2019-2020 Catalog

Business Administration, Doctorate

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at City University of Seattle offers students with business experience the opportunity to develop advanced skills in business management, strategic thinking, critical analysis, change management, and organizational development, preparing students to become globally-aware business leaders. This program will provide unique opportunities for tomorrow’s business leaders to gain the requisite skills and experience to guide organizations and their people through the many challenges they may face as they expand the productivity and profitability of their companies.

Consistent with the mission and values of City University of Seattle, the Doctor of Business Administration program offers high quality and relevant learning experiences through a flexible format. The goal of the program is to develop business leaders who are able to implement data-driven solutions to today’s corporate challenges. Program graduates will have consultative and educational skills that can be applied to business situations as they assist current and future business leaders in their efforts to grow their companies.

The program offers a comprehensive set of core courses in doctoral-level business administration and research skills. The program allows students to complete an emphasis of their own design coupled with an action-oriented, organizational development intervention to provide them an opportunity to gain real-world expertise. The program culminates in a significant, unique, and problem-focused dissertation intended to advance the field of business administration.

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 service their stakeholders.
  • Recognize the social and economic value of responsible business strategies as ethical business leader 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.
  • Design and conduct significant and unique research projects that contribute to the knowledge of the business administration field.

Specialized Study Emphasis

The Specialized Study concentration consists of four graduate courses (or 12 credits) taken in a specific content area. Coursework may be completed through independent study, current course offerings, transferred in from another accredited institution, or developed for a specific industry or organizational setting. The Specialized Study concentration is proposed by the student and approved by the Program Director prior to taking the Organizational Development Capstone.

Pre-Entry Requirement 1 Credit

DBA 600Introduction to Doctoral Program

1

Total Required Credits (91 Credits)

Business Administration Core (42 Credits)

DBA 605Organizational Development Theories and Trends

6

DBA 610Financial Decision Making

6

DBA 615Organizational Identity and Culture

6

DBA 620Technology Implementation and Change Management

6

DBA 625Industry Analysis and Market Innovation

6

DBA 630Business Process Analysis and Strategic Management

6

DBA 670Organizational Development Capstone

6

Research Core (15 Credits)

RESR 617Research Fundamentals

3

RESR 619Quantitative Research Methods

3

RESR 621Qualitative Research Methods

3

RESR 623Research Design

3

RESR 625Advanced Research Topics

3

Specialized Study Concentration (12 Credits)

Completion of four CityU approved graduate or doctoral courses or transfer of approved graduate or doctoral courses from another institution.

*Must be approved by Program Director

Dissertation (18 Credits)

RESR 694ADissertation 1

3

RESR 694BDissertation 2

3

RESR 694CDissertation 3

3

RESR 694DDissertation 4

3

RESR 694EDissertation 5

3

RESR 694FDissertation 6

3

RESR 99Continuing Dissertation Services

0

RESR 099: Continuing Dissertation Services - Optional course used for continuing enrollment and services as needed beyond provided Dissertation courses.

Residencies (3 Credits)

RESR 601Residency 1

1

RESR 602Residency 2

1

RESR 603Residency 3

1