DBA Course Requirements

Ninety-three (93) graduate units represent the minimum requirement for the DBA degree.


I. Required Core Courses * 

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 301   Managerial Economics   3
  BA 302   Principles of Management   3
  BA 303   Finance Management   3
  BA 304   Marketing Management   3
  BA 305   Project Management   3
  BA 306   Business Research Methodology   3
  BA 307   Operations Management   3
  BA 308   Human Resources Management   3
  BA 309   Ethics of Business Management   3
  BA 310   International Economics   3
  BA 320   Organization Behavior and Administration   3
  BA 330   Entrepreneurship   3
  BA 340   Managerial Accounting and Financial Control   3
  BA 350   Management Information Systems   3
  BA 360   Quantitative Methods for Business and Finance Management   3
  BA 370   Communications in Leadership and Negotiations   3
  BA 380   Business Strategy and Decision-Making   3
  BA 388   Seminar on Higher Education   3
Total DBA Core Courses: ...................................................................   54

* One or two of these courses may be substituted by special courses for a cohort group pursuing a specific concentration. 

II. DBA Concentrations 

          Students should choose a concentration to complete the requirements for the DBA degree. Currently Lincoln University offers two concentrations:
          A. Finance and Investments
          B. Human Resource Management
          A personal concentration may be created by a student with the recommendation of the advisor and the permission of the program director.

A. Finance and Investments 

          The Finance and Investments (FI) concentration emphasizes various aspects of American and international finances. Stress is placed on the use of finance as a management tool. Theoretical foundations in the concentration of Finance and Investments, supplemented by practical application from the internship requirement, result in the program concentration objectives as follows:
  1. Teaching opportunities result from the increased knowledge and application from the world of international finance and banking, to the theoretical structures of financial engineering and investment science, coupled with an understanding and integration of credit risk management, benefiting clients from the world of business; 
  2. Ability to perform significant and relevant research studies is based on fundamentals which students acquire through the core structure in the Doctor of Business Administration program, with direct application and relevance to the world of finance and investments; 
  3. Foundation for consulting in the field of finance and investments stems from the theoretical study in the subject, complemented by the hands-on practical application through the internship setting.  

          Students should choose 5 courses (20 units) of the following 400-level courses:

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 414   International Finance   4
  BA 415   International Business and Investment Strategy   4
  BA 443    International Banking   4
  BA 444   International Securities and Foreign Exchange   4
  BA 445   Commercial Banking and Lending   4
  BA 463   Investment Science   4
  BA 464   Investments (Real Estate)   4
  BA 465   Investments (The Stock Market)   4
  BA 466   Econometrics   4
  BA 467   Credit Risk Management   4
  BA 486   Special Topics in Business Administration (FI)   4

           And take the following required courses:

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 492   Graduate Internship and Report in Finance and Investments   4
  BA 501   Doctoral Research Seminar in Finance and Investments   3
Total DBA FI Concentration courses: .............................................................   27

B. Human Resources Management

          The Human Resources Management (HRM) concentration provides courses in human, social, legal, and psychological aspects, important for the future HR managers. The concentration in HRM arms successful graduates with the tools to understand and apply the dynamics of the personal element in the field of study, tempered by the practical experience acquired with the applied internship. This has direct application to the program objectives relative to teaching, research, practical application in the field, and consulting, as follows: 

  1. Teaching opportunities exist in the world of both national and international management, with an appreciation and understanding of the social elements applied to the subject of Business Administration; 
  2. Theoretical and applied research options are tempered and supplemented with an understanding of the political, legal, sociological, and psychological aspects of dynamics within the field of study; 
  3. Consulting opportunities in the subject of Business Administration, requiring a recognition of the significance of human elements in the social environment, are acquired through the study of both theory and practice, providing a unique blend of skills and competencies applicable to systems of management and administration. 

          Students should choose 5 courses (20 units) of the following 400-level courses:

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 416   International Management   4
  BA 417   Political and Legal Aspects of International Business   4
  BA 423   Organizational Development   4
  BA 424   Leadership Development   4
  BA 431   Social Environment of Business   4
  BA 436   Human Factors in Small Businesses   4
  BA 437   Personnel Law   4
  BA 486   Special Topics in Business Administration (HRM)   4

           And take the following required courses:

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 494   Graduate Internship and Report in Human Resources Management   4
  BA 502   Doctoral Research Seminar in Human Resources Management   3
Total DBA HRM Concentration courses: .............................................................   27

DBA Degree Qualifying Examination

Qualifying exams are required for all DBA students who have completed all of their core coursework, at least 12 units of concentration courses, and are ready to begin the dissertation research and seminars.  Students passing the exam are elevated to a candidacy status in the doctoral program and fulfill all degree requirements upon the completion and successful defense of their dissertation. Qualifying examination fees are equal to the fee of one doctoral-level unit. The examination may be arranged twice every semester during the first week and the week of finals.

The DBA qualifying examination is to demonstrate students’ knowledge acquired through the program as well as their ability of independent thinking and delivering the information to a business community or to their students in the future.

  • The examination is oral in nature with the duration of 120 minutes: 60 minutes for the preparation and 60 minutes for the answers.
  • An examination committee consists of at least 3 members selected from the Lincoln University administration and faculty including one from the field related to the student’s concentration.
  • Students randomly pick two tokens with questions from the Core Business Topics section and one token from the students’ Concentration section.
  • Students are to answer two questions from the Core Business Topics selected by tokens and two questions from the students’ Concentration section. One selected by the token and another question selected and prepared by the student by his/her choice before the examination. The questions are given to students at least one month ahead.
  • Students’ answers should be prepared and delivered as 4 short lectures of a course on the selected topics (8-10 minutes for each).
  • Each question contains a certain statement (similar to a course description) or may have a problem that should be resolved at the end of the presentation answer.
  • Students’ presentations should provide definitions of major terms in each question, discussion of their relations and needs, and a conclusion. It is not required that students’ conclusions support the statements provided by the exam committee, but students should give their arguments and try to convince the committee of their opinions.

III. DBA Research Project (Dissertation) 

         Each DBA candidate is required to complete the program by writing a DBA research project or a dissertation. This results in a defense or a report presentation talk for a graduate committee. The project’s topic must be related to the student’s area of concentration and be approved by an advisor and the program director. Students should complete the dissertation, taking the following courses during at least 3 semesters. Grades for BA 597- 599 are CR or NC only.

  Course #   Course Title   Units
  BA 510   DBA Dissertation Seminar    3
  BA 597   DBA Dissertation I (Advisor / Topic Selection and Data Collection)   3
  BA 598   DBA Dissertation II (Data Analysis and Interpretation)   3
  BA 599   DBA Dissertation III (Dissertation Preparation and Defense)   3
Total Required for the DBA Dissertation: .............................................................   12

Dissertation Research Courses
Students in the research project stage of matriculation for the DBA degree must maintain satisfactory status with the University and are required to enroll in the sequence of doctoral dissertation courses needed for the development and completion of the dissertation.