DBA Program Composition

The Lincoln University DBA is a structured degree program requiring of a minimum of 93 graduate units of academic credit for graduation, including 54 units of core courses, 20 concentration courses units, 4 internship units, a comprehensive examination, and 15 research seminars and dissertation units.

Students admitted to the DBA program with undergraduate degrees are expected to complete MBA and/or MS degrees while pursuing their doctorate.

DBA concentration and research project (dissertation) courses will be developed and offered on a time-phased basis. The scheduling of these courses will be based on expected student readiness to take them, as evidenced by the completion of most of the core courses.

The matriculation time frame that will apply to DBA students is as follows:

  1. Courses for the first two years (3-4 courses per fall and spring semester)* will be sequenced to enable the student’s completion of the program’s block of core and concentration courses equivalent to an MBA degree completion.

  2. Courses for the third year will be scheduled for the completion of core courses, and preparation for the comprehensive qualifying exam.

  3. Qualifying exams will be administered upon completion of all required core and at least 20 credit units of the concentration coursework. If the exam is successfully passed, it is followed by a committee-approved dissertation topic, and the title of a Doctoral Candidate.

  4. Courses for the fourth year consist special dissertation preparation research seminars and the internship report.

  5. Courses in the fifth year will be sequenced as follows: completion of all required coursework and internship, research seminars, and exams; the written report and successful oral defense of the dissertation, resulting in the award of the DBA degree.

*Some additional foundation courses may be required for students whose previous education was not in the fields of business. See the MBA program description for the details.