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DBA Curriculum & Course Schedule

Please note: Course schedules are subject to change.

The DBA program is based on the assumption and expectation that candidates will assume the role of a practitioner scholar.  As such you will learn and develop the ability to think critically about organizational, community, national and world problems through that lens and framework.

The DBA program’s curricula and coursework will provide for adopting such a scholarly model as well as conducting original research, utilizing peer reviewed research as well as other significant and quality sources.

DBA Course Descriptions

The courses are organized and presented in a manner to thoroughly prepare practitioner scholars to be leaders in all segments of the economy and society.  Graduates will be prepared to move towards many different career pathways, from business and nonprofit sector practice to traditional full time and part time academic pursuits.


BSAD 8001 Orientation Seminar (3): The Orientation Seminar provides an overview of what to expect within Newman University’s Doctor of Business Administration. The course will detail the doctoral process, how the university’s Catholic identity informs business ethics and provide an explanation of policies, campus services, resources, and doctoral student expectations. Students will understand the advising process, library research, and graduate writing and research standards. The course will be mandatory prior to beginning all subsequent coursework.

BSAD 8111 Doctoral Research and Writing (3): This course is designed to familiarize students with academic and professional writing with the goal of promoting the development of formal writing and organizational skills. Students will learn how to construct and organize scholarly papers to better prepare them for the comprehensive examination, the doctoral dissertation, the development of scholarly journal articles and monographs, and the development of funded project proposals.

BSAD 8112 Mixed Methods Research (3): This is a required course which will expose students to advanced topics in research methods in preparation for writing their doctoral dissertation. It will also apply advanced methodological techniques to problems in the field.

BSAD 8211 Qualitative Research Methods (3): This course will explore specialized topics in research methodology with a specific focus on qualitative analysis. The course assumes that participants have a firm understanding of the basic principles of research methods and statistics.

BSAD 8212 Quantitative Research Methods (3): This course will explore advanced techniques of statistical analysis. It assumes that participants have taken courses in basic descriptive and inferential statistics and advanced multivariate analysis of variance and regression.

BSAD 9114 Human Resource Development (3): This class is designed to provide students a comprehensive overview of the fundamental topics and arguments in the area of employment. Current research will undergird the value of strategic human resource management and the consultative/executive decision-making required in the management of human resources.

BSAD 9115 Accounting and Finance (3): This course offers a contemporary review of essential accounting and finance practices in today’s organizations. Students will secure an understanding of complex corporate financial accounting problems, acquisitions, derivatives, segment reporting, partnerships, and SEC reporting.

BSAD 9116 Teaching & Facilitation (3): Students will come to understand the in-depth, contemporary research that supports the effective principles and practices of pedagogy and other instructional methodologies in today’s classroom. The course will also review the changing role of the professor and how research informs effective pedagogical/ andragogical practices. Particular emphasis will be given to pedagogical practices in the business classroom and in management disciplines. 

BSAD 9212 Executive Leadership & Management (3): This course will comprise the most recent research pertaining to both leadership as a whole, as well as executive leadership. Particular focus will be given to emotional intelligence, power, executive decision making, culture building, communication, and the senior-most executive leader’s role in the domains of engagement, company excellence, and execution. A considerable portion of the course will be dedicated to analyzing and applying new concepts and tools, a comprehensive understanding of own leadership strengths and weaknesses. Students will understand how the research has underscored the most strategic methods of leadership at the macro and executive level. 

BSAD 9213 Quality Management & Productivity (3): The course examines and evaluates the primary tools and principles of quality improvement and productivity. Methods for quality management and productivity management will be addressed. Furthermore, students will gain a deeper understanding of the implications and challenges of improving quality, productivity, and the factors required for successful organizations to thrive. 

BSAD 9112 Organizational Behavior and Social Responsibility (3): This class/ seminar will focus on special topics of research interest to students who possess a graduate level understanding of organizational behavior.  Emphasis will be given to theoretical model creation on the basis of the review of the literature and previous empirical research. The course will be heavily independent in nature and will require the integration of the doctoral cohort’s constructive insights and analysis in preparation for research.

BSAD 9111 Strategic Thinking for Decision-Making (3): This course explores current research in corporate strategy and the research evolvement occurring in the last two decades. The course will emphasize theoretical and practical expertise in strategic planning & strategy implementation. A considerable portion of the course will be dedicated to analyzing and discussing advanced approaches and analytical tools to driving strategy.

BSAD 9113 Marketing Seminar (3): The course will address contemporary marketing problems. Students will secure a comprehensive, both classic and modern, theoretical understanding of the marketing discipline. Seminal literature and peer-reviewed research will be of particular focus in the course review of the relevant literature. Finally, students will be provided a cursory overview of the current developments from an academic and practitioner and how to tangibly apply those in modern organizations. 

BSAD 9214 Ethical Leadership and Management [cross listed with Catholic Studies] (3):

This course focuses on research, evaluation, and application of ethical leadership pertaining to ethics and ethical management from a secular and Catholic worldview. The course is designed to ground the student in fundamental theories and paradigms of ethics, as well as, the discipline of business ethics. The course will facilitate a literature-supported understanding of the incongruous ethical frameworks between the secular and non-secular as well as the role of a Judeo-Christian ethical structure compared and contrasted with the secular-ethical responsibility. Moreover, the course will review ethical requirements for social problems, ethical responsibility to multinational firms, and its implications on cultural and societal challenges.

BSAD 9211 Strategic Allocation of Financial Resources (3): This class/ seminar will focus on special topics of research interest to students who possess a graduate level understanding of accounting and finance. Advanced study of financial and accounting decision making models will be addressed as well as particular emphasis to strategic decision making on the basis of the review of the literature and previous empirical research. The course will be heavily independent in nature and will require the integration of the doctoral cohort’s constructive insights and analysis in preparation for developing a strategic allocation of financial resources model.

BSAD 9300 Colloquium & Comprehensive Exam (1): The colloquium and comprehensive examination will assess the doctoral student’s command of the key learnings and course objectives in their doctoral curriculum. The examination will include both a verbal and written examination in order to fully apprehend the student’s learning and research competence. Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, a student will move to the formal dissertation phase. Prerequisites: Completion of all research, core, and strategic focus courses or permission from the Program Director. Credit, 3 hours.

BSAD 9901-9905/9906 Dissertation Research 1-5/Dissertation Defense (16): The dissertation is an original research project conducted and written under the direction of a faculty dissertation committee. The dissertation provides the student with an opportunity to do original research that contributes to advancing the body of knowledge in a specific business field.  The dissertation must be successfully defended in front of a faculty dissertation committee before the degree may be conferred.