American Culture University offers two
streams of doctoral degree programs. The Doctorate in Business
Administration (DBA) is the highest qualification available to managers
leading to the title "Doctor¡±. The DBA is equivalent to a conventional
Ph.D. and its designation as a ¡°Doctorate of Business Administration¡±
signifies its focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to the
advancement of management and business practice, rather than the
advancement of academic knowledge for its own sake.
The DBA is increasingly recognized by international business and
management schools as the most appropriate post-MBA (or equivalent
Master degree) route to combining academic research on management and
business with further personal and professional development. The program
involves both coursework and research and is designed for senior
managers who need to develop an in-depth understanding of the latest
thinking and technologies that are shaping the global world of
contemporary business. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
program is offered in the broad discipline of business administration
and focuses on a specific field of interest of the candidate.
fields currently available for research towards the completion of a DBA
degree program include finance, accounting, consumer behavior, marketing
research, advertising, banking, investment management, marketing,
strategic management, organizational behavior, international management,
project management, human resource management, hotel and tourism
management, MIS and E-Business.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is offered in the broad disciplines
of management, business administration, public administration, computer
science, international business, international relations, health
management, environmental management and development studies. The field
of research shown above for DBA is also available for PhD. The PhD
program is intended to conduct research at the cutting edge, lead to the
development of new concepts, principles and theories.
Both DBA and PhD programs are designed to help launch and support a
career in research, consultancy and teaching, though many individuals
will find a doctoral degree to be an extremely useful qualification for
entry to the top management careers.
PROGRAM DELIVERY, DURATION & REQUIREMENTS:
Program Duration: 2 - 3 years
Doctoral Programs are offered
through Distance Learning and seminar support basis. Students can enroll
for these programs from anywhere.
OUTLINE FOR DBA/Phd:
The applicants for a doctoral degree must hold a masters degree in the
relevant field, with a minimum GPA of 3 on a scale of 0-4, or an overall
grade of B or higher in the masters¡¯ degree. The selection criteria,
however, also include a review of the applicant¡¯s entire educational
career; nature and level of work experience; previous exposure to and
experience in research in the relevant field; a description of the
career goals; and the submission of a doctoral research proposal.
After successful completion of the
course work, the candidate will select a topic in consultation with
his/her advisor appointed by ACU. The candidate will submit his/her
dissertation proposal to the appointed supervisor and upon approval of
the proposal the candidate will conduct research and complete his/her
dissertation. This stage, requiring independent
research, offers each candidate the opportunity to deal deeply into some
problem requiring philosophical treatment. The candidate who is declared
successful in defense of his/her thesis will be awarded doctoral degree.
Every candidate for DBA and PhD must prepare and
present a dissertation. The requirement for DBA dissertation is
approximately 45,000 words while for PhD dissertation requirement is
approximately 60,000 words. DBA dissertation may be undertaken within
any of the functional areas of an organization, e.g. information
systems, marketing, accounting, and organization behavior but is not
restricted to those areas. For example there are emerging areas for
research which offer exciting possibilities, including small business
management and family businesses.
dissertation must be an independent effort which contributes to the
accumulated wisdom of the field in which it is written. All
dissertations must meet rigorous academic standards and be
professionally prepared in a format suitable for reproduction. Three
copies of the dissertation with appropriate abstracts must be submitted
for review to ACU.
Your preliminary research proposal is the key
component of your application for a doctoral program. You should pay
considerable attention to the preparation of a convincing outline,
including the following contents:
||Identification of the
broad field of study
||Identification of the
specific field of study
||Research project time
||Research work already
research proposal should be of 750 - 1200 words; typewritten on one side
of the page, doubled-spaced, with 2- inch left and right margins.