Doctor of Professional Studies in Business


Program Format

The three-year Doctor of Professional Studies in Business (DPSB) program is offered in a hybrid format, with distance learning elements that are carefully designed to complement on-campus residencies where students and faculty meet in person. Cohorts are formed from the outset and the courses are designed to meet the academic goals of students in the program.

In the first year the focus of the program is on research methods, while the second year focuses on current topics of academic interest to the group. During the first year, the executive students are matched with faculty who will help develop their research interests and likely form the basis of a dissertation. Students work on their dissertations in the summers following both the first and second years of courses. The third and final year is devoted to writing and defending the dissertation. Upon completion of the program students will be awarded the DPS degree.

Each course consists of approximately 25 hours of classroom instruction over three on-campus residencies and 20 hours of formal distance learning. Students are required to attend all three four-day residencies per semester.

Our residency starts on Thursday evenings with dinner at 5:00 pm and a class to follow. Classes are then a full day on Friday and Saturday. We have a half day on Sunday for formal class time and offer extra help sessions in the afternoon as needed by the students.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Orientation: Friday & Saturday, August 14-15, 2020  
Residencies: Fall 2020 Residencies: Spring 2021
  • September 10 – September 13, 2020
  • October 22 – October 25, 2020
  • December 3 – December 6, 2020
  • January 21 – January 24, 2021
  • March 4 – March 7, 2021
  • April 29 – May 3, 2021


Program Curriculum

Before Program Begins

Prerequisites:  An earned doctorate requires 60 graduate level credits. 42 credits are included in the program and 18 credits are to be transferred from relevant graduate level courses. To be admitted, a candidate must have an undergraduate degree, and must have a graduate degree (such as an MBA or MS) from an institution of higher learning that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), or EQUIS.

Summer: Orientation

Year 1
Fall Semester
Research Design and Methodology 3
Econometric Methods for Business Research I 3
Foundations of Leadership Theory and Competency 3
Spring Semester
Qualitative Methods in Business Research 3
Econometric Methods for Business Research II 3
Technology-Driven Organizational Changes 3
Summer Session
Position Paper Research and Qualifying Examination 1
Year 2
 Fall and Spring Semesters
Three of the following courses will be selected for each semester. Each course carries 3 credits. The selection will be made by the program’s Academic Director and Executive Committee and will reflect the research interests of the students.

9 credits in Fall

9 credits in Spring

Understanding the Consumer Journey  
International Corporate Finance and Governance  
Ideation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship  
Management of Innovation  
Human Capital and the Triple Bottom Line  
Understanding the Employee and the Customer as Users of Technology  
Information-Based Strategies  
Competition Analysis and Regulation  
Marketing Communications Strategy  
Summer Session
Position Paper Defense 1
Year 3
 Fall Semester
Dissertation Research:
Proposal Defense
Spring Semester

Dissertation Research: Final Dissertation Defense


Please note: The academic calendar, curriculum and course listings are subject to change.


Course Descriptions

The order of the courses by semester is subject to change.

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semesters 3 and 4

Contact Us

Phone: (646) 312-3100

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