DBA in Management

Preparatory Requirements

An MBA degree (or the equivalent) is required, including a strong background in management and organizational theory and a good understanding of the application of computers to the analysis of organizational problems.

More specifically, a candidate should have completed the following prerequisites (or their equivalents):

  • MGT 501 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 601/701 Human Resources Management and Labor Relations
  • MBA 660 Integrative Business Strategy
  • FIN 601 Financial Policies
  • ECN 503 Economic Concepts

Degree Requirements

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 limited only to those students admitted to the DBA program, ensuring the highest caliber peer group in the classroom.

DBA Core Courses

  • Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Business Research: Analysis and Applications
  • Seminar on Business Teaching Methods

Management Core Courses

  • MGT 800 Research Design and Measurement
  • MGT 801 Theory Seminar


  • Leadership and Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Individual Differences
  • Multinational Management
  • Current Topic Professional Seminar
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • Seminar in Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Human Resource Management
  • Seminar on Organization Development
  • Dissertation Research Seminar
  • Current Problems in Management (variable credit)

Dissertation research

  • Dissertation (variable credit)

See the MGT Course Descriptions section of the Graduate Catalog for details.

The next DBA cohort begins Fall 2017. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2017.
Applications will not be processed until Spring 2016.

For More Information

Contact the DBA program at or 216.687.4889 and ask for Jessica Spiker.