​The proposed Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program will be one of a few AACSB-accredited DBA programs in the nation. The Davis DBA is an applied program where candidates practice using analytical tools to solve current work problems and challenges. The program is based on the three pillars of Leadership, Globalization, and Business Analytics. The focus is on both inspired leadership of organizations and ethical business practices in a contemporary world. The coursework emphasizes the practical application of more advanced business analytics and evidence-based decision making. Hence, the program is ideal for executives, aspiring consultants, and "clinical" or applied faculty desiring positions in schools of business internationally. The program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2014.

 

DBA Program Mission Statement

The DBA program's mission is to cultivate advanced skills for the development of evidence-based decision making among senior executives and policy makers. The focus is on both inspired leadership of organizations and ethical business practices in a contemporary world.

 

DBA Program Outline

The doctoral program admits students in two "in-takes" annually: May and September. Classes are held bi-monthly on Friday afternoons and Saturdays, combined with engaging individual work that can be accomplished through online exchanges and collaboration with faculty and colleagues. Jacksonville University's Doctor of Business Administration degree can be earned in a minimum of three years. 

Each candidate completes four "traditional" semesters and two short summer terms. Participants complete 15 "core" courses during the first two years of the DBA coursework. Candidates complete three courses per semester in the fall and spring, and one each summer term for a total of 43 credit hours in the first phase.

Each candidate must successfully complete all doctoral coursework, a dissertation proposal and successfully pass a comprehensive exam in the second stage. The final stage for candidates focuses on their dissertation. Candidates choose a business related concentration in the second stage and dedicate their third year to doctoral level research and writing in a business area of their choice.

60 credit hours are required to graduate along with the acceptance of a dissertation by a dissertation committee.

Another unique feature of the JU DBA program is the opportunity to co-publish business, accounting, economics, management, marketing, or international business articles in peer-reviewed journals during the second phase of the program.

Class size is limited to 14 students annually and admission is highly competitive.

 

Proposed DBA Curriculum and Program of Study

Year 1

Fall Semester (September - December)
                           DBA Program Orientation

Code Course​ Credit​
​INB 700 Corporate and Global Strategy​ 3​
​MGT 705 Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership​ 3​
​DSIM 710 Advanced Statistics and Applications​ ​3
 

 

Spring Semester (January - May)

Code Course​ Credit​
MGT 715 Organizational Development, Transformation and Change 3​
​MGT 720 Advanced Negotiations and Communications​ 3​
​DSIM 725 Quantitative Methods for Executive Decision Making​ ​3
​(Quantitative Business Analytics I)
​MGT 730 DBA Colloquium I​ 1​
 

Summer Semester (May - June)

Code Course​ Credit​
​MGT 735 Contemporary Business Ethics​ 3​
                                                 Total 1st Year Credit Hours: ​22

 

Year Two

Fall Semester (September - December)

Code Course​ Credit​
​DSIM 740 Business Analytics & Technological Tools​ 3​
​(Quantitative Business Analytics II)
​INB 745  Global Business in the Transitional Market Place​ 3​
FIN 750 Corporate Mergers, Acquisitions, and Valuations​ ​3
 

 

Spring Semester (January - May)

Code Course​ Credit​
DSIM 755 Advanced Research Methods I​ 3​
​ACCT 760  Advanced Managerial Accounting 3​
​INB 765 Marketing with a Global Mindset ​3

 

Summer Semester (May - June)

Code Course​ Credit​
ECON 770 Applied Econometrics​ 3​
--- Comprehensive Exams​
--- Oral Presentation of Dissertation Proposal​
                                                   Sub-Total Credit Hours after 2nd year: ​ 43​

 

Year 3*

Fall Semester (September - December)

Code Course​ Credit​
DSIM 775 Advanced Research Methods II 4​
​MGT 780 DBA Colloquium II​ 1​

 

 

Spring Semester (January - May)

Code Course​ Credit​
XXX 785 Dissertation I/Applied Research  I​ 6​
(may take under the heading of ACCT, DSIM, ECON, FIN, INB,​
MGT, or MKG)​

 

Summer Semester (May - June)

Code Course​ Credit​
​XXX 790 Dissertation II/Applied Research II​ 6​
(may take under the heading of ACCT, DSIM, ECON, FIN, INB,​
MGT, or MKG)
​XXX 795 Dissertation Extension (1 credit hour if needed)​
​                                                                         Total Credit Hours Required: 60​

 

* ACCT, DSIM, ECON, FIN, INB, MGT, MKG 795, Dissertation Extension (1 credit hour if needed) 
* ACCT, DSIM, ECON, FIN, INB, MGT, MKG 800, Special Topics (max. 6 credits)