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Executive Doctorate in
Business Administration (DBA)


Unique Program Design: A Customizable Executive DBA

The Executive DBA curriculum consists of required classes all students take, four DBA research courses, and dissertation-related courses that allow students to personalize their research agenda under a faculty expert’s guidance.

Bauer College Executive DBA Curriculum | Program Format and Enrollment

The Bauer DBA program is designed to be finished in three years and accepts new students for the fall semester.

Years 1 & 2

During the first two years of the program, students will take three classes each in the fall and spring semesters. In each of these first four semesters, students will come to campus for three immersive three-day weekends with their fellow DBA colleagues. All other program instruction will be online. In the summers of the first and second year, candidates will work on Directed Studies.

Year 3

In year three of the program, students will complete their dissertation proposal (fall) and dissertation defense (spring). The summer of the third year, if needed, will focus on dissertation work.

The program is a total of 54 credit hours. Students must complete 30 core credit hours (3 credit hours each), 12 directed study hours, and 12 hours during their dissertation proposal and defense (6 credit hours each semester).

Residency Dates (2023-2024)

Fall 2023

  • Online orientation session:
    Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023
  • First residency:
    Sept. 8-10, 2023
  • Second residency:
    Oct. 20-22, 2023
  • Third residency:
    Dec. 1-3, 2023

Spring 2024

  • Online orientation session:
    Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024
  • First residency:
    Jan. 19-21, 2024
  • Second residency:
    March 1-3, 2024
  • Third residency:
    April 19-21, 2024


Year 1
Fall Semester Credits
Grand Challenges in Business and Society 3
Thinking Strategically in the Global Marketplace 3
Principles of Research Methods 3
Spring Semester
Managing Change, Technology and Innovation 3
Quantitative Analysis 3
Competing on Analytics (project based) 3
Summer Semester
Directed Study 1 3
Year 2
Fall Semester Credits
Current Topics in Finance, Accounting and Economics 3
Application of Quantitative Methods (project based) 3
Qualitative Analysis 3
Spring Semester
Directed Study 2 3
Creation of New Business Knowledge for Real-World Impact (project based) 3
Research Symposium 3
Summer Semester
Directed Study 3 3
Year 3
Fall Semester Credits
Dissertation Research (Dissertation Proposal) 6
Spring Semester
Dissertation Research (Dissertation) 6
Total Credits 54