The purpose and mission statement of the proposed DBA degree program is to create practitioner-scholars who are able to make original contributions to the advancement of business research and practice. In support of the DBA mission statement, the program objectives are to create graduates who will (a) develop innovative principles and practices in business operations and management; (b) conduct original and applied research for solving problems, making decisions, and communicating results; (c) use technology efficiently and effectively to achieve organizational and professional goals; (d) employ ethical leadership to solve domestic and global social issues; and (e) communicate appropriately in diverse environments by aligning audience, medium, and message.
A recent informal survey of university common data sets revealed that there are approximately 1,500 full-time academic faculty jobs in Bexar County. Logically, perhaps only 10-15% of those jobs are in business schools. Historic growth in population in Bexar County and south Texas, including post-secondary and post graduate education enrollment, is expected to continue.Although holders of the DBA degree are not barred from seeking employment in academia, the thrust of the program is to prepare practitioner-scholars to work in and lead business, government, and non-profit research efforts. Candidates, who come to the program with a graduate degree and management experience, generally will use their DBA to enhance their existing careers. Many currently work in management and management consulting roles, and will find their research and scholarship skills useful in human resources, marketing and market research, econometrics and financial analysis, and other areas. Growth in these areas is expected to continue (Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition).
A PhD is typically considered a research degree for individuals interested in a career in academia and research that contributes to business knowledge or theory. A DBA is a often categorized as a professional degree with a focus on theoretical knowledge and its use in business practice. Essentially, a PhD candidate is focused on making a contribution to scholarship and a DBA candidate is focused on making a contribution to the practice of management and a difference in the industry. The DBA is a professional doctorate that can be used to indicate a practitioner’s level of expertise in their chosen fields.
The HEB School of Business and Administration Doctor of Business Administration draws on the best of both degrees. It has a heavy emphasis in research based learning with extensive research skill building components. All students are required to perform applied research techniques to develop their competencies as practitioners.
To qualify for the degree, the student must:
The applicant for the DBA program must satisfy the general requirements for admission to graduate study at UIW and the following specific requirements:
You can access the Apply Online link here. Follow the steps to create a login identity and then select the DBA program.
All applications, including supporting documents, should be submitted by February 1 of each year.
The DBA Program Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications each Spring. Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are asked to participate in a Writing Test and interviews with the Admissions Committee members. Decisions are made no later than May each year.
All cohort groups begin in the Fall semester and follow a sequenced set of course offerings.
All DBA courses are offered in the evening or on weekends and have a blended delivery format combining face-to-face and technology to deliver a robust curriculum. UIW plans to increase the utilization of alternative delivery methods, including synchronous and asynchronous only delivery, and blended classes that save physical space and serve the needs of distance students, in addition to our traditional technology enhanced on ground delivery. UIW is a laptop university with three major goals: to put standardized technology in the hands of UIW students; to embed technology into the UIW learning experience; and to give students the required technological skills for success after graduation. The main campus is wireless, enabling learning to occur regardless of time or location. Blackboard is the on-line course management system. All courses in the existing graduate business programs use Blackboard as an adjunct or supplement to classroom teaching.
Yes, up to 12 credit hours beyond the Master's degree may be eligible for transfer toward DBA degree requirements.
The DBA degree is comprised of core courses, required courses, and a focus area.
Yes. The qualifying exam must be successfully completed after all coursework in order for the student to be approved to begin the dissertation/publication process.
A student is admitted to candidacy and is considered ABD status once the coursework and qualifying exam are successfully completed and the supervising committee has approved the dissertation/publications proposal.
DBA students begin applying research skills in the first semester, writing a mini-dissertation and becoming IRB certified. The second semester, each DBA student partners with a faculty member and writes and submits an article for publication. Using this skills-based approach, students develop the appropriate research skills early in the program, preparing them to contribute robust recommendations through their final dissertation/publication work. Additionally, to reinforce the global nature of business in the doctoral curriculum, each cohort participates in a 2-week study abroad experience outside of the U.S. during which they visit businesses, government, and academic organizations to learn and appreciate the cultural impacts of decision-making in business.
As of Fall, 2014, doctoral tuition is $840 per credit hour. Click here for Tuition and Fee Information.
While there may be external scholarship or fellowship funds available, UIW does not currently offer any form of tuition discounts for doctoral tuition.
The program is based on a cohort model, with new cohorts beginning in the Fall semester of each academic year. The curriculum is designed to enable students to take up to 9 credit hours per semester, allowing for completion of all coursework in 2 years and 1 semester. The dissertation/publication work (minimum of 9 credit hours) is self-paced and based upon student rate of progress.