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Doctor of Business Administration / Project Management

Program Details

The Doctor of Business and Administration (DBA) program is designed for current and potential business leaders and senior managers, in the private and public sectors to enhance their knowledge and competencies appropriate to a leadership role in business and administration. This program is a research-based degree, but unlike the PhD, the DBA is focused on a business management issue or problems. The outcome of the research is designed to provide valuable insights to an organization, in addition to contributing to the knowledge of the field of business management.

The specialization focuses on management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment. Students in this specialization will examine strategies relating to managing multiple projects as well as the concepts of earned value project management. Students will also complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action. This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Students examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. Graduates in this discipline can expect to lead project teams, multiple projects or a project management office. Courses in this specialization count as Professional Development Units for PMI® certification.

Requirements

Must have a conferred master's degree from an accredited academic institution. In addition, there are two options for entry:

  • Direct entry: Master’s program must be in a generalized business area such as business management or business administration OR a specialized business area (e.g., Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management) AND an undergraduate degree in business
  • Evaluation track: Individuals not meeting the direct entry requirements must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if previous coursework meets some or all of the Standard Curriculum requirements.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission,Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

NCU’s Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, DBA and PhD-BA degree business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211.

Northcentral University is recognized as a Registered Education Provider (REP) at the Global Provider Enrollment Level by Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Restrictions

This degree is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.