Doctor of Business Administration / DBA

Program Objectives

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program objective is to train scholars to develop and sharpen management theories to enhance their contribution to management education and practice. Students acquire advanced knowledge of literature and theory in their major, that provides a foundation for their area of specialization. They are given theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills, which is essential for publishing in leading academic journals.

Choose Your Specialization

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.TitleCredit Hours
FIN 7420Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management3
FIN 7430Financial Economics3
FIN 7440Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 7460Derivatives and Risk Management 3
FIN 7470Seminar in International Finance3
FIN 7490Seminar in Mergers and Acquisitions3
BUS 7001–FINBusiness Administration Career Practical Training3

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.TitleCredit Hours
IBA 7510Seminar in International Business3
FIN 7470Seminar in International Finance3
MKT 7310Advanced International Marketing 3
IBA 7520International Accounting3
HRM 7530International Human Resource Management3
IBA 7540International Business Law3
BUS 7001–INTBusiness Administration Career Practical Training3

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.TitleCredit Hours
MKT 7310Advanced International Marketing3
MKT 7320Seminar in Consumer Behavior3
MKT 7330Strategic Marketing 3
MKT 7340Advanced Marketing Research 3
MKT 7350Marketing Communications 3
MKT 7360Pricing Theory and Practice3
BUS 7001–MKTBusiness Administration Career Practical Training3

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.TitleCredit Hours
MGT 7610Seminar in Strategy and Competitive Advantage3
MGT 7620Technology Strategy3
MGT 7630Strategy Formulation and Execution3
MGT 7640Strategic Thinking3
MGT 7650Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach3
MGT 7660Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations 3
BUS 7001–MGTBusiness Administration Career Practical Training3

Required & Dissertation Courses

Course No.TitleCredit Hours
BUS 7010Seminar in International Economic Theory, Policy and Trade3
BUS 7020Seminar in Organizational Theory3
BUS 7040Seminar in Advanced Corporate Finance3
BUS 7050Managing Social Responsibility3
BUS 7060Corporate Governance and Globalization3
BUS 7070Global Business Strategy: Managing Across Borders and Cultures3
BUS 7080Applied Statistics3
BUS 7090Organizational Change Management and Process 3
BUS 7100Seminar in Advanced Marketing3
BUS 7110Strategic Human Resource Management3
BUS 7120Business Values and Ethics 3
BUS 7130Seminar in Advanced Strategic Management3

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.TitleCredit Hours
ECO 6150Managerial Economics3
ACC 6140Managerial Accounting3
MGT 6170Operations Management3
FIN 6160Managerial Finance3
MKT 6120Marketing Management3
Course No.TitleCredit Hours
BUS 8210Dissertation Process4
BUS 8220Research Methods and Design4
BUS 8230Dissertation Completion and Defense Preparation4

Education Costs

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

Please note that the DBA program is currently not eligible for federal financial aid through Title IV student grants or loans.

Accreditation and Approval

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is approved through ACICS. ACICS is allowing all of its approved institutions and their doctoral students until December 31st 2019 to complete their doctoral program under ACICS approval. Please see the Accreditation section of this website for further details.

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