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Curriculum

The AACSB Accredited Kania School of Management's Doctorate in Business Administration Program curriculum was designed to incorporate the recommendations and guidelines for executive doctorate programs provided by the Pathways Commission (a joint initiative of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association) and our accrediting body, the AACSB, as discussed in:

Charting a National Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants, (Pathways 2012).

An Examination of Non-Traditional Doctoral Education, (Pathways 2014)

The Promise of Business Doctoral Education, (AACSB 2013)

Program has been approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Program Purpose and Missionplus or minus

    Purpose

    The purpose of the program is to provide experienced professionals with the advanced skills and credentials required to secure and succeed in full time, tenure track faculty positions at accredited institutions.

    Mission

    The mission of the AACSB Accredited Kania School of Management Doctorate in Business Administration Program is to transform experienced accounting practitioners into exceptional academics and teachers capable of producing advanced practice-relevant research grounded in the ethical foundation of our institution Ignatian identity. These scholars will understand the global environment of academia and demonstrate advanced research, communication, and teaching skills. They will be poised to make a transformational contribution to both academia and business and, in the words of St. Ignatius, they will thus be positioned to "set the world on fire."

  • Learning Goals and Objectivesplus or minus

    • Each student will develop and demonstrate advanced practice-relevant research skills.
    • Each student will be capable of applying appropriate library research tools and techniques for the purpose of conducting research that is practice-relevant and advances the accounting literature.
    • Each student will be capable of identifying practice-relevant research questions through an understanding of the business literature and will develop a high level of expertise within his/her area of specialization.
    • Each student will be able to create well designed and theoretically supported constructs and hypotheses to address practice-relevant research questions to advance the accounting literature.
    • Each student will be capable of identifying, executing, and interpreting appropriate research methods to investigate and test constructs, hypotheses, and models.
    • Each student will become aware of ethical dimensions in business and accounting, especially as embodied by the University of Scranton Ignatian identity and mission to advance the accounting literature.
    • Each student will understand the global environment of academia, including its governance structure, processes, and role in society.
    • Each student will demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills consistent with the expectations of an academic career at a teaching oriented institution.
    • Each student will demonstrate an understanding of relevant pedagogies including course objectives, student learning outcomes, assessment, course management, and proficiency in teaching.
  • Highlightsplus or minus

    • A rigorous research degree aimed at providing experienced professionals with the advanced skills and credentials required to serve and succeed in full-time, tenure track faculty positions at accredited institutions.
    • The program incorporates key elements identified by the AACSB Accreditation Expectations for Curriculum, the AACBS Doctoral Education Task Force, and the Pathways Commission.
    • 53 Credit Hours (plus 30-36 from masters degree for a total of 87-93 credit hours).
    • A minimum of 20 on campus residencies over a minimum of 3 years.
    • Typically 20-25 hours of time a week outside the on campus residencies is required to complete the course assignments.
    • Comprehensive examinations at the end of year 2.
    • Learning goals and objectives grounded in components of the Ignatian identity and mission of The University of Scranton.
    • Required conference presentation and manuscript submission to a recognized and approved journal for publication consideration prior to completion of the program.
    • Required public defense of an original and practice-relevant Research Proposal and Dissertation.
    • Required transitional courses in Teaching & Pedagogy and Academic Governance.
    • Individual oversight, support, and mentoring from a Dissertation Chair, Dissertation Committee, Independent Reader, and Program Director.
  • Phasesplus or minus

    The curriculum is designed to progress the student knowledge and skills in three phases: (1) foundational knowledge and skills (2) intermediate/advanced knowledge and skills (3) dissertation development and execution. The three phases are summarized below.

    Phase I - Foundational

    During this phase the student will achieve, demonstrate, and be assessed to ensure he/she has achieved learning outcomes in areas of: broad business theory (DBA 700), research process/approaches (DBA 701), academic governance (DBA 702), broad business literature (DBA 703), foundational research methods (DBA 704), and foundational Ignatian identity and mission of The University of Scranton (DBA 705).

    Phase II-Intermediate/Advanced

    Once the foundational learning outcomes have been provided, achieved, and assessed, the student proceeds to intermediate and advance learning outcomes including: a deep investigation into the theories/constructs commonly used in the fraud behavior and auditing literature (DBA 706 and DBA 709), further investigation, reflection, and integration of Ignatian identity and mission of The University of Scranton into his/her research and teaching philosophy (DBA 708 and DBA 715), a mastery of intermediate and advanced research methods (DBA 707 and DBA 710), an investigation of business research published in practice journals resulting in a manuscript submission (DBA 711), and in-depth exposure to accounting instruction to ensure the student builds highly-eaffective instructional skills (DBA 713). Upon the completion of these intermediate and advanced learning outcomes (including a comprehensive examination of the learning outcomes from the first four terms), the student advances to the dissertation phase of the curriculum.

    Phase III-Dissertation

    This phase requires the student to: identify practice-relevant research questions to be answered in his/her dissertation including a comprehensive review of the literature (DBA 712), prepare a comprehensive applied dissertation proposal including a literature review (building upon DBA 712), research design/constructs/hypothesis supported by theory, methods discussion including all data parameters/methodologies, a project plan and a public defense of his/her proposal to faculty (and others) at The University of Scranton (DBA 714), and formally execute his/her dissertation proposal project plan and provide ongoing and timely updates to the Dissertation Chair and Content Expert Scholar (both orally and in writing) with a particular focus on the his/her data collection and analysis concluding with a public defense of his/her dissertation to faculty (and others) at The University of Scranton (DBA 716, DBA 717, DBA 718).

  • Scheduleplus or minus

    Year I Coursework

    Fall 2017

    • DBA 700 Business Theory & Constructs (3 Credits)
    • DBA 701 Business Research Process & Design (3 Credit)
    • DBA 702 Academic Governance (1 Credit)

    Spring 2018

    • DBA 703 Business Literature Review (3 Credits)
    • DBA 704 Research Methods I (3 Credits)
    • DBA 705 Ignatian Seminar I (1 Credit)

    Summer 2018

    • DBA 706 Fraud Research Seminar (3 Credits)
    • DBA 707 Applied Research Methods II (3 Credits)
    • DBA 708 Ignatian Seminar II (1 Credit)

    Year II Coursework

    Fall 2018

    • DBA 709 Corporate Governance Research Seminar (3 Credits)
    • DBA 710 Research Methods III (3 Credits)
    • DBA 711 Applied Practice Research (3 Credits)

    Spring 2019

    • DBA 712 Dissertation Design (3 Credits)
    • DBA 713 Teaching & Pedagogy (3 Credits)

    Summer 2019

    • DBA 714 Public Dissertation Research Proposal (4 Credits)
    • DBA 715 Ignatian Seminar III (1 Credit)
    • Comprehensive Exams

    Year III Coursework

    Fall 2019

    • DBA 716 Dissertation Research Execution I (4 Credits)

    Spring 2020

    • DBA 717 Dissertation Research Execution II (4 Credits)

    Summer 2020

    • DBA 718 Dissertation Research Execution III (4 Credits)
    • Public Dissertation Defense
  • Course Descriptionsplus or minus

    DBA 700 Business Theory & Constructs (3 Credits)
    This course provides the student with a foundational level of knowledge in the theory/constructs commonly used in business research. The student will analyze, critique, and present (orally and in writing) the theory/constructs used in top-tier journals and discuss how such theories/constructs may be utilized in his/her own future research.

    DBA 701 Business Research Process & Design (3 Credit)
    This course provides the student with a detailed understanding of the process and approaches used in business research. The course also requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in research design and library tools. The student will research specific topics and present key findings orally and in writing.

    DBA 702 Academic Governance (1 Credit)
    This course investigates the global environment of academia with a particular focus on governance structure, culture, processes, and the role of academia in society. The student demonstrates an understanding of academic governance both orally and in writing and prepares a plan for his/her own transition into an academic career.

    DBA 703 Business Literature Review (3 Credits)
    This course requires the student to perform reviews of select topics in the business literature through assigned manuscripts. The student acquires a broad understanding of the literature and identifies potential research questions. The student is required to summarize and present research gaps from the literature (both orally and in writing).

    DBA 704 Research Methods I (3 Credits)
    This course presents the student with a foundational level of knowledge in the methods/tools used in business research including data sampling and collecting, questionnaire design, regression, and other multivariate techniques. Through a series of readings and assignments, the student demonstrates mastery of this foundational knowledge.

    DBA 705 Ignatian Seminar I (1 Credit)
    This course exposes the student to the components of the Ignatian identity and mission of The University of Scranton. Through appropriate research, readings, and reflection, the student determines how the Ignatian identity and mission may influence his/her philosophy of research, teaching, and service.

    DBA 706 Fraud Research Seminar (3 Credits)
    This course examines theories/constructs commonly used in the fraud behavior literature. The student is required to research, analyze and present the constructs and findings of select literature pertaining to a series of practice-relevant research questions. The student produces a manuscript investigating one of the research questions.

    DBA 707 Research Methods II (3 Credits)
    The student may be required to repeat any or all of the Dissertation Research Execution courses due to insufficient progress, at which time he/she will be required to extend his/her program beyond year 3 at an additional cost.

    This course provides the student with an advanced level of knowledge in methods/tools used in business research on topics such as data preparation, multivariate analysis, and dependence techniques. Through a series of assignments, the student demonstrates mastery of this knowledge and proficiency in the use of such tools.

    DBA 708 Ignatian Seminar II (1 Credit)
    This course continues to expose the student to the components of the Ignatian identity and mission of The University of Scranton. Through continuing research, reflection, and contemplation, the student determines the specific impact of the Ignatian identity on his/her philosophy of research, teaching, and service.

    DBA 709 Auditing Research Seminar (3 Credits)
    This course examines theories/constructs found within the auditing literature. The student is required to research, analyze, and present the ways in which such theories/constructs are used in addressing a series of practice-relevant research questions. In addition, the student produces a manuscript on the subject of one such research question.

    DBA 710 Research Methods III (3 Credits)
    This course presents the student with an advanced level of knowledge in methods/tools used in business research on topics such as interdependence techniques and structural equation modeling. Through a series of assignments, the student demonstrates mastery of this knowledge and proficiency in the use of such tools.

    DBA 711 Practice Research (3 Credits)
    This course requires the student to research current developments and announcements within the accounting profession and, in turn, identify a timely and relevant topic for research. The student researches the selected topic and produces a high-quality manuscript to be presented in class and submitted for publication consideration.

    DBA 712 Dissertation Design (3 Credits)
    This course requires the student to produce a comprehensive design for his/her dissertation research topic. Through an appropriate integration of a comprehensive literature review, identification of research questions, and creation of constructs/hypotheses that are supported by theory the student provides written and oral reports on his/her specific design.

    DBA 713 Accounting Instruction (3 Credits)
    This course provides the student with in-depth exposure to a series of pedagogies and other considerations designed to ensure highly-effective instructional skills. Coverage includes learning goals/objectives, syllabus design, alternative teaching methods and related critiques, and assessment. The student integrates The University of Scranton mission and vision into his/her instruction content.

    DBA 714 Dissertation Research Proposal (4 Credits)
    This course is a continuation of DBA 712. The student provides additional empirical support for the literature review, constructs/hypothesis, and related theory. The student investigates and includes a comprehensive methods and analysis discussion and a project plan. The student publically presents his/her proposal to faculty at The University of Scranton.

    DBA 715 Ignatian Seminar III (1 Credit)
    This course requires the student to further reflect on the specific role of the University of Scranton Ignatian identity with respect to his/her philosophy of research, teaching, and service. The student identifies the ways in which his/her philosophy has evolved during the DBA Program. Oral and written presentation is required.

    DBA 716 Dissertation Research I (4 Credits)
    This course requires the student to formally execute his/her applied dissertation proposal project plan and provide timely updates to the Dissertation Chair and Content Expert Scholar (both orally and in writing). A particular focus should be made to ensure the student data collection and analysis remain on schedule.

    DBA 717 Dissertation Research II (4 Credits)
    This course is a continuation of DBA 716. The student continues to execute his/her applied dissertation research proposal project plan and provide timely updates to the Dissertation Chair and Content Expert Scholar both orally and in writing.

    DBA 718 Dissertation Research III (4 Credits)
    This course is a continuation of DBA 717. The student moves toward completion of his/her applied dissertation research project and provides closing updates to the Dissertation Chair and Content Expert Scholar both orally and in writing. The student publically defends his/her dissertation to the faculty at The University of Scranton.