Management

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

The Management specialization will provide you with a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. You will explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment. You will also examine how managers strategize and direct issues in budgeting, marketing, personnel administration and operations management as you further develop your professional communication, strategizing, crisis prevention and problem-solving skills. As a graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a variety of related positions, such as academic professor, corporate director, government official, marketing executive and consultant.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

Course Length

All new students enrolling in the Business PhD program are automatically enrolled in courses that are eight weeks in length. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

The PhD in Business requires five specialization and six research courses, a total of 33 credit hours.

Course Code

Name

Course Description

Specialization Course 1

BTM8102, BTM8102-8

Business Research Methodology

This Doctoral level course provides students with an overview of the research process, and an opportunity to learn about business research methodology and the components of a dissertation. The course will also provide the student with the opportunity to identify and develop a research topic, define a research problem, describe the purpose of the research study, and establish associated research question(s). The student will prepare a Topic Paper and a preliminary annotated bibliography for the dissertation topic in the Signature Assignment.

Specialization Course 2

BTM8103, BTM8103-8

Research Design

In this course, the Student acquires the basic skills necessary for the interpretation and application of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The student will examine the formal research process carefully, with an emphasis on practical applications and skill development. Critical concepts and principles intrinsic to research paradigms, study designs, and methods of inquiry are presented to empower the student's ability to formulate and respond to research questions. The resources listed below from the Northcentral University Dissertation Center are critical resources throughout the whole research process students are highly encouraged to become deeply familiar with the resources from the Northcentral University Dissertation Center.

Specialization Course 3

BTM8108, BTM8108-8

Qualitative Research Design

This course is an examination of qualitative methods for studying human behavior including grounded theory, narrative analysis, ethnography, mixed methods, and case studies.

Specialization Course 4

BTM8107, BTM8107-8

Statistics II

This course is an advanced examination of statistical analyses commonly used for research in business. It prepares the doctoral student with the skills required to plan, conduct (using SPSS), report, and interpret quantitative statistical analyses. Topics include: basic statistical knowledge, probability theory, exploratory date analysis, assumptions for statistical tests, parametric and nonparametric tests. Specific analyses include: correlation, regression (simple, multiple, and logistic), basic ANOVA and advanced ANOVA techniques.

Specialization Course 5

BTM8106, BTM8106-8

Quantitative Research Design

Prerequisites: BTM8102, BTM8104This course provides students with the skills essential for designing experimental, quasi-experiment, and survey studies; analyzing the data collected in these studies, and interpreting the results of data analyses. Students will explore designs and statistical techniques to use with their envisioned dissertation research.

BTM8109, BTM8109-8

Planning Dissertation Research in Business

Students in this course will begin the process of writing a dissertation for a research or professional doctorate. The course will address the University dissertation process and aids to successfully complete a dissertation, including self-care and time management.

Required Foundation Courses - 12 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

BTM7101, BTM7101-8

Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a doctoral degree in Business. Doctoral level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

MGT7019, MGT7019-8

Ethics in Business

No longer are ethics and social responsibility, including the green movement, something organizations can ignore or take into consideration if they have funding left over at the end of the year. Ethics are required by local, state and federal legislation and today, more than ever, stakeholders at organizations are being held accountable for their actions and societal harm. Therefore, academic integrity must be carried out from the classroom to the place of business. In case study format, students in this course will learn about current laws and their applications to business, and how to maintain an ethical perspective within the context of a global framework.

SKS7000, SKS7000-8

Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies

Students will analyze and apply knowledge in 12 business areas necessary to address a wide variety of business-related situations. The focus of the course is demonstrating core proficiencies in the following business areas: Marketing, Business Finance, Accounting, Management, Legal Environment of Business, Economics, Business Ethics, Global Dimensions of Business, Information Systems, Quantitative Techniques and Statistics, Leadership, and Business Applications. The intent is not to introduce these core business concepts, but rather to verify a graduate-level threshold competency within each. The course includes a comprehensive case study that will allow students to demonstrate their competency within all 12 professional component areas.

BTM8104, BTM8104-8

Statistics I

This course provides an introductory exploration of statistics for the doctoral student. It includes instruction on the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics, and introduces inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts to help the Student understand statistical methodology used in education, and also more generally, developing a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

Specialization Courses - 15 credit hours, Select 5 from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

MGT7000-8

Business Organization and Management

Doctoral students will develop rational management tools for working within an organization by understanding and analyzing various management techniques, concepts of organization, and analytical skills that are useful for effective organizations. It will provide students with a comprehensive and multidimensional understanding of decision-making, communication, and budgeting. The course also examines the responsibilities of management practices in the organization to include employee motivation, leadership, and workplace trends. Cases and experiential exercises will enhance the transfer of learning.

MGT7002-8

Marketing Management

We examine the comprehension, evaluation, and synthesis of concepts that are the underlying foundation of marketing theory built around environmental research, marketing strategy differentiation, the product life cycle, segmentation strategies, the marketing mix (4 P's), and the new product cycle.

MGT7006-8

Organizational Behavior

Understanding how managers need to develop their interpersonal or people skills if they are going to be effective in their jobs is a critical skill. Through evaluation, comprehension, and synthesis of the concepts and constructs we examine how organizational behavior (OB) is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within an organization, and then apply that knowledge to make organizations work more effectively. Specifically, OB focuses on how to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and increase employee citizenship and job satisfaction. As managers accomplish their work through others, OB provides the tools for guiding the productivity of others, predicting human behavior at work and the perspectives needed to manage individuals from diverse backgrounds.

MGT7007-8

Strategic Management

Prerequisites:Fundamental requirement in General ManagementThe concepts and constructs that are the foundation of Strategic management are the focus of the course that looks at long-term needs of an organization and the implementation or plans necessary to address those needs. The techniques can be applied to organizations of any size or in any industry and are appropriate to international and non-profit endeavors, as well as ordinary businesses, public and private. The course is designed to help students think strategically and apply that skill to a variety of situations.

MGT7009-8

International Business

Understanding the global forces of business and management will allow students to analyze and evaluate the underlying constructs to synthesize the concepts of international business. This course focuses on many aspects of global business, including international trade and investment, environmental and sustainability factors, politics, laws, competitive strategies, and global leadership and management.

MGT7012-8

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

The constructs of Managerial Accounting emphasizes the uses of accounting data to support the activities of managers in directing the affairs of business and non-business organizations. It focuses on the needs of the manager for financial information and timely reports on the firm's operations in order to make sound managerial decisions.

MGT7013-8

Entrepreneurship

This doctoral level course will help entrepreneurs and all managers create a mindset and understanding of the driving forces of new business development. This course is built on practical concepts in entrepreneurship and E-entrepreneurship.

MGT7014-8

Business and Management Consulting

This doctoral level course allows those in the consulting field to advance their professional skills and conceptualize business operations. This course focuses on consultation; i.e., what it is, how it is effectively practiced, and the different forms it can take. Models for consulting in organizational settings are presented in a practical manner. It explores the process and dimensions of management consulting including identification and nature of the client system, definition of the problem(s) in establishing the contract, ethics, tools, and techniques of the consulting practice.

MGT7016-8

Managing Change

Turbulent and dynamic environments challenge all executives in the management of the organization. This course specifically examines the different aspects of organizational change. It focuses on techniques involved in creating, managing, and sustaining change and responses to different opportunities and challenges of organizational change.

MGT7022-8

Organizational Development

Doctoral students in this course will synthesize and analyze present theories and research results related to organizational development. Among many topics identified, students will study organizational behavior in all sized businesses, explore group think and group behavior, and analyze structure and design of businesses for success.

MGT7023-8

Crisis Management

Effective communication is key for success in business. This course explores the difference between crisis and disaster, reviews the purpose of Business Continuity planning, identifies methods of analyzing a business for risk and out of that assessment, suggests how to prevent, mitigate and resolve a disaster. In order to examine these issues, the student researches scholarly and contemporary publications.

MGT7026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

Effective communication is key for success in business and in academia. This course will help students identify methods to successful implementation of communication methods, identification of styles of communication, and organizing processes including critical thinking and use of technology as a primary means of communication. Emphasis is placed on skills and applications required for essential and effective communication through course papers and examples presented within the course.

MGT7027-8

Legal Implications in Management

In this course, students will become familiar with legal principles and management, particularly their affects and outcomes in business. Laws and requirements or regulation are constantly changing and students need to be prepared in both academia and business. Through a series of case analyses and assessments, students will traverse numerous aspects of the legal implications managers face today, and how this is different from the past decades.

MGT7029-8

Strategic Leadership

Doctoral students in this course will explore numerous decision making requirements related to strategy and leadership. Students will focus on corporate governance, how to be a contemporary leader in a global and technological age, and how to manage succession and turnover. Students will evaluate how one becomes a successful strategic leader and how these attributes are formulated and recognized.

MGT7110-8

Leadership in Organizations

*Prerequisites:Fundamental requirement in General Management or fundamental Psychology coursesThe course will help the student in their understanding, comprehension, and synthesis of the leadership constructs. Investigation of leadership roles, styles, philosophy, and behavior in organizations are components of this course. It also explores the qualities of leadership through the presentation of new models dealing with high performance leadership. This course presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The key question to be answered after the completion of this course is; What makes a person an effective leader?

Doctoral Comprehensive Exam - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

CMP9500B

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (PhD)

In their pursuit of any doctoral degree (PhD, DBA, or EdD) at Northcentral University, students gain expertise in their academic discipline and in one or more specializations that complement their academic discipline. The Doctoral Comprehensive Examination is intended to assure that students have mastered knowledge of their discipline before candidacy status is achieved and research in support of their dissertation is initiated. The Doctoral Comprehensive Examination is taken following the completion of all content and Research courses. This course is graded using Satisfactory (S), In Progress (IP), and Unsatisfactory (U) grading criteria. The Doctoral Comprehensive Examination must be successfully completed with an (S) grade prior to beginning any Dissertation Research course. The exam is twelve weeks.

Dissertation Courses - 12 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

DIS9501B

Doctoral Dissertation Research I

In this course sequence, students work progressively on completing each doctoral dissertation milestone toward the completion of the PhD degree. These milestones include Committee and University approval of a dissertation concept paper, a dissertation proposal paper, an approved IRB application by the Northcentral University Institutional Review Board, the collection and analysis of research data, the preparation and approval of the final dissertation manuscript, and the successful completion of the oral defense. Courses are taken continually and sequentially until all dissertation milestones have been completed. Throughout these courses, students often work independently but are required to be in communication with the Chair of their Dissertation Committee at least once a month. These courses are graded utilizing Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) as the grading criteria.

DIS9502B

Doctoral Dissertation Research II

In this course sequence, students work progressively on completing each doctoral dissertation milestone toward the completion of the PhD degree. These milestones include Committee and University approval of a dissertation concept paper, a dissertation proposal paper, an approved IRB application by the Northcentral University Institutional Review Board, the collection and analysis of research data, the preparation and approval of the final dissertation manuscript, and the successful completion of the oral defense. Courses are taken continually and sequentially until all dissertation milestones have been completed. Throughout these courses, students often work independently but are required to be in communication with the Chair of their Dissertation Committee at least once a month. These courses are graded utilizing Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) as the grading criteria.

DIS9503B

Doctoral Dissertation Research III

In this course sequence, students work progressively on completing each doctoral dissertation milestone toward the completion of the PhD degree. These milestones include Committee and University approval of a dissertation concept paper, a dissertation proposal paper, an approved IRB application by the Northcentral University Institutional Review Board, the collection and analysis of research data, the preparation and approval of the final dissertation manuscript, and the successful completion of the oral defense. Courses are taken continually and sequentially until all dissertation milestones have been completed. Throughout these courses, students often work independently but are required to be in communication with the Chair of their Dissertation Committee at least once a month. These courses are graded utilizing Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) as the grading criteria.

DIS9504B

Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

In this course sequence, students work progressively on completing each doctoral dissertation milestone toward the completion of the PhD degree. These milestones include Committee and University approval of a dissertation concept paper, a dissertation proposal paper, an approved IRB application by the Northcentral University Institutional Review Board, the collection and analysis of research data, the preparation and approval of the final dissertation manuscript, and the successful completion of the oral defense. Courses are taken continually and sequentially until all dissertation milestones have been completed. Throughout these courses, students often work independently but are required to be in communication with the Chair of their Dissertation Committee at least once a month. These courses are graded utilizing Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) as the grading criteria.

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  • Per credit cost: $986
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,958
  • Program cost: $59,160
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Technology Fee: $0 
  • Registration Fee: $0

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