Program Overview

Baker College offers a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) that is designed to be completed in approximately three years. Comprised of a mix of taught content, research, and independent field study and professional development activities, students gain a vast knowledge base while also learning the ability to work independently. Courses emphasize practical skills and strategies that can be immediately implemented into one’s professional work, focusing on creative decision making skills, self-reflection and assessment, and fostering an ethical and excellent work environment.

As with all doctoral programs, the degree culminates with a dissertation project. Students choose a real-world business problem to research and analyze. With the built foundation of two years of both class and independent study experience, the research project serves as a demonstration of the business knowledge and research skills students have honed through the program.

The DBA degree requires students to complete 90 quarter hours of class work. Of those, 42 hours are met with the degree’s core classes, which are generally completed in the first year of study. The second year brings with it specialization seminars, residency, and assessment courses and projects, which together add up to 20 quarter hours. The remaining 28 required quarter hours are met with the student’s dissertation research paper and defense.

Before admittance, students are required to have completed an accredited Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program as well as at least 5 years of business management experience. All of this degree’s requirements can be completed online. Professionals interested in learning more about Baker’s DBA program are invited to contact Baker’s Dean of Graduate Studies, John Vinton.

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    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree; minimum of five years business management work experience.

    School Overview

    Baker College Online is a division of Baker College, an institution that was founded in Flint Michigan, in 1911. Online classes began being offered by Baker College in the mid 1990’s, and Baker was one of the first colleges in the country to look into the possibility of online education. Academic programs at Baker College are career-focused, and lead students to employment and career advancement.

    Baker College Online offers more than 40 associate, bachelors, master and doctoral degrees and certificates in the areas of health sciences, human service, education, business and technical fields. Baker’s online classroom is accessible twenty four hours a day, seven days a week from any location that has internet access, and rather than being a self-paced program, classwork has assigned deadlines, and courses have specific begin and end dates.

    Online courses are considered to be on the same level of difficulty as traditional classroom courses, but the focus of the course work differs in the fact that online courses focus on writing and reading, and when students attend classes in a traditional classroom environment, listening is also a part of the participation process. A large part of succeeding in online classes includes participating in discussions, and participation is a requirement for students wishing to succeed.


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