Executive Doctorate in Business

Program Overview

Program Format

The three-year Executive Doctorate in Business (EDB) program is offered on a part-time basis. Cohorts are formed from the outset and the courses are designed to meet the academic goals of the program. In the first year the focus of the program is in research methods, while the second year deals with current topics of academic interest to the group. During the second year, executives are matched with faculty who will help develop their research interests and likely form the basis of a dissertation. The final year is devoted to writing and defending the dissertation.

Each course consists of approximately 25 hours over 4 full days of classes and 20 hours of formal distance learning. Each student is required to attend each of the three four-day residencies per semester. There is approximately one residency per month during the semester. Given the wide breath of backgrounds that our executives have, we can adjust courses to meet those needs.

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 then have extra help sessions in the afternoon as required by the executives.

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Orientation: August 19, 2017
Residencies Fall 2017 Residencies: Spring 2018
  • September 14 – September 17, 2017
  • October 25 – October 28, 2017
  • November 30 – December 3, 2017
  • January 25 – January 28, 2018
  • March 8 – March 11, 2018
  • April 26 – April 29, 2018



Program Curriculum

Before Program Begins

Prerequisite Coursework: Credits required from prior graduate studies in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Statistics, and Information Systems.

Summer: Orientation

Year 1
Fall Spring Summer
Research Design and Methodology Qualitative Methods in Business Research Position Paper Research
Econometric Methods for Business Research I Econometric Methods for Business Research II
Foundations of Leadership Theory and Competency Competition Analysis and Regulation
End of Academic Year: Qualifying Exam
Year 2
 Fall Spring Summer
Selection of six seminars from among these: Human Capital and the Triple Bottom Line Position Paper Defense
Understanding the Consumer Journey Understanding the Employee and the Customer as Users of Technology
International Corporate Finance and Governance Information-based Strategies
Ideation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Technology-driven Organizational Change
Management of Innovation Marketing Communications Strategy
Year 3
 Fall  Spring
Dissertation Research:
Proposal Defense
Dissertation Research:
Final Dissertation Defense

Course Descriptions

Semester 1
Semester 2
Semesters 3 and 4