of strategy formulation, deployment, and innovation in a global environment. Considered are the applications of strategic management in the formulation of global strategy, the unique elements of strategy deployment in a global environment and the process of using formulation and deployment in creating innovative global strategies

Business Analytics and Financial Decision Making

This course provides experience and application in predictive analysis and advanced data analytics to discover new business trends. It provides for powerful new visualization that empowers the use of big data in reaching financial decisions  that support effective global planning strategies for identifying and taking advantage of new global market opportunities.

Global Business Operations

This course provides the tools and knowledge to enable business managers and leaders to synchronize and optimize value from existing physical or intangible resources. Such knowledge facilitates prudent decision making and obtaining value from organizational assets, including supply-chain management that can create optimal performance.

DBA Mentor Course Rooms: 15 credits

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.   

Residencies: 3 credits

DBA Residency Experience 1  

The residency occurs during the first term of a student’s enrollment in the DBA program. It provides students the opportunity to meet professors and peers, as well as build a community that they can access throughout their program and beyond. Residencies provide a rich learning experience. Some of the competencies students will develop in Residency I include an introduction to the DBA research and dissertation process focusing on problem identification. Students will self-assess their leadership, time management, and research skills. Students will establish a Comprehensive Professional Portfolio in which to record their significant achievements in the program.

DBA Residency Experience 2

Students who have approved prospectuses will emerge with a plan for writing chapters 1-3 of the proposal. Pre- and post-work encompasses the term.

DBA Residency Experience 3 

This course is taken after the proposal is written, with the goal of preparing students to collect data and write chapters 4-5 of the dissertation. 

Research Methods: 10 credits

Research Design

Emphasis on how to design doctoral-level, business research. Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study. (4 credits)

Quantitative Research and Advanced Statistics 

This course provides an understanding of the unique advantages of quantitative research in research and business and uses statistical software to explore, analyze, and apply descriptive and inferential statistics through both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Specializations: 9 credits

INNOVATION IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT

Innovative Best Practices in Health Care Management

This course is a survey of best practices in health care management and focuses on those determined to be innovative through recognition from Malcolm Baldridge Awards, Magnet Certification, and the Center of Excellence Designation. Innovation is reviewed and methods and techniques that stimulate, develop, and foster innovative practices are examined. 

Health Care Analytics and Financial Applications for Health Care Management

This course examines the application of health care analytics and models to increase health care performance by the health care facility or system with emphasis on revenue cycle management and supply chain management using mobile technologies and other advanced techniques. It uses analytics in examining financial management, patient care innovations that improve financial performance while improving quality and mitigating risk.

Governance of Health Care Systems 

This course reviews health care system governance from the perspective of strategic policy formulation and execution, the governing body, ensuring the establishment of internal controls to ensure the integrity of the system, methods for accountability and transparent reporting to health care system stakeholders. It reviews innovative practices in health care system governance using information technology to leverage and ensure that the organization is proactive and compliant to regulations, accreditation standards as it meets the needs of the patient population it serves.

INNOVATIONS IN HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resource Foundations and Current Challenges: Theories Models and Practice

In this course, students will examine the foundational concepts of Human Resources (HR) in business environments, and recognize the current challenges to HR management as they relate to traditional theories, models and practices. They will analyze the changes in the role of HR in today's workplace, and be able to apply efficient and innovative strategies that integrate relevant theory, models and best practices.

Human Resources Management Strategic Implementation and Performance

In this course, students will examine the foundational concepts of Human Resources (HR) in business environments, and recognize the current challenges to HR management as they relate to traditional theories, models and practices. Students will analyze the changes in the role of HR in workplace over time, and be able to apply efficient and innovative strategies that integrate relevant theory, models and best practices.

Human Resources Management: An International Case Study Approach 

In this course, doctoral students will examine international HRM from a case-based overview. The real-life cases are designed to reflect the impact of national-level cultures and business practices on institutional IHRM decision-making. Institutional factors that influence HRM practices as they relate to the very nature of IHRM locally, nationally and globally are addressed in context. The cases present IHRM issues as faced by multi-nationals, some of whose home bases are not in the United States. This includes organizations that are in emergent nations. This transnational perspective prepares students for the new realities of IHRM, where institutional practices have to be implemented within different countries and with new perspectives.

MARKETING INNOVATIONS

Advanced Marketing Research

Advanced Marketing Research is a study of the theories, concepts and techniques that marketers use to conduct marketing research in organizations. Students will focus on each of the major steps in conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting a marketing research design from defining the marketing research problem through selecting an appropriate methodology, collecting and analyzing data, to drawing and presenting conclusions from the data. Each of the steps along the marketing research path will be accompanied by practical case examples.

Consumer Global and Multicultural Marketing

Consumer Global and Multicultural Marketing is a study of global and multicultural marketing, including global marketing strategies, emerging trends, special topics and consideration of global corporate social responsibility. Emphasis is on providing a solid understanding of the research support for marketing principles, coupled with illustrations of practical application of marketing approaches, reinforced with detailed case examples.

Integrating Distribution Channels and Customers

Integrating Distribution Channels and Customers examines the distribution channel from understanding marketing channel systems, to developing the marketing channel, to managing the marketing channel, all the way to evaluating channel member performance. Emphasis is placed upon channel design strategy; product, pricing and promotion issues in channel management; and international channel perspectives. Students will receive a solid grounding in the ways marketers develop, connect to and manage global markets while integrating partners throughout the distribution system. 

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION

Strategic Leadership Thought                                                                                                  

This course provides a compendium of leadership on how one leads in today's global, interconnected world. This goal is achieved through two reciprocal actions: leadership thought and thought leadership. Leadership thought provides a historical framework of leadership thought and the conditions under which it appears to effective. Thought leadership is a unique, informed, useful and relevant perspective that derives from strategic leadership thought. It starts at the top, is integrated throughout the organization, and becomes an integral part of the brand.

Strategic Leadership Practice                                                                                                  

This course surveys the universe of leadership practice and allows the student to assess and determine the optimal leadership practice for their situation. It provides a collateral seven-point principle framework that covers care, communication, consciousness, contrasts, context, change, and capability in better understanding the contemporary issue of leadership practice.

Disruptive Innovation Execution                                                   

This course builds on a synthesis of leadership thought and practice and examines them in the context of innovation and its execution. Innovation execution begins with Strategic Leadership Thought and Practice and translates them into actionable knowledge. The course builds upon the course, Strategy Formulation, Deployment, and Innovation: A Global Perspective. Students will learn how to create a flexible yet disciplined innovation process to support strategic leadership thought and strategic leadership practice.

Comprehensive Professional Portfolio: 0 credit

To document and assess academic progress, students will prepare and present their Comprehensive Professional Portfolio (CPP) prior to defending their dissertation proposal in the final Mentor course room. The CPP is a systematic reflection and documentation of the student’s experience in the DBA program. Students complete a complex assignment within each Mentor course room that provides a basis for evaluating the degree of mastery of all learning outcomes for that course. This experience provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their command of the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary for conducting research within their area of focus. The student will present their CPP either virtually or in person to their dissertation committee prior to defending their dissertation proposal. 

Dissertation: 6 credits

DBA Dissertation Intensive #1 
DBA Dissertation Intensive #2 
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