Program Overview

Metropolitan State University offers a Doctor of Business Administration degree for professionals in business and in education who want to conduct research and develop policy and practice for use in business. Students will learn about advanced decision making and leadership skills required for students to be successful, ethical business leaders in complex and variable organizations. They will develop the talents and education necessary for demanding positions in business management, higher education teaching, and management consulting.

The program consists of advanced research in business topics relating to theoretical aspects of business as well as research topics relating to business practice and policy. Those classes include doctoral seminar in the development of management thought, foundations of research inquiry, accounting and financial policy seminar, research methods for applied projects, information technology issues and strategies, global issues in business with multi-disciplinary approaches, applied research project design, advanced strategic management seminar, teaching business in higher education, professional consulting in business, and current topics in business.

Students will demonstrate the highest of qualifications upon completing this program, demonstrating their mastery of advanced topics in business as well as their capability to perform research and develop policy for business.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to assess the relevance of current and emerging business theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective, to formulate and execute effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to the practice of business and management, to apply the current research literature from business and management to practical problems found in business and management, to design and conduct rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge on business and management, to clearly communicate with stakeholders about problem statements, research approaches and results, solutions, and assessment, and to explain their ethical responsibilities as a member of the business community and citizens in society.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

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



    Students must have an earned MBA or equivalent management-related master's degree. The ideal applicant will have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

    School Overview

    Metropolitan State University is a four-year public school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Metro State was founded in 1971 as a college for working adults and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The school operates on the semester system.

    Metropolitan State University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Metro State offers undergraduate degrees and graduate programs. Schools at Metro State include:

    • College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
    • College of Individualized Studies
    • College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Management
    • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    • College of Sciences
    • School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
    • School of Urban Education

    The Center for Online Learning (COL) partners with faculty and staff to design and support excellent teaching and learning experiences in online programs and courses to fulfill the academic goals of a diverse population of students. Students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees and certificates, mostly from the College of Management.


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