Doctor of Business Administration
The world is becoming increasingly connected with technological advances and social media. More than ever before, people are increasingly aware and interested to learn about technology, and its interactions with various aspects of global business.
In order to accommodate the needs of the people resident in the U.S. and across the globe, ITU offers the DBA program in a global, blended learning format.
The DBA is a professional doctoral program intended for executives, senior managers, consultants, advanced students, instructors of business and outstanding business practitioners who will continue to be professionally engaged in organizations. ITU bridges the gap between learning and application with our expert professors, industry mentors, and support resources.
The DBA delivers a powerful program designed to create experts in evidence based business problem solving. It enhances critical thinking, analytical skills, and leadership abilities. It also enables the development of management thought, embedded with the application of real-world business principles.
ITU’s DBA program is offered as an innovative and flexible blended learning journey, in a global model setting, with live residencies to network with cohort peers, professors, and expert industry mentors.
Structure and Timing
We understand that it is difficult to take time away from work and family priorities. Therefore, in order to make the planning process easier, please refer to the section above titled “Residencies” for timing of residencies.
The first residency will serve as an orientation to introduce students to the DBA program. In this residency, students will also start DBUS 800, and DBUS 802. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and brainstorm with their faculty about their contributions to the field of business research, and their Culminating Experience (CE). As a result, having the face-to-face time with their peers and faculty mentors will be crucial in developing a successful candidate portfolio, coursework, and the CE.
In the second residency, students will complete DBUS 700, and DBUS 810. They will also start working on DBUS 804, and DBUS 821. Students will present their second CCP in DBUS 813. As students progress to this second residency, they will have the opportunity to discuss their research proposal and elements of their research with the panel and their cohort group.
In the third residency, students will complete DBUS 812, and DBUS 701. They will start working on DBUS 820. They will also continue working on their chosen CE (DBUS 901/902/903 – 1, 2). Students will present their final CCP in DBUS 822. The presentation culminates in a pass/no pass decision from the panel to progress the candidate towards their culminating experience.
In the final residency, students will defend their final chosen doctoral capstone to their Doctoral Committee. For successful candidates, ITU will conduct an informal graduation ceremony.
Blended Learning Format
The DBA in Strategic Innovation is offered in the Global, Blended Learning Format in order to attract students from all over the world, as long as they meet the admission requirements and qualifications mentioned above. Our Blended learning courses include the usage of the internet and the students’ computing devices to access class, and/or course content, and interactions with faculty, and their peers.
The blended learning format has two (2) distinct components: face-to-face, and distance learning interactions. Blended learning allows students to obtain the relevant course information at a time and place suitable to them, beyond constraints of time and geography.
The courses within the DBA program with the global model will follow the rigor and format of ITU’s DBA on-campus program. Our courses are offered in three (3) terms; Fall, Spring, and Summer with 15 weeks of teaching. In order to provide students with the opportunity to meet with their peers and faculty, the DBA in the global model is designed to offer an orientation during the first residency in the first term of the program.
This DBA program requires candidates to complete four (4) in-person residencies for a period of one (1) or two (2) weeks each. The residencies will be conducted at ITU in the United States. Students requiring special accommodations (e.g. sign language interpreters, mobility assistance, etc.) can be catered to, with advance notice.
In general, the residencies present a golden opportunity for candidates to interact with their cohort group, and with their faculty in person. It also helps facilitate the gathering of critical information that will help students at various stages of the program. It is an integral part of the DBA coursework, and enables students to gain feedback that eventually leads to successful outcomes in their doctoral journey.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) And Human Subject Protection
As DBA candidates progress through their doctoral capstones, a few key considerations must be given to methodology, site selection, and data collection, among others. This may involve human subjects and ethical conduct in the process of involving human subjects. It is important that human subjects are protected during such research participation.
In addition, doctoral capstones involving human subjects, conducted at educational institutions are required to be in compliance with federal regulations. ITU’s IRB, in accordance with federal regulations, reviews all research involving human subjects for compliance with applicable regulation and other best practices. This includes the DBA research proposals, prior to the data collection stage. Candidates are urged to understand their obligations in relation to their interactions with human subjects and the IRB by reviewing the ITU IRB Handbook.
The candidate is recommended to teach at least one regular course in order to demonstrate teaching capability. The teaching assignment must be completed before the dissertation defense.