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Learn how to help change the world around you with our ACBSP-accredited Doctor of Business Administration degree program.
Gain the finance tools that help managers maximize their firm’s value, including valuation, capital budgeting and structure, working capital management, multinational concepts, and Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). As you develop your expertise in finance, explore more advanced theories such as option pricing, derivatives, and hedging. Throughout your program, you will be encouraged to combine practice and theory in order to apply your new knowledge to organizational problems. Coursework focuses on the development of your writing and critical-thinking skills at the doctoral level.
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||DDBA 8006||Course||Contemporary Challenges in Business||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Students are provided with a foundation for academic and professional success specific to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in the Doctor of Business Administration degree program. The topics covered in this course include change management, crisis management, innovation, and disruptive technology. Students engage in discussion and analyze scholarly literature related to these topics, their personal and professional experiences, and areas of academic interest from a practitioner approach and from a social-change-agent viewpoint. The focus of the course assignments is on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the promotion of professional business practice and academic excellence. Through their assignments, students emphasize their personal and professional development, including the completion of a personal SWOT analysis and professional development plan.
|Course Code||DDBA 8151||Course||Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8120||Course||Information Systems: Global Management Strategies and Technologies||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8130||Course||Marketing: Strategic Innovation in Globally Diverse Markets||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8140||Course||Finance: Fiscal Leadership in a Global Environment—Creating Competitive Responses and Building Corporate Opportunities||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8110||Course||Business Operations: Systems Perspectives in Global Organizations||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Successful business leaders create a positive organizational culture based on personal ethical behavior, ethical expectations, training, and transparency. Business leaders use a range of leadership styles, including transformational, transactional and servant leadership, based on the organizational situation. Regardless of leadership style, one thing that business leaders have in common is the ability to identify and develop leadership strategies that lend to the success and sustainability of their business. In this four-module course, students cover a wide range of different topics on business leadership. Students focus on the practical application of APA writing, critical thinking, and the integration of professional leadership practice at the doctoral level as they develop sustainable solutions from the perspective of a business leader. Students examine the relationship between leadership and management, evaluate the impact and utility of leadership styles assessments, and analyze different leadership styles. Additionally, students evaluate and investigate various leadership theories, sources of power, and motivation theories to gain a better understanding into the nature and practice of leadership. Students evaluate and assess ethical dilemmas, organizational stress, and craft an organizational strategy to shape a successful business culture. They assess current articles, engage in online discussions, and complete application assignments based on organizational culture, ethics, strategy, stress, and leadership theories.
Information technology and systems saturate every aspect of business, from small corner stores to global corporations. Students are provided with broad coverage of information systems management concepts and trends underlying current and future developments as well as principles for providing effective implementation of information systems management in this course. Students use business case studies to gain real-world insight on the impact of information systems on decision making, collaboration, and maintaining business relationships. They engage in discussions on a variety of topics, such as the advantages and disadvantages of global Internet commerce, the role of on- and off-shore workers in a company-wide information system, and the pros and cons of short-cycle time approaches to information systems development. Students develop and define their position and reasoning on a variety of information systems’ current issues as the course progresses. Students also focus on the practical application of writing and the integration of professional practice at the doctoral level.
The current global environment is diverse, technologically reliant, and constantly changing; old skills and tools that were once effective may no longer be efficient for today's market. In this course, independent scholars examine the global marketplace and identify, adapt, and apply skills and supporting tools that guide them to develop and create a globally competitive advantage in multiple and diverse scenarios and settings. They apply requisite knowledge of marketing concepts, such as the marketing mix, differentiation, and branding for focused markets as essentials for market audit data analysis. Through detailed case studies and marketing audits, independent scholars will develop market analysis skills to determine potential marketing strategies, with an emphasis on the importance of positive social change.
Daily, there are risks of corporate challenges and insults ranging from local and national regulatory shifts and breaches to international complexities of emerging opportunities. These events require global business leaders to possess a variety of financial skills and sensibilities. Through case studies and analytical projects, students have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge for leading organizations with ethical integrity and social accountability. They explore the financial and monetary markets in the United States and abroad to gain an economic context to apply the concepts and tools necessary to assess an organization's financial position and to explore alternatives to finance-organizational ventures. Students also engage in assignments focused on financial planning, budgeting, and other trends, such as balancing risks. Students prepare to be key ethical players who are effective in leading an organization's financial capabilities based on sound financial and economic principles.
Corporate social impact is of increasing interest because many organizations are moving from a profit-only outlook to a model of social responsibility. Students in this course are immersed in the ways business operates in a global environment, which provides the opportunity to widen professional perspectives. Students engage in variety of writing and creative assignments while exploring a variety of topics, such as supply chain management, process management, quality, innovation, and forecasting. Integrating professional practice at the doctoral level, they employ critical-thinking skills to analyze decision-making motives and techniques in a global operations environment.
|Course Code||DDBA 8161||Course||Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Students in this DBA strategy course concentrate on the creation and implementation of business strategies that maximize competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students develop an understanding of why and how individuals and business organizations work together creating sustainable businesses in the global marketplace. They apply models for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of business organizations and identify opportunities and threats resulting from forces shaping the marketplace. Students focus on practical business applications of writing, critical thinking, and classroom engagement in a combination of essay discussions, research assignments, and writing papers to analyze, develop, and defend ideas for strategic and innovative business solutions for sustainability.
|Course Code||DDBA 8300||Course||Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Applied Business Research||Credits||(4 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8303||Course||Qualitative and Case Study Methodology for Business Analysis Research||Credits||(4 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8307||Course||Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
In this course, independent scholars are introduced to quantitative and qualitative frameworks for inquiry. Quantitative designs covered include correlation, experimental and quasi-experimental, survey, and causal-comparative designs; qualitative designs include case study, phenomenology, grounded theory, and ethnography. Independent scholars work toward acquiring substantive, foundational knowledge of the philosophy of science as they construct, use, and critique concepts and theories. They learn to produce knowledge for practice as they examine ethical, social, and political aspects of conducting research. Demonstrating knowledge and the ability to solve problems, independent scholars engage in course assignments that emphasize the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the integration of professional practice at the doctoral level.
In this course, independent scholars have the opportunity to extend their research and general analysis skills as they further explore qualitative research methodology and design types—with emphasis on case-study research designs—that they may incorporate into their own doctoral study. Independent scholars learn to focus their analysis on efforts to improve the quality of business practice. They also focus on how to think in an action-oriented manner, as if they were business consultants, so that their own doctoral study work could be applied in action. Finally, they engage in an iterative process of writing their own prospectus application, incorporating feedback from peers and the course instructor. Ultimately, independent scholars offer their prospectus as a document for review and consideration by potential mentors for their doctoral study.
In this course, independent scholars develop skills in descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and quantitative techniques, including t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, multiple linear regression, and nonparametric methods (i.e., two-way contingency table analysis). They use quantitative data analysis and data-management techniques, and they learn to utilize SPSS software for data analysis. This course is not intended for independent scholars to become fully grounded in statistical methods; rather, they learn appropriate questions to ask about data analysis as well as how to defend their use of specific techniques in professional practice.
|Course Code||DDBA 8540||Course||Seminar in International Finance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8541||Course||Seminar in Entrepreneurial Finance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 8523||Course||Seminar in Law and Compliance||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
International finance is a branch of economics that considers how capital investment is undertaken globally and how financial markets and global trade influence investment opportunities. Independent sholars taking this seminar course are provided with an overview of the historical context of globalization. Included in the discussions is an in-depth analysis of how organizations, emerging markets, and society benefit from globalization. Independent scholars examine how organizations manage risk in a global environment. Scholars also explore barriers to globalization. Independent scholars accomplish course objectives by examining foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the field of international finance. They also formulate an original research topic and synthesize findings and conclusions based on their literature review for a comprehensive and critical understanding of the discipline.
Entrepreneurial finance is designed to help managers make accurate investments and business decisions in entrepreneurial settings. In this seminar course, students explore the development of a small business from startup to financial security. They examine the process and various sources of funding, including partnerships with venture capitalists, conventional sources, and initial public offerings. Most importantly, students explore how to construct funding as well as the trade-offs and benefits for each model. They analyze entrepreneurial equity and how to negotiate any agreement with funding sources. Students accomplish course objectives by examining foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the field of entrepreneurial finance. They also identify additional resources and disseminate research conclusions to their peers.
Recent cases of corporate greed, bankruptcy, and fraud, as well as the collapse of the housing market and its fallout in the investment community, have prompted the need for new regulatory responses; these include laws, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as whistleblower protection programs. Independent scholars in this seminar course examine these new ways of doing business in today's sociopolitical climate from a legal perspective, including identification of opportunities for new research in business law and compliance. They formulate an original research topic and assess the potential impact of their findings on the fields of business law and compliance. They also give and receive feedback through critiques for and by peers. Independent scholars accomplish course objectives by examining current information, such as foundational literature and theories, seminal works, and established models in the fields of business law and compliance.
|Course Code||DDBA 8101||Course||Doctoral Study Mentoring||Credits||(1 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||DDBA 9001||Course||Doctoral Study Completion||Credits||(3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion)|
The purpose of this course is to assist doctoral independent scholars in making steady progress toward the DBA degree. Independent scholars use this course as a forum for ongoing exchange of ideas, input, and feedback with peers and their doctoral study chair. They engage in a variety of activities, providing the tools needed to complete the doctoral study capstone successfully. They gain practice with various research methods and data-gathering techniques; determine best practices; explore the various resources, including the Walden Library, Writing Center, and Research Center; and prepare a draft and final version of their doctoral study prospectus, which is required to proceed with the final doctoral study. Note: The instructor of record for a section of the course is the chair of the independent scholar's doctoral study committee. Section participants are independent scholars who work with faculty members at various stages of their doctoral study.
In the final doctoral study, independent scholars demonstrate their ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge, theory, and experience so that new ideas can be tested; best practices identified, established, and verified; and theoretical, practice, or policy constructs evaluated and advanced. In all cases, independent scholars engage in rigorous inquiry that results in new knowledge, insight, or practice, demonstrating efficacy in the world of business and management. Through this course, independent scholars gain assistance in working through the process of the doctoral study. They design personal best practices for completing their study within a designated context. They also select their committee members, with whom they establish and maintain strong working relationships and on whom they rely to mentor and approve their proposal and final study. Ultimately, independent scholars completing the doctoral study make a fresh contribution to the field of practice in the professional business environment.Students take this course for a minimum of 5 terms (two 8-week terms per semester) and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred.
|Course Code||DRWA 8001||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||(0 cr.)|
This course is part of Walden's commitment to help prepare students to meet the university's expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first term of their doctoral program.