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DBA Curriculum

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.  (Note that the DBA terminal degree is academically fully equivalent to a Ph.D. or Ed.D.

Unlike traditional programs, students begin work on their doctoral dissertation projects during the first semester of their DBA program.  As each new course is introduced, students are required to demonstrate competencies gained by applying their newly-acquired knowledge to their Doctoral Dissertation Projects.  During the DBA program, the projects will go through several incremental and progressive stages.

Stage 1: Students will present proposals for their Doctoral Dissertation Projects to their Dissertation Chairs for approval.

Stage 2: Students will develop proposals that consist of the first three chapters of the Doctoral Dissertation Projects that include an introduction, literature review, and research methodologies.

Stage 3: Students will implement their projects’ designs and document the results in Chapter 4 and conclusions and recommendations in Chapter 5.  Upon successful completion of Chapters 1 through 5, students present their Doctoral Dissertation Projects in a final “Oral Defense” before the DBA Dissertation Committee.  Approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may be required.

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