Project Management

Doctor of Business Administration
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According to the 2013 Project Management Talent Gap Report, more than $15.7 million new project management jobs are projected in the next decade. The DBA in Project Management specialization focuses on management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment. You will examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. Through mentoring feedback from your doctoral professors, you will explore principles, concepts, tools and techniques that help improve project performance and organizational effectiveness.

PMI Registered Education Provider

Northcentral University is recognized as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) at the Global Provider Enrollment Level by Project Management Institute (PMI®)(PMI® is a registered mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.). See Registered Education Provider CertificateLearn More

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


Enterprise Project Management

A strategic plan is an intended course of action created prior to executing said course of action. Leaders establish direction; however, followers encounter potential issues in interpreting the intentions. Project leaders manage by information, by working through people, and by action. Effective communication is critical to the success of leaders of information. Leaders who manage through empowered personnel are usually successful as well. Leaders who manage through action are directly involved in decision making and implementation of strategic plans. This Doctoral level course examines the three strategies of project management. A collaborative and iterative approach must be maintained by leadership throughout the organization to successfully execute the plan.


Project Procurement Management

Doctoral students will examine strategies and materials necessary for the project team to perform their mission. This final assessment will incorporate contract management and the change control processes required to administer contracts or purchase orders.


Project Risk Management

This doctoral course examines project risk management planning strategies. Students will identify, analyze, and suggest responses to processes regarding monitoring and control. Students will be evaluated on response to discussion questions, subject matter related to the activity and evaluated based on written research papers.


Project Monitoring and Control

In this course the doctoral Student will explore the components of project control measures to identify variances from the project plan. Students will assess project monitoring and the controls to be applied from a more theoretical viewpoint. The student will be researching theorists and key implementers in the field. Corrective actions will be formulated in a final assessment project.


Multiple Project Management

This doctoral course provides strategies from industries responsible for management of multiple projects. Students will utilize multi-project management tools, techniques and methods need to successfully manage allocated resources across various projects. Students will be evaluated on response to discussion questions, subject matter related to the activity and evaluated based on written research papers.


Managerial Budgets and Project Management

Earned Value is the accurate measurement of the authorized work physically accomplished plus management's budget for the completed work. This course presents the Earned Value technique which has been around for decades. It is discussed in this course as an effective technique to manage projects.


Developing High Performing Teams in a Project Management Environment

This doctoral course focuses on developing high performing teams to mitigate people problems in the project management environment. Students will be assessed on their ability to research, conceptualize, and mitigate human capital problems and issues.

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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