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Doctorate of Business Administration Degrees

The D.B.A with Specialization in Information Technology Management program enables students to earn a doctoral degree related to the business field at a Christ-centered institution. Students in the Campbellsville University D.B.A. program will be required to complete all core, research, specialization, and dissertation requirements.

The D.B.A. program will consist of 60 credits, beyond master level credits, with 8 required core courses. Students in this program will be allowed to transfer in a maximum of 12 approved graduate-level credits, thus requiring a minimum of 48 credits of the requirements to be taken directly at Campbellsville University.

The D.B.A. in Information Technology Management has a planned start in January 2022.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Campbellsville University D.B.A. in Information Technology Management program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Formulate scholarly research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge relevant to business and management.
  •  Justify current and emerging theory and practice of the key content areas of business management through an interdisciplinary perspective to exigent business situations.
  • Evaluate the subject matter with a high order of cognitive ability and in a manner that is concise, clear, organized, and professional with well-supported, appropriate, and original content.
  • Synthesize practical applications, which contribute to the creation of original theory.

Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (preferably a MBA or Master’s in Business) from a regionally accredited institution is required to enter the program. Students who do not have a business background must take BA 907 Business Knowledge Studies along with all other students during the first term to obtain basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, and statistics.

Required admission documents include the following:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from previous colleges/universities
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Personal essay
  • Interview
  • Applicants without a master’s in business may be required to complete the GMAT exam with an acceptable score and/or successfully complete (if not previously completed) a course in Statistics and Research Methods before they can be officially admitted to the program

Admission will be based on a combination of previous academic performance and qualifications, relevant work experience, references, a personal essay, and an interview. Applicants must submit all application documents before an admissions interview will be scheduled. Members of the D.B.A. Admissions Committee will review the application documents and interview the applicant in person or by phone. The Admissions Committee will decide whether to admit or not to admit the applicant into the D.B.A. program. All decisions made by the committee and approved by the Dean of the School of Business, Economics, and Technology are considered final.

The D.B.A. program admits students two times per year: Fall (August) and Spring (January). All admission documents must be received and interviews must be conducted before the beginning of each semester.

Time Requirement for Completion

Students have up to seven years for program completion once course work begins. Students are anticipated to complete the dissertation within one year after completion of all their course work, and an extension may be granted upon written request to the Dean of the School of Business, Economics, and Technology.

An option exists for part-time study while not encouraged but can be arranged for those who may need to temporarily step out for personal or professional reasons. These students will need to join another cohort to continue the program of study.

Comprehensive Exam

After approval of the dissertation proposal, the students will take the comprehensive examination during Term 8. The examination assesses the students’ competency in the following areas: business core, specialization core, and research skills. Students who receive a passing grade on the comprehensive examination will be advanced to doctoral candidacy. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the exam will not be admitted to candidacy status and must schedule a second exam no later than six months after the first examination. A student who does not receive a passing grade for two comprehensive examinations will be dropped from the program.

Required Courses for the D.B. A. Program

D.B.ASemester Hours
Residencies: Nine residencies required—
Three per academic year for three years
Required with no academic credit
Core Courses21
Research/Statistics12
Proposal Courses6
ITM Specialization (5+1 in core)15
Comprehensive ExamRequired with no academic credit
Dissertation (2)6
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED60

D.B.A. with Specialization in Information Technology Management

Core Coursework (21 credits)

1. BA 907 Business Knowledge Studies

2. BA 919 Seminar in HRM

3. BA 908 Emerging Issues in Marketing

4. BA 906 Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics

5. BA 910 Advanced Organizational Communication

6. BA 923 Leadership in Organizations

7. BA 936 Emerging Issues in Global IT

 

Research Methodology (12 credits)

1. BA 905 Inquiry to Doctoral Writing

2. BA 915 Doctoral Research and Methodology

3. BA 935 Advanced Quantitative Research and Analysis

4. BA 905 945 Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis

 

Comprehensive Examination (No academic credit)

 

Residency Requirements (No academic credit)

1. BA 901 Required Residency I

2. BA 902 Required Residency II

3. BA 903 Required Residency III

4. BA 904 Required Residency IV

5. BA 909 Required Residency V

6. BA 913 Required Residency VI

7. BA 914 Required Residency VII

8. BA 916 Required Residency VIII

9. BA 917 Required Residency IX

 

Specialization in Information Technology Management

(15 credits plus one course in the core)

1. BA 941 Robotics and Process Improvement Management

2. BA 937 Incident Response and Disaster Recovery

3. BA 938 Legal and Ethical Issues in IT

4. BA 939 Evolving issues in Cyber War

5. BA 940 Management for Technical Professionals

 

Dissertation Proposal (6 credits):

BA 951, BA 952, BA 953, BA 954, BA 955, BA 956

 

Dissertation (6 credits):

BA 960, 3 hours, BA 961, 3 hours

BA 999 Dissertation Continuation (1credit)

 

Program Guide Sheet

 FallSpringSummer
Year One 19Term 1 (6 hours)
1. BA 901Required Residency I 0 hrs.
2. BA 905 Inquiry to Doctoral Writing-3 hrs.
3. BA 907 Business Knowledge Studies-3 hrs
Term 2 (6 hours)
1. BA 902 Required Residency II-0 hrs.
2. BA 919 Seminar in Human Resource Management-3 hrs.
3. BA 915 Doctoral Research Methodology-3 hrs.
Term 3 (7 hours)
1. BA 903 Required Residency III-0 hrs.
2. BA 935 Advanced Quantitative Research and Analysis-3 hrs.
3. BA 908 Emerging Issues in Marketing-3 hrs.
4. BA 951 Proposal I-hr.
Year Two 21Term 4 (7 hours)
1. BA 904 Required Residency IV-0 hrs.
2. BA 945 Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis-3 hrs.
3. BA 906 Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics-3 hrs.
4. BA 952 Proposal II-1 hr
Term 5 (7 hours)
1. BA 909 Required Residency V-0 hrs.
2. BA 923 Leadership in Organizations-3 hrs.
3. BA 936 Emerging Issues in Global Information Technology-3 hrs.
4. BA 953 Proposal III-1 hr..
Term 6 (7 hours)
1. BA 913 Required Residency VI-0 hrs.
2. BA 941 Robotics & Pro. Imp. MGT - -3 Hrs.
3. BA 910 Advanced Organizational Communications-3 hrs. 4. BA 954 Proposal IV-1 hr.
Year Three 20Term 7 (7 hours)
1. BA 914 Required Residency VII-0 hrs.
2. BA 937 Incident Response and Disaster Recovery-3 hrs.
3. BA 938 Legal & Ethical issues in Cyber T.-3 hrs.
4. BA 955 Proposal V-1 hr.
Term 8 (7 hours)
1. BA 916 Required Residency VIII-0 hrs.
2. BA 939 Managing Cyber Warfare in a Cloud-3 hrs.
3 BA 940 Management for Technical Professionals-3 hrs.
4 BA 956 Proposal VI-1 hr. 5 Comprehensive Exam
Term 9 (6 hours)
1. BA 917 Required Residency IX-0 hrs.
2. BA 960 Dissertation I-3 hrs.
3. BA 961 Dissertation II-3 hrs.
Year Four 0Terms 10 - 12
Students will register for no academic credit for BA 999 Dissertation Continuation and be required to pay the annual Doctoral Student Fee to remain active in the program.

Residency Requirements for the DBA

To ensure close and meaningful interaction with their faculty mentors, the students are required to attend nine face-to-face three-day residencies held at Campbellsville University or one of its centers. In addition, at the beginning of each term, a webinar will be held with their assigned faculty mentor during the first week of the Dissertation Proposal courses. The students are encouraged to attend all webinars and are expected to attend at least four webinars throughout the program. The residencies will be held at the beginning of each term.

DBA vs. Ph.D.

Today, there is really little difference between the DBA and the Ph.D. In the past, several schools like Harvard had their DBA students prepare a case study instead of a dissertation. Today, DBA programs have dissertations and do the same work. The real difference in the DBA degree is you can do practical research where in the Ph.D. it will be theorical research. Today, most DBA students will do a theoretical dissertation but have the option for a practical approach. That is the main difference in our DBA and Ph.D.

Is a DBA and Ph.D. Equivalent?

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); however, there are fundamental differences between these two doctoral degrees. These differences are nearly always at the center of DBA vs Ph.D. discussions, and they stem from the intended career path of the students following their degrees.

A Ph.D. focuses on the ‘theory’ underpinning business management, whereas a DBA focuses on the ‘practical’ concepts. Those who complete a Ph.D. in business management usually do so as they wish to pursue a career in research or academia. Those who complete a DBA do so as they want to pursue a more advanced role in the business industry or within their organization.

Research Scope

A noticeable difference between a Ph.D. and a DBA is the research topic. A Ph.D. candidate selects a research project of theoretical value to the academic environment. A DBA candidate can select a research project which has a practical application to the business environment, or it can be theoretical.

DBA students typically choose research topics based on real-life scenarios they are facing or have faced. This is contrary to a Ph.D. student where their research topic usually centers around a topic in which they don’t have first-hand experience.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

1. BA 906 Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (3 hours)

This course examines the ethical issues that arise in business and will develop the knowledge and skills needed by a practicing manager to address these issues and to make sound business decisions.

2. BA 907 Business Knowledge Studies (3 hours)

Business Knowledge Studies in Accounting, Finance, Economics, and Statistics is a course that is firmly based upon current business practices designed for effective decision making using quantitative data. While being broad and flexible it is relevant, rigorous, and balanced, thus providing doctoral students with a strong foundation in accounting, finance, economics, statistics. This course is also a key subject in the formative aspects of the student as a consumer, citizen and employee.

3. BA 908 Emerging Issues in Marketing in a Global Context (3 hours)

This course will cover emerging issues in global marketing and the challenges they bring to developing and managing a global marketing effort. Students will be required to discuss and apply the information presented in this course as a means of thinking critically about how current issues affect elements of the global marketing function. This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practices necessary to craft marketing strategies in the dynamic environment of global markets with consideration to issues, such as, international trade, culture, politics, and technology.

4. BA 910 Advanced Organizational Communication (3 hours)

This course is designed to explore the strategies of communication in more depth and allow students to apply theoretical and practical knowledge. Students will examine their personal communication styles and enhance their skills at written, oral, and nonverbal communication. Areas examined in the course will include communication networks, organizational channels, barriers to effective communication, including gender and cultural attributes of communication, dealing with conflict, and creating consensus. The course will also explore how technology and the media play a role in communication.

5. BA 919 Seminar in Human Resource Management (HR) and Development (3 hours)

The effective use of human resources through managing activities in an organization is a complex task. This course covers the range of HR activities including strategic HR management, legal issues, compensation, labor relations, technical support systems, staffing, recruitment and selection, performance management, and training and development with an emphasis on adult learning and development. Through interactive activities and case studies, students investigate the practical aspects of HR in real world situations.

6. BA 923 Leadership in Organizations (3 hours)

This course reviews the broad range of leadership theories from trait, behavior and contingency approaches to the more recent frameworks that include transformational, servant, and authentic leadership. Emphasis is placed on how relevant theories can be applied in the context of organizational settings and how managers and leaders can positively impact their organizations. Specialized topics include transformative change, employee engagement, empowerment, ethics, teams, and cross-cultural leadership.

7. BA 936 Emerging Issues in Global Information Technology Systems (3 hours)

This course evaluates the underlying value and uses of information systems in business with regard to operations, management decision-making, and strategy formulation within a global context. The course begins with an overview of information systems concepts, terms and applications and assists learners in building competency in using this knowledge to improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which businesses pursue organizational goals. The course further investigates current issues in e-commerce, cloud computing, information security and the impact of culture on IT systems.

Research Methodology Courses

1. BA 905 Inquiry to Doctoral Writing (3 hours)

Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation requires that the doctoral student demonstrate his or her scholarly writing ability. This course will introduce the doctoral student to the demands of scholarly writing and the doctoral dissertation writing process. The goal of this course is to prepare the doctoral student to present his or her research findings in a relevant rhetorical context using the appropriate writing styles and formats of the discipline. In addition, this course will familiarize doctoral students with the specific doctoral dissertation requirements of the School of Business, Economics, and Technology.

2. BA 915 Doctoral Research Methodology (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of best practices for conducting quality research in the field of business and introduces doctoral students to the strengths and limitations of various research designs. This course is designed to provide the doctoral student with a broad understanding of how to conduct research and the ability to critically evaluate the results and conclusions from other research studies. As part of this course, doctoral students will conduct a literature review (Chapter 2) and submit a finished research proposal (prospectus) as a means of further developing his or her dissertation research questions or hypotheses.

3. BA 935 Advanced Quantitative Research and Analysis (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to develop the doctoral student’s ability to design and carry out methodologically sound and practically relevant quantitative research. As a result the doctoral student will become an informed consumer of quantitative research. This course presents the basic principles of mathematical probability and statistics that are essential for advanced quantitative analysis of phenomena using statistical methods. The course emphasizes the use of statistics to make inferences and judgments about phenomena, which include estimation, hypothesis testing, asymptotic analysis and regression. As part of this course, doctoral students will develop a research methodology (Chapter 3) that serves as a plan for investigation into his or her research questions or hypotheses.

4. BA 945 Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to help the doctoral student develop an understanding of qualitative research methods and design through a hands-on approach. As a result the doctoral student will become an informed consumer of qualitative research. This course focuses on the full spectrum of qualitative design, including: (a) identification of the research problem(s), (b) development of design, (c) data collection, and (d) data analysis procedures. This course is designed to provide the doctoral student with the skills necessary to derive credible knowledge through qualitative research practices and prepare him or her to deal with issues of quality, validity, and rigor.

Required Residency Courses

1. BA 901 Required Residency I (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled in the first term upon enrollment. The faculty mentor will work with the student to develop a personal student plan/degree completion plan identifying the timeline and the milestones in the doctoral study.

2. BA 902 Required Residency II (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the second term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester.

3. BA 903 Required Residency III (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the third semester. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and will start the discussion of their dissertation.

4. BA 904 Required Residency IV (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the fourth term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and will help student develop their dissertation proposals to get input and feedback from their peers and mentors.

5. BA 909 Required Residency V (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the fifth term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and will start the discussion of their dissertation and select their dissertation chair and committee members. Mentors will also work with the students to complete chapter 1 of their dissertation.

6. BA 913 Required Residency VI (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the sixth term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and work with the students on chapter 2 of their dissertation

7. BA 914 Required Residency VII (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the seventh term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and work with the students on chapter 3 of their dissertation. Faculty mentors will review the comprehensive examination, and review the key concepts from the core courses to prepare them for the comprehensive examination that will be taken in the 8th term.

8. BA 916 Required Residency VIII (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the eighth term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and work with the students on chapter 4 of their dissertation. During the residency, students will take the comprehensive examination.

9. BA 917 Required Residency IX (0 hour)

This three-day face-to-face conference will be scheduled at the beginning of the ninth term. In this three-day conference, faculty mentors will work with students on the courses they are registered for during the semester, and work with the students on chapter 5 of their dissertation. At this residency, faculty mentors will work to prepare the students for the dissertation defense.

Dissertation Proposal Development Courses

1. BA 951 Proposal I (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with one assigned Faculty Mentor. They will go over the proposal preparation process and identify a possible research area for the dissertation.

2. BA 952 Proposal II (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with road literature review on topics of students’ interests to finalize the research topic for their dissertation proposals.

3. BA 953 Proposal III (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with one assigned Faculty Mentor. The students will work with the Faculty Mentor to write Chapter 1 Introduction of the dissertation proposal.

4. BA 954 Proposal IV (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with one assigned Faculty Mentor. The students will work with the Faculty Mentor to write Chapter 2 Literature Review of the dissertation proposal.

5. BA 955 Proposal V (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with one assigned Faculty Mentor. The students will work with the Faculty Mentor to write Chapter 3 Methodology of the dissertation proposal.

6. BA 956 Proposal VI (1 hour)

In this one-credit proposal preparation course, there will be a cohort with a maximum of seven students working with one assigned Faculty Mentor. The students will work with the Faculty Mentor to finalize the dissertation proposal, develop research instruments, and conduct pilot research if applicable.

Dissertation Courses

BA 960 Dissertation I (3 hrs.)

This course deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of designing dissertation research and successfully defending the design. The purpose of the course is to assist students through the dissertation writing processes and to facilitate the transition from course work to dissertation.

BA 961 Dissertation II (3 hrs.)

Prerequisite: BA 960. This course continues the process of dealing with the theoretical and practical aspects of designing dissertation research and successfully defending the design. The purpose of the course is to assist students through the dissertation writing processes and to facilitate the transition from course work to dissertation.

BA 999 Dissertation Continuation (0 hour)

Prerequisite: Enrollment in BA 960 and BA 961. This course continues the process of dealing with the theoretical and practical aspects of designing dissertation research and successfully defending the design. The purpose of the course is to assist students through the dissertation writing processes and to facilitate the transition from course work to dissertation.

Specialization– Information Technology Management Courses

BA 937 Incident Response and Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity

Students learn to design and manage key business information security functions including incident response plans and incident response teams disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans. Reporting, response planning and budgeting are all addressed. Students working in teams will prepare an incident response, disaster recovery, or business continuity plan for a real-world organization such as a business or a government body or agency.

BA 938 Legal and Ethical Issues in Cyber Technology

This course prepares students to participate in the analysis of relevant internet-based legal subjects with an emphasis on their practical application in the “real” world of legislation and governance. It encompasses the development of the technology of computing, the internet, and the need for legal solutions as activities on the internet have expanded crime, commerce, and civil wrongs to a global forum. The course concludes with a peer-rated comprehensive research project on a topic of current relevance in CyberLaw.

BA 939 Managing Cyber Warfare in a Cloud, IoT World

Cyber-attacks are a commonplace event causing billions of dollars in lost revenue almost every day. While it is commonplace for organizations to either build-their-own or buy security packages that attempt to actively block cyber-attacks, Cloud computing (Internet, Intranet, and Extranet) has added a second layer of complexity to solving data breach problems. The Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to add a new and much more complex set of problems. Businesses require a means to counter these attacks in a manner that provides safety for all internet users and the devices that access the net. This research-oriented course will offer the student the opportunity to investigate current security techniques used protect against data breaches and offer a framework that can be used to counter the multi-dimensions attacks on both Cloud and IoT. Through a comparative analysis of present techniques used to block current cyber-attacks, student will develop a concise set of policy rules and recommendations that can be used to counter the new attacks that occur in a Cloud and IoT world.

BA 940 Management for Technical Professionals

This course explores management for professionals in technology fields. It addresses the challenges of the following areas: managing technical professionals and technology assets; human resource management; management of services, infrastructure, outsourcing, and vendor relationships; data management and big data analytics; social networking and social metrics; E-commerce and mobile commerce technology; ethical risks and responsibilities of IT innovations; technology governance and strategy; and resource planning. It also provides theoretical and practical experience in using information technology to support organizational decision-making processes.

BA 941 Robotics and Process Improvement Management

The melding of Robotics and Process Improvement Management has become a recent phenomenon that perplex many large corporations as well as researchers. The challenges of automation and robots have become central to solving industrywide problems such as costs, productivity, skilled‐labor short‐ages, safety, and quality control. In spite of the advances in technology, well-defined process improvement strategies remain elusive. This research-focused course will focus on the development of logical strategies that can be used by robotics’ centered organizations. Students will investigate a specific robotics industry within manufacturing (i.e. automotive, aeronautical) or delivery services (i.e. supply chain management) in an effort to understand limitations of present-day strategies and formulate new strategies that may be used. The goal of this study is to provide an industry specific comprehensive guide for those managers wishing to improve their existing processes.