College of Business Department of Graduate Studies
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Doctor of Business Administration Degree
Program Objectives (Print DBA Program Brochure)
The D.B.A. program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as effective university researchers and teachers or for senior research positions in business or government. The program is designed for students wishing to pursue full-time business doctoral studies in a residential program.
  • Research
    A primary objective of the program is to train D.B.A. candidates to become proficient researchers. Therefore, course work involves research activities such as literature review and critique, theoretical modeling, research design, computer-assisted empirical analysis, and preparation of proposals and research papers.
  • Teaching
    Another objective is to train students to become proficient teachers. Most D.B.A. candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their specialty area. DBA students typically are not assigned teaching responsibilities until their third year in the program. Prior to being put in the classroom, doctoral candidates receive training and mentoring in the art and practice of teaching.
  • Professional Activities
    In addition, all business doctoral students are expected to participate in national and regional academic conferences and are encouraged to work with faculty in developing individual research and teaching skills.
Study Program
Incoming students work with the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and their departmental doctoral faculty to develop an individualized formal plan of study. Each plan of study must include the following:
  1. Twenty-four hours of business core course work to acquaint the student with the functional areas of business. These courses can be waived if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent graduate level course work at an AACSB accredited school of business.
  2. An in-depth major concentration (minimum of 18 hours) in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Management, or Quantitative Analysis.
  3. Two minor areas of at least nine hours each, one of which must be Quantitative Analysis (statistics). These supporting areas offer the student considerable latitude in identifying a course of study that can be tailored to the individual's interests and goals. Minors are available in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management and Quantitative Analysis.
  4. Three hours of BUSN 610, which is taught only in the Fall quarter. This course offers students an orientation to doctoral studies. Each year section focuses on a separate topic: general orientation (first year), teaching (second year) and research & presentation skills (third year).
  5. Dissertation (minimum 15 hours of BUSN 651).
The program of study requirements listed above are independent of each other; courses taken to satisfy one requirement may not be used to satisfy any other requirement. Previous graduate work taken prior to admission to the Louisiana Tech D.B.A. program may be used to satisfy these requirements if it is deemed appropriate by the student's program committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. In compliance with University regulations, the Doctor of Business Administration degree requires the completion of 60 semester hours of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Within the credit-hour requirement is the residency requirement. To satisfy the residency requirement, a student must complete at least three consecutive quarters and a minimum of 24 semester credit hours, exclusive of research and dissertation credit, beyond the master's degree or its equivalent, on the Louisiana Tech campus. The student's advisory committee typically specifies additional coursework well beyond the 24 hour minimum residency requirement.

Examinations and Dissertation
After the first year of course work, a statistical tools qualifier will be administered. A second year research paper and presentation is also required of managerial, marketing, and CIS majors. Written comprehensive examinations covering the major area and the supporting area(s) are administered after the candidate has completed the relevant course work in his/her official plan of study. After the student has successfully passed all examinations and met all course and research requirements, the student will be admitted to candidacy. The student must complete his/her dissertation within a maximum of three calendar years after being admitted to candidacy (with up to two one-year extensions). Students must request an extension of the three-year time limit in writing. Such a request must include a discussion of the reasons the extension is requested, a description of the work completed to date, and a projected timetable for completion of the dissertation. Decisions regarding extensions are made by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in consultation with the doctoral faculty. The final dissertation defense must be scheduled with at least two weeks prior notice with the graduate division.

Admission
A completed application to the DBA program includes the Louisiana Tech University graduate admissions package, official copies of transcripts from all universities attended, official copy of GMAT score not more than five years old, a current resume and 3 letters of reference that address potential for success in doctoral study. Please review the DBA Admission Policy and contact the department before applying.

For more information, contact:

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Dr. Timothy Bisping
318.257.4528
tbisping@latech.edu