Doctor of Business Administration / DBA

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. CMU is on track to gain additional accreditation from another accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education through the professional doctoral level. All CMU Doctoral students would then graduate with their DBA degree recognized under this new accrediting agency rather than the recognition of ACICS. Please see the Accreditation section of this website for further details.

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.


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.

Choose Your Concentration

California Miramar University offers doctoral business degree (DBA) in four areas of concentration, 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

Required & Dissertation Courses

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
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: $485
  • Tuition per 3 Unit Course: $1,455
  • Total Program Tuition: $32,010 (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 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 concentration area.

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

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

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