Grand Canyon University

D.B.A. with an Emphasis in Management (Qualitative Research)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

D.B.A. with an Emphasis in Management (Qualitative Research)

Format: Online

Program Description:

What Is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) With an Emphasis in Management?

Grand Canyon University’s DBA with an Emphasis in Management prepares graduates to create and manage the deployment of organizational structures in a variety of industries with the intent to secure a competitive advantage. Students will apply theoretical foundations to address complex interconnected management issues, propose organizational structures to achieve optimal organizational performance, create change in management strategies, analyze the implications of law in business management and analyze complexities of management. Throughout this program, students will use qualitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation.

Choosing a Qualitative Research Management Doctorate

Students pursuing their qualitative DBA in Management will use research studies to gain insight into how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way, whereas students pursuing their quantitative DBA will use statistical tools to clean, assess and analyze numeric data. In this program, students will create a sampling plan, design research tools, field test the tools, collect data and conduct a deep and careful analysis of the data using a systematic approach. The results of their study will be presented in a written report consistent with published academic standards.

Skills You Develop With a DBA with an Emphasis in Management

GCU’s qualitative DBA with an Emphasis in Management was created by the College of Doctoral Studies to help business-minded learners broaden their management skills and further their careers. This minimum 60-credit program explores the theories and frameworks that drive financial decision making in organizations, provides an overview of seminal management theories and their relevance, applicability and/or divergence from current business practices, introduces sampling, data collection and data analysis methods employed in qualitative research designs, provides every doctoral learner with the opportunity to manage a fictitious business entity and more.

Students in this program will participate in courses including:

    Contemporary business law

    Economics for business decisions

    Emerging issues in financial management

    Management of business complexity

    Management theory in a global economy

    Qualitative data analysis, results and findings

    Qualitative data collection and management

    The sustainable future

In addition to passing these courses, students must attend two or three five-day, on-campus residencies and complete an approved dissertation.

What Earning an Online Management DBA is Like

GCU specializes in online learning and offers over 175 online programs. GCU’s qualitative DBA with an Emphasis in Management can be completed on your terms from anywhere in the world, allowing you to continue working as you pursue your degree. Additionally, GCU provides the same benefits for their online students as they do for their on-campus students including fully-trained faculty members and valuable resources.

Job Outlook for a DBA With an Emphasis in Management

Earning your DBA in management is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition and advance your career. Students who graduate from GCU with a Doctor of Business Administration degree with an Emphasis in Management may go on to work for a domestic or international business, consulting firm or postsecondary education institute. Positions you can fill with your DBA with an Emphasis in Management include:

    Chief executive officer

    Chief innovation officer

    Chief operating officer

    Client executive


    Market research analyst

    Operations manager


    Senior management consultant


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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