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The UMSL Doctor of Business Administration program gives senior managers the knowledge and applied research tools to solve high-level business problems in their companies or industries. The DBA program will help candidates gain expertise in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills, through practical application of academic theory.
DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (DBA) vs Ph.D.
The Doctor of Business Administration program provides participants with the skills needed to conduct rigorous research with the objective of applying the findings to real-world decision-making in industry and government. DBA graduates will be equipped for high-level positions in higher education, consulting, or career advancement in their industry.
Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
|Candidate Profile||Senior executives who:
Primarily domestic/regional origin.
|Students with limited work experience who:
Average age 25-30 years old.
|Motivation||Contribution to practice. Research topics come from issues faced in practice and lead to new practice/policy.||Contribution to theory. Research topics come from unanswered questions in the discipline and lead to advancements in the body of knowledge.|
|Objective||To develop practitioner researchers||To develop academic researchers|
|Program Structure||Multiple residencies per semester||Full-time student|
|Time horizon||Set at outset. Time to completion is crucial and predetermined.||4 – 6 years; not fixed. Time to completion is unknown at the outset.|
|Staffing||Faculty are mentors/research partners/SMEs; students draw on work experiences and firm data.||Faculty have dominant role re program curriculum and research agenda.|
|Funding||Company- and student-funded.||Tuition remission; graduate assistantship.|
|Accreditation||SA (Scholarly Academic) and PA (Practice Academic) qualified faculty status per AACSB standards.||Focus on SA (Scholarly Academic) faculty status qualification.|
DBA PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The UMSL DBA is a three-year, cohort-based program and offers a flexible format, with limited monthly visits to campus. UMSL DBA students move through the program in a cohort and meet faceto-face one weekend a month, then engage and collaborate with faculty and students in the online learning platform for discussions.
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Human Resource Management
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Important Dates to Know for the Class of 2020
April 1, 2017
Application Deadline for Early Decision
April 1, 2017
Application Deadline for International Applicants
September 1, 2017
Application Deadline for Domestic Applicants
October 1, 2017
Deadline for Enrollment
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