Designed for the working professional, the DBA in Management has the rigor of a traditional doctorate degree. Cleveland State University DBA students hold positions in the business community as well as academia. Current and past DBA students have had the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research in a variety of subject matter areas including:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Global HR/Strategy
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Theory
  • Strategy 

Management DBA students have have presented research at national and international conferences in addition to publishing at least two refereed journal articles prior to graduation. 

Admissions to the DBA program are currently suspended while we make innovations to our curriculum.

Management DBA Curriculum
Admissions Information Degree Requirements
Core Courses Program Quality
Program Features Program Format
Faculty Financial Assistance

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of formal course work, the student must demonstrate competence in their field by passing a required comprehensive examination.  The written examination is prepared and graded by the Graduate Faculty on the Doctoral Committee.  

Defense of the Dissertation Proposal: Upon completion of the course work and passing the comprehensive examination, the student prepares the dissertation proposal in his/her area of interest.

Dissertation Defense: Upon successful completion of the dissertation, the student makes an oral presentation and defense of the dissertation to his/her committee and the College of the Business Faculty.

See the Graduate Catalog for details and course descriptions on the Doctoral program in Management.

Management Faculty Teaching in the DBA Program:
Baran, Ben
Deng, Ping
Gallagher, Kevin
Gallagher, Vickie
Porter, Tracy
Storrud-Barnes, Susan
Valcea, Sorin