The National Graduate School of Quality Management’s Doctor of Business Administration program provides comprehensive instruction (theory and application) at the doctor level in business administration discipline, with a focus in Quality Systems Management (QSM). (The DBA degree is equivalent to a Ph.D. or Ed.D., in terms of “academic value.”)
The primary focus of the program is to develop leadership competencies in the body of knowledge known as Quality Systems Management (QSM) through the application of a holistic systems approach to leading and managing organizations and achieving continuous improvement as measured by tangible returns on investment. Student learning will be enhanced and demonstrated through the process of completing the coursework and a Doctoral Dissertation Project performing rigorous applied action research that must generate tangible results and add to the Quality Systems Management body of knowledge. Doctor of Business Administration in Quality Systems Management graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge, skills, and abilities enabling them to serve as QSM experts at senior levels within organizations.
Students travel to pre-determined cohort class site locations to participate in “Low Residence” courses. A typical on-site meeting schedule is as follows:
- Online Webinar Thursday evenings (6:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
- In-class sessions Friday evenings (6:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
- In-class sessions Saturdays (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
- In-class sessions Sundays (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon)
Between sessions, students work independently to complete assignments, conduct research, and accomplish other required academic tasks.
What students should expect in the Doctor of Business Administration Program
The purpose of the DBAQSM is:
- To provide students, particularly working adults and other non-traditional students, with a business-related advanced terminal education that matches the dynamic growth of Quality Systems Management knowledge;
- To engage students in a rigorous, exciting, challenging, theoretical and practical learning experience in a specialized curriculum that is uniquely centered in both management sciences and quality systems and incorporating a doctoral project that requires measurable results;
- To provide students with the resources needed to interact with others clearly and effectively;
- To impart and demonstrate to students the aligned relationship of leadership management and a quality systems theme to ethical behavior;
- To challenge doctoral candidates to complete original and noteworthy action research, contribute to the body of knowledge through a recognized publication, to implement a significant process or organizational improvement through the sponsorship of a senior leader, and to demonstrate understanding through teaching at the graduate level.
Upon successful completion of the program graduates will possess a wide variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as Quality Systems Management experts at senior levels within organizations. Coursework has been specifically designed to build the following competencies:
- Ability to organize and lead teams to solve complex problems and improve business processes.
- Ability to communicate across all levels of an organization with confidence.
- Ability to lead major organizational change initiatives.
- Ability to think critically and conduct and synthesize scholarly research.
- Ability to analyze, construct, and present a business case for senior-level decision making.
- Ability to develop, collect, and track executive level dashboard metrics.
- Ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information for problem solving and opportunity identification.
- Ability to contribute to and foster global competitiveness of the organization by promoting innovation, technology, and new marketing opportunities and minimizing threats.
- Ability to lead internal and external organizational assessment
*Not available in Massachusetts. Not available to Massachusetts residents.