Doctor of Professional Studies in Business

Program Overview

Program Format

The three-year Doctor of Professional Studies in Business degree 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 second year, the executive students are matched with faculty who will help develop their research interests and likely form the basis of a dissertation. 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 over the three residencies and 20 hours of formal distance learning. Each student is required to attend each of the four-day residencies per semester. There are three residencies per semester.

Our residency starts on Thursday evenings with dinner at 5 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 then have extra help sessions in the afternoon as needed by the students.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Orientation: Saturday, September 15, 2018  
Residencies Fall 2018 Residencies: Spring 2019
  • September 27 – September 30, 2018
  • October 25 – October 28, 2018
  • November 29 – December 2, 2018
  • March 7 – March 10, 2019
  • April 11 – April 14, 2019
  • Third Residency Dates TBD

Program Curriculum

Before Program Begins

Prerequisites: In order to be admitted, a candidate must have an undergraduate degree. An earned doctorate requires 60 graduate level credits. 42 credits are included in the program and 18 credits can be transferred from relevant graduate level courses.

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 Curriculum 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



Course Descriptions

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

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semesters 3 and 4