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DBA Description

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.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program length and curriculum

The Doctor of Business Administration in Quality Systems Management (DBAQSM) degree program at The National Graduate School of Quality Management (NGS) requires the completion of 60 credits designed to be completed over a 30-month period.  Key components of the program include four in-residence courses, 12 online courses, and the completion of an individual Doctoral Dissertation Project, which is conducted in parallel to the program.

NGS administration and faculty are accustomed to students whose work or public sector responsibilities require flexibility.  Students begin their studies in cohort groups when there is sufficient enrollment and continue through to degree completion.  The School is noted for its guarantee that a program, once launched, will provide students with the courses they need to complete their degrees.

The accelerated program format is offered in response to the call from students, practitioners, and sponsoring organizations who desire an advanced terminal credential that exemplifies the dynamic growth in Quality Systems Management (QSM) knowledge.  The program attracts working adults who seek to demonstrably enhance the organizational and operational effectiveness of the organizations or institutions with which they are affiliated.  Eligible doctoral applicants must possess a Master’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA).

Accelerated DBA Programs Online/In-Class

NGS offers a Doctor of Business Administration in Quality Systems Management.

NGS will offer the published specializations (with specialization specific courses and faculty) to cohorts with a sufficient number of students seeking identical specializations as determined by the Dean of Academic Affairs.  For a cohort of fewer students seeking an approved academic specialty, a specialization and specialization specific courses and faculty will not be offered.  Student area of emphasis will then be recognized through the project or dissertation.

Some students may wish to tailor their degree programs to focus in depth on a particular field.  Degree specializations are designed for this purpose.  Specializations are limited to areas within the range of NGS institutional expertise and mission.  NGS degree specializations are available in:

  • Homeland Security & Defense
  • Health Systems

It is important to understand that specializations are not separate degrees and are not recognized as academic specialties outside of NGS.  They are intended simply to permit students to take courses within their chosen degree program that reflect their particular interests*.  Accordingly, specializations must comply with the established curriculum of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.  The number and type of courses may vary among specializations, and the availability of courses may change each semester, but in each case the students must fulfill the minimum requirements for their respective degree programs regardless of their specialization.

Students are required to declare degree specializations when applying to the program. Specializations permit DBA students to take four courses within the DBA program that reflect their interests. Degree specializations may be permitted by faculty if they can be shown to comply with the following:

  • Project incorporates area of specialization recognized by NGS
  • Directed faculty research and readings connected to the Project
  • Project Champion is a recognized expert in the area of specialization
  • Directed or Assigned case studies and other faculty-approved materials
  • All “team” members must be working on the same area of specialization
  • Completion of the specialization courses for the program of study

You should work with your Doctoral Faculty members and your academic advisor regarding your particular discipline chosen for your area of “specialization.” In fact, Doctoral Faculty members and academic division professionals routinely facilitate the selection of dissertation projects and project champions as well.

Area of Emphasis

NGS offers students, as adult learners, the opportunity to control the focus of their educational experience by deciding if they want to select an Area of Emphasis as a focus for their individual study.  An Area of Emphasis does not change the structure curriculum.  It is the student’s declaration of their specific focus.   This specific focus is realized primarily through the project or dissertation.  However, elective reading, and access to SME’s in that area can also support a specific study focus.

Area of emphasis is not a specialization and is not recorded on transcript records.  Area of emphasis is limited to areas within the range of NGS institutional expertise and mission.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Quality
  • Manufacturing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Homeland Security
  • Project Management
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Healthcare
  • Engineering
  • Data Science

Questions regarding area of emphasis should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs or to the Office of Student Services.

*Not available in Massachusetts. Not available to Massachusetts residents.