Doctor in Business Administration (DBA)

Description and Outcomes

The objective of the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is to help you pursue leadership positions in competitive business environments. The curriculum is designed to address this through a portfolio of practical, resume-building projects that satisfy your intellectual curiosity and help build the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make sound business and management decisions. Beyond these practical skills, the program is also designed to foster thought leadership, innovation, and corporate social responsibility in a global context.

The Doctorate of Business Administration program is a professional and innovative doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area. It prepares highly experienced professionals for teaching and research positions or for advanced research positions in consulting, government or industry. It also provides students a strong theoretical understanding of business disciplines and the necessary preparation to contribute to organizational knowledge and effectiveness through required coursework and interaction with academics and practitioners at the leading edge of their fields. DBA students will also need to complete a dissertation that contributes to business practice.

Specializations

In addition to the core program requirements, you may add a specialization to your degree plan, for which you are required to take a minimum of three courses from one of the chosen specializations. Specializations are not required for completion of the general program. Students have the opportunity to specialize with an Advanced Core in Business Management, Brand Management, Personal Branding, Authentic Governance, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Hospitality Management, Logistics Management, Technology Management and Finance.

Program Length

The DBA program requires a total of 90 quarter credits. The credits are allocated as follows: 63 quarter credits consist of 10 courses of 6 quarter credits each and one course of 3 quarter credits and 27 quarter credits for dissertation courses

Program Outcomes

  • Prepare highly experienced professionals for teaching and research positions or for advanced research positions in consulting, government or industry.
  • Apply knowledge related to fundamental business processes to make effective business decisions in a global context.
  • Integrate business knowledge to take well-reasoned action in diverse situations.
  • Innovate to address business issues and opportunities in dynamic environments.
  • Demonstrate the leadership necessary to accomplish business goals and maximize organizational performance.
  • Evaluate the ethical and social implications of business decisions in a global context.

Admissions Requirements

You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Innovation University of Silicon Valley’ general requirements.

DBA programs are open to those who have earned an equivalent of a Master’s Degree in a business discipline from accredited universities and whose graduate academic records, scores on the required standardized examination, and prior work experience indicate that they have the capability to complete the program. Admission is reviewed by the DBA Admissions Committee. The DBA Admissions Committee reviews all applications. The required and preferred criteria are:

  • Completed Application
  • Earned graduate degree in one of the following: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), MS in Information Systems, or MS in Management Information Systems.
  • In addition to the degree requirement above, applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 hours in business courses (undergraduate and graduate courses count in the 18-hour requirement).
  • A Cumulative GPA of 3.00 for entrance into the program.
  • Two professional reverences
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). A minimum score of 470 on the GMAT is required.
  • Academic Records. Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s and acceptable master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  • For those required to take the TOEFL exam, a minimum score of 600.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience preferred, including significant management experience.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Selection is based on high promise of success in graduate study in business administration, as indicated by a combination of:
    • Prior academic performance;
    • Prior work experience;
    • 2 letters of recommendation from employers or professors;
    • A current vita

Doctor in Business Administration Courses

Course # Course Name Units
Quarter 1

BUS 701

Public Policy

6

BUS 702

Global Marketing

6

Quarter 2

BUS 703

Talent Management

6

BUS 704

Strategic Management Concepts and Cases

6

Quarter 3

BUS 705

Global Business Management

6

BUS 706

Research Methods

6

Quarter 4

BUS 707

Seminar in Performance Management

6

BUS 708

The Legal Environment and Business Law

6

BUS 900

Dissertation

  • Dissertation Design and Implementation
  • Dissertation in Progress
  • Dissertation Completion & Defense

27

Total Quarter Credits

90

Required Advanced Core Courses

Each student must select one of the following Core programs:

Finance Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 601

Business Finance

3

BUS 602

Corporate Finance

3

BUS 603

Business Ethics Case Studies

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Business Management Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 603

Business Ethics Case Studies

3

BUS 604

Strategic Human Resources Management

3

BUS 605

Innovation Management

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Brand Management Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 605

Innovation Management

3

BUS 606

Personal Branding

3

BUS 607

Brand Management

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Personal Branding Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 606

Personal Branding

3

BUS 607

Brand Management

3

BUS 608

Personal Brand Coaching

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Leadership Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 606

Personal Branding

3

BUS 609

Entrepreneurship

3

BUS 610

The Leadership Challenge

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Entrepreneurship Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 605

Innovation Management

3

BUS 609

Entrepreneurship

3

BUS 613

Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset

3

Total Quarter Credits

9

Project Management Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility

6

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership

6

BUS 810

Project Management Skills

6

Total Quarter Credits

18

Hospitality Management Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility

6

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership

6

BUS 811

Hospitality Management

6

Total Quarter Credits

18

Technology Management Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility

6

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership

BUS 812

Technology and Innovation Management

6

Total Quarter Credits

18

Logistics Management Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility

6

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership

6

BUS 813

Reverse Logistics and Closed Loop Supply Chain Management

6

Total Quarter Credits

18

Authentic Governance Advanced Core:

Course # Course Name Units

BUS 804

Corporate Social Responsibility

6

BUS 805

Entrepreneurial Leadership

6

BUS 813

Authentic Governance II

6

Total Quarter Credits

18

Dissertation Research and Publication 4 Years to complete

BUS 900

Dissertation

  • Dissertation Design and Implementation
  • Dissertation in Progress
  • Dissertation Completion & Defense

27

Total Quarter Credits

90

Cost of Instruction

The table below is an estimate of the cost of instruction for the BA degree based on normal time for completion of 2 years (8 Quarters).

Degree Program Doctorate in Business Administration

Application Fee (Non Refundable)

$50.00

Total Tuition

$31,500.00

Books and Learning Materials

$450.00*

Supplies and Kits

NA

Equipment

NA

International Transcript Evaluation Fee

$100.00-$480.00**

Certified Translation

$25.00/page**

STRF Fee (California residents only)

0

Assessment Fees for Transfer of Credit

$50.00/course***

Fee for Transfer of Credit

$75.00***

TOEFL or IELTS Testing Fees

$50.00-$100.00

Library fees (Library Cards or Use Fees)

$100.00/year ****

Commencement fee (when student files graduation request).

$100.00

Total Charges***

$32,600.00

*Cost of books based on Amazon listed cost of the book

**The cost of evaluating international transcripts will vary due to the number of course and degrees that need to be evaluated. Certified Translation cost will vary due to the number of pages that must be translated.

***The total charges do not include the cost of International Transcript Evaluation Fees, Certified Translation Fees and Fee for Transfer of Credit.

**** Paid to library directly

TOTAL CHARGES FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD OF ATTENDANCE: $1,597.50
ESTIMATED TOTAL CHARGES FOR THE ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: $32,600.00
TOTAL CHARGES THE STUDENT IS OBLIGATED TO PAY UPON ENROLLMENT: (See Note below) $1,647.50

Note: This total does not include the cost for evaluation and translation of student transcripts and degrees presented for transfer.