The Doctor of Business Administration program offers a unique, self-design option for candidates seeking to customize the specific area of emphasis. As a multidisciplinary, 100% online program designed for professional administrators, executives, and leaders in both public and private industry, the self-design emphasis offers an opportunity to tailor specialization coursework to meet the individual career needs of doctoral candidates. As with traditional DBA programs, the self-design option highlights the practical application of research to organizational challenges and emphasizes the importance of positive social impact. Students benefit from a curriculum focused upon real-world knowledge creation, executive-level problem-solving, thought-leadership in practice, and an intensive focus on applied research. The multidisciplinary approach to the curriculum prepares candidates for executive and/or administrative roles in government, corporate, nonprofit, educational, or community organizations.
*Program admission essay is an opportunity to demonstrate to the committee why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of the Southwest and showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. The essay should be 1,000-1,500 words explaining what you hope to achieve by pursuing a doctoral degree, the personal strengths that will help you succeed in a doctoral program, and describe how obtaining a DBA will help you institute a positive social change within your chosen field or industry.