[MUSIC PLAYING] JACQUELINE MULKEY: When I look at a DBA, it's practical. The people that will benefit from the research that I'm doing are real people.
MICHAEL MILLSTONE: We're encapsulating this entire academic journey into a real world practical application that they're applying at their work every day.
MARK TORRES: Walden provides an opportunity for me to concentrate on leadership and prove to my employer that I've attained skills that were lacking for future promotion.
NARRATOR: There was a time when there were few choices for business professionals who wanted to take their education to the next level. Now there is something tailor made for the motivated individual looking to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the workplace. Developed with insights from experienced faculty members and leading business practitioners, the DBA program emphasizes advanced decision-making and leadership skills.
MICHAEL MILLSTONE: Although, schools and universities are different, a typical PhD program might last three to five years or even longer. Our DBA program is accelerated. It's compressed, and it's focused on an application-based problem that most of our students are experiencing and studying in the workplace.
MARK TORRES: I have a real world problem at my organization, where I am employed, where I'd like to solve and the DBA program was the right choice to go after solutions to that problem.
NARRATOR: Art Tyler is on the DBA faculty at Walden His years as chief operating officer at Houston Community College give him the unique perspective on education and management.
ARTHUR TYLER: I'm the chief operating officer of a very large educational system, but it's a business, where I've got some 6,000 employees and 75,000 students. I bring those real life business experiences into my classroom. I facilitate the development of the entire classes expertise to make sure that students have as rich a knowledge development process as possible.
JACQUELINE MULKEY: The best thing about the DBA is that you are able to integrate everything you're doing in the classroom into your day-to-day work. And so it's part of your life.
NARRATOR: Digital technology allows students the ability to access material wherever they are. DBA candidates use Walden's Mobile Learn to download podcasts, videos, and other course materials to their mobile devices.
DIANE DUSICK: One of the things that's really excellent about the Waldon program is that the professors are really encouraged to make sure a lot of interaction is taking place day-to-day and week-to-week. I also encourage students to interact with one another so that they're not just getting feedback from me, but they're getting feedback from each other.
NARRATOR: Walden's Doctor of Business Administration program is designed by industry experts and focuses on the latest research, theories, and trends influencing business. Diane Dusick is one of the top-notch faculty members Walden has attracted. She teaches statistics to DBA candidates.
DIANE DUSICK: Students may not be using statistics on the job. But by understanding the relationship between variable x and variable y, it may give them some more insight into why people are behaving this way. And once you know what influences a person to behave, you can change the influence in order to change that behavior.
NARRATOR: Although, the program's courses are taught online, students also attend to in-person four day residencies.
MAURICE GOGARTY: These residencies are a great way to meet other students to meet faculty. And in many cases, we form lifelong bonds as a result of this huge endeavor that we're going through together.
NARRATOR: As a Doctor of Business Administration graduate, you'll have new skills to bring back into the marketplace and new advantages.
MICHAEL MILLSTONE: They're finding that their colleagues and coworkers and even managers are respecting their new-found skills, not just in content, and problem solving, and critical thinking, but also the written communication and articulation. It's tangible skills that are resulting in a lot of promotions and a lot of increased positive attention in the workplace.
ARTHUR TYLER: I don't think students recognize that the doctoral process is the only time in education where when you finish, when you walk across the stage, you become the peer of the individuals that taught you. That doesn't happen any place else.