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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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DBA Degree Overview


If you want to reach your highest potential in business, the online and on-campus DBA degree program at the California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) in San Diego can help give you the experience, expertise, and confidence to make your mark. The doctor of business administration degree program delves deeply into subjects such as business practices, theories and methodologies, research design, applied research, collaborative research, and others, all with a focus on technology and quantitative analysis.

If you want to pursue advanced studies with elite business professionals, either online or on-campus, at our university in San Diego, California, the DBA program is a great place to start. At Alliant, we work hard to make it easier for you to achieve the higher education you need to be among the top business leaders in the country. 

Throughout the doctoral program, you'll receive hands-on training, learn valuable life skills, and experience real-world applications of business and international business principles. You'll also complete a competency practicum that we can help you secure, or if you're working, you can use your current company for this valuable work and professional experience, benefitting both you and your organization.

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Degree Highlights


Three-Year Program

The DBA program is focused and concentrated, and although you may choose to take longer, you can earn your doctoral degree or DBA in as few as three years. This is significantly shorter than the typical four or five years, and you’ll do this without sacrificing any of the the quality you would expect from a doctoral-level program. Take the next step in your career with our business administration program.

Doctoral Dissertation Development

Classes are small to allow focused attention from your professors as you work on your dissertation. As you progress, you will be paired with a faculty mentor who will advise and guide you from the prospectus stage through the final defense of your dissertation and career path design. Your faculty mentor will help you through the entire dissertation process.

On-campus or Online DBA Program

Offered as an online doctorate or on campus in San Diego, California, our DBA program includes two years of coursework, with one to two years of dissertation research. All courses are scheduled in an eight-week term format with one or two focused courses per term. The online DBA degree format gives you the flexibility to earn in earning your doctoral degree.

 

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Degree Concentrations


Information and Data Science

This concentration is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of the data revolution. With an abundance of information and uses for data science, this core area of focus will be highly useful in a variety of industries. Students will learn how to contribute to the field of data science through quantitative, programming, and applied perspectives.

An emphasis on research methods in data and information sciences will be heavily outlined in the coursework for this program. Ethical and societal considerations for data science information and its uses will also be examined.

Internship opportunities allow students to use their skills in a business setting and gain valuable resume building experience to help them get full-time employment. 

Management

A concentration in management prepares students for work in international strategy, leadership, and human resource management. The program is designed to cultivate foundational skills for students interested in academic research, consulting, and corporate positions in large organizations.

Coursework will focus on organizational development and theories. The curriculum will provide students with the knowledge to help organizations stay competitive and grow. Students will be trained to gain knowledge in emerging management theories, research issues, and developing solutions to complex managerial problems.

Internships provide students with a hands-on learning environment to sharpen their management skills, develop business relationships within their communities, and gain real world knowledge that can be applied in a corporate setting. Internships provide students with real world learning opportunities to use their skills. The internship programs focus on student involvement in learning outcomes. Gaining real life experience in management is an excellent way to capitalize on using acquired knowledge to bulk up resumes and showcase skills to potential future employers. 

Marketing

A specialization in marketing supplies students with a broad knowledge of how marketing is used in a variety of arenas.

Students will gain an understanding of how marketing is used in organizational strategy for business and politics. The curriculum will include courses in managing growing organizations, human behavior, political strategy, social influencing, and organizational learning and adaptation.

Doctoral candidates will become versed in best practices for creating new applications for the evolving needs of complex global organizations. Coursework in research, theory, and application will provide the skills to impact management practices in corporations, non-profits, and politics.

Internship opportunities are a large focus in the program and contribute to the professional growth of students. The internships put students in career roles with prospective future employers and add practical value to student resumes to help them get full-time employment.

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Accreditation

Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its doctorate in business administration (DBA), PhD in leadership, master’s in business administration (MBA), MS in data analytics degree, and BS in business administration (BSBA) programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your higher education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

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What are the steps to completing my dissertation in the DBA degree program?

You will begin formal research and work on your dissertation in your ninth term and will complete it in your 16th. For terms 9, 10, and 11, you’ll work on your dissertation while simultaneously finishing your specialization courses and completing your final competency project. Starting with term 12, you will work solely on your dissertation until it’s completion. The dissertation comprises 12 of the 60 credits required to receive your DBA, along with approval of your dissertation by an academic board.

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When does the doctor of business administration degree program start?

The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.

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How long does it take to complete the DBA degree program?

The DBA degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of three to four years to complete, across 18 terms.

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What is the modality of this program?

DBA degree in California at our San Diego campus. You can also earn your degree online.

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In this program, our internships have given us a chance to get involved in the community, explore ourselves, and do a project with our company which helped to teach me more and allowed me to explore myself within the community.

Saritha A.
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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.

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Why CSML

CSML is a business management school that trains you to have a competitive edge in the technology and quantitative fields. CSML offers management and leadership degrees where you can learn to guide and mentor the next generation of professionals and make your mark as an innovator in the modern business world.

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