Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

UW-Whitewater is home to one of only six AACSB Accredited Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programs in the United States.  Our program is a professional doctorate that enables students to develop in-depth expertise in a specific business area.  Masters degrees often to not provide students with the level of skill development needed to tackle today's complex and rapidly changing global business environment.  The DBA will provide students with the necessary preparation to contribute to organizational knowledge and effectiveness through required coursework and interaction with academics and practitioners at the leading edge of their fields.  Students will also need to complete a dissertation that contributes to business practice.  Students earning the DBA degree will extend their career horizons by preparing themselves for expanded roles within their organization or another firm, a consulting career, and/or a faculty position at a university of college.

The DBA is a 60 credit program offered using a cohort model where students attend classes 1 weekend each month for 2 years, followed by a year of dissertation work.  Weekend classes will run Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  Students will use our online learning platform in between classes to participate in discussion with faculty, submit assignments, and engage in other learning activities.

Program Coordinator

Praveen Parboteeah, DBA Director
Hyland 4515
Phone: 262-472-3971
Email: dba@uww.edu

Department

Hyland 4300D
Phone: 262-472-1945
Email: dba@uww.edu

Entrance Requirements

Equivalent of a Masters Degree in a business discipline.  A minimum of six years of professional experience preferred, including significant management experience.

Degree in Business Administration

Courses

DBA 800   SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES   Repeatable   1-2 Units

The seminar in contemporary business issues allows program participants to explore current issues facing business professionals and consider ways to apply DBA activities and ideas to their current and future professions.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 810   MEASUREMENT AND RESEARCH DESIGN IN BUSINESS   4 Units

This course main goal is to provide students with the necessary skills to conduct original research. The course will provide an overview of key concepts relevant to the design and conduct of organizational research and to help them develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the study designs of other researchers.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 820   APPLIED REGRESSION ANALYSIS   4 Units

Applied Regression Analysis will focus on the estimation of various regression models. It introduces student to the regression methodology, assumptions of the framework and corrections for violations of the assumptions. Sample articles are used to highlight the applications in academic research. Applications in consulting projects are also discussed.
PREREQ: DBA 810

DBA 830   FORECASTING AND TIME SERIES ANALYSIS   3 Units

This course introduces the theory and practice of forecasting and time series analysis, with an emphasis on practical skills. Topics covered in this class include the fundamental concepts in time series, forecasting, event history and survival analysis.
PREREQ: DBA 820

DBA 840   APPLIED MULTIVARIATE METHODS   4 Units

This course covers multivariate data analysis with an emphasis on applications for business and market research. The course compares and contrasts many different multivariate techniques. The course emphasizes applications of multivariate analysis from a conceptual viewpoint as well as research design.
PREREQ: DBA 820

DBA 850   CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH METHODS AND DISSERTATION DESIGN   4 Units

This course will consider the research interests of the student cohort, discuss their dissertation proposals and identify the research methods needed to successfully execute their dissertation. The identified methods and other contemporary research methods will be discussed in this class.
PREREQ: DBA 840

DBA 860   SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN BUSINESS   4 Units

This course provides students with an understanding of principles of scientific research pertinent to business research. A scientific approach implies the recognition of gaps in the literature that is addressed through specific approaches. The course will help students understand the approach to enable them to identify a personal research interest.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 870   MICRO ISSUES IN BUSINESS   4 Units

This course provides an overview of topics in behavioral fields from different business domains. The focus is on explaining individual behaviors across a number of business functions such as consumer behavior in marketing, organizational behavior in management, and behavioral research in finance. The phenomena of interest deal with individual behavior.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 880   MACRO ISSUES IN BUSINESS   4 Units

The primary purpose of the course is to expose students to key macro level areas in finance, management and marketing as they apply to business research. This course should help students understand this perspective and determine whether they want to pursue personal areas of research interests in this domain.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 910   TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND GLOBAL ISSUES IN BUSINESS   4 Units

This course provides an overview of topics in multilevel fields from different business domains. The focus is on explaining how micro and macro aspects of business interact across the fields of technology, entrepreneurship and global issues. The phenomena of interest deal with multilevel areas and include multinational management, business ethics.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO DBA PROGRAM

DBA 970   DIRECTED STUDY   Repeatable   3 Units

This course gives students the ability to conduct an in-depth study of the topics they are interested in and work closely with a faculty member. Students develop an integrated review paper that provides an overview of the state of knowledge, identify gaps in the literature and propose interesting research directions.
PREREQ: DBA 870

DBA 988   DBA DISSERTATION   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Students develop essays to investigate business problems that are of strategic importance to a firm/organization. A dissertation proposal must be completed and approved by the student's disseration committee before the student moves on to collect data in the area of research. A final defense before the disseration committed is required.
PREREQ: 45 DBA CREDITS, RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS IN THE DBA PROGRAM