The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
atLouisiana Tech University is a full-time,
in-residence program of study which primarily prepares its graduates for careers in colleges and schools of business that emphasize outstanding teaching and research relevant to private and public organizations. Our students are expected to attain a strategic perspective on business, a command of the theoretical, technical and pedagogical aspects of their chosen field of study and develop a research agenda emphasizing both contributions to practice and discipline based scholarship.
Our DBA program is designed to meet the following learning goals:
- Graduates will possess the necessary skills to become effective teachers.
After completing their qualifying exams, DBA candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their chosen field of study. In preparation for teaching, each student completes a 3-hour seminar on pedagogical methods. Students also receive feedback through student teaching evaluations and guidance from their faculty mentors.
- Graduates will possess the necessary communication skills to be successful in academic positions.
Both written and oral communication are essential skills for business faculty. Students in the DBA program are assessed on both of these when they deliver dissertation proposals, research presentations and their dissertation defense. Doctoral candidates must also pass a communications skills assessment prior to working with our undergraduates.
- Graduates will possess the tools necessary to be proficient in conceptualizing and conducting original research.
The ability to conduct original research is crucial for successful business faculty. Students are expected to demonstrate this through the development of their dissertation and their participation in regional, national and international conference presentations in their chosen field.
- Graduates will possess comprehensive knowledge of leading edge theory and methods used in their chosen field.
Students are expected to gain expertise in their chosen field of study. This requires knowledge of both leading edge statistical techniques as well as leading edge theory in their chosen discipline. This will be assessed via the Statistical Tools Qualifying Exam as well as the qualifying exam in their chosen field.
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:
- 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.
- An in-depth major concentration (minimum of 18 hours) in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Management, or Quantitative Analysis.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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 Studies and Research
Dr. Doug Amyx