Business Administration


Doctorate Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    50
  • Cost Per Unit
    $875
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $44k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    36

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Doctor of Business Administration



Overview

Take an active role in creating innovative, sustainable solutions in today's global business environment which faces ongoing, complex, and an increasing rapid pace of change.

The online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at California Baptist University Online & Professional Studies is designed to develop innovative leaders who seek to maximize impact in public, private, and non-profit organizations. Created for the working adult, the 50-unit online Doctorate in Business Administration, including dissertation, can be completed in three years. Students will focus on one online class every eight weeks. Curriculum and courses are designed to meet the needs of professionals tasked in responding to today's global business environment and provides advanced training in professional management, human resources, marketing, and other business-related fields. The program helps students attain the insights and skills that are needed to advance to executive or professional leadership positions.

Graduates of the online Doctorate in Business Administration program will acquire the tools needed to synthesize their theoretical foundation, carry out timely and relevant applied research, and immediately apply creative and actionable plans to solve existing problems. Through these activities, online Doctor of Business Administration program graduates will be able to improve the quality of their business decisions and foster an environment of performance excellence to advance their competitiveness in a global business environment while conducting themselves in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

Program Highlights

  • 50 unit program

  • Complete in as little as 3 years including dissertation

  • Cohort model allows for students to progress together through coursework and dissertation process

  • Eight-week online course format

  • Residency participation at key intervals throughout the program

  • Outstanding credentialed faculty with public, non-profit and private sector professional experience

  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Doctor of Business Administration degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing at the graduate level.
  2. Analyze, synthesize and evaluate financial information within a business environment.
  3. Apply theories of management and leadership within an ethical framework.
  4. Develop, implement and evaluate innovative approaches for a globally diverse environment.
  5. Analyze, evaluate and apply economics concepts and theories in a global economy. 
  6. Examine and evaluate the role of human resources in organizational performance.
  7. Analyze current marketing trends and theories, and evaluate potential innovations that influence today’s organizations.
  8. Develop, conduct and disseminate research in an ethical manner.

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This program is not currently accredited by ACBSP. We will apply for accreditation once we reach eligibility requirements.

Course Requirements

Program Requirements (50 units)

Orientation Residency

Orientation Residency

Students entering the program are required to attend a 4-day residency at the beginning of the program. This residency will focus on doctoral expectations, program design, and community building. Successful completion of this course is required for continued enrollment in the program. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
BUS705 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Hybrid
TBA
M
T
W
TH
F
S
8:00 -
8:00 PM
Staff
Foundations of Organization and Management

Foundations of Organization and Management

This course examines classical and contemporary organizational theories as a foundation for academic thought within the program. Students will explore the historical development of organizational theory and develop frameworks of academic reasoning and strategic approaches within organizations and management. Students will apply organizational and management theory to current business practices. Topic areas may include organizational structure, culture, decision-making, power, and change. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
BUS710 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Ethics in Organizations and Management

Ethics in Organizations and Management

In this course, students will learn to identify, analyze, and apply biblical principles to solve ethical issues experienced by organizations and management. Topics covered may include the legal and ethical environment of business, leadership, marketing ethics, labor practices, consumer protection, and use of information technology. Prerequisite: BUS710. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
BUS720 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Management of Organizations

Management of Organizations

Utilizing a Christian worldview, this course examines management in the modern business environment through the utilization of past and current management theories, concepts, and practices. Topics may include planning and decision making, organizational strategy, managing individuals and a diverse workforce, motivation, leadership, managing communication and information, and problem solving from a global perspective. Prerequisite: BUS720. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
BUS725 AE Session 1
05/08/2017
07/02/2017
Online N/A N/A Poole, David L.
Financial Analysis for Decision Making

Financial Analysis for Decision Making

This course provides both a framework for and the tools necessary to analyze, evaluate, and interpret financial information. Content explored will impart an increased knowledge and understanding of the role of an ethical financial decision maker by examining the dichotomy between the objectives and incentives of the preparers and users of financial statements. Students will analyze financial information to assess the firm's financial and business strategy and determine how those choices reflect the underlying economics of the firm. Prerequisite: BUS725. (3 units)utive¸A?ÜK


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2017
BUS730 AE Session 2
07/03/2017
08/27/2017
Online N/A N/A Browning, Julianna
Applying Economic Theory to Decision Making

Applying Economic Theory to Decision Making

This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to economic problems in business. Students will develop the decision making skills and knowledge required to make efficient managerial decisions given different environments and situations, while applying micro and macroeconomic theory. Prerequisite: BUS730. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
BUS740 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
International Business in Global Markets

International Business in Global Markets

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge required to analyze theories of business and develop decision making strategies within the global environment. A special emphasis is given to the phenomena of globalization of markets and its implication for firms within a Christian worldview. The course also examines the cultural, social, legal, political, financial, and geographic dimensions of the global marketplace. Prerequisite: BUS740. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
BUS750 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Staff
Research Methodologies

Research Methodologies

This course introduces doctoral students to the use and interpretation of descriptive statistics as well as common statistical concepts and techniques found in research. This course will prepare students to apply these techniques in the Research Methods courses. Prerequisite: BUS750. Pass/Fail (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
BUS755 AE Session 1
01/10/2018
01/13/2018
Hybrid
CBU Online
M
T
W
TH
F
S
  Staff
Quantitative Research Methods

Quantitative Research Methods

This course examines quantitative methods and designs. Areas of focus for the course include measurement collection, data sampling, research design, and analysis methods for testing research questions. Various statistical methodologies are assessed and applied to business research using statistical software. Prerequisite: BUS750. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
BUS760 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Strategic Marketing

Strategic Marketing

This course examines key topics influencing the development of marketing strategy within the corporate arena. Students will analyze current literature in the field relating to contemporary marketing theories and may include segmentation, influential marketing trends, and the integration of social media influencing the design and deployment of effective strategies. Prerequisite: BUS760. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
BUS765 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods

This course examines the theoretical foundations of qualitative research methods and techniques applied within business disciplines. Students will be exposed to a wide array of research methods, design, measurement, analysis, and interpretation techniques that are crucial in descriptive research. Students will learn how to analyze human behavior, perceptions, and reactions as well as the meanings people give to their experiences. Prerequisite: BUS765. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
BUS770 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Topics in Human Resource Management

Topics in Human Resource Management

This course examines topics such as pertinent laws, labor management, employee relations, conflict management, and the role of human resources in organizational performance from a Christian world-view. Strategic methodologies and responsibilities will be applied based on physical location, industry-type, organizational structure, and employee responsibilities. Prerequisite: BUS770. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
BUS775 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Comprehensive Experience

Comprehensive Experience

The Comprehensive Experience will test the student's knowledge of the methodological and theoretical foundations in business. Students will identify and answer research questions by integrating and synthesizing knowledge from a broad range of content areas covered in the first two years of study. The emphasis of this course is to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the field of study ensuring that all students advancing to candidacy have internalized the central knowledge, critical thinking, and ethical skills necessary to be effective practitioners, leaders, executives, scholars, and professors. Prerequisite: BUS775. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2018
BUS780 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Comprehensive Experience Defense

Comprehensive Experience Defense

Students will defend their Comprehensive Experience papers to assess their preparation and scholarship leading to dissertation development. Evidence of scholarly application of theory, structure, and design is required for the defense experience. Students will demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge within the discipline. The successful completion of the Comprehensive Experience and the associated Comprehensive Experience Defense is a requirement of all doctoral students desiring to advance to candidacy. Prerequisite: Permission of Comprehensive Experience Chair. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2018
BUS781 AE Session 2
10/31/2018
11/03/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Proposal

This course requires students to examine, apply, and design research. Students will compare appropriate theoretical models, research designs, participants, procedures, data analysis techniques, assumptions, and limitations in preparation for a doctoral proposal. Students will review literature and design a research question to develop research methods that appropriately address the problem being examined. A potential prospectus will be the deliverable for this course. Prerequisite: BUS781. (3 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Dissertation Research and Design

Dissertation Research and Design

Students will be guided through the research process after completing the dissertation proposal. This will include the development and completion of the dissertation. Students will work with their dissertation advisors both individually and in small groups. This course is repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: BUS796. (3 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Dissertation Defense Preparation

Dissertation Defense Preparation

Students will prepare for the presentation for their dissertation defense. Preparation will include a formal written presentation using electronic media accompanied by a verbal presentation highlighting the major points of the research study. Students will engage in active collaboration with their peers and committee chair in final preparation of the defense materials and presentation. Prerequisite: Permission of Dissertation Chair. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense

The is the culminating experience where students will defend their dissertation in a public oral examination open to all members of the University community including faculty, students, and invited guests. Questioning of the candidate will be directed by the student's dissertation committee based upon both the dissertation and the presentation. The defense is concerned primarily with the dissertation research and its interpretation which includes, but is not limited to: the presentation of research, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Additionally, the committee may explore the student?s knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the dissertation problem. Prerequisite: Permission of Dissertation Chair. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Faculty

Julianna Browning

Julianna Browning, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting / Chair, Business / Director of M.S. in Accounting

Office Phone: (951) 343-3972
Email: jbrownin@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
A. Bowden

A. Greg Bowden, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education / Director of Masters in Organizational Leadership

Office Phone: (951) 343-5560
Email: abowden@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Kenneth Minesinger

Kenneth W. Minesinger, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Office Phone: (951) 343-5566
Email: kminesinger@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
David Poole

David Poole, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Leadership and Management / Vice President for Online and Professional Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-3902
Email: dpoole@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
Joe Putulowski

Joe R. Putulowski, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Business

Office Phone: (951) 343-3949
Email: jputulowski@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business
James Yoo

James Yoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Office Phone: (951) 343-3900
Email: jamyoo@calbaptist.edu
Department: Business

Admission Requirements

1. Master of Business Administration degree or the evaluated equivalency of a master’s degree, in a related field from a regionally accredited university with the following Grade Point Average:

  • 3.0 for unconditional admission
  • 2.75 for conditional admission

2. Two recommendations:  from professional sources that can personally attest to the candidate’s potential for scholarly and professional success.

3. Comprehensive Essay of at least 500 words that includes the following:

  • Purpose for entering the program
  • Long-term professional goals including how a doctoral degree will influence those goals
  • Reasons for choosing California Baptist University

4. Professional resume or Curriculum Vitae

5. Interview with Program Director


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Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

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Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

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Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





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This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

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