Designed for executive-level working professionals, the Doctor of Business Administration at University of Maryland Global Campus emphasizes management theory and strategic thinking, organizational leadership and change, research and innovation, and sustainability in the global business environment. Through applied research and analysis of real-world management issues, you'll gain sophisticated knowledge for the executive level of management.
Our cohort structure promotes close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff and a supportive network for lifelong learning. You'll also benefit from exposure to national and global perspectives and collaboration with geographically diverse classmates and faculty.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Doctor of Business Administration
The Doctor of Business Administration can help you gain the research and management competencies necessary to acquire, appraise, analyze, apply, and assess information for complex evidence-based decision-making.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Conduct and evaluate management research for decision-making
- Investigate the overall business intelligence environment in an organization
- Develop ethical solutions to complex organizational problems
- Develop new thinking to solve the most pressing business challenges of the 21st century
- Initiate and lead successful change
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Perform qualitative management research and effectively communicate findings to practitioners
- Assess management environments and develop problem concept models
- Design and implement evidence-based solutions aligned with organizational needs
- Assess an enterprise's analytic capabilities to develop recommendations for a stronger business intelligence climate
- Present innovative ideas at professional conferences and submit for publication
Doctor of Business Administration Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Please note: This is a prerequisite course for admission to the program. A completed application for admission, including all documents described below in the program admission requirements, must be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for this course.
- DBA 800
- DBA 810
- DBA 820
- DBA 830
- DBA 840
- DBA 850
- DBA 860
- DBA 870
- DBA 880
Course Rules and Program Progression
- All courses must be taken in the order listed.
- You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.
- Your course syllabus will explain options for and consequences of requesting a grade of Incomplete.
- The courses in this program must be successfully completed within a maximum of seven years.
About the Dissertation
Through the Doctor of Business Administration program, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed management decisions. Your dissertation will include a systematic review of a complex issue or problem in the workforce. Most students choose to apply the results of their dissertation research to their current work environment.
Recent dissertation topics have included:
- Kuan H. Collins: "The Organizational Factors Influencing the Building of Collaborative Culture: An Examination of the Evidence"
- Sharon Denise Biddinger Crawford: "Indecisiveness in Teamwork: A Search for Interventions to Avoid Failure-to-Decide"
- Joseph Allen Evans: "The Influence of National Culture on the Value Creating Ability of Organizations Combined from an International Merger and Acquisition"
- Calvin Joel Martin: "Creating and Implementing Dynamic Capabilities: An Exploration of the Senior Manager's Role"
- Margaret Walthall: "The Leader-Follower Relationship and Follower Performance"
This program is designed to help prepare you for management and leadership roles in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations; internal and external consulting; and higher education administration.
Program Admission Requirements
Admission to the program is competitive and is based on a combination of all requirements. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.
You must pass the prerequisite course, DBA 600, with a B or better to gain admission into the program.
Prerequisite Course Information
The prerequisite course, DBA 600, is a pre-admission requirement that all applicants must pass with a B or better to gain admission into the Doctor of Business Administration program. It does not count toward the 48-credit total for the program, and you cannot receive financial aid for this course. There is no on-site residency for this course.
A completed application for admission, including all documents described in the program admission requirements, must be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for enrollment in the prerequisite course. Applicants cannot enroll in the course until the application is accepted, reviewed, and approved by the program department. Decision letters regarding eligibility for the prerequisite course are e-mailed to the applicant 30 days after the application closing date.
The online, 11-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study. The course includes analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles as well as critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments, there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the Doctor of Business Administration program, the dissertation process, and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments.
When you successfully complete DBA 600, you become eligible for admission to the doctoral program.
You must submit the following materials to be considered for admission to the prerequisite course:
Completed application for admission
Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university or college (equivalent degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis; if you were educated abroad, you may need to meet additional requirements)
Up-to-date resume (outlining professional leadership and management experience)
Two letters of reference, sent by the evaluator directly to firstname.lastname@example.org using our doctorate recommendation form (two professional letters of reference or one professional and one academic letter of reference may be submitted; personal recommendations and electronic signatures will not be accepted)
A three-page personal statement (following our personal statement guidelines)
Two reviews of scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic research-based articles (each review should follow our scholarly review guidelines)
In your three-page personal statement, you must
- Explain how your professional managerial, supervisory, and leadership experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (one page)
- Describe your specific area of management interest and explain how conducting research in this area will help you fulfill your career objectives (one page)
- Describe your future career goals and how the doctoral program will help you develop these goals upon completion of the program (one page)
- Use double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or 11-point Arial font
Select two articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. For each article, write a one-page review following these instructions:
- Explain the article's theoretical and methodological relevance to your area of research interest in the management field
- Describe how the article's research pertains to your area of research interest in the management field
- Indicate the strengths and weaknesses of the article’s research
- Use the following formatting instructions:
- Submit each article review on a new, separate page
- On each page, include the full APA style citation of the article being reviewed at the top of the page
- Include APA style in-text citations, as needed
- Include a "references" or "works cited" page at the end of your submission, citing sources for both articles using the APA citation format
- Use double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or 11-point Arial font
How to Submit Your Application Documents
You can mail all application documents (except for the online application for admission) to one of the below addresses.
If mailing by U.S. Postal Mail, please use the following address:
UMGC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DBA Admissions
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783
If mailing by UPS or FedEx Packages, please use the following address:
UMGC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DBA Admissions
1616 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774
You can e-mail your resume, personal statement, and scholarly reviews to email@example.com. Official letters of recommendation can be e-mailed as long as they come directly from the evaluator. If your previous institution needs to send transcripts electronically, please follow our guidance on submitting transcripts.
All materials are due by the doctoral program application deadline for the term. Documents sent by mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline for the term.
Winter: November 15
Spring: February 15
Fall: August 15
Summer: No doctoral term
Decision letters regarding eligibility for the prerequisite course are e-mailed to the applicant 30 days after the application closing date.
The prerequisite course DBA 600 is a pre-admission requirement that all applicants must pass with a B or better to gain admission into the Doctor of Business Administration program. The online, 11-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study. You cannot receive financial aid for this course, as it is not part of the 48-credit Doctor of Business Administration program. There is no on-site residency for this course.
The course includes analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles as well as critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments, there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the Doctor of Business Administration program, the dissertation process, and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments.
About the Faculty
Mary Jo Anderson
Mark de Jong
Thomas (Alex) Vernon
You will be required to attend one on-site residency each term at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.* These mandatory residencies are usually scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in the fifth week of the term. The residencies consist of two days of face-to-face classroom instruction, which may include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, and presentations of class assignments. Residencies provide an excellent forum for discussion, peer support, networking, and deepened scholarship. The intensive, concentrated format leads to enhanced collegial bonds between students.
Residencies for upcoming terms will take place on the following dates:
- Spring 2020: Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2020
- Fall 2020: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2020
- Winter 2021: Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6, 2021
- Spring 2021: Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2021
On Fridays, the residency programming runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays, the programming runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term. You can complete three courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to UMGC. Otherwise, if you are unable to meet these requirements, you must defer enrollment until the next available term. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and residency expenses each term.
Residencies are held at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Visitor parking is available in the Traville Garage.
*There is no on-site residency for the prerequisite course, DBA 600.
AACC Doctoral Discount
UMGC is pleased to offer a 25 percent doctoral tuition discount to full-time employees and staff members of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions. The discount is only available to students who are enrolled in UMGC's doctoral programs and have not been awarded a UMGC scholarship. The discount does not apply to our doctoral prerequisite and post-doctorate courses: DMG 600, DBA 600, and DMGT 899. The discount does apply to all 6-credit courses and 4-credit dissertation courses.
To verify your employment, you must submit your most recent paystub from an eligible AACC institution for each semester you are enrolled within 10 days of the start of the semester. The paystub may be submitted to Monica Graham, academic specialist, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 240-684-2404. When you apply to UMGC, please select "Employee – CC Alliance Institute" as your special program on the electronic application. If you have completed your application and neglected to select CCAI, please e-mail the New Student Advising Office at email@example.com to request that your application be coded accordingly.