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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at Alliant
The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program at Alliant’s School of Management

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program at Alliant’s School of Management is designed to provide a multidisciplinary and global perspective for managers and to emphasize the use of both practical and theoretical abilities. The program encourages the assimilation of ideas from business administration, the humanities and the behavioral sciences. The DBA program prepares students for advanced positions in management or consulting, or entry into teaching and research. The degree consists of 48 units, of which 18 units are concentration courses.


This program:

  • Encourages the assimilation of ideas from business administration, the humanities and the behavioral sciences
  • Emphasizes discovery of new knowledge through academic rigor and scholarship
  • Prepares students to teach in management and business schools around the world


The DBA at Alliant School of Management offers a unique opportunity for specialization in a chosen field with three concentration tracks: Finance, Marketing or Strategic Management.


The globally focused finance specialization trains DBA candidates to construct financial paradigms and use statistical methods and econometric tools to conduct advanced emperical research in finance. DBA candidates are also trained to develop mastery over financial theory and practice through rigorous coursework that provides leading edge knowledge for careers in academia and high-level decision making positions in financial institutions, business firms and government organizations.

Students choosing the DBA concentration in Finance will take the following courses:

  • FIN 8010 - Advance Corporate Finance Theory
  • FIN 8020 - Modern Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis
  • FIN 8030 - Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • FIN 8040 - Seminar in Investments
  • FIN 8050 - Seminar in International Finance
  • FIN 8060 - Special Topics Seminar


The DBA concentration in Marketing trains doctoral candidates for high-level marketing management, research and consulting positions, as well as academic marketing faculty positions. The curriculum covers international applications of theoretical and experiential marketing models in all types of business firms and organizations, application of marketing models to similar consumer and business segments cross-culturally, explorationof potential similarities in culturally diverse populations, integration of multi-disciplinary social science approaches to the applied technologies in marketing, and research into emerging and evolving marketing theories and technologies.

Students choosing the DBA concentration in Marketing will take the following courses:

  • MKT 8010 - Advanced Research in Consumer Behavior and Culture
  • MKT 8020 - Critical Issues and Research in Sustainable Marketing
  • MKT 8030 - Market Research in Sustainable Product Design
  • MKT 8040 - International Marketing Research 1: Theory
  • MKT 8050 - International Marketing Research 2: Int. Research
  • MKT 8060 - Advanced Seminar in International Marketing Research

Strategic Management

Our Doctoral Program in Strategic Management has national and international recognition thanks to Distinguished Professor H.Igor Ansoff. The late Dr. Ansoff, known worldwide as the "Father of Strategic Management" was the founder of the strategic management program at Alliant where he taught for 17 years. The unique program focuses on success behaviors and analytic processes, which optimize performance of organizations and business firms. The program also focuses on understanding and predicting successful behaviors in the changing and turbulent business environments.

Students choosing the DBA concentration in Strategic Management will take the following courses:

  • BUS 8010 - Contributors to Strategic Management I
  • BUS 8020 - Contributors to Strategic Management II
  • BUS 8030 - Research in Strategy
  • BUS 8040 - Contemporary Readings in Strategy
  • ORG 6320 - Organizational Behavior
  • ORG 7503 - Leadership
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