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Concordia University Chicago to offer Doctorate in Business Administration


Concordia University Chicago’s College of Business will begin offering a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree program. It has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, which is the regional higher education accrediting organization in 19 Midwest and South-Central states. The University’s College of Business, founded in 2007, now offers a complete program of business studies to its students.

“Our goal is to prepare students to improve the global society they serve through an academically rigorous and relevant business education,” said Dr. Claudia Santin, dean of the College of Business, who spearheaded the development of the degree. “Offering the doctoral program in business administration improves the abilities of our students to handle more complex assignments and attain increased recognition associated with their increased professional capacities. This, in turn, will lead to improved recruitment and greater satisfaction among our faculty and students.”

Like the university’s existing MBA, the DBA has a global focus. Students may select from two specializations: Leadership and Innovation or Healthcare Administration. The program will be delivered both in-person and online. The College currently offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Business Administration in addition to the MBA. Students pursuing the DBA will have a competitive advantage when looking for careers in consulting, teaching or serving in senior leadership positions within global organizations. 

The DBA is unique in that students will have access to their course instructors and to their dissertation committee members during their program of study. Each student will also be assigned a faculty member who will mentor them one-on-one, as a critical friend and coach throughout their enrollment. The goal is to help advance students’ academic and professional goals, research agenda, and to encourage candidate retention and program completion.

In addition, students will attend three residencies to help them develop their research plans, and to give them the opportunity to engage with peers and faculty in their learning community.

The curriculum was designed by distinguished faculty from the College of Business who have experience working with doctoral business students. Students may enroll in the doctorate program beginning in March 2017.