DBA Program – 8 Specializations

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program – Eight Majors or Specializations !

The Blue Sky University’s Doctor of Business Administration Program offers 8 Majors or Specializations: Finance, Marketing, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management and Information Technology in a customized, blended learning approach, flexible to the needs of each program participant. It is a joint program offered in partnership with the Institute of Finance and Economics in Ulaanbaatar. The Institute of Finance and Economics was founded in 1924 and is now one of the largest academic organizations in Mongolia. It has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in recognition of the excellence of their academic programs. Based in the U.S., The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a premier international accreditation body for business programs as recognized by the U.S. Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Blue Sky University Doctor of Business (DBA) Program is mainly for practitioners – executives and managers (administrators) in business, government, non-profit organizations, and consultants. The primary objective of the program is empowered senior managers, business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, and faculty to continue to develop their respective professions through promoting advanced theories and practices. It prepares candidates for careers in higher levels of managerial positions by encouraging intellectual contribution and the practical application of advanced business theory. The research focus of the ISM DBA is on generating knowledge that contributes to excellent practice and/or policy.

In addition to taking the highest-level courses in business and passing the institutions standardized assessments, candidates are required to demonstrate a contribution to the body of knowledge in their chosen field by publishing an original piece of research focused on their Degree Major in an double blind peer reviewed academic journal . In addition, each candidate, working with their personal Research Supervisor, must complete an expanded original empirical research project and defend a dissertation of the written work. The previous examples illustrate the program’s emphasis on the “contribution to knowledge” made by the candidate and scholarly activities are encouraged throughout the program. Our DBA candidates learn to “make a difference” through writing, speaking, research, consulting, and entrepreneurial ventures. The program encourages executives and consultants to use their professional backgrounds to explore, design, and manage large systems within the complex organizations of our increasingly multifaceted and multi-sectored economy.

The Blue Sky University DBA program is a rigorous DBA. Excellence and quality are core values for us. Our curriculum is demanding, our candidates are world-class, and our faculty members are distinguished scholars and practitioners who take seriously their task of teaching others. Our program emphasizes an understanding of management as a system; understood as it operates across organizations, sectors, and cultures. Each candidate develops the research skills to generate new perspectives on management practice. Our faculty, which has earned world-wide recognition for its applied research, is the school’s major resource for doctoral education. Their commitment to advancing management knowledge through both theoretical and applied research, and to improving the quality of teaching make them very effective mentors for our doctoral students, who, in close collaboration with faculty, are part of the intellectual capital of the school.

The Blue Sky University DBA Program is equivalent to a conventional DBA 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. Each Candidate must maintain a 3.5 GPA in the course work to graduate.

Blue Sky University DBA Program Details

Program Length: 2 – 4 years.
Program Intakes: April and October

Candidate Profile:

  • Educational Background – Completion of a four-year university degree and an MBA, or their equivalents.
  • Work Experience – Minimum of ten years of senior management experience, steady career progression with increasing professional responsibilities.
  • Languages – A strong grasp of written and spoken English is obligatory as well as a working knowledge of other languages.

Majors or Specializations:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Information Technology

DBA Curriculum:

For a complete listing of the current Doctor of Business Administration Programs course offerings and additional details on the degree requirements by Specialization, click here – DBA Curriculum Details

Degree Requirements:

Over a 2 to 4 year period each candidate must accumulate a total of 71 credits. This is accomplished through:

  • The completion of a minimum of 21 credits of coursework (candidates must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA on all coursework);
  • Publishing an empirical research paper in a double blind, peer reviewed academic journal (15 credits) focused on the area of specialization. This is done in participate with each candidates research supervisor.
  • Successfully completing and defending an original piece of research focusing on each candidates area of specialization and critical to the candidates continued career progression (30 credits).

The Dissertation research project is conducted under the close supervision of the Director of Research and the Dean of the DBA program, in addition to the particular faculty member appointed as the candidate’s personal research Supervisor. There is also provision for the inclusion of a Technical Advisor or “content expert” appointed by the school on the recommendations of the candidate. The dissertation proposal must plan research work resulting in a dissertation on an appropriate applied research topic with the rigor and sophistication expected of doctoral level work. This work must demonstrate applicability to real-world problems of immediate interest to the candidate’s professional development. This “professional relevance provision” is a critical element in the research process and is vital in ensuring adherence to both program and institutional goals and objectives. Candidates are encouraged to meet a minimum of 6 times over the course of their Dissertation project with their Research Supervisor to present their progress reports. Validation and acceptance of the Dissertation is the responsibility of the Committee for Doctoral Studies.

The Blue Sky University DBA Program Goals

The Blue Sky University DBA program aims at achieving the following inter-related goals:

  • To develop “Doctors of Business” with advanced research, managerial, entrepreneurial, and strategic knowledge and skills necessary for leading and managing all facets of contemporary organizations.
  • To develop graduates with advanced capabilities in leadership and managing change. They will be able to examine any formal organization and discern its strengths, weaknesses and challenges; they will be able to identify its opportunities and define its problems; they will be able to make prescriptions and prognoses; and will be able to act reasonably correct.
  • To teach candidates creativity, research aptitude, analytical thinking, critical analysis, and how to develop innovative solutions to organizational problems.
  • To advance the long term viability of candidates’ employer organisations through the candidate’s high level intellectual contributions and innovative problem solving abilities.
  • To provide opportunity for considerable personal development, such that the DBA graduate achieves a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner or manager. Upon graduation, participants will have developed a portfolio of personal, transferable competencies appropriate for their career objectives as a senior manager or entrepreneur.
  • To provide an enjoyable educational experience responsive to the rapid rate of technological, organizational and global changes shaping modern day organizations.

DBA Program Learning Objectives

As a result of the above program goals and in consideration of the institution’s Mission, the Blue Sky University DBA program has 9 learning objectives. On successful completion of the Blue Sky U. DBA program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Make significant intellectual contributions to the body of knowledge in their chosen field and provide innovative solutions to the day-to-day problems faced in their professional careers.
  2. Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to contemporary business problems.
  3. Critique contemporary organisational practice in the light of relevant theory.
  4. Explain the principles of, and apply, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods frequently used in business research to solve current business management problems.
  5. Critically evaluate business research studies in order to assess their quality and applicability in improving the effective handling of business management problems.
  6. Acquire and utilise knowledge of behavioural, policy and strategic issues to improve the effectiveness of their own organisations.
  7. Identify, analyse and evaluate internal and external environmental influences on organisations in order to develop strategic plans for the management of change and the development of their organizations.
  8. Demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills relevant to business.
  9. Link their educational experience directly with their own workplace experience.

Policy on Academic Advisors

Upon admission to the DBA program, each Candidate will be assigned a personal Academic Advisor and be subject to the suggestions of the Committee for Doctoral Studies. This committee will guide the student in establishing his/her program and supervise and certify all qualifying procedures until the student is admitted to the degree.

Program Schedule

Each course in the program is worth 3 credits. Candidates must successfully complete 7 courses of 21 credits of coursework to satisfy the degree requirements. 4 of the 7 course completed must be in the area of Specialization or Major. Candidates can apply for double majors. In class courses will take place over a two week period (evenings and weekends), once every 4 to 6 weeks. A full curriculum is also available online and online course can be completed year round as the candidate’s schedule permits.

DBA Program Graduate’s Skills and Knowledge Sets

We have identified the following skills and knowledge sets which candidates need to process upon graduation to effectively satisfy the Blue Sky University DBA Program’s learning objectives:

  • The ability to conduct empirical research and think analytically
  • The ability to lead and think strategically.
  • The ability to think critically.
  • The ability to provide innovative and creative solutions to everyday business problems.
  • The ability to communicate effectively – both oral communication and writing communication.

Again, we use a set of weighted skills and knowledge based assessment rubrics to evaluate how participants perform based on a sum of the full range of criteria outlined in the programs learning objectives.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the Blue Sky University DBA Program is competitive and the attainment of a specific set of minimum qualifications does not assure admission. In addition to the requisite admissions criteria, candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to succeed both academically and professionally to be admitted into the program.
The Committee for Doctoral Studies will consider applications for admission to the DBA Program from candidates who have completed a 4 year undergraduate program plus a Master’s program in the field of commerce or a cognate area from an accredited institution; or have completed a post graduate qualification in the area of management. Candidates must possess a minimum of 10 years senior management experience with good career progression. Candidates must outline in their personal statement a detailed career plan and demonstrate how they feel the Blue Sky University DBA program will add value to their future. All candidates must submit a completed application pack and provide two letters of evaluation plus official copies of all university-level transcripts both undergraduate and graduate.

Final Diagnostic Evaluation Interview:

All applications to the DBA program are personally interviewed by the Dean or Vice-Dean of the program before their file is submitted to the Committee for Doctoral Studies for consideration.

Full Application Package:

If after the initial contact with the Admissions Office, it is determined that you qualify for admission into the Blue Sky U DBA program, you will be invited to submit a full application package consisting of:

  1. One copy of each of your diplomas.
  2. One copy of the transcript corresponding to the most recent diploma.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. One copy of your national ID or passport.
  6. Two passport sized photos.
  7. The application fee.

Once all of the above items have been received, your dossier is forwarded to an Admissions Officer, where it is reviewed according to the admissions criteria of the DBA program. We naturally look for candidates who demonstrate strong academic performance and management experience, but we are also concerned with maintaining the programs student body diversity. If the application is provisionally accepted by the Admissions Office, the applicant is invited to an interview with our Dean of Academic Affairs, or Vice-Dean, which may be conducted by telephone if necessary.

Additional Information

Whether your motivation for advancing your education is personal, professional or a combination of both, The Blue Sky University is ready to support you. Contact the Office of Admissions today (admissions@bluesky-u.com; or telephone: 976-11-452739 or 976-7015-8802)  for details on how our innovative International Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program can satisfy your academic, personal or professional needs. Also, be sure and ask about our scholarship opportunities that are reserved exclusively for students in our Doctorate Degree programs. For further details on this innovative program please contact the Institute of Finance and Economics by telephone at: 976-11-458378 or by email at: admissions@bluesky-u.com.

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