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Doctor of Business Administration

The areas of strategy and innovation offer unparalleled, cutting-edge career prospects in a competitive global market. That’s why ITU offers the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Strategic Innovation to prepare you to redesign and innovate corporate strategy to drive growth and competitive advantage.



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The DBA in Strategic Innovation degree focuses on business fluency, research, and the application of theory. It is a professional doctoral program intended for executives, senior managers, consultants, advanced students, business instructors, and entrepreneurs who want to expand their competitive reach.

You’ll develop skills to take your business vision to market, such as leadership skills, critical thinking, and a deep understanding of real-world principles and practices.

Doctor of Business Administration

Curriculum, Program Structure, and Admissions Requirements


All DBA students are required to take the Inbound and Outbound exam with Peregrine Academic Services. The Inbound Exam should be taken in the first (1st) trimester of the DBA Program. The Outbound Exam should be taken in the sixth (6th) trimester before the student starts working on their Culminating Experience (CE) course.

Please follow the on-screen instructions Peregrine Inbound and Outbound Exams Registration Instructions found here.


Core Courses

6 courses for a total of 18 credit hours

DBUS 800 Quantitative Research Analysis I (3 credit hours)
DBUS 801 Quantitative Research Analysis II (3 credit hours)
DBUS 802 Qualitative Research Analysis I (3 credit hours)
DBUS 803 Qualitative Research Analysis II (3 credit hours)
DBUS 804 Data Analytics I (3 credit hours)
DBUS 805 Data Analytics II (3 credit hours)
DBUS 806 Peregrine APA Write & Cite (0 credit hours)


Innovation Specialization Courses

3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours

DBUS 810 Financial Engineering and Innovation (3 credit hours)
DBUS 811 Innovation and Digitization (3 credit hours)
DBUS 812 Strategy for Disruptive Innovation (3 credit hours)


Research Interest Courses

2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours

DBUS 700 Behavioral Marketing, Digitization, and Decision Making (3 credit hours)
DBUS 701 Business Transformation Through Processes, Technology and People (3 credit hours)


Key Competency Courses

2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours

DBUS 820 Theoretical Frameworks in Strategy Research (3 credit hours)
DBUS 821 Constructing Research Design (3 credit hours)

Program Structure

The DBA in Strategic Innovation may be completed in a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of eight (8) years.

To be awarded the degree of DBA in Strategic Innovation, you must successfully complete a minimum of forty eight (48) credit hours including the following:

  1. Coursework: Thirty nine (39) credit hours of coursework, AND

  2. Contribution to the field of business research: (a) Seminars and/or Conferences, (b) Comprehensive Candidacy Portfolio (CCP), and (c) nine (9) credit hours of Culminating Experience (CE).

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form online
  • Current Resume or C.V. with strong work experience
  • Official transcripts of graduate and undergraduate degrees
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75, or a master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or minimum  thirty (30) credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT or GRE examination required within 10 years prior to application to the program.There is no minimum score required.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination: score of 72 or better for the internet-based test (iBT). All applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive either a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an English-speaking institution must take an English proficiency test.*
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a band score of 6.0 or better for the academic module.
  • Three letters of recommendations from professionals attesting your ability to succeed in a doctoral program.
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words. This statement should address your reasons for seeking the doctoral degree and how this degree will advance your personal and career goals.

* U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are waived from this requirement.

International Students: This program is not available to F1 visa holders

Doctor of Business Administration

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