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 Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program prepares innovative 21st century leaders able to advance knowledge, research and best practices in business and enterprise. 

By integrating principles from business administration, the humanities and the behavioral sciences, Alliant's applied DBA program offers an interdisciplinary perspective that emphasizes both theory and practice within international and multicultural contexts.

Graduates of the DBA program are prepared to excel in advanced positions of management and consulting in corporations, non-profits and other organizations, or for entry into academia and research.

You will engage in faculty-guided coursework as well as in self-learning exercises and team-based learning activities and labs. The degree consists of 60 units, of which 18 units are concentration courses in one of three areas: Finance, Marketing or Strategic Management.

Three Career-Defining Concentrations


The globally-focused finance specialization trains you to construct financial models and use statistical methods and econometric tools to conduct advanced empirical research. You are also work to develop mastery over financial theory and practice through rigorous coursework that provides leading knowledge for high-level decision making careers in financial institutions, business firms, government organizations, academia and more.


The Marketing concentration prepares you for advanced marketing management, research, consulting and teaching positions. The curriculum covers the following:

  • International applications of theoretical and experiential marketing models in all types of business firms and organizations;
  • Application of marketing models to similar consumer and business segments cross-culturally;
  • Exploration of potential similarities in culturally diverse populations;
  • Integration of multidisciplinary social science approaches to the applied technologies in marketing;
  • Research into emerging and evolving marketing theories and technologies.

Strategic Management

The concentration in Strategic Management has national and international recognition thanks to Distinguished Professor H. Igor Ansoff. The late Dr. Ansoff, known worldwide as the "Father of Strategic Management," was the founder of the strategic management program at Alliant where he taught for 17 years. The unique concentration focuses on success behaviors and analytic processes, which optimize performance of organizations and business firms. The program also focuses on understanding and predicting successful behaviors in the changing and turbulent business environments.

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