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Completion Requirements

  • 15 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Focus sequence (9 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits


DDBA 8006

Contemporary Challenges in Business

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.

(3 sem. cr.)


DDBA 8161

Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage

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.

(3 sem. cr.)


DDBA 8590

Impact of Homeland Security Policies on Business Continuity

The term business continuity management is a unifying process and the umbrella under which multiple supporting functions, including crisis management and business continuity, operate and integrate. Terrorism represents a significant threat to global business leaders, since globalization and terrorism are inextricably linked. Events such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2004 Madrid bombings had significant impact on business continuity management. From a business continuity perspective, learners in this course examine key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community from a global viewpoint. What is its role in homeland security and how may these topics affect business continuity management? The emphasis of the course will be on issues affecting business continuity management policy, oversight, and intelligence support to homeland defense/security and global business decision making. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 is addressed, and the course is shaped to focus on homeland intelligence support business issues at the state, local, and tribal levels.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8591

Homeland Security—Business Planning

A foundational tenet of terrorist activity is the destruction of business structures. Business leaders can do much to prepare for the impact of hazards faced with regard to technology-related hazards, terrorism, natural hazards, and human-caused hazards. From a business planning standpoint, the business leader will examine an all hazards approach. Learners, as part of an economical system, will get an overview of terrorism that includes the definition, root causes, ideologies, historical and current perspectives, modus operandi and targets, radicalization and recruitment, terrorist group structures, domestic and international terrorist groups, state-sponsored terrorism, and counterterrorism inasmuch as all impact the business leader. Terrorism affects both the long-term and short-term segments of businesses around the world; therefore, the need for business continuity planning is investigated.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8592

Business Infrastructure Vulnerability Analysis

Given the uncertainty of emerging terrorist and criminal threats, business leaders require a quick qualitative assessment of the vulnerability to existing business operations, personnel, facilities, and assets. From a business perspective, critical infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. The National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 critical sectors. Students in this course are introduced students to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) risk-based resource allocation process. In the course, the fundamentals of business-related risk assessment are discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of various risk assessment tools are examined. At the completion of the course, learners will be able to assess the value of various risk tools, apply those tools to any critical infrastructure within their multijurisdictional region, and derive optimal business strategies and draft policies to reduce the risk associated with future terrorist attacks and other hazards on their business interests.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 15 semester credit hours $990 per semester hour $14,850
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $630


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $550 to $600.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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