Project Management

Effective project managers provide the strategic competencies that can enable an organization to succeed in the global marketplace. In the DBA Project Management specialization, you can learn the necessary skills to deliver your organization’s strategic objectives through dynamic project portfolio management. Study the processes for successfully managing a complex portfolio of projects and analyzing opportunities for improved portfolio performance. This specialization focuses on the components of project-based strategic leadership and the organizational practices required to responsibly and ethically support an organization’s vision and growth. This DBA in project management specialization will help you hone your writing and critical-thinking skills at the doctoral level so you can apply them to the unique issues that face businesses today.

Walden has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute® (PMI). As a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP), Walden has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 49 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core business course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Business strategy course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Research methods courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral studies courses (minimum 15 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • 8 days of academic residency (two 4-day residencies)

Walden students have up to 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.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8006 Course Contemporary Challenges in Business Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Core Business Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8151 Course Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Business Strategy Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8161 Course Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Research Method Courses

Course Code Course Credits
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 8307B Course Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS Credits (4 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8570 Course Seminar in Program and Portfolio Management Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8571 Course Seminar in Project Portfolio Performance and Organizational Effectiveness Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 8572 Course Seminar in Project-Based Strategic Leadership Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Studies Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDBA 8101 Course Doctoral Study Mentoring Credits (1 sem. cr.)
Course Code DDBA 9001 Course Doctoral Study Completion Credits (continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8881G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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