Evolve Your Thinking, Evolve Your Career
Today’s competitive global economies and business environments require organizations to engage in new perspectives and new approaches to organizational strategy and evidence-based practice that promote competitive advantages.
Senior leaders need to be able to conceptualize, investigate, and solve complex and practical business problems, be innovative, and use new tools and advanced research, analytical, and critical-thinking skills.
The Johnson & Wales University online Doctor of Business Administration degree is designed specifically to meet these needs across many sectors of business, healthcare, government, the military, higher education, or nonprofits.
Students will ethically address business challenges, think critically and creatively, and learn how to transform business practices to create organizational optimization, growth, and sustainability.
Upon graduation, you will be prepared to become executive-level organizational leaders, industry innovators, consultants, and policy makers. For those seeking faculty positions in higher education, the Doctor of Business Administration is recognized as a terminal degree.
Here, Professor John Krupa, DBA, offers insight into this exciting degree.
Advantages of the Johnson & Wales University DBA degree:
- Relevant nature of curriculum that is comprehensive and career-focused
- Qualifications, experience, and expertise of the faculty
- Flexibility and convenience of fully online program, no residency requirements
- Students focus on one course at a time
- Courses are 8 weeks, giving students the ability to move quickly through content
- Expected 3-year completion
- Dissertation advisement begins at the end of your first year
- Lock-step dissertation model designed to guide students through the dissertation process
- Curriculum focus on organization development
- Regional accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
Credits/Courses Required for Degree Completion
54 credits/18 courses
Expected Time for Program Completion
Although there are no prerequisites, it is recommended that students opt for either:
- Statistical Methods Course: instructor-led and fully online (additional fee applies)
- Statistical Methods Primer: self-paced, no instructor, module-based and fully-online (no fee applies)
Transfer Credits Accepted
Three doctoral-level courses – nine credits (non-dissertation)
To earn the DBA degree, students must complete all of the following program requirements:
- Complete all coursework
- Achieve the minimum GPA of 3.0, with no course grade lower than B-
- Complete dissertation requirements
$850 per credit; $45,900 program**This program price assumes that a DBA student remains continuously enrolled in the program from start date to program completion, and that all courses in the program are successfully passed the first time they are taken. Failure of a course or courses will result in additional tuition charges to repeat the course(s).
Each academic program at JWU has readily identifiable learning outcomes. Upon completion of the DBA program, graduates are expected to:
- Design, conduct, and present applied research that addresses practical business problems.
- Employ advanced communication skills to share complex information, organizational vision, and actionable guidelines within business environments.
- Apply contemporary business leadership theories, knowledge of core business functions, and evidenced-based practice to address issues faced by senior leadership.
Upon completion of the Organization Development concentration, graduates are expected to:
- Apply organization development theory to improve organizational capacity for strategic change through systematic interventions.
The deliberate and thoughtful design of JWU’s online Doctor of Business Administration program was based on the needs and expectations of industry and executive level leadership. It has been expressly developed to meet the following goals:
- Provide business leaders with the research, analytical, critical-thinking and decision-making skills to:
- Conceptualize, investigate and solve complex and practical business problems
- Transform from leader to thought leader and innovator
- Expand organizational capacity for innovation and change
- Use new tools, insights, and perspectives in strategy development and evidence-based practice
- Advance knowledge within their industry through a completed dissertation
The JWU Doctor of Business Administration is a fully-online, 54-credit program developed and assessed by the College of Business and delivered through the College of Online Education. The program is delivered in a cohort, semester-system model with two 8-week sessions in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters over three years.
The DBA degree program is structured to support student learning in a format that works for working professionals, yet be comprehensive and rigorous. Once applicants are admitted to the program, a mandatory no-credit online orientation is the first step in assuring a smooth transition to doctoral study, online learning, and Johnson & Wales University.
Through the study of business theory, core business functions, contemporary strategic and operational business challenges, and applied research culminating with a dissertation, students will be prepared to develop and lead initiatives for innovation and change and expand organizational capacity.
- Students focus on one 3-credit course at a time, allowing for efficient progression through the program
- Integrative online learning platforms are utilized, making engagement in the program and connection with faculty and cohort members seamless
- uLearn is the university’s Blackboard learning management system
- Courses are strategically offered to support student learning and scholarship and to provide an exceptional experience
- Courses in the online Doctor of Business Administration program are primarily delivered through an asynchronous model; although not mandatory, most courses will contain a synchronous aspect to them to support engagement and learning
- Synchronous sessions are recorded and posted for either review purposes or in the event students are not able to “attend”
The program of study for the DBA includes:
Eight core courses
The core courses are designed to provide students with a comprehensive and global understanding and expertise in business. Courses include the core business functions of finance and accounting, human resources, marketing, and information technology. Courses in innovation and change, organizational strategy and design, leadership issues, and executive decision-making round out the program, providing students with the knowledge and skills required to investigate and solve complex and practical business problems, as well as expand organizational capacity and productivity.
Three research courses
The research courses prepare students to gain a comprehensive understanding and ability to use a variety of research methodologies, techniques, and tools. Identification, analysis, and interpretation of researchable topics are studied, utilizing qualitative and quantitative software, to ultimately improve policies, programs, and practice in an organizational setting.
Three organization development concentration courses
The organization development concentration courses are designed to provide students with a more in-depth knowledge and skill-set for initiating and managing organizational change. Students use theory and research to align organizations with rapidly changing and complex environments, whether externally imposed or internally-planned. The three courses are complementary, building upon both the micro (individual) and macro (group, organization) levels to advance employee and organizational performance and results.
Four dissertation courses
The doctoral dissertation is an integral component of the program and serves as a demonstration of academic excellence and expertise in applying the science of business, with all its expected rigor. The dissertation process for DBA students focuses on an applied research project, placing value on the relevance of findings to the researcher. It is designed to make a positive difference in an organization setting, specific to the researcher’s employer or industry. Research will address an authentic problem, issue or concern, based on theory and supported by appropriate methodological and statistical applications.
View the 2018–19 Catalog for overview and course descriptions.
|Fall||Organizational Strategy and Design||3|
|Innovation and Change||3|
|Fall||Contemporary Leadership Issues||3|
|Business Analytics and Intelligence||3|
|Spring||Contemporary Issues in Finance and Accounting||3|
|Advanced Strategies in Organization Development||3|
|Summer||Problems and Methods in Marketing Management||3|
|Organizational Interventions - Disruption and Change||3|
|Spring||Leading and Managing Large-Scale Transformation||3|
|Dissertation: Problem Statement and Literature Review||3|
|Summer||Dissertation: Methodology and Analysis||3|
|Dissertation: Discussion and Contribution||3|
The doctoral dissertation is an integral component of the program and serves as a demonstration of academic excellence and expertise in applying the science of business, with all its expected rigor. The dissertation process focuses on an applied research project, placing value on the relevance of findings to you, the researcher. It is designed to make a positive difference in an organization setting, specific to your employer or industry. Your research will address an authentic problem, issue or concern, based on theory, and supported by appropriate methodological and statistical applications.
The dissertation process for the DBA is comprised of a series of lock-step courses specifically designed to guide you from the proposal stage through chapter completion, which culminates in the dissertation defense. This approach creates a schedule intended to make on-time completion manageable. Your dissertation defense, or oral presentation, will be done remotely through Skype or Zoom. You will have a two-person dissertation advisement committee comprised of faculty/external professionals. Your major advisor is assigned at the end of Year 1 and becomes a partner in advising and supporting you. Your second dissertation reader joins the team at the end of your second year and may be drawn from full-time or part-time faculty, or you may select an outside individual with specific expertise (with approval).
As a Doctor of Business Administration student at Johnson & Wales, you’ll learn from the best.
Your faculty are terminally-degreed individuals from our campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina, with experience and expertise in their field of study. They have strong academic and professional credentials, with extensive experience developing courses and teaching online.
They know how to engage with and connect with DBA degree students through our online platforms, providing an enhanced, robust, and encouraging learning environment. They will act as faculty advisors for the online Doctor of Business Administration program beginning at the end of year one, supporting and guiding you through to dissertation completion.
The JWU DBA is a dynamic program for leaders who are ready to embrace their potential — now.
Getting started on your Doctor of Business Administration is a quick and simple process. There are no application fees or entrance exams. Admissions requirements are designed to assure that students are prepared for the academic challenge of doctoral work and possess the necessary academic and professional background to be successful.
To be considered for admission into the DBA degree program, applicants must have:
- Five years of management or industry leadership experience, or equivalent experience as a business educator
- A master’s degree with a concentration in business or business-related field from a regionally accredited institution
- If an applicant’s master’s level program is not in a business-related field, an additional three years of management experience is required
How to Apply
Your first important step is to complete the online doctoral application. After applications are received, applicants are vetted as they move through the following steps:
Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Upon application, your Online Admissions Associate will send you a Transcript Request Form(s) via Docusign to sign, which will allow JWU to request your transcript(s) on your behalf. (If your school requires additional information to process the request, you will be notified by the admissions team.) JWU must receive transcripts, diplomas, and/or certifications from all postsecondary schools, so you may receive more than one Docusign request to complete. (Note: If you have not yet connected with an Online Admissions Associate but are interested in starting the transcript-request process, fill out this form and JWU Online will send you a link to get started.) It is the student’s responsibility to provide verification of secondary school completion. Without verification, the student may not be allowed to register for the current term or continue enrollment and will be in jeopardy of losing his or her acceptance to the university as well as all financial aid. Refer to the “Admissions/Applying” section in the JWU campus catalog online for information on verification documents.
Write a personal statement
Write a personal statement, demonstrating clear, succinct and well-reasoned writing that discusses (a) how applicant’s educational and personal experiences influenced the decision to pursue a DBA; (b) career goals and how this degree will help to achieve those goals; and (c) a problem, issue or concern, related to the applicant’s profession/industry or workplace, that he or she hopes to address or improve (1,500 words or less). Email your personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to JWU College of Online Education Admissions, 115 Cedar St. Providence, RI 02903.
Submit a résumé, tailored to DBA application specifications
Submit a résumé that includes job responsibilities, relevant experience, achievements, and education history. You can also email your résumé to email@example.com or mail it to JWU College of Online Education Admissions, 115 Cedar St. Providence, RI 02903.
Submit two letters of recommendation
Please ask individuals familiar with your educational or professional background and potential for doctoral studies to complete this form or write a letter of reference and return it directly to the College of Online Education. Forms can be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed (401-598-4553, ATTN: Letter of Reference, DBA) or mailed to College of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University, 115 Cedar St., Providence, RI 02903
Participate in a video-conference interview
If selected, DBA applicants are interviewed by the program director and one faculty member via video conference (Skype or Zoom) as the final step in the application process.
For international students whose native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency is required. This fully-online program is not available to international students living in the United States.
The deadline for application to the online Doctor of Business Administration program is July 15, 2019, for Fall 2019 admission. However, students are encouraged to apply early, as the size of each cohort is limited.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has a long history of being well established in delivering a multitude of disciplines in business education. Johnson & Wales was founded as a business school in 1914; became a Junior College of Business in 1960, offering baccalaureate degrees beginning in 1970; became a university and established the Graduate School in 1985; and, in late 1991, instituted the multi-college system, formally establishing the College of Business. Click here to learn more about the College of Business.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ONLINE EDUCATION
The College of Online Education was established in 2013, with distance education offerings beginning in 2010. The mission of the College of Online Education is to deliver strategically-selected university academic programs in a high-quality online format to working adult professionals. To accomplish its purpose, the College effectively leverages technology and other creative delivery approaches to offer an exceptional education and enhanced professional success for students, in alignment with the university’s mission. Click here to learn more about the College of Online Education.