About this Program
The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) prepares leaders in business, industry and government to meet the personal and professional challenges of the future. Through an integrated curriculum that explores values, students are equipped for lives of responsibility, leadership and service. Participants are encouraged to be lifelong learners who engage in self-assessment, reflection and evaluation.
Preparing leaders, transforming communities
The DOL is founded on the four pillars of leadership excellence: mindfulness, resource stewardship, systems thinking and community commitment. Experiences prepare students to guide their organizations—and their communities—through the challenges of the twenty-first century. Students learn to make decisions based not only on financial performance but also on social and environmental criteria. Coursework prepares them to use benchmarking and evidence-based research to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Ideal candidates are mid-career professionals who hold leadership positions within their organizations or have a strong desire to ascend to that level. They have earned a master’s degree and have at least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in their career field.
The multidisciplinary program is a three-year experience—fall, spring and summer—that is organized by cohort. The cohort approach provides an opportunity to be part of a cohesive community of learners and leaders. DBA candidates:
- Start and progress together with Doctorate of Organizational Leadership candidates through 27 credits of core courses and 9 credits of research courses, as well as three capstone courses.
- Differentiate their degree pursuits through three electives aligned with their specialization in education, business or psychology and counseling.
- Fulfill additional requirements of the DBA.
You may also be interested in our Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Director of Graduate Admission
Are you ready to go further?
To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must:
- Complete the online application at www.hood.edu/graduate
- Submit an official transcript for a master’s degree. (Applicants must have completed a master’s degree with a minimum 3.25 GPA and taken at least one course in statistics.)
- Submit a résumé that demonstrates a minimum of 8-10 years of progressive professional work experience.
- Submit two letters of recommendation: One from your employer that speaks to your professional work experience and leadership skills, the second from an individual who can attest to your leadership skills.
- Submit a 400- to 500-word personal essay that describes what attracts you to this doctorate program.
- Submit a 500- to 750-word essay in response to one of the following prompts:
- What is the role of leadership in an organization as it focuses on challenges and issues of the twenty-first century?
- Leadership is often defined as the “art of influence.” What lessons have you learned from a leader you admire?
- Compare and contrast your leadership style with that of a leader you admire and respect.
- Describe how sustainable leadership (economic, social and environmental) fits with your personal paradigm of leadership.
- Provide one of the following admission elements:
- Standardized test scores (SLLA, GRE, GMAT or MAT)
- Evidence of master’s level culminating research experience (capstone project, thesis, field work or action research project)
The doctoral programs Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL/DBA) requires sixty credits beyond the master’s degree and consists of twenty-seven credits of core coursework, twelve credits from a specialization tier, nine credits of research methodology courses, and a twelve-credit applied research-based capstone dissertation project.
Research Methodology Tier
To address the research tier, all candidates complete the following three Research Methodology courses for a total of nine credits:
|LEAD 620||Qualitative Research in Social Sciences-Theory and Design|
|LEAD 621||Statistical Methods for Social Science Research: Design and Analysis|
|LEAD 622||Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Management Theory, Research, and Application|
Core Leadership Tier
Courses delivering the 27 core credits are designed to provide every cohort member with a common set of understandings about key elements of effective organizational leadership. This tier of courses includes the following:
|LEAD 601||Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice|
|LEAD 602||Seminar in Ethics and Leadership|
|LEAD 603||Leading and Managing Human Capital|
|LEAD 604||Leadership and Strategic Communication|
|LEAD 605||Seminar in Leading Strategic Change and Transformation|
|LEAD 606||Financial Stewardship for Leaders|
|LEAD 607||Leadership, Advocacy and Policy|
|LEAD 608||Sustainable Systemic Leadership|
Additional Requirements for DBA candidates
• Six approved management workshops
• Conference presentation (local, regional, national, or international)
• Experiential opportunity with a faculty member
• Paper publication (or preparation of paper to be published)
Candidates who enter the doctoral program come from many different sectors including business, education, non-profits, the military and government. In order to provide a flexible program that meets the personal and professional needs of candidates, the specialization tier provides opportunity to develop more specialized study. Selection of courses are guided by the candidate’s goal of enhancing understanding of their industry or building new content development in a complimentary area. Candidates will work closely with their faculty adviser and select courses to support their personal and professional goals. The candidates will identify courses at the end of year one coursework and submit a declaration of specialization form to the Doctoral Program Director for approval. Year Two coursework will include the specialization courses outlined in the declaration form. Candidates will complete their specialization coursework no later than fall semester of year three.
All candidates will select one specialization from the following:
The twelve specialization credits are selected by candidates from among the graduate course offerings within the disciplines of Counseling, Economics & Business Administration, and Education; the selection of specialization courses is subject to the approval of each candidate’s adviser and Program Director. With similar approval, appropriate courses from other departments may also meet this requirement. Candidates complete all course requirements for each of the three courses in this series and, in addition, in consultation with their adviser, design and conduct a project related to each course. These projects will involve either the candidate’s employer or a local organization and have as their goal to help inform the candidate concerning the ultimate subject of his/her research-based capstone experience. Up to six credits beyond the master’s degree may be transferred toward meeting this requirement with the approval of the advisor.
Select three of the following:
|COUN 500L||Human Development as a Lifelong Process|
|COUN 502L||Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling|
|COUN 503L||Lifestyle and Career Development|
|COUN 506L||Research and Program Evaluation|
|ECON 560L||Managerial Economics|
|ECMG 578L||International Financial Management|
|EDUC 502L||Technology for Literacy, Leadership & Learning|
|EDUC 513L||School Law|
|EDUC 514L||Administration of Student Services|
|EDUC 581L||Research-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment|
|EDUC 582L||Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society|
|EDUC 584L||Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement|
|EDUC 586L||Principles of Educational Supervision|
|LEAD 675||Independent Study|
|LEAD 699||Special Topics in Org. Leadership|
|MGMT 562L||Financial & Managerial Accounting|
|MGMT 563L||Marketing Management|
|MGMT 565L||International Management|
|MGMT 566L||Information Management & Technology|
|MGMT 568L||Accounting Information Systems|
|MGMT 569L||Project Management|
|MGMT 570L||Marketing Analysis for Managers|
|MGMT 572L||Supply Chain Management|
|MGMT 576L||Advanced Financial Management|
|MGMT 577L||Portfolio and Investment Management|
|ECMG 578L||International Financial Management|
|MGMT 580L||Strategic Cost Management|
|MGMT 581L||Financial Statement Analysis|
|MGMT 582L||Negotiation & Conflict Resolution|
|MGMT 587L||Public Administration|
Candidates design an capstone dissertation research project to address a challenge within their working context, organization, or community. The project incorporates leadership-based research, the working context of the candidate, and the impact of effective leadership. The capstone credits are distributed across three semesters of 3-four credit classes:
|LEAD 630||Capstone I: Theoretical Framework|
|LEAD 631||Capstone II: Research Proposal|
|LEAD 632||Capstone III: Project Defense|
Comprehensive Examination: Students will sit for a comprehensive examination that tests their grasp of the first four leadership core classes and the three research methods courses. Comprehensive exams are completed int he spring of Year II of the program.
Portfolio Evaluation: Students will be required to maintain a portfolio of their work in Chalk and Wire. The major assignment from each class must be submitted to Chalk and Wire. This collection of assignments will comprise the student portfolio, which will be reviewed at the end of the second year by a faculty team. In addition, students are required to submit a statement indicating their plans for future research and capstone work at the end of the first year. This statement will also be reviewed by a faculty team.
Graduates holding a DBA are prepared to work in executive positions within the top businesses or international companies or in scholarly pursuits at universities and colleges.All Faculty