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Executive Doctoral Programs: DBA and PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems

Academic Excellence with Proven Outcomes

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers a world-class, practitioner-oriented doctorate education in management. Formerly known as the Doctor of Management (DM) the DBA program at Case Western Reserve University challenges you to take your thinking and professional career to new heights at a distinguished university

If you are a working professional looking to expand your career opportunities, set yourself apart in a competitive industry and achieve a rigorous doctoral degree in management through a research-focused, structured and comprehensive program, look no further.

See Immediate Impact

The DBA program at Weatherhead prepares executives to create social, intellectual and economic value for their organizations and society at large. As a student, you’ll obtain immediate value in the program so you can apply research knowledge to your work within your first year while completing significant, high-quality research relevant to your organization.

A History Rooted in Excellence

The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University has been a strong innovator and advocate for practitioner-focused doctoral degrees. Launched in 1995, the Doctor of Management (DM) program was one of the first of its kind. The program is a three-year, lockstep offering that consists of four on-campus and two virtual residencies per semester. Now offered as the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, this program offers the unique option to join the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program at Case Western Reserve University.

Considering the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management? Listen to our virtual session to learn more about this prestigious doctoral degree and gain a broad understanding of the program from our Program Director, faculty and alumni.

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DM Newsletter

The DM Digest is the official electronic newsletter of Weatherhead's Doctor of Management programs, showcasing the programs' latest research, publications, news and more.

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Doctor of Management (DM)

Year One

  • Identify problem of practice
  • Understand & synthesize relevant literature
  • Complete conceptual paper
  • Initiate qualitative research project

Year Two

  • Complete qualitative research paper
  • Develop theoretical model
  • Initiate quantitative research project

Year Three

  • Complete quantitative research paper
  • Complete dissertation composed of qualitative and quantitative research projects
  • Integrate research projects into dissertation

PhD in Management, Sustainable Systems

Additional Year

  • Directed independent research
  • Attend Research Workshops
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Proposal Defense
  • Dissertation Defense

Expert Assessment of the PhD Program