The University’s Directed Independent Study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process, and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers. The Program’s Faculty members support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process in one-on-one interaction. Our faculty members recognize individual learning styles and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual’s situation.
Each course in the online DBA program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments which are submitted for faculty evaluation. All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance. The first three courses in the curriculum are known as qualifying courses. A student must take and pass a Qualifying Examination before a student can earn academic credit for a core course. The Qualifying Examination is a three hour proctored test that covers material covered in the qualifying courses. It consists of a combination of objective and subjective questions.
To earn the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, a student must complete the courses outlined below in good academic standing, pass the Comprehensive Examination, and present a successful oral defense of the Dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project, all with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. The requirements may be completed in as little as 27 months. All requirements must be completed within seven years from the date of initial enrollment. The following courses are required for the Doctor of Business Administration Program.
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Problems and Methods in Marketing Management
Leadership Theory and Practice
Designing Economic Business Strategies
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
Marketing Research for Managerial Decision Making
Legal Environment for Managing Employees
Global Strategic Management
Negotiations and Dispute Settlement
Conceptual Foundations of Accounting & Finance
Management of Organizations
Leadership Solutions for Innovation, Change, and Decision Making
Global Business Practices and Challenges
Competitive Analysis and Strategy
Applied Doctoral Project Proposal
Applied Doctoral Project
Total Semester Units Required for Graduation: 60
A master’s degree from an accredited institution is generally required for admission. In the context of this statement, “accredited” for institutions within the United States requires they be a member of an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. An applicant may be conditionally admitted into the Program based on a completed Application for Admission, receipt of the $75.00 Application Fee, student copies of transcripts reflecting the applicant’s highest relevant degree, documentation of the applicant’s professional work experience, and the receipt of two Professional Reference Letters. Official copies of all relevant college level credits received directly from the institution of origin will be required within 30 days of enrollment. While professional work experience is not a condition of admission to the Program, applicants need to provide evidence of any previous professional work experience prior to formal admission.
The vast majority of the institution’s applicants are mature adults working in a variety of professional settings. Many have not attended college for several years. Consequently, prior class rank and grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process.
Should additional information be required the applicant will be contacted.
All payments must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®,Visa®, American Express® or Discover®.
It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants who do not possess a degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) or 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS). For more information on TOEFL visit the website: www.ets.org/toefl.
The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Transfer credit toward the Program may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses were completed within the last seven years and are found to meet the standards and learning objectives of the specific course for which credit is sought. The courses considered for transfer must be equivalent in both content and degree level. Transfer credit must be from an accredited institution, and is limited to 15% of the total doctoral credits required to complete the degree (9 units). No credit may be awarded for experiential learning (Portfolio Credit) in this program.
Tuition is billed at the rate of $420.00 per month during the term of enrollment. The obligation of students to pay tuition shall continue until the earliest of the following events:
Additional information on tuition financing can be found under Tuition Financing. The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased at local colleges, retail bookstores, directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $150.00 per course. Students are provided with a mail or Internet source for acquiring all required materials.
California residents can find more information about the California Tuition Recovery Fund here.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee
Registration and Orientation Fee
This one-time fee is charged at the time of a student’s initial enrollment and is related to the costs associated with setting-up the student’s file.
Dissertation/Applied Doctoral Project Defense Fee
(Payable when the oral defense is scheduled)
Dissertation/Applied Doctoral Project Fee
(Payable after the oral defense)
APA Reader Fee (Per Hour)
(Up to five hours will be paid by the University)
Continuation Fee (Per Month)
Students who have not completed all degree requirements after four full years of active enrollment in the Program will be assessed a monthly continuation fee for the balance of the enrollment period or until they have satisfied all degree requirements. (This is in lieu of tuition.)
(Two Provided at No Cost)
Late Payment Fee
(Returned Check/Declined Credit Card/ACH) (Per Item)
Student Tuition Recovery Fund *
(California Residents Only)
If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 1st day of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® or Discover®. Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.
A fundamental key to successful management is information. Knowing what information is needed, when it is needed, how to collect it, and how to interpret it can be the critical process to success. More than basic decision making research; managers should be able demonstrate the capacity to add unique knowledge to the national body of knowledge of business. This course will focus on practical theory and processes that managers can use to assist in the decision making matrix. It will also provide the foundation for developing the practical projects of each course and the program. The process will include analyzing the information, evaluating the results, and developing a strategy that leadership can implement. Prerequisites: None.
This course focuses on the key role of management – strategic planning. This course explores the process of looking at the broad view of strategic planning and bringing the plan to fruition through effective leadership. The manager must have both the vision, and the skill of implementation to be effective. Prerequisites: None.
This course focuses on how managers identify, resolve, and manage marketing related problems from a management perspective. The course looks at marketing issues from a corporate global perspective as do managers with an eye to the interrelationships marketing decisions will have on the entire business. Prerequisites: None.
A key to business success is building an organization that meets the market and business philosophy. Managers are constantly watching and adjusting their organizations. This course will provide insights on how to build, change, and organize business structures. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
This course offers a comprehensive study of leadership theory and practice. Topics include the leader-follower relationship, the effects of gender, personal qualities that affect leadership, positive and productive leadership styles and strategies, and substitutes for leadership. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Most managers have been developing budgets and looking at the business financial structure. Managers need a broader perspective so they can raise additional capital for expansion, plan for economic shifts in the national or world economy, and insure financial stability for the entire business entity. This course will explore these and other related topics. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
The old concept of laissez-faire in business is a thing of the past. Businesses are under pressure from any sectors. One of them is corporate social responsibility and ethics. This course explores the definition of these terms, how the concepts have evolved over the recent decades, and how managers must incorporate them as part of their business operations. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Research is commonly looked at as a marketing tool and this course is a marketing course. The course goes beyond the basic marketing decision making process and identifies processes that managers must use including knowing what questions to ask, being able to identify which issues are critical, and bringing the right resources together to analyze and recommend the best solutions. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Everything a manager does will have legal implications for the business. Personnel, contracts, product liability, international trade, taxes, and financial development are some of the key areas. This course explores the critical areas of business law with a focus on providing managers with enough knowledge to know how to avoid the obvious legal problems and when to bring in the legal experts. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
This proctored examination, which can be taken anytime between the completion of the core courses and the Dissertation or Major Practical Project Proposal, is designed to measure a student’s knowledge and understanding of the curriculum content that has been covered in the Program. Students must pass the examination prior to beginning the Dissertation or Major Practical Project Proposal. Prerequisites: Completion of Core and Qualifying Courses.
This course assists students through the organization and design of a formal proposal including a substantive research topic of original work. An accepted proposal constitutes the framework for the Dissertation. The proposal constitutes the framework for the Statement of the Problem (Chapter 1), Review of the Literature (Chapter 2), and Research Methodology (Chapter 3). Prerequisites: Successful Completion of the Comprehensive Examination (BUS700) and Elective Courses.
This course assists students through the organization and design of a formal proposal including a substantive research topic of original work. An accepted proposal constitutes the framework for the Applied Doctoral Project. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of the Comprehensive Examination (BUS700) and Elective Courses.
The successful completion of a Dissertation results in a quality research effort, documented and written following American Psychological Association, (APA) guidelines, an oral defense consisting of a PowerPoint presentation presented to the student’s dissertation committee, and written in a format ready for publication. The completed dissertation document is a five-chapter dissertation beginning with the Introduction to the Problem, Chapter 1; Review of the Literature, Chapter 2; Research Methodology, Chapter 3; Research Findings, Chapter 4; and the Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations of the Researcher, Chapter 5. In addition, the final document will include the frontal pages as described in the University’s Dissertation Handbook, as well as necessary appendices, references, and other appropriate documents. Prerequisites: Approval of Proposal (BUS701).
The Applied Doctoral Project (ADP) is an option for those who prefer to do a project related to their professional life. ADPs are no less structured or time consuming than a dissertation. Dissertations generally focus on significant research while the ADP deals with some specific problem or challenge the student’s business is dealing with. Prerequisites: Approval of Proposal (BUS702).
The leadership role in human resources management is full of legal pot holes. This course would benefit human resources managers who need to understand the role of managers in the dealing with the complex world of legal employee management. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Managing a global business is much different than a U.S. business. This course delves into how managers, as part of the decision making process, investigate and integrate knowledge about social and business cultures, management techniques, and local government regulations as part of how to manage their international business units. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Negotiations and dispute settlement are part of every business. Negotiations can be with suppliers, distributors, employees, or foreign governments. This course provides managers with theory and philosophy of negotiations and dispute resolution so they can provide a total organization policy on how their employees are to operate in these situations. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Part of the financial role of managers is to lead the organization with the best financial program possible. In order to do that, managers must have a basic understanding of the accounting and finance role in the broad scope of business leadership. This course will provide a conceptual foundation for effective financial planning. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
This course will be useful for managers who are, or will be, exploring international trade. The course focuses on the philosophies and actual operations of different foreign economic models. Using this knowledge will improve the decision making process for making the international move. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
This course investigates the more specific aspects of organizational management. It will provide insights in the techniques that managers can utilize to improve employee performance and job satisfaction. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
One of the most difficult tasks of any manager is implementing change. In reality, some of the best change can come from the ranks. Managers must know how to bring the ideas for change to the surface, organize them, and then present them in a manner that encourages the employees to adopt them. The course will explore techniques to help maximize this process. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Global or international business is a hot topic. Most businesses know they must join the globalization process but many don’t know how. This course will provide insights on how managers can begin to develop international business projects by knowing how to do it and knowing some of the downside issues. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
International marketing in the context of this course is the process of making leadership decisions in the international business world that will benefit the corporation. The manager has many issues to consider when moving into foreign markets starting with the questions “should we,” “if so, where,” and “what’s in it for us.” Additional considerations include legal, financial, and organizational impact. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.
Dealing with competition is fundamental to operating a business. This course demonstrates how managers must be able to look at the competitive environment. It includes a more sophisticated perspective on how to recognize the value of competitors, how competitive decisions can have both positive and negative consequences, and how to lead the business to gain competitive positions. Prerequisites: Completion of Qualifying Courses.