General Business

Doctor of Business Administration
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Modern business is ever-evolving and in this tumultuous setting a business generalist is an invaluable asset The DBA in General Business specialization allows you the flexibility to select courses from a broad range of electives so you can study subjects in a one-to-one mentoring environment that fit your personal and professional interests and goals. You will have the opportunity to examine a variety of topics, including advanced corporate finance, supervisory techniques and business knowledge in the global environment, with the goal of strengthening your knowledge in business practices.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to the DBA program requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The DBA program may be completed in 54 credits. The University may accept a maximum of 9 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred in.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - DBA students are required to complete BTM7102 and BTM7103, BTM7109 and either BTM7108 or BTM7106 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - DBA students are required to complete BTM7104 Business Statistics at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral presentation.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Advanced Corporate Finance

This course examines advanced components of corporate finance, with an emphasis on theories that shape the decision-making process. Students will analyze important interest rate theories and a theoretical model of the relationship between risk and return, as well as the drivers to the valuation of corporate securities. The student will learn about the capital budgeting process and the theories of capital structure. Toward the end of the course, students will shift their focus to short term assets management topics, in order to better assess the importance of managing working capital.


Supervising in the 21st Century

This doctoral course examines supervisory concepts, laws, regulations and HRM practices used in the 21st Century. Studentss will be assessed on responses to subject matter-related activities and written research papers.


Global Economic Environment

This doctoral course covers international economic and trade theories and the role of global corporations. The global economic environment continues to pose major challenges; therefore, it is increasingly important to understand principles of international economic theory and international economic and financial governance institutions. Studentss will be assessed for their independent thinking and the theoretical applications to resolve complex topic research issues, and case problems.


Leadership in Organizations

*Prerequisites:Fundamental requirement in General Management or fundamental Psychology coursesThe course will help the student in their understanding, comprehension, and synthesis of the leadership constructs. Investigation of leadership roles, styles, philosophy, and behavior in organizations are components of this course. It also explores the qualities of leadership through the presentation of new models dealing with high performance leadership. This course presents a broad survey of theory and research on leadership in formal organizations. The key question to be answered after the completion of this course is; What makes a person an effective leader?


Applied Management Capstone Project Doctoral Business Capstone Project (DBA)

The doctoral student will create a comprehensive research project that seeks to create a unique solution to a theoretical hypothetical or applied topic approved by the Mentor. The project should be suitable for publication, company or specific organizational application. Research scope and definitions must be declared before the specific approved project can commence. The topic must be oriented to the academic discipline of Management. Studentss will be assessed on demonstrated proficiency in designed assignments, which will culminate into a final research project. All degrees are examples of high levels of competencies in the students fields. The PhD. degree requires more hours than the practical/applied degrees and the dissertation is expected to make \0x2013a new contribution to the body of knowledge\0x201D. If the student is seeking a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), the students project will demonstrate the competency of the student, and a systematic research methodology that illuminates the work of a sophisticated scientific researcher. This level of ability does not require the creation of new knowledge as required for the PhD. The DBA project takes on a more applied focus and the dissertation may replicate original research in another area.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front.  Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s DBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $974
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,922
  • Program cost: $52,946 - $55,868
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year. 

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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