Doctor of Business Administration

A Doctorate’s Degree in Business Administration is the highest professional degree level in the study of Business Administration and enables you to compete for senior-level positions by enhancing your knowledge of business trends, research and theories.

You schedule shouldn’t be the reason, you’re unable to advance your career with a DBA degree. Which is why CMU offers affordable and flexible online DBA degree programs, ideal for working professionals, parents and other individuals seeking to obtain a DBA degree while balancing work and home.

Our online DBA degree program enables you to further develop the skills, knowledge and theories obtained in your acquired degrees, the workplace and life to confidently pursue professional opportunities.

DBA Degree Programs

California Miramar University offers doctoral business degree (DBA) in four areas of specialization, allowing students the opportunity to focus on what is meaningful to their professional growth and development.

The lifeblood of every organization – private, public, religious or corporate – is its financial resources. Managers must know how to manage and allocate resources in order to ensure long-term profitability and organizational health. This concentration assists students with developing these essential skills.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
FIN 7420 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
FIN 7430 Financial Economics 3
FIN 7440 Financial Markets and Institutions 3
FIN 7460 Derivatives and Risk Management 3
FIN 7470 Seminar in International Finance 3
FIN 7490 Seminar in Mergers and Acquisitions 3
BUS 7001–FIN Business Administration Career Practical Training 3

The “global economy” requires that domestic and foreign business managers have the knowledge of cultural, economic, political and legal environments of business and the necessary managerial skills for making management decisions in an international context. This concentration focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage international organizations.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
IBA 7510 Seminar in International Business 3
FIN 7470 Seminar in International Finance 3
MKT 7310 Advanced International Marketing 3
IBA 7520 International Accounting 3
HRM 7530 International Human Resource Management 3
IBA 7540 International Business Law 3
BUS 7001–INT Business Administration Career Practical Training 3

The Marketing concentration moves beyond fundamentals by focusing upon marketing management and marketing research. The courses provide students the opportunity to enhance existing skills and knowledge and to gain new skills and knowledge germane to effectively managing the entire scope of the product life cycle in a strategically-sound, systematic, ethical, and legal manner.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
MKT 7310 Advanced International Marketing 3
MKT 7320 Seminar in Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 7330 Strategic Marketing 3
MKT 7340 Advanced Marketing Research 3
MKT 7350 Marketing Communications 3
MKT 7360 Pricing Theory and Practice 3
BUS 7001–MKT Business Administration Career Practical Training 3

This concentration prepares individuals who seek top leadership positions in business or who seek to be valued consultants to businesses and other organizations. Prospective top leaders and consultants must prepare themselves to see and evaluate the “big picture” and think and act “strategically.” Leaders develop analytical and strategic thinking skills early in their careers. Consultants engage in problems solving with their client firms, always with an understanding of the strategic implications of what they are doing, and ultimately help firms develop and implement strategies.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
MGT 7610 Seminar in Strategy and Competitive Advantage 3
MGT 7620 Technology Strategy 3
MGT 7630 Strategy Formulation and Execution 3
MGT 7640 Strategic Thinking 3
MGT 7650 Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach 3
MGT 7660 Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations 3
BUS 7001–MGT Business Administration Career Practical Training 3

At the end of the DBA program, the student should be able to:

DBA PLO #1:  Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical understandings of the different disciplines and concepts covered in the business administration program.

DBA PLO #2:  Critically analyze the scholarly literature and empirical evidence of the theories in each area of concentration or specialization.

DBA PLO #3:  Communicate knowledge both orally and in writing using academic language.

DBA PLO #4:  Demonstrate the content of applicable knowledge of business disciplines in research methodology.

DBA PLO #5:  Perform academic research projects and write papers on different topics within the concentration area.

DBA PLO #6:  Analyze and evaluate the underlying multiple data collections techniques used in business.

DBA PLO #7:  Develop, implement, and evaluate strategic planning in real business settings.


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree requires 66 graduate semester credits beyond the Master’s degree. The dissertation preparation courses account for 12 of the total required credits. A comprehensive exam is required prior to approval of the dissertation proposal.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
BUS 7010 Seminar in International Economic Theory, Policy and Trade 3
BUS 7020 Seminar in Organizational Theory 3
BUS 7040 Seminar in Advanced Corporate Finance 3
BUS 7050 Managing Social Responsibility 3
BUS 7060 Corporate Governance and Globalization 3
BUS 7070 Global Business Strategy: Managing Across Borders and Cultures 3
BUS 7080 Applied Statistics 3
BUS 7090 Organizational Change Management and Process 3
BUS 7100 Seminar in Advanced Marketing 3
BUS 7110 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
BUS 7120 Business Values and Ethics 3
BUS 7130 Seminar in Advanced Strategic Management 3

All DBA students who do not have an MBA or a Master’s degree in a business-related field may have to take some or all of these five foundation courses in Economics, Accounting, Operations Management, Finance, and Marketing if the University determines a student does not possess enough foundational knowledge in these areas to be successful in their DBA program at CMU. The following is a list of the 3 semester unit foundation courses that may be required:

Course No. Title Credit Hours
ECO 6150 Managerial Economics 3
ACC 6140 Managerial Accounting 3
MGT 6170 Operations Management 3
FIN 6160 Managerial Finance 3
MKT 6120 Marketing Management 3
Course No. Title Credit Hours
BUS 8210 Dissertation Process 4
BUS 8220 Research Methods and Design 4
BUS 8230 Dissertation Completion and Defense Preparation 4

Education Costs

  • Tuition per Unit: $606
  • Tuition per 3 Unit Course: $1,818
  • Total Program Tuition: $39,996 (66 units)

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