Academics

Doctoral (DBA) Programs

Doctor of Business Administration Program

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at the Monte Ahuja College of Business is designed to engage and prepare a new generation of aspiring academicians and driven practitioners for rewarding careers.

The DBA program is taught by College of Business graduate faculty who are selected for expertise in their disciplines and for their related experience in business. You’ll develop functional expertise within an interdisciplinary and global framework so that you may advance business theory and practice, making significant contributions to the larger community.

Applications are not being accepted for 2016 until further notice.

Admissions Information:

Every three years students are admitted to the program in a cohort group. You will complete the DBA program with the same group of students with whom you begin. This approach, with an emphasis on collaboration, sustains motivation through peer support throughout the program.

Applications are not being accepted for 2016 until further notice. 

Admission Requirements:

The basic preparation for the DBA program is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, or equivalent from a program accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

If the applicant’s Master’s degree is not from an accredited program, or the student does not have the appropriate Master's degree, he/she must complete required background courses. The admission committee can specify additional background courses before admitting the student to the DBA program. 

In addition to the above background, an applicant must meet the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College as well as a score of at least 1,260 points based on the following formula:

(200 x Graduate GPA) + total GMAT score=1260 points

A minimum score of 70th percentile on the GMAT is preferred. GMAT scores should be reported from a test taken within the five years immediately prior to application to the DBA program. The formula outlined above serves as a general guideline to the Doctoral Program. GRE scores are also accepted. Faculty Committee makes the final admission decisions.

Applicants also must submit a current resume, a statement of goals and objectives, and three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should come from a college professor familiar with the applicant’s graduate-level performance and academic ability.

Program Quality:

  • Both business and accounting programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. Only 15% of business schools in the world hold AACSB accreditation. According to the AACSB, there is a critical shortage of doctoral qualified business faculty.

  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business faculty is composed of nationally and internationally known professors and scholars. Faculty scholarship is published in a variety of high ranking academic journals. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects. The program has as strong record of publication by students and alumni, often in collaboration with faculty members.

  • Over 80% of our graduates have joined AACSB Accredited schools. Of these, some have become deans, associate deans, directors, and endowed chairs.

Program Format:

The degree can be pursued while working full-time. To provide flexibility and to meet the needs of working professionals, classes are held weekdays after 5:00 p.m.

Students are admitted to the program in a cohort group. With our cohort group structure, you will complete the DBA program courses with the same group of students with whom you begin. This approach, with an emphasis on collaboration, sustains motivation through peer support throughout the program. This collaborative culture provides opportunities to work on group projects and seek or offer information and advice.

Program Curriculum:

The program encompasses a contemporary curriculum focused on research and scholarship. Interdisciplinary in nature, the program draws upon cutting-edge research in a variety of fields as well as the experiences of the students themselves. There are six specializations within the DBA program:

Finance DBA program page CSU_FINANCE_SampleDBA_program.pdf
Global Business DBA program page CSU_GlobalBusiness_SampleDBA_program.pdf
Information Systems DBA program page CSU_InfoSystems_SampleDBA_program.pdf
Management DBA program page CSU MGT_DBA_program.pdf
Marketing DBA program page CSU_Marketing_SampleDBA_program.pdf
Operations & supply Chain Management DBA program page OSM_Sample_program.pdf

Curriculum Coursework:

The doctoral degree requires a minimum of sixty-four semester credit hours (forty-four hours of courses, twenty hours of doctoral research) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Participation in DBA classes (800-level) is limited only to those students admitted to the DBA program, ensuring the highest caliber peer group in the classroom.

Prepatory Courses

The basic preparation for the DBA program is an MBA degree or its equivalent from a program accredited by AACSB International. If your master's degree is not an MBA (or its equivalent) from an AACSB-accredited program, you must complete a set of core requirements for the College of Business Administration's MBA program, as required for your chosen DBA specialization.

Coursework

  • DBA core courses
  • DBA major courses
  • Graduate level electives

Comprehensive Examination

Defense of Dissertation Proposal

Defense of Dissertation

Program Features:

Faculty Scholarship: Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects and present their research at national and international conferences. On average, our DBA students publish at least two refereed articles before their Graduation.

Workshops: Special workshops are offered each year to help prepare students for their comprehensive examination, dissertation journey, and to improve their teaching and research skills.

Research Seminar Series: Students are required to attend the research seminars, presented by both the College faculty and scholars from other domestic and foreign institutions.

Faculty:

The College faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally known professors and scholars. Faculty scholarship is published in a variety of high ranking academic journals. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects.  The program has a strong record of publication by students and alumni, often in collaboration with faculty members.

Financial Assistance:

A limited number of research or teaching assistantships provides financial support for full-time graduate students. Students with assistantships take nine to 12 credit hours of course work, and are expected to devote 20 hours per week of teaching or research assistance per semester to the College of Business Administration.

For More Information:

Contact the DBA program at dba@csuohio.edu or 216.687.4889 and ask for Jessica Spiker.