DBA Frequently Asked Questions

When do the cohorts start?

Fall of each academic year. A limited number of students in each fall cohort will be allowed to start in the preceding summer semester, if desired.

 

Is travel required, i.e. international trip?

There is no travel required by the program at this time. However, DBA candidates may be offered the option for international trip (at your own expense), when available.

 

Is it possible to be in the program if I don’t live in the Jacksonville area?

Because the program is held once a month, it is possible to live outside the Jacksonville area and commute in to be a part of the cohort. Class days are all day Friday and Saturday.

 

How can I best prepare for the program?

You must make sure to allocate several hours each week to prepare for the coursework and the expected assignments. Communicating with the professors and your cohort would be beneficial and essential.

 

How can earning a JU DBA position me for future success?

The combination of the DBA degree and your professional experience will provide you with valuable tools of knowledge and experience for assuming higher and expanded positions and responsibilities. This will also open the door for possible teaching at colleges and universities, if desired.

 

What are the criteria for work experience?

Minimum of seven years of top/executive (President, CEO, VP, Executive Director, Director, major unit management, etc.) experience.

 

What supporting documentation is required with or after submitting application?

Please refer to application process at DBA Application Process.

 

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

The GMAT/GRE is not required for DBA application. However, the candidates without MBA degrees are encouraged to take and to submit the GMAT/GRE scores to demonstrate their business acumen to support their applications for admissions.

 

What is the timeline for admission?

It is anticipated that the fall cohort will be complete by May 1st. There will be some students given early admission prior to May 1st.

 

What are the requirements for international students?

The academic requirements are similar for international students. However, the international students must meet the immigration and Department of States eligibility for student visa and permission to travel to U.S. All international students must meet the University’s current English language requirements.

 

What kind of financial aid is available?

The financial aid office will process all the applications and inquiries regarding the financial aid applications. For more information, please email finaid@ju.edu.

 

Are there any scholarships or assistantships available?

There are limited research assistantships that provide a $9,000 tuition reduction per year. These assistantships must be applied for each year. Additionally, DBA candidates may apply for a Kinne Scholarship. Kinne Scholarships are a one-time $5,000 to $10,000 scholarship for which all incoming b​usiness graduate applicants may apply. There are a limited number of these available each year.

 

What does the program cost and what does that include?

The Fall 2017 cohort will have an estimated tuition cost of $90,000, or $30,000 per year for three years (pending trustee approval).

 

Is it possible my employer will help me fund this educational investment?

Yes, we encourage students to obtain employer funding, when available.

 

How do I do a specialization? Which disciplines provide enough credit hours to teach in a college?

The pillars of the JU DBA are Leadership, Business Analytics, and Globalization. One or any combination of these areas is possible. In addition, because the dissertation is 18 credits  it is possible to obtain enough credits in any business discipline to teach.

 

What are the areas of expertise at the Davis College of Business?

While the DBA program focuses on the three areas of leadership, business analytics and globalization, the faculty is very diverse and qualified in all areas of the business arena. Therefore, if a student desires to do a dissertation in a business area other than one of the three pillars, it is entirely possible.

 

How many credit hours are in the program?

The DBA program consists of 63 credit hours.

 

How many courses are taken each semester?

The first two fall and spring semesters three courses will be taken each semester. There will be one course taken in each of the first two summer terms. There are also 1-credit colloquiums​ held during the fall and spring semesters. ​The third year will be spent working on your dissertation.

 

How long does the program take?

The program is designed to be completed in three years. However, the completion of the dissertation could extend the length of the program, but not beyond seven years.

 

What will be the class sizes?

Cohorts will generally be between 14 and 20 students.

 

What will the classroom experience be like?

Most DBA courses are experiential, applied and case oriented. Conducting research projects would be the norm.

 

When are the classes offered?

In the first two years, the classes will be offered one weekend each month for all day Friday and Saturday. The third year will be spent working on the dissertation.​

 

Will there be electives?

After the first two years are completed, the remaining credit hours are used for the dissertation. There are no “elective” courses, as this is a cohort based program.

 

Will assignments be individual or team-based?

Assignments will be mostly individual, but each individual instructor is allowed to teach his/her course as they please.

 

What should I expect while doing my dissertation?

You’ll be conducting research, analyzing and writing your findings. At this stage of the program, you’ll be working at your own pace. However, the candidates will meet with their dissertation chair and committee on a frequent basis to make sure everything is in order, as well as when they need mentoring and advice.

 

What happens if I don’t finish my dissertation in the third year?

It is possible that the dissertation will not be completed by the end of the third year. By rule, the maximum time allowed for any doctorate candidate to finish any doctorate program is seven years. However, students are encouraged to finish as close to the three years as possible. If a student takes longer than three years, they must remain enrolled at the university by enrolling in the one credit hour dissertation extension each subsequent semester until the dissertation is complete.

 

Can you explain the variation in time to complete the dissertation?

Causes for this could be the nature of the research question pursued, employment opportunity, or because deciding on the dissertation subject takes varying times, or for various other reasons.

 

How do I choose my dissertation topic?

Once you are in the DBA program and exposed to various courses and topics, you may find some topics of interest for your research. The faculty will be willing to provide helpful leads and guidance.

 

Will my research be published?

In these cases, the typical way is to divide a dissertation into some sub-topics first. You may submit these for review and publication to different academic publication venues. If accepted, they’ll publish your submissions. However, there is no guarantee that your research will be published.

 

Will my current employer/industry be factored into the dissertation topic I choose?

While not necessary, it is anticipated that many students will choose a dissertation topic that can be directly applied to their current job.
 
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