Delivery Model

The Doctor of Business Administration program will be delivered based on the successful RRU blended model consisting of three short intensive face-to-face residencies coupled with internet-based learning components incorporating a unique mix of course work, workshops, seminars, scholarly activities, conference participation, and self-study.

In some cases, pre-DBA credits could be required to bring potential candidates’ general management knowledge, competencies, and skills up to the required level to start the program. 

The overall program can be broken down into three key phases:

1. DBA Foundation

This phase will run over one calendar year and will consist of a two-week residency, three online blocks and a self-directed study period. The overall goal of this phase is to ground students in theory and sound methodological approaches, thereby permitting them to engage in quality research.

2. Research Preparation

This phase will run over one calendar year and will consist of a one-week residency, followed by a self-directed study period that includes online activities and colloquia which will help DBA candidates engage in constructive learning dialogues. The overall aim of this phase is to build a research focus that leads to the production of an original research study.  Key milestones in this phase will include the advancement to doctoral candidacy status, the approval of the research proposal, and participation in a relevant conference.

3. Execution and Writing

This phase will run over two years.  In this stage, doctoral students will conduct their research in coordination with their Dissertation Supervisory Committees.  Toward the end of the third and fourth year, doctorate students will participate in online activities designed to share their conference papers and research contributions.  At the beginning of the fourth year, a third one-week residency will be scheduled to run at the same time as the first and second residencies of the following intakes.