DBA Program Features | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

DBA Program Features

Is the Doctor of Business Administration Program right for me?

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The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program (formerly offered as the Doctor of Management program) at Case Western Reserve University is to develop thought leaders for the advancement of business and society. As a Weatherhead School of Management DBA student, you’ll learn to combine a disciplined approach to scholarship with a focus on compelling problems of practice.

Candidates conduct several rigorous studies during the program that introduce them to the theories, practices and techniques of evidence-based management. The DBA experience is intended to equip you with the requisite skills to apply evidence-based management in your organizations, to apply research to practice, to engage and prepare for self-directed lifelong learning in management research, to continue research dissemination, and to cultivate a broad profile for scholarly teaching.

Interested in pursuing a PhD at the Weatherhead School of Management?

In the summer of year two in the DBA program, you may apply to the PhD in Management: Designing Sustainable Systems program, thereby extending your coursework an additional year. This fourth year is dedicated to independent doctoral studies and research workshops that would permit you to meet the requirements of a PhD in Management degree offered by the CWRU School of Graduate Studies. During both the DBA and PhD programs, you’ll be required to prepare and submit your research papers to appropriate high-quality academic conferences for review and presentation. A core goal for both programs is for you to make original intellectual contributions while enrolled in the programs.

What are the benefits of the Doctor of Business Administration program?

We are often asked what the benefits are to pursuing the DBA program at Weatherhead School of Management. What is the program’s return on investment? Our alumni say that benefits to the DBA program (formerly the DM program) at Case Western Reserve University include:

  • A new and improved way of working and thinking with the right tools to set yourself apart
  • Ongoing and actionable research that informs your practice immediately
  • An opportunity to expand career paths and/or be promoted in your current role
  • A newfound credibility and chance to be positioned as a thought leader in your area of interest
  • The chance to be part of a high-quality, world-renowned research institution with a reputation recognized from coast to coast.

Value to Organizations

To compete effectively in today’s complex world, organizations require leaders who:

  • Engage in thinking and analysis based upon a global perspective and understanding of viewpoints held by diverse constituencies
  • Possess heightened issue identification and resolution skills to be applied in business management practice
  • Understand interdependencies between organizations and the societies in which they function
  • Maintain an active network of peers within and outside of an organization
  • Commit to the principles of lifelong learning and personal development in order to enhance their value to an organization

Are you interested in applying for the Doctor of Business Administration program at Case Western Reserve University?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I intellectually curious?
  • Do I enjoy reading and expressing my own ideas in writing?
  • Do I get satisfaction from working with concepts and seeing patterns and relationships between ideas?
  • Do I believe that important organizational and social issues can be addressed through the development of knowledge?
  • Am I receptive to learning through systematic research, both qualitative and quantitative?
  • Do I have the motivation to conduct solid research and contribute to applied knowledge?
  • Can I contribute to a diverse community seeking to build concepts about how the world works?
  • Do I have the drive and time to complete a rigorous, three-year doctoral degree?

Apply today!