Doctor of Business Administration – Strategic Management

Doctor of Business Administration: Strategic Management

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.

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.

MGT 7610: Seminar in Strategy and Competitive Advantage (3 credit hours)

This course concentrates on strategy issues at the business unit level. Its focus is on the question of how firms can create and sustain a competitive advantage. A central part of the course deals with new concepts that have been developed around the notions of complementarities and fit. Other topics covered in the course include the creation of competitive advantage through commitment, competitor analysis, real options, modularity, and increasing returns.

MGT 7620: Technology and Innovation Strategy (3 credit hours)

This course emphasizes how the future manager or entrepreneur can use strategic management of innovation and technology to enhance firm performance.The course is designed to meet the needs of future managers, entrepreneurs, bankers, or consultants who must understand the interactive role of technology and organization to derive competitive advantage.

MGT 7630: International Strategy Formulation and Execution (3 credit hours)

This strategy course addresses how to assess the performance of a business, what determines performance, how to conduct a strategic audit and how to develop a specific course of action to deal with strategic issues. The opportunity to enhance value by aligning strategy and organizational infrastructure is analyzed. The ability to implement change to enhance competitiveness is examined.Participants develop general management abilities by integrating prior knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses and ‘pulling it all together’ in the process of strategy formulation and strategic choice.

MGT 7640: Strategic Decision Making (MCDM, DSS, ES) (3 credit hours)

This course will examine how decisions are made in strategic settings, that is, scenarios where the wellbeing of a person depends not only on his/her own actions but also on those of others he/she is interacting with. In deciding on his/her actions, a person has to either predict the actions of others or he/she has to take account of actions they have already taken.The theory of strategic behavior (‘game theory’) to be developed in this course has truly enormous scope for applicability. It can be applied to scenarios in history, economics, psychology, business, sociology, anthropology, military conflict, and biology.This course will provide a framework to think systematically about questions in these diverse areas. The goal is to enable students to make sense of the many events, institutions, social norms, government actions, and patterns of individual behavior that we observe in past and present societies.

MGT 7650: Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach (3 credit hours)

This course provides a strategic, applied approach to organization theory that emphasizes decision-making.The course presents a balance of theory, research, and practice and focuses on how students can use their knowledge of organization theory to be better managers and organization members.

MGT 7660: Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)

This is course to introduce students to strategic management issues in the nonprofit sector. The course will cover key issues in founding, leading, managing, and governing nonprofit organizations and new nonprofit ventures, including organizational mission, strategic analysis and planning, board governance, multiple constituencies, partnerships and collaborations, human resources, financial management, fundraising and resource development, and performance measurement and impact.

BUS 7001-MGT: 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 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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