City University of Seattle’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed for professionals to develop advanced skills in organization interventional thinking, agile business practices, leadership, and critical thinking, while developing specialized business knowledge in the area of their choice.
This program offers students the flexibility to choose between online and onsite formats. With online coursework, DBA students are supported through Professor Live Chat and a highly interactive teaching model that includes one hour per week of lecture and live chat.
Students have the option to transfer four graduate courses into this program and specialize their study (upon approval from the Registrar).
Why Students Earn a Doctorate at CityU:
- High student satisfaction: 92% of doctoral students surveyed are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their overall student experience.
- Regional accreditation: CityU’s DBA program is recognized and commended for its academic rigor, high quality curriculum, and extensive student support.
- Time to completion: The estimated time to complete CityU’s DBA is between three and four years. Faculty will be supporting students with Professor Live Chat and a highly interactive learning model to ensure student success.
- Program structure: The 91-credit program is offered online and on-site.
Job Titles of Alumni with a DBA
- Executive Director
- Business Consultant
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The DBA program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
The Doctor of Business Administration will prepare students to:
- Analyze business-related information and assess the current state of an organization;
- Develop effective business strategies that guide organizations to change and adapt to future challenges;
- Evaluate complex organizations and how they can appropriately serve their stakeholders;
- Recognize the social and economic value of responsible business strategies as an ethical business leaders of the future;
- Utilize project-oriented approaches to lead organizations with innovation and vision;
- Conduct data-driven business analyses and interventions founded in accepted research methodologies to improve operational performance; and
- Design and conduct significant and unique research projects that contribute to the knowledge of the business administration field.
Prospectus: Under the supervision of a Doctoral Chair and committee, each student will complete and submit a concept paper, typically 15- 20 pages in length that presents his/her proposed research idea including the statement of the problem, its background and significance, a brief review of the literature and a proposed methodology or research design to address the problem. This stage of the dissertation is complete when the student's committee gives its approval.
Proposal: During this phase of the dissertation process, the student builds on the concept paper and completes the first three chapters of the final dissertation report (Introduction, literature review, and methods). The literature review will be exhaustive containing sufficient references to allow the student to establish expertise relative to the research problem. The methods section, written in future tense, will provide sufficient detail to allow for replication of the proposed research. This stage of the dissertation is complete when the students committee, the CityU DBA Program Director, and the CityU Institutional Review Board have given their approval.
Dissertation: During this final stage, the student will build upon the completed and approved proposal and will gather research data, analyze these data, and begin to draw conclusions based on the findings. The student will also prepare the final sections of the dissertation (Results and Discussion) and make appropriate modifications to the proposal to complete the preparation of the full dissertation report. This stage is complete with the student receives final committee and DBA Program Director approval. Students who do not complete the dissertation at the end of the third dissertation course must enroll in Continuing Dissertation Services until work on the final dissertation report has been completed.
A Q&A with Associate Program Director John Elmer
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: DBA – Argosy University
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Gardening around the house, or travelling.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: In the MBA and DBA programs.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: It looked like fun – and it is!
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: I enjoy the mix of students from so many cultures, and the fact that they are eager to learn and apply what they have learned in their careers.
Q: What’s one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: If you are not having fun, you are not learning.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: The class will be a lot of work, papers to write, discussions to answer, but I do my best to make it interesting and enjoyable.
Q: What is something that you have learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: Students appreciate comments in the discussion forum. I have learned to check in – and to comment – often each week.