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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

 

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is designed for experienced professionals who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the principles that govern global business.

The program emphasizes advanced decision-making and leadership skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of theory and applied research. Doctoral students have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing business today, including corporate social responsibility, globalization, and managing change.

In keeping with our commitment to working adult professionals, we have one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that allows students to complete their studies in a synchronous hybrid or online format.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Business Administration program is to present advanced business concepts to graduate students through the exploration and discovery of new knowledge. The program creates meaningful learning experiences that develop practitioner-based scholars who from a leadership perspective can apply creative and innovative concepts pragmatically to complex and diverse business problems. It promotes leaders contributing to the field of business using sustainable practices in an ethical and professional manner.

DBA Program Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed for candidates who, having already completed a Masters program, are looking to further develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of the principles that govern global business. Our DBA program emphasizes advanced decision-making and leadership skills as well as in-depth knowledge of theory and applied research.

Students have the opportunity to explore challenges facing business today, including corporate social responsibility, globalization, and managing change. In keeping with our commitment to working adult professionals, we have one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that allows students to complete their doctoral studies in a hybrid or online format.

The performance outcomes which are required for the completion of the program include class participation, response to discussion questions, writing research papers, group assignments, case study analyses, quizzes, Comprehensive Learning Assessments, and a Doctoral Dissertation.

DBA Program Learning Outcomes

DBA Program Learning Outcomes

Westcliff University produces capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment.

The Doctor of Business Administration learning outcomes prepare students to:

1
Develop effective presentation of business analyses, research, and recommendations through written forms of communication with specificity and appropriate to the intended audience
2
Develop effective presentation of business analyses, research, and recommendations through oral communication of conventions and forms with specificity and appropriate to the intended audience
3
Critique how a broader understanding of cultural differences results in personal competencies that positively impact business strategies
4
Formulate how transformational leadership can improve the implementation of business objectives no matter the location of the business
5
Evaluate how the relationship between vision and tactics can result in meaningful and successful strategies in a complex business environment
6
Judge and measure how the internal and external criteria for an organization may be used to maximize both efficiency and effectiveness of a business operation
7
Justify the ethical choices related to societal issues, so as to optimize organization effectiveness in a global setting
8
Evaluate the essence of business knowledge in existing literature to produce new, meaningful ideas that have practical applications
9
Integrate the innovative principles in business operations that contribute to the advancement of business management and leadership
10
Create strategic opportunities by providing innovative solutions to complex business problems using quantitative reasoning and methodologies that contribute to organizational sustainability

Program Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

    The minimum academic requirements to apply to the Doctor of Business Administration Degree Program: An applicant with a Master-level degree from an approved regionally-accredited or nationally-accredited college or university, or have earned a comparable degree from a recognized institution outside of the United States. Students pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration degree must have a Master-level degree in the field of business or a business-related field (M.B.A., M.P.A., Master’s in Economics, etc.) While these Master-level degrees serve to satisfy the prerequisite for a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) offered at Westcliff University, only a transferred M.B.A. will fully satisfy any academic prerequisite for the D.B.A. The other previously mentioned Master-level degrees may or may not satisfy all D.B.A. prerequisites, depending on the coursework taken in pursuit of these degrees. The coursework must encompass courses in Economics, Accounting, and Finance in order to fully satisfy the academic prerequisites for the D.B.A. Degree. If the transferred Master-level degree does not meet any one or all these requirements, prospective transfer students must take Business Foundational Courses at Westcliff University in addition to be fully accepted into the D.B.A. program at Westcliff University. These Business Foundational Courses are BUS 505 Managerial Economics, BUS 535 Managerial Accounting, and BUS 550 Financial Management, all of which are offered under Westcliff University’s M.B.A. curriculum.

  • Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate with a concentration, students must take four (4) courses as indicated below under each concentration.

    Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
    Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century
    Information Technology Management
    Applied Computer Science

    Concentration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (STEM)

    The DBA Concentration in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) prepares business executives with the knowledge and acumen to solve complex business problems, enabling organizations to remain competitive in the 21st-century globalized economy. Through the use of data analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) tools, doctoral students will gain valuable insights about customers, competitors, internal operations, and external variables that influence organizational strategy, and will enhance their ability to make better strategic decisions. Doctoral students will analyze business data and be able to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and also become fastidious about future predictions and strategic implementation. The curriculum is purposeful in integrating BI & DA concepts, theories, and practices that are in alignment with industry-recognized professional certifications in BI & DA from Microsoft, tdwi, Google, and Qlik. This concentration builds a strong foundation in executive analytics that will enable doctoral students to utilize business intelligence tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), predictive and prescriptive analytics, and decision support systems.

    BUS 800 Foundations in Analytics for Executives - 3 credit hours
    BUS 801 BI, Analytics, & Decision Support - 3 credit hours
    BUS 802 Time Series & Predictive Analysis for Business - 3 credit hours
    BUS 803 Artificial Intelligence & Prescriptive Analytics* - 3 credit hours

    Concentration in Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century

    Expectations are high for the changes this decade is likely to bring to the workplace. Leadership influencers are forecasting challenges that leaders will face as a new level of workplace transformation continues to be shaped by accelerating technology changes, increasing consumer expectations, and hyper-connectivity. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to meet these challenges by introducing the concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Work Culture, Employee Experience, Data, Change, Analytics, Diversity, Productivity, Automation, and Well-Being.

    BUS 810 Building Positive Relationships in a Multigenerational Workforce - 3 credit hours
    BUS 811 Emotional Intelligence in Transformational Leadership - 3 credit hours
    BUS 812 Emerging Technology for Effective Leadership - 3 credit hours
    BUS 814 Global Leadership - 3 credit hours

    Concentration in Information Technology Management (STEM)

    The DBA Concentration in Information Technology (ITM) prepares doctoral students with the knowledge and acumen required to attain roles as senior directors and executives, leading functional information technology systems and business-related technology divisions and/or units. The ITM concentration curriculum is designed to enable business and technology administrators to lead and manage enterprise-wide IT projects and to solve complex business and IT problems. Emphasis is placed on projects that ensure digital assets security as well as on developing the expertise to implement a governance and management enterprise IT infrastructure. Modern and advanced topics in ITM such as data analytics in project management or investigated. Doctoral students will gain valuable insights into the strategic frameworks needed to sustain competitive advantage through the use of IT and other emerging technologies. This concentration has its design roots in the Project Management Institute (PMI) Guide to the Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), so qualified candidates can be prepared to sit for industry-recognized certification(s) (CIO Magazine ranked the PMP as the top PM certification worldwide) such as the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and/or the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP). In addition, qualified candidates can be prepared to sit for the industry-recognized certification for the Certified Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) credential and/or the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) credential. At the enterprise-level, organizations must rely on senior directors and executives to ensure that industry standards regarding the compliance and governance of IT infrastructure are in place and adhered to. Thus, a purposeful effort to align part of the curriculum with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), an accepted Information Systems Knowledge and Practice platform, has been made to ensure graduates have the essential knowledge needed to administer enterprise IT governance. Finally, the ITM concentration delves into advanced IT topics such as Business Intelligence (BI) and the enterprise-level management of information systems (MIS) to ensure that graduates have a meaningful, substantial, and momentous impact on the organization through a holistic technology leadership approach.

    BUS 820 Business Intelligence & Information Systems - 3 credit hours
    BUS 821 Management Information Systems & Advanced IT - 3 credit hours
    BUS 822 Information Technology Project & Portfolio Management - 3 credit hours
    BUS 823 Governance of Enterprise IT Initiatives - 3 credit hours

    Concentration in Applied Computer Science (STEM)

    The DBA Concentration in Applied Computer Science (ACS) prepares doctoral students with the knowledge and acumen required to attain roles as senior directors and executives, leading functional computer science, software, information systems, and technology business-related divisions and/or units. The ACS concentration curriculum is designed to enable technology administrators to lead enterprise-wide initiatives in software engineering and computer science that incorporate relevant, current, and emerging technologies for the purpose of sustaining competitive advantage, while expanding and adapting new computer science and industry standards, frameworks, and best practices. Part of the ACS curriculum is aligned with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium’s (ISC)2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification, and CompTIA’s Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification, so qualified candidates can be prepared to sit for these industry-recognized certifications. Graduates will be prepared to establish and direct long-term strategic goals, policies, and related procedures for the organization’s technology and software development programs. This exciting concentration delves into software engineering concepts, Business Intelligence (BI), analytical tools to support organizational decisions, software security design principles, and examines the virtual and augmented world of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and various Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) in preparation for the next wave of a more dynamic interconnect between humans and machines.

    BUS 801 BI, Analytics, & Decision Support - 3 credit hours
    BUS 830 Software Engineering Concepts - 3 credit hours
    BUS 831 Security in Software Design & Development - 3 credit hours
    BUS 832 Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Design - 3 credit hours

    Concentration in Web Development & Applications Management Concentration

    The Full Stack Coding Bootcamp offered by Westcliff University is a multidimensional certificate program that bridges a path for students who want to pursue careers in the growing and exciting field of web development. The program focuses on creating dynamic and interactive experiences through a rigorous full stack coding curriculum. Students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills for front-end and back-end development, all while preparing them for success in the professional world.

    WEB 840 Front End Web Development - 4 credit hours

    WEB 841 Back End Web Development - 4 credit hours

    WEB 842 Advanced Full Stack Web Development - 4 credit hours

  • Internship Requirements

    Westcliff University requires all students enrolled in graduate degree programs to successfully complete an internship prior to graduation. Westcliff University degrees are designed to prepare students for the workforce, and the knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum are directly applicable in the industries to which they are associated. Internship experiences allow students to further refine these skills through practical use with guidance, oversight, and feedback while also building a network within the industry and references for future career needs. Graduate students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them in their internship experiences and maximize their potential career placement or advancement upon graduation. Graduate internship courses are credit-bearing and are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. During each internship course, students engage in direct experience per session in addition to participating in the assigned classroom activities. Students are encouraged to complete as many internship courses as they are able to in pursuit of their degree (with a maximum of one course per session). Internship opportunities exist on- and off-campus. Off-campus internships require prior university approval, and F-1 students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in off-campus internships. Students are responsible for developing and demonstrating the skills necessary to be successful in an internship. In addition to industry knowledge, students should be prepared to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication (written, oral, and digital), and integrity while engaged in an internship. The faculty facilitating graduate internship courses assess these qualities and provide valuable feedback to students throughout the course.

Program Information

  • Required Courses

    For a list of graduation requirements pertaining to the legacy program (Version B), please refer to the 2018-2019 Student Handbook and Catalog.

    Students are required to complete the following courses by the end of year one (1) – 19.5 Credit Hours Total

    BUS 700 Leadership and Creative Solutions Implementation 3 credit hours

    BUS 705 Management Strategy, Planning, and Implementation 3 credit hours

    BUS 710 Financial Decision Making and Risk Management 3 credit hours

    BUS 720 Marketing Strategy & Consumer Behavior 3 credit hours

    RES 711 Research Methods I 4.5 credit hours

    RES 721 Doctoral Prospectus** 3 credit hours 96

    **Note: Students who do not successfully complete RES 721 Developing the Dissertation Prospectus will retake the course in the subsequent session concurrently with EDU 780 Writing for Research and Scholarly Publications I to support their work in the RES 721 Developing the Dissertation Prospectus course.

    Students are required to complete the following courses by the end of year two (2) – 19.5 Credit Hours Total

    Are of Concentration: Select One 5 3 credit hours

    BUS 731 Global Economics & Business Initiatives 3 credit hours

    BUS 732 Corporate Social Responsibility in Organizational Development 3 credit hours

    Are of Concentration: Select One 3 credit hours

    RES 741 Research Methods II 4.5 credit hours

    RES 751 Doctoral Literature Review** 3 credit hours

    **Note: Students who do not pass RES 751 Literature Review /Candidacy Review will retake the course in the subsequent session concurrently with EDU 781 Writing for Research and Scholarly Publications II to support their work in the RES 7511 Literature Review /Candidacy Review course.

    Students are required to complete the following courses by the end of year three (3) – 21 Credit Hours Total

    Are of Concentration: Select One 3 credit hours

    Are of Concentration: Select One 3 credit hours

    BUS 900 Doctoral Dissertation Course I 3 credit hours

    BUS 901 Doctoral Dissertation Course II 4.5 credit hours

    BUS 902 Doctoral Dissertation Course III 3 credit hours

    BUS 903 Doctoral Dissertation Course IV 4.5 credit hours

  • Course Concentrations

    In addition to the core requirements, students choose a concentration within the D.B.A. program. In order to graduate with a concentration, students must take four (4) courses, totaling 12 credit hours in the area of their concentration while at Westcliff University in addition to all of the D.B.A. core course requirements.

    Applied Computer Science - The Doctor of Business Administration Concentration in Applied Computer Science (CS) prepares doctoral students with the knowledge and acumen to lead computer science and software initiatives that incorporate relevant, current, and emerging technologies for the purpose of sustaining competitive advantage in a computer science framework. This exciting concentration delves into software engineering concepts, Business Intelligence (BI), analytical tools to support organizational decisions, software security design principles, and examines the virtual world of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

    Business Intelligence & Data Analytics - The Doctor of Business Administration Concentration in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) prepares business executives with the knowledge and acumen to solve complex business problems, enabling organizations to remain competitive in the 21st-century globalized economy. Through the use of data analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) tools, doctoral students gain valuable insights about customers, competitors, internal operations, and external variables that influence organizational strategy, and enhance their ability to make better strategic decisions. Doctoral students in this concentration analyze business data with the specific intent to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations while becoming fastidious about future predictions and strategic implementation. Students develop a strong foundation in executive analytics using critical business intelligence tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), predictive and prescriptive analytics, and decision support systems.

    Cybersecurity - The Cybersecurity concentration is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists and computer scientists in the field of computer systems and information technology security. The certificate program is presented in a detailed and innovative approach that examines a variety of computer systems security topics, including cybersecurity essentials and network security; communications security techniques such as cryptography, computer forensics, threats and detection; information security management, and a proactive approach to designing cybersecurity for emerging technologies. Security policies on privacy and legal issues are also presented. Upon completion, graduates can design and implement cybersecurity measures and strategies across several sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, research and development, education, banking and finance, and international business.

    Information Technology - The Doctor of Business Administration Concentration in Information Technology (IT) prepares business & IT executives with the knowledge and acumen to solve complex business and IT problems, manage IT initiatives, ensure digital assets security, and have the expertise to implement governance and management of the enterprise IT infrastructure. Doctoral students will gain valuable insights into the strategic frameworks needed to sustain competitive advantage through the use of IT and other emerging technologies. This concentration has its design roots in the Project Management Institute (PMI) guide to the Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) accepted Information Systems Knowledge and Practice platform.

    Strategic Leadership for the 21st Century - Expectations are high for the changes this decade is likely to bring to the workplace. Leadership influencers are forecasting challenges that leaders will face as a new level of workplace transformation continues to be shaped by accelerating technology changes, increasing consumer expectations, and hyper-connectivity. The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to meet these challenges by introducing the concepts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Work Culture, Employee Experience, Data, Change, Analytics, Diversity, Productivity, Automation, and Well-Being.

    Web Development & Applications Management - The Full Stack Coding Bootcamp offered by Westcliff University is a multidimensional certificate program that bridges a path for students who want to pursue careers in the growing and exciting field of web development. The program focuses on creating dynamic and interactive experiences through a rigorous full stack coding curriculum. Students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills for front-end and back-end development, all while preparing them for success in the professional world.

     

     

  • Course Catalog and DBA Program Handbook

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Application

    As a Westcliff student, you have access to a powerful network of support from staff, faculty, alumni, and many others who take pride in investing in you. Scholarships are made possible by generous benefactors who are passionate about supporting your success.

  • Scholarship Application Deadlines
    Semester Session Scholarship Deadline Start Date End Date
    FALL Session 1 07/31/21 Start: 8/30/21 End: 10/24/21
      Session 2 09/25/21 Start: 10/25/21 End: 12/19/21
    SPRING Session 3 12/04/21 Start: 01/03/22 End: 02/27/22
      Session 4 01/29/22 Start: 02/28/22 End: 04/24/22
    SUMMER Session 5 04/02/22 Start: 05/02/22 End: 06/26/22
      Session 6 05/28/22 Start: 06/27/22 End: 08/21/22
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