Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration Executive Program, D.B.A.




Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:  June 30

Applications are reviewed as they are received.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals familiar with the applicant's demonstrated leadership, academic potential, and critical thinking skills.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Applicants should have at least 15 years of management experience, with at least 7 years at the senior management or executive level. They should hold an M.B.A. or other relevant business-focused master's degree. Exceptional candidates with a bachelor's degree and substantial managerial experience will also be considered.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should describe your goals and motivations for pursuing the Executive D.B.A. degree, as well as detail your area of research interest.

Standardized Test Scores:

No standardized tests are required for admission. Test scores may be submitted if the applicant desires.

Admissions Essay:

A Personal Statement is required. It should describe your plan to balance the program time commitments (about 25 hours per week) with your work schedule and other demands.


Interviews with the program directors are required of all applicants. On-site interviews are strongly recommended. Video interviews may be used in exceptional cases.


A current resume that highlights professional experience and education is required.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30, including five foundational (F) courses and five methods (M) courses of 3 credits each, plus 9 credits of research (R) projects and 12 credits of dissertation preparation

Required Courses:
Year 1/Fall:
BA 9801:  Understanding the Firm Through Management and Organizational Theory (F)
BA 9802:  Scientific Inquiry Through Applied Research (M)
BA 9813:  Problem Solving Using Quantitative Research Methods (M)

Year 1/Spring:
BA 9803:  Navigating the Global Marketplace (F)
BA 9806:  Integrative Perspectives on Business Knowledge (F)
BA 9815:  Problem Solving Using Qualitative Research Methods (M)

Year 1/Summer:
BA 9883:  Research Project I (R)

Year 2/Fall:
BA 9812:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the New Economy (F)
BA 9813:  Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (M)
BA 9883:  Research Project II (R)

Year 2/Spring:
BA 9816:  Creation and Dissemination of Business Knowledge (M)
BA 9883:  Research Project III (R)
BA 9890:  Special Topics in Business Research (F)

Year 3/Fall:
BA 9999:  Dissertation Research (Proposal Defense)

Year 3/Spring:
BA 9999:  Dissertation Research (Dissertation Defense)

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of the following: the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem.


The doctoral dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of his or her primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated, uphold the ethics and standard of the field, demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of business, and be prepared for publication in an academic journal.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from your department. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee members, and informing the student of his or her academic progress.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least one additional faculty member from outside the department.

If any member decides to withdraw from the committee, the student shall notify the Chair of the Dissertation Examining Committee and the Director of the PHDBA program. The student is responsible for finding a replacement, in consultation with the Chair. Inability to find a replacement shall constitute evidence that the student is unable to complete the dissertation. In such a case, the student may petition the Director of the PHDBA program for a review. Once review of the facts and circumstances is completed, the Director will rule on the student's progress. If the Director rules that the student is not capable of completing the dissertation, s/he will be dismissed from the program. This decision may be appealed to SBM's Senior Associate Dean. If dismissed, the student may appeal to the Graduate School.

The Committee will evaluate the student's ability to express verbally his or her research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Committee will vote to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation Examining Committee and register with the Graduate Secretary at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary arranges the time, date, and room within two working days, and forwards to the student the appropriate forms. After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the time, date, and room for the defense, the student must send to the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form at least 10 days before the defense. The Department posts flyers announcing the defense, and the Graduate School announces the defense on its website.

Program Contact Information:

Fox Executive DBA website

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
1801 Liacouras Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:

Deborah Haak
Associate Director, Executive D.B.A.


Stephen Boro
Administrative Director
Fox Doctoral Programs

Dr. David Schuff
Academic Director, Executive D.B.A.

Dr. Steve Casper
Managing Director, Executive D.B.A.

Dr. Paul Pavlou
Associate Dean
Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives

About the Program

The Fox School of Business and Management offers the Executive D.B.A. This three-year, part-time program prepares senior managers and executives to rigorously discover, describe, study, and solve practical problems faced every day. Individuals are prepared to approach problems as evidence-based managers by using the tools and techniques of applied business research to issues relevant in the industry.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location: 

There are three 3-day residencies in each of the first 4 semesters. Residency coursework may be delivered at the residency location, and other coursework delivered via web conferencing tools.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The program is designed for part-time study.

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
1801 Liacouras Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Research is supported by the Fox School of Business and Management's Advanta Center for Financial Services Studies, the Center for e-Marketing, the Center for Healthcare Research and Management, the Ethics Resource Center, the Irwin L. Gross eBusiness Institute, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Institute of Global Management Studies, the Safeguard Scientific Center for Economics Education, and the Small Business Development Center. Research interests of the Fox School faculty are also supported by numerous centers and institutes throughout Temple University.


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

All participants in the Executive D.B.A. must be matriculated.

Financing Opportunities

Students are responsible for the total cost of the program, which is $124,200 for the Fall 2014 cohort. The cost includes most books, most meals, and lodging during residencies. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the on-campus residencies.

Updated 10.10.13