Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

Top-level executives and leaders seeking an educational challenge that will afford them tremendous personal and professional growth should look no further than a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s rich learning environment encourages collaboration and in-depth conversations with your peers and you’ll have the opportunity to explore your passions through research and reflection alongside highly regarded scholar-practitioners.

Regardless of your background—business, government, nonprofit, military, higher education, or something else—you’ll find significant value in the breadth of perspectives represented and the skills that you build that can be immediately applied to your workplace. When you graduate from Saint Mary’s you’ll feel well-prepared to advance in your field and use your expertise to positively impact organizational goals.

All Saint Mary’s doctoral candidates in Business Administration enter with a master’s degree and are encouraged to research their interests as they align with one of two specialization tracks: Management and Strategy or Business Economics and Finance.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) in three years.
  • Cohorts begin every fall. Apply today.
     

Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

Degree Requirements

Student Orientation

DBA799 Student Orientation (0 cr.)

Attendance is required before DBA students begin coursework.  The orientation sessions introduce students to the faculty; provide a thorough description of the program's academic expectations; introduce students to library services and the writing center staff; provide valuable information regarding course registration; demonstrate the use of Blackboard; and include a discussion of other important administrative matters.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Enroll in DBA courses online.
  2. Procure appropriate services from the Library and Writing Center website or staff.
  3. Contact his/her academic adviser.
  4. Contact the Program Coordinator or Program Director.

 

Cluster I: The Global Business Environment

DBA800 Global Markets and Resources (3 cr.)

This course examines the distribution of population and resources globally.  Trends in consumption, income, and employment are explored.  Political, institutional, and cultural forces affecting business are examined.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the location and control of strategic resources.
  2. Explain the evolution of the modern nation states and international alliances.
  3. Analyze the effects of political and cultural forces on trade patterns.
  4. Interpret current events within a global political and economic framework.

 

DBA801 The Developed World (3 cr.)

This course continues the themes developed in DBA800 and focuses on the consumers, economics, and institutions of the industrialized nations.  Challenges and opportunities facing firms doing business in the developed counties are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate the composition of the industrialized countries' economic output.
  2. Analyze the challenges and opportunities of doing business in an industrialized country.
  3. Analyze the trade patterns of industrialized nations.
  4. Summarize the economic and political risks faced by the developed countries.
  5. Analyze the roles of the institutions that form the global financial systems.

 

DBA802 The Developing World (3 cr.)

This course continues the themes developed in DBA800 and focuses on the consumers, economies, and institutions of the developing countries.  Challenges and opportunities facing firms doing business in the developing countries are compared and contrasted with those facing firms doing business in the developed countries.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate the composition of the developing countries' economic output.
  2. Identify the root causes of the risks of doing business in developing countries.
  3. Analyze the trade patterns of developing nations.
  4. Critique the role of foreign aid in the developing world.
  5. Compare doing business in the developed world with doing business in the developing world.

 

Cluster II: Research Skills

DBA803 Research Foundations (3 cr.)

This course establishes the framework for writing and critiquing scholarly research articles.  The fundamentals of study design, hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, and data analysis are discussed.  Emphasis is placed on ethical issues encountered by researchers.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Develop effective research questions and hypotheses.
  2. Evaluate the differences between quantitative and qualitative research.
  3. Evaluate social, political, and economic contingencies that impact organizations.
  4. Evaluate ethical dimensions of organization research.
  5. Evaluate sampling techniques.

 

DBA804 Quantitative Research Methods (3 cr.)

This course continues the themes developed in DBA803 and examines the use of parametric and non-parametric statistics in business research.  Topics include selection of appropriate statistical measures, regression analysis, and analysis of variance.  Time series models are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the application of various quantitative methods.
  2. Evaluate quantitative sampling methods.
  3. Evaluate results and interpretation techniques.
  4. Apply and evaluate research ethics to quantitative research design.
  5. Conduct quantitative data analysis.

 

DBA805 Qualitative Research Methods (3 cr.)

This course continues the themes developed in DBA803 and examines the use of qualitative methods in business research.  The role of qualitative techniques in exploratory research is emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the applications of various qualitative methods.
  2. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate qualitative sampling methods.
  3. Develop qualitative data collection instruments.
  4. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate qualitative data analysis, including coding.
  5. Conduct qualitative data analysis.

Cluster III: The Internal Environment of Business

DBA810 Social Responsibility and Ethics (3 cr.)

This course examines the roles of for-profit and nonprofit organizations in society.  Differences and similarities in stakeholder expectations are explored.  Ethical issues arising in each of the functional areas are examined.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the roles of for-profit and not-for-profit institutions in meeting societal needs.
  2. Discuss the roles of governments in meeting societal needs.
  3. Analyze ethical dilemmas using a variety of frameworks.
  4. Construct a social responsibility plan.

 

DBA811 Organization Development and Leadership (3 cr.)

This course applies the principles of organization development to the examination of the firm.  Topics include systems theory, organizational interventions, power and political structures, and effective resource management.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze organization life cycles through systems theory.
  2. Apply and evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions.
  3. Evaluate the role of power within the formal and informal political structures of an organizations.
  4. Apply organization development theory to an existing organization.
  5. Evaluate models of resource management and economic forecasting for effective fiscal planning.

 

DBA812 Strategic Governance (3 cr.)

This course continues the themes begun in DBA810 and DBA811 and focuses on determining the strategic direction and governance of the organization.  Emphasis is placed on development of objectives consistent with the organizational mission and desires of stakeholders, and measurement of progress towards those objectives.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate the competing values of different stakeholder groups.
  2. Develop measurable objectives consistent with the organization's mission and stakeholder desires.
  3. Create a strategic governance plan.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of governance structures.

 

Cluster IV: Specialization Courses

 Choose a specialization

Business Economics and Finance Specialization

DBA816 Topical Papers in Macroeconomics (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues in macroeconomics.  Emphasis is placed on the results of decisions made by consumers, organizations, and governments.  Topics include unemployment, inflation, savings, investment, exchange rates, and the role of governments in markets.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate historical and foundational works in the field of macroeconomics.
  2. Critique and synthesize major areas of current macroeconomics research.
  3. Develop original research questions.

 

DBA817 Topical Papers in Economic Risk Management (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues in economic risk management.  Emphasis is placed on identifying and modeling risks faced by organizations.  Topics include measuring and quantifying risk, managing exchange and interest rate risks, and managing input and output price risks.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique and synthesize major areas of current research in economic risk management.
  2. Develop and refine a research question based on relevant literature.
  3. Create a preliminary literature review to support a research question.

 

DBA818 Topical Papers in Finance (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues in finance.  Emphasis is placed on decision making within an organization attempting to satisfy multiple stakeholders.  Topics include capital budgeting, management of assets and liabilities, the role of financial markets, and the institutions of the global financial system.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique and synthesize major areas of current research in finance.
  2. Fully develop and refine a research question based on relevant literature.
  3. Create a comprehensive literature review to support a research question.

 

Management and Strategy Specialization

DBA813 Topical Papers in Management (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues central to the management of organizations.  Emphasis is placed on managing human resources.  Topics include organization change, leadership, power, motivation and performance, conflict and negotiation, and organization culture.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate historical and foundational works in the management field.
  2. Critique and synthesize major areas of current management research.
  3. Develop original research questions.

 

DBA814 Topical Papers in Strategy (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues in organization strategy.  Emphasis is placed on the relationship of the firm to the external environment.  Topics include planning and strategic management, organization structure and design, implementation of vision and mission, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique and synthesize major areas of current strategy research.
  2. Develop and refine a research question based on relevant literature.
  3. Create a preliminary literature review to support a research question.

 

DBA815 Topical Papers in Innovation (4 cr.)

This course examines research issues regarding the role of innovation in the creation of new business models, improving customer experience, and opening of new markets.  Emphasis is placed on developing organization capabilities to meet market needs based on emerging trends.  Topics include theories of innovation leadership and innovation, adaptability, and the introduction of new products and services.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Critique and synthesize major areas of current research in innovation.
  2. Fully develop and refine a research question based on relevant literature.
  3. Create a comprehensive literature review to support a research question.

 

Summative Activities

DBA830 Seminar (2 cr.)

This course provides a forum for students to discuss and present research proposals relevant to their field of study.  This course is common to both tracks.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Design a research study for a topic of interest.
  2. Present an original research design.
  3. Critique original research designs created by other students.

 

DBA860 Comprehensive Exam (1 cr.)

DBA students are required to take a comprehensive examination upon completion of the coursework.  The comprehensive examination is an integrative experience requiring students to demonstrate personal mastery of concepts studied during the program and application of concepts to challenges in their areas of specialization.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Display abilities to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply knowledge.
  2. Display abilities to organize ideas and to communicate effectively both in writing and in speaking.
  3. Display a breadth and depth of knowledge of management theories and strategies.
  4. Display a breadth and depth of knowledge of economic, political, and cultural forces that shape the business environment.
  5. Display abilities to research, write, and defend a meaningful doctoral dissertation.

 

DBA890 Dissertation (1 cr.)

Individualized sessions are conducted with the candidate's committee chairperson to prepare the dissertation proposal and the dissertation as well as the presentation to the committee.  Upon successful defense of the dissertation proposal, the student submits the proposal to the University Research Review Board for approval.  Candidates are required to register for at least one dissertation credit each semester until finished, with a minimum of 12 credits required to complete the degree.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate satisfactory progress has been made toward completion of the dissertation.

 

DBA900 Dissertation Defense (0 cr.)

Each student is required to provide a presentation of the dissertation project to the student's committee and the public.  The committee and the public are encouraged to ask questions of the student regarding the research project, the student's written dissertation, points developed in the presentation, or any other related matter.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create a written, bound dissertation that meets all requirements of the student's committee and the DBA program.
  2. Create a public presentation of the dissertation project and its results.

 

Degree Requirements

Orientation 0 cr.
Cluster I.  The Global Business Environment 9 cr.
Cluster II.  Research Skills 9 cr.
Cluster III.  The Internal Environment of Business 9 cr.
Cluster IV.  Specialization Courses 12 cr.
Summative Activity, including 12 dissertation credits 15 cr.
Total 54 cr.

 




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