Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Program Overview:

The Concordia-Chicago Doctorate in Business Administration has been designed for professionals who seek professional enrichment and want to focus on real-life business challenges while developing application-oriented research. Seasoned business professionals know that they must blend research with their management practice. They must know how to assess current global trends in business, leadership, and management that affect their organizations. The DBA program is committed to scholarly business research, and qualified candidates will have research interests that align with one of the two specializations offered. Those who earn a DBA degree will be prepared to advance in their profession and to use their research expertise to positively impact organizational goals.

Two DBA specializations are offered, Innovation in Health Care and Leadership and Innovation.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • One course completed every 8 weeks
  • Classes meet on campus or in an online format

Program Objectives:

The program prepares graduates to:

  • Critically examine the literature of business, leadership, and applied research
  • Undertake independent, ethical, innovative, and rigorous business research
  • Synthesize global trends, business knowledge, and leadership theory to advance both theory and practice
  • Design and implement innovative business solutions
  • Evaluate the efficacy of business principles to effect change in global environments

Areas of Study:

Semester 1

Course Title Hours
DBA 7010 Foundations of the Doctoral Experience 2
DBA 7000 The DBA Residency Experience 1 1
DBA 7020 The Global Leader: Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making 3
  Total Credit Hours: 6

Semester 2

Course Title Hours
RES 7901 Research Design 4
DBA 7404 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 1 1
DBA 7405 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 2 1
  Total Credit Hours: 6

Semester 3

Course Title Hours
DBA 7401 Mentor Courseroom 1 3
DBAL 7701
DBAH 7701
Strategic Leadership Thought
Innovative Best Practices in Healthcare Management
DBA 7406 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 3 1
  Total Credit Hours: 7

Semester 4

Course Title Hours
RES 7605 Quantitative Research 3
DBA 7200 The DBA Residency Experience 2 1
RES 7700 Qualitative Research 3
DBA 7407 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 4 1
  Total Credit Hours: 8

Semester 5

Course Title Hours
DBA 7030 Strategy Formulation, Deployment & Innovation: A Global Perspective 3
DBA 7040 Global Business Operations 3
  Total Credit Hours: 6

Semester 6

Course Title Hours
DBA 7402 Mentor Courseroom 2 3
DBAL 7702
DBAH 7702
Strategic Leadership Practice
Healthcare Analytics & Financial Applications for Healthcare Management
DBA 7408 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 5 1
  Total Credit Hours: 7

Semester 7

Course Title Hours
DBA 7050 Business Analytics & Financial Decision Making 3
DBA 7300 The DBA Residency Experience 3 1
DBA 7403 Mentor Courseroom 3 3
  Total Credit Hours: 7

Semester 8

Course Title Hours
DBA 7060 Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing 3
DBAL 7703
DBAH 7703
Disruptive Innovative Execution
Governance of Health Care Systems
DBA 7409 Accompanying Mentor Courseroom 6 1
  Total Credit Hours: 7

Semester 9

Course Title Hours
DBA 8000 Dissertation 1 3
DBA 8010 Dissertation 2 3
  Total Credit Hours: 6

Core: 17 credits

Foundations of the Doctoral Experience

This course orients and provides students with the foundational tools they will need for success in writing course assignments, literature reviews, and the dissertation. APA style, scholarly writing, academic integrity, library literacy skills, and writing for an academic audience will be reviewed. (2 credits)

The Global Leader: Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making

A critical examination of the creative tension among the three principal components of organizational performance: leadership, social responsibility, and ethical decision making. This course examines the leader as the principal driving force of global performance, the role of sustainable social responsibility in the global world and the intricacies of ethical decision making in diverse cultures.

Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing

This course examines the marketing function from a global perspective. It focuses on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology across multiple cultures and emphasizes marketing decisions associated with allocating organizational resources. The course will assess and analyze strategic product development and design, pricing, promotional strategies, and distribution in a global environment.

Strategy Formulation, Deployment, and Innovation: A Global Perspective

This course reviews the key elements of strategy formulation, deployment, and innovation in a global environment. Considered are the applications of strategic management in the formulation of global strategy, the unique elements of strategy deployment in a global environment and the process of using formulation and deployment in creating innovative global strategies

Business Analytics and Financial Decision Making

This course provides experience and application in predictive analysis and advanced data analytics to discover new business trends. It provides for powerful new visualization that empowers the use of big data in reaching financial decisions that support effective global planning strategies for identifying and taking advantage of new global market opportunities.

Global Business Operations

This course provides the tools and knowledge to enable business managers and leaders to synchronize and optimize value from existing physical or intangible resources. Such knowledge facilitates prudent decision making and obtaining value from organizational assets, including supply-chain management that can create optimal performance.

DBA Mentor Course Rooms: 15 credits

The ten DBA Mentor course rooms run concurrently with core, research, and specialization courses. The Mentor course room begins the student’s introduction to the dissertation process starting in the second term of the student’s program. Each Mentor course room has a specific deliverable that coincides with one of the elements of the dissertation.

Residencies: 3 credits

DBA Residency Experience 1

The residency occurs during the first term of a student’s enrollment in the DBA program. It provides students the opportunity to meet professors and peers, as well as build a community that they can access throughout their program and beyond. Residencies provide a rich learning experience. Some of the competencies students will develop in Residency I include an introduction to the DBA research and dissertation process focusing on problem identification. Students will self-assess their leadership, time management, and research skills. Students will establish a Comprehensive Professional Portfolio in which to record their significant achievements in the program.

DBA Residency Experience 2

Students who have approved prospectuses will emerge with a plan for writing chapters 1-3 of the proposal. Pre- and post-work encompasses the term.

DBA Residency Experience 3

This course is taken after the proposal is written, with the goal of preparing students to collect data and write chapters 4-5 of the dissertation.

Research Methods: 10 credits

Research Design

Emphasis on how to design doctoral-level, business research. Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study. (4 credits)

Quantitative Research and Advanced Statistics

This course provides an understanding of the unique advantages of quantitative research in research and business and uses statistical software to explore, analyze, and apply descriptive and inferential statistics through both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Specializations: 9 credits


Strategic Leadership Thought

This course provides a compendium of leadership on how one leads in today's global, interconnected world. This goal is achieved through two reciprocal actions: leadership thought and thought leadership. Leadership thought provides a historical framework of leadership thought and the conditions under which it appears to effective. Thought leadership is a unique, informed, useful and relevant perspective that derives from strategic leadership thought. It starts at the top, is integrated throughout the organization, and becomes an integral part of the brand.

Strategic Leadership Practice

This course surveys the universe of leadership practice and allows the student to assess and determine the optimal leadership practice for their situation. It provides a collateral seven-point principle framework that covers care, communication, consciousness, contrasts, context, change, and capability in better understanding the contemporary issue of leadership practice.

Disruptive Innovation Execution

This course builds on a synthesis of leadership thought and practice and examines them in the context of innovation and its execution. Innovation execution begins with Strategic Leadership Thought and Practice and translates them into actionable knowledge. The course builds upon the course, Strategy Formulation, Deployment, and Innovation: A Global Perspective. Students will learn how to create a flexible yet disciplined innovation process to support strategic leadership thought and strategic leadership practice.


Innovative Best Practices in Health Care Management

This course is a survey of best practices in health care management and focuses on those determined to be innovative through recognition from Malcolm Baldridge Awards, Magnet Certification, and the Center of Excellence Designation. Innovation is reviewed and methods and techniques that stimulate, develop, and foster innovative practices are examined.

Health Care Analytics and Financial Applications for Health Care Management

This course examines the application of health care analytics and models to increase health care performance by the health care facility or system with emphasis on revenue cycle management and supply chain management using mobile technologies and other advanced techniques. It uses analytics in examining financial management, patient care innovations that improve financial performance while improving quality and mitigating risk.

Governance of Health Care Systems

This course reviews health care system governance from the perspective of strategic policy formulation and execution, the governing body, ensuring the establishment of internal controls to ensure the integrity of the system, methods for accountability and transparent reporting to health care system stakeholders. It reviews innovative practices in health care system governance using information technology to leverage and ensure that the organization is proactive and compliant to regulations, accreditation standards as it meets the needs of the patient population it serves.

Comprehensive Professional Portfolio: 0 credit

To document and assess academic progress, students will prepare and present their Comprehensive Professional Portfolio (CPP) prior to defending their dissertation proposal in the final Mentor course room. The CPP is a systematic reflection and documentation of the student’s experience in the DBA program. Students complete a complex assignment within each Mentor course room that provides a basis for evaluating the degree of mastery of all learning outcomes for that course. This experience provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their command of the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary for conducting research within their area of focus. The student will present their CPP either virtually or in person to their dissertation committee prior to defending their dissertation proposal.

Dissertation: 6 credits

TDBA Dissertation Intensive #1
DBA Dissertation Intensive #2
DBA Continuing Services

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.