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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 8570

Seminar in Program and Portfolio Management

Independent scholars in this seminar course examine developments in the discipline of project-based program and portfolio management and the business competencies required to manage complex projects in dynamic, distributed, and global environments. Among the topics included are aligning project portfolios to organizational strategy and value, assessing project protfolio management successes and failures, measuring project portfolio performance, and stimulating organizational creativity and innovation.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8571

Seminar in Project Portfolio Performance and Organizational Effectiveness

Managing an organization's portfolio of projects requires an understanding of project management process groups and the alternative approaches for selecting and managing a portfolio of projects. Independent scholars also examine how an effective project portfolio management infrastructure is built so that a formal approach to project management can be applied by balancing the need for structure with the need for flexibility. Issues of cultural and ethical diversity that affect management in a global environment are also explored.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8572

Seminar in Project-Based Strategic Leadership

Independent scholars in this seminar course examine the forces of complexity and uncertainty and their impact (past, present, and future) on the project management profession. Topics include a retrospective analysis of research and practice over the past several decades and the examination of the increasing focus on the strategic value of projects and project leadership. Because the global business environment is characterized as increasingly complex and uncertain, and projects are directly linked to the organization's strategic goals and competitive position, project management practitioners and researchers also learn about leading the continued development and maturity of the project management profession.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 15 semester credit hours $1015 per semester hour $15,225
Technology Fee Per semester $220 $660


*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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