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.
- Download our three-year Course Sequence
Student Learning Outcomes
At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.
2019 Doctoral Cohort Dissertation Titles
Preetha Abraham, D.O.L. - The Mediating Role of Organizational Climate in the Relationship between Leadership Outcomes and Organizational Strategic Planning
Michele Baisey, D.O.L. - The Impact of Participation in an Elementary Behavior Support Program on Students’ Prosocial Behavior, School Functioning and Academic Performance
Linda Chambers, D.O.L. - Disproportionate Suspension and Special Education Identification of African American Students: A Case Study in the Early Elementary Grades
Lura Hanks, D.O.L. - Improving Teacher Effectiveness for Increasing Student Reading Proficiency through a Talent Management Professional Development Model
Eric Louers-Philips, D.O.L. - Leadership Style, Leader–Follower Congruence, & the Implementation of a Cultural Proficiency Initiative
Danny Rumpf, D.O.L. - Principals' Perceptions on Their Experience of the Framework for Teaching Professional Development
Jonathan Spaans, D.B.A. - Roles of Knowledge Diffusion, Emotional Intelligence, and Locus of Control in Facilitating Incremental Innovation Among Middle Managers: An Empirical Investigation
Joshua Work, D.O.L. - A Case Study on Principal Selection Practices and Preparedness of Assistant Principals for Principal Selection Processes
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