Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
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Realize Your Full Potential as a Leader and Innovator with a DBA Degree

Success in business relies on a spirit of innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Getting there requires an education that emphasizes these key values and offers cutting-edge research and theory with a focus on practical, real-world applications.

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Concordia University Chicago, offered both on-campus and online, delivers on all of these fronts. Designed for professionals ready to become leaders in their field and available in two specialized tracks, these online DBA programs provide the next-level tier of leadership and management preparation that goes well beyond the MBA.

  • DBA in Strategic Leadership and Innovation – Focuses on managing change and providing quality leadership that meets the needs of 21st century organizations.
  • DBA in Innovation in Health Care – Prepares professionals to lead innovation and change management in the health care industry.

All DBA programs feature:

  • Application-oriented research
  • Best practices and strategies to meet real-life business challenges
  • A synthesis of global trends, business knowledge and leadership theory to advance both theory and practice
  • Courses in quantitative research and advanced statistics

Qualified leaders are in high demand in today’s rapidly evolving, highly competitive business world and within the modern health care industry. Earning a DBA prepares graduates to excel in these roles from the moment they earn their degree.

Take the Next Step in Your Career with a DBA from Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized degrees in many industries, including health care, business, education and human services. The DBA programs with specializations in Leadership and Innovation and Innovation in Health Care are designed for professionals who wish to achieve expertise in the latest theory, research and real-life business strategies in their chosen field.

The DBA programs from Concordia University Chicago prepares students to:

  • Critically examine the literature of business, leadership and applied research
  • Conduct independent, ethical, innovative and rigorous business research
  • Design and implement innovative business solutions
  • Evaluate the efficacy of business principles to effect change in global environments
  • Master strategic marketing in a global environment
  • Apply best practices involving business analytics and financial decision-making
  • Become global leaders who understand the importance of social responsibility and ethical decision-making

All students enrolled in an online DBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago will have access to the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which offers topical and experiential programs that include a speaker series, seminars, workshops, research projects, consulting engagements and sponsored internships at innovative and entrepreneurial companies.

Degree Program Specifications

The DBA programs each require 60 credit hours of online coursework, including a six-credit dissertation in the final semester. Courses are eight weeks in duration, and students typically earn their DBA in three years. (Note: This course is also available on-campus.)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the on-campus or online DBA program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Prospective students must complete the free online application and submit all required admission materials:

  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies, personal character and potential for doctoral study. If possible, please submit one academic and one professional reference.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications and skills.
  • Writing Sample – Capture your goals and ambition for pursuing the Doctorate in Business Administration in approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using proper grammar, professional writing style, and correct paragraph composition. This is not your resume; it is an opportunity for you to present who you are, and how your academic and professional background has prepared you to pursue the DBA.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online DBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago.

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA): 60 Credit Degree Program


Doctorate of Business Administration Courses

Semester 1

Foundations of the Doctoral Experience

DBA 7010      2 credit hours 

This course orients and provides students with the foundational tools they will need for success in writing course assignments, literature reviews, and the dissertation. APA style, scholarly writing, academic integrity, library literacy skills, and writing for an academic audience will be reviewed.

The DBA Residency Experience 1

DBA 7000      1 credit hours

The residency occurs during the first term of a student’s enrollment in the DBA program. It provides students the opportunity to meet professors and peers, as well as build a community that they can access throughout their program and beyond. Residencies provide a rich learning experience. Some of the competencies students will develop in Residency I include an introduction to the DBA research and dissertation process focusing on problem identification. Students will self-assess their leadership, time management, and research skills. Students will establish a Comprehensive Professional Portfolio in which to record their significant achievements in the program.

The Global Leader: Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making

DBA 7020      3 credit hours

A critical examination of the creative tension among the three principal components of organizational performance: leadership, social responsibility, and ethical decision making. This course examines the leader as the principal driving force of global performance, the role of sustainable social responsibility in the global world and the intricacies of ethical decision making in diverse cultures.

Semester 2

Research Design

RES 7901      4 credit hours

Emphasis on how to design doctoral-level, business research. Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 1

DBA 7404      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation. 

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 2

DBA 7405      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation. 

Semester 3

Mentor Courseroom 1

DBA 6325      3 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation. 

Strategic Leadership Thought

DBAL 7701      3 credit hours

This course provides a compendium of leadership on how one leads in today’s global, interconnected world. This goal is achieved through two reciprocal actions: leadership thought and thought leadership. Leadership thought provides a historical framework of leadership thought and the conditions under which it appears to effective. Thought leadership is a unique, informed, useful and relevant perspective that derives from strategic leadership thought. It starts at the top, is integrated throughout the organization, and becomes an integral part of the brand.

Innovative Best Practices in Healthcare Management

DBAH 7701      3 credit hours

This course is a survey of best practices in health care management and focuses on those determined to be innovative through recognition from Malcolm Baldridge Awards, Magnet Certification, and the Center of Excellence Designation. Innovation is reviewed and methods and techniques that stimulate, develop, and foster innovative practices are examined.

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 3

DBA 7406      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.

Semester 4

Quantitative Research

RES 7605      3 credit hours

This course provides an understanding of the unique advantages of quantitative research in research and business and uses statistical software to explore, analyze, and apply descriptive and inferential statistics through both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

The DBA Residency Experience 2

DBA 7200      1 credit hours

Students who have approved prospectuses will emerge with a plan for writing chapters 1-3 of the proposal. Pre- and post-work encompasses the term.

Qualitative Research

RES 7700      3 credit hours

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 4

DBA 7407      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.

Semester 5

Strategy Formulation, Deployment & Innovation: A Global Perspective

DBA 7030      3 credit hours

This course reviews the key elements of strategy formulation, deployment, and innovation in a global environment. Considered are the applications of strategic management in the formulation of global strategy, the unique elements of strategy deployment in a global environment and the process of using formulation and deployment in creating innovative global strategies.

Global Business Operations

DBA 7040      3 credit hours

This course provides the tools and knowledge to enable business managers and leaders to synchronize and optimize value from existing physical or intangible resources. Such knowledge facilitates prudent decision making and obtaining value from organizational assets, including supply-chain management that can create optimal performance.

Semester 6

Mentor Courseroom 2

DBA 7402      3 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation. 

Strategic Leadership Practice

DBAL 7702      3 credit hours

This course surveys the universe of leadership practice and allows the student to assess and determine the optimal leadership practice for their situation. It provides a collateral seven-point principle framework that covers care, communication, consciousness, contrasts, context, change, and capability in better understanding the contemporary issue of leadership practice.

Healthcare Analytics & Financial Applications for Healthcare Management

DBAH 7702      3 credit hours

This course examines the application of health care analytics and models to increase health care performance by the health care facility or system with emphasis on revenue cycle management and supply chain management using mobile technologies and other advanced techniques. It uses analytics in examining financial management, patient care innovations that improve financial performance while improving quality and mitigating risk.

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 5

DBA 7408      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation. 

Semester 7

Business Analytics & Financial Decision Making

DBA 7050      3 credit hours

This course provides experience and application in predictive analysis and advanced data analytics to discover new business trends. It provides for powerful new visualization that empowers the use of big data in reaching financial decisions  that support effective global planning strategies for identifying and taking advantage of new global market opportunities.

The DBA Residency Experience 3

DBA 7300      1 credit hours

This course is taken after the proposal is written, with the goal of preparing students to collect data and write chapters 4-5 of the dissertation. 

Mentor Courseroom 3

DBA 7403      3 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.

Semester 8

Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing

DBA 7060      3 credit hours

This course examines the marketing function from a global perspective. It focuses on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology across multiple cultures and emphasizes marketing decisions associated with allocating organizational resources. The course will assess and analyze strategic product development and design, pricing, promotional strategies, and distribution in a global environment.

Disruptive Innovative Execution

DBAL 7703      3 credit hours

This course builds on a synthesis of leadership thought and practice and examines them in the context of innovation and its execution. Innovation execution begins with Strategic Leadership Thought and Practice and translates them into actionable knowledge. The course builds upon the course, Strategy Formulation, Deployment, and Innovation: A Global Perspective. Students will learn how to create a flexible yet disciplined innovation process to support strategic leadership thought and strategic leadership practice.

Governance of Health Care Systems

DBAH 7703      3 credit hours

This course reviews health care system governance from the perspective of strategic policy formulation and execution, the governing body, ensuring the establishment of internal controls to ensure the integrity of the system, methods for accountability and transparent reporting to health care system stakeholders. It reviews innovative practices in health care system governance using information technology to leverage and ensure that the organization is proactive and compliant to regulations, accreditation standards as it meets the needs of the patient population it serves.

Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 6

DBA 7409      1 credit hours

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.   

Semester 9

Dissertation 1

DBA 8000      3 credit hours

 

Dissertation 2

DBA 8010      3 credit hours

 

Career Outlook for Business Leaders

Those who earn a DBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will be well prepared to take on leadership roles in business or health care organizations or to successfully launch a business of their own.

Qualified leaders are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates employment of managers and executives will grow 8% by 2026, resulting in over 800,000 new managerial jobs, including more than 190,000 in the top executive ranks.

Salaries for business managers and leaders vary widely depending on the position and location. However, BLS data reveals that the median annual pay for top executives was $183,270 as of May 2017, and the top 10% earned upwards of $208,000 per year.

DBA graduates can expect to find employment opportunities:

  • Heading large departments within an organization
  • Leading nonprofits and government agencies
  • Consulting with companies on innovation and strategic leadership
  • Teaching at the university level
  • Managing health care facilities such as hospitals, physician clinics, community centers and long-term care homes
  • Working for professional organizations

In today’s competitive, global marketplace, the need for expertise in leadership is greater than ever. The need for ethical, socially responsible leaders is just as great. The online DBA program from Concordia University Chicago will prepare you to become a highly effective leader who drives positive change and sets the standard for other professionals industry-wide.

Tuition and Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the online DBA program. Students who enroll in the program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit our website.

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Beth Lewis
Concordia University Chicago
Student Recruitment Manager

708-340-7660
Online.info@CUChicago.edu

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