Doctor of Business Administration – International Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration: International Business Administration

A Doctor of 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.

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 specialization focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage international organizations.

IBA 7510: Seminar in International Business (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on strategic planning and international business policy using extensive reading and cases in the global business field, which includes insights into the historical, cultural, and political foundations that created problems and opportunities and the solutions and courses of action taken in response. The course focuses on the environmental complexities that arise when business activities and institutions transcend international borders.

FIN 7470: Seminar in International Finance (Prerequisite: 7040) (3 credit hours)

This course will focus on decision making in an international context. It covers major topics in international financial markets. The course will cover topics such as foreign exchange markets, spot exchange rate, forward exchange rate, currency futures, options, balance of payments, international monetary system, purchasing power parity and interest rate parity.

MKT 7310: Advanced International Marketing (Prerequisite: 7040) (3 credit hours)

This course exposes to several aspects of global marketing. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix—product, pricing, distribution, promotion—and emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and standardization/adaptation.

IBA 7520: International Accounting (Prerequisite: 7040) (3 credit hours)

This course introduces and examines accounting issues unique to multinational enterprises and international business activity. Specific course topics include auditing the global firm; financial reporting outside the USA; international financial disclosure issues such as segmental social, and environmental; accounting harmonization; ethics; taxation; foreign exchange; and cultural issues.

HRM 7530: International Human Resource Management (Prerequisite: 7040) (3 credit hours)

This course examines the management of people in organizations across different countries and cultures. Its primary aim is to examine the roles and functions of the various HRM activities within an international context. The course provides an overview of the comparative and human resource management issues associated with conducting international business operations.

IBA 7540: International Business Law and Practices (Prerequisite: 7040) (3 credit hours)

This course covers the principles underlying the legal environment of global business. In addition to identifying the current legal rules and regulations affecting businesses, this course presents insights into new developments and trends that will greatly affect future transactions on a global scale.

BUS 7001-INT: Business Administration Career Practical Training (3 credit hours) Repeatable in BUS 7002 or BUS 7003 (1 credit hour)

This course is an elective externship course. This course of 3 semester units requires 135 hours of externship in the eight-week session.
This course may be repeated, however, only the first 3 semester credits count toward the required units required 61 semester units required for graduation. The course is designed to give the student practical On-The-Job experience in the directed area of Business Administration. The course presents an opportunity for student to apply and practice their knowledge and skills they have learned in their degree program and further develop their passion for their chosen industry in a real-world setting.


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree requires 61 graduate semester credits beyond the Master’s degree. The dissertation preparation courses account for 13 of the total required credits. A comprehensive exam is required prior to approval of the dissertation proposal. The 10 core courses account for 30 total required semester credits.

Course No. Title Credit Hours
BUS 7020 Seminar in Organizational Theory and Corporate Governance 3
BUS 7040 Seminar in Advanced Corporate Finance 3
BUS 7050 Modern Business-Driven Technologies and E-commerce 3
BUS 7060 International Sustainability and Social Responsibility 3
BUS 7070 Globalization and Global Business Strategy 3
BUS 7080 Applied Statistics (Grade of 80% or higher required to pass) 3
BUS 7090 Organizational Change Management and Business Ethics 3
BUS 7100 Seminar in Advanced Marketing 3
BUS 7110 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
BUS 7130 Seminar in Advanced Strategic Management (Grade of 80% or higher required to pass) 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 four foundation courses in 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
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 8200A DBA Competency Examination: Research Methods 0
BUS 8200B DBA Competency Examination: Applied Statistics 0
BUS 8200C DBA Competency Examination: Strategic Management 0
BUS 8210 Business Research Methods (Initial Research Prospectus, Research Canvas) (Grade of 80% or higher required to pass) 4
BUS 8220 Dissertation Process 4
BUS 8221 A-B Dissertation Process Extension - if necessary * Repeatable 3
BUS 8230 Dissertation Completion 4
BUS 8231 A-B Dissertation Completion Extension - if necessary * Repeatable 3
BUS 8240 Dissertation Defense and Degree Completion 1

Education Costs

  • Tuition per Unit: $707
  • Tuition per 3 Unit Course: $2,121
  • Total Program Tuition: $43,127

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.

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