FIU’s College of Business will introduce its first Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program, designed for top-level executives looking to achieve the highest level of academic and professional success. The program will begin in Fall 2018 at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
The DBA is designed for executives with an MBA or Master’s degree and substantial managerial experience in a business-related field. Participants will complete intensive course and research work focused on applied business contexts.
“The DBA is a terminal degree for people who want to advance their career through advanced knowledge or who wish to pursue a more academic path,” said George Marakas, Ph.D., director of Doctoral Programs for the College of Business. “Students can continue their work schedules and family obligations.”
The three-year program is taught primarily online and includes four residencies of two days (Friday and Saturday) per semester. The third year of the program will be devoted to conducting and completing a dissertation focused on an applied research problem.
Under the guidance of College of Business professors, students will learn how to address, change and solve complex business problems. The curriculum examines issues in a managerial context, including international business, organizational behavior, marketing, corporate policy, finance, and advanced technologies.
“The road is changing and moving so fast that the higher the education you have, the more opportunities for advancement you will find,” said Joanne Li, dean of FIU’s College of Business. “Being able to offer a terminal degree to our managerial workforce is modern education at its finest.”
The DBA program will begin in August 2018. There is a pre-requisite doctoral scholarship Professional Development Seminar of six weeks that will run from mid-June through July. The preferred application deadline for the DBA program is May 15.
“The successful applicant will be taking that last step to be truly an expert in business,” said Marakas.