Program Options Doctor of Business Administration



The academic track is designed for individuals looking to transition their career to teaching at the college level or advance to a better position in the field of higher education.

  • DBA Colloquium II: Training in the best practices of teaching and learning to apply to the classroom environment as a teacher.
  • Dissertation Requirement: Choose between a traditional dissertation or a series of research papers.
  • Professional Organizations: Automatic membership in Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and attendance at the Doctoral Institute and conference during your third year.
  • Professional Development: Funding available for academic conferences to present research.
  • Funding: Competitive scholarships and GA/TA positions available 


The professional track is designed for individuals who wish to apply high-level skills to real-life problem solving to improve their current organization. 

  • DBA Colloquium II: Either a colloquium on teaching with a training focus or a professional colloquium with exposure to best practices in consulting and how to take a consulting mindset to organizational challenges.
  • Dissertation Requirement: Complete a major research project for your or another organization.
  • Professional Organizations: Participation at an event or conference in Jacksonville with our industry partners.
  • Professional Development: Funding available for professional conferences to present research.
  • Funding: Competitive scholarships available.


Note: Students who enter without a master's degree must choose a concentration option.

Accounting & Finance

The Accounting and Finance concentration prepares students for leadership positions as analysts, managers or C-suite level executives such as CFO.  Curriculum options include investments, managerial, tax, analyzing financial performance, financial modeling, and financial decision making. 

Choose four:

  • FIN 610: Investments
  • ACCT/FIN 620: Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 630: Advanced Tax
  • ACCT/FIN 640: Analyzing Financial Performance
  • ACCT/FIN 650: Advanced Managerial Accounting & Financial Modeling
  • ACCT/FIN 680: Financial Decision-Making


The Management concentration prepares students for leadership positions as consultants, managers or C-suite level executives responsible for oversight of an organization.  If you enjoy implementing initiatives and leading people and tasks, this concentration is for you.  Course content includes ethics, human resource management, leadership, and organizational change. 

  • MGT 566: Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Business Environment
  • MGT 610: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MGT 620: Responsible Leadership
  • MGT 630: Teamwork and Organizational Change

Healthcare Leadership 

The Healthcare Leadership concentration prepares students for leadership positions as Healthcare Consultants, Hospital Administrators, Directors, or Executives in the healthcare industry. Curriculum options include: 

  • HQS 501: Introduction to Healthcare Quality/Culture, Interprofessional Teams, and Simulation
  • HQS 502: HC Law and Regulatory Environment
  • HQS 512: Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare
  • HQS 516: Information Systems and Technology for Improved Healthcare

Custom Professional Concentration

Students can choose to customize a concentration to meet their specific goals and interests.  To design the customized concentration of at least 12 graduate credits, students will work closely with their academic advisor and craft an education pathway that provides a comprehensive base of knowledge in their area of career interest. Some examples of customized concentrations include Organizational Behavior, Business Analytics, Data Management, Strategic Management, and Portfolio Management, but you can design the path that is right for you.