Management of Engineering and Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
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Technology and engineering careers continue to dominate the list of top paying careers. The NCU PhD in Management of Engineering and Technology specialization offers you the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge related to managing data and leading organizational IT operations. Through a 100% online program, you will explore the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes and gain a better understanding of how different business practices and technology align. You will also learn to conduct in-depth analysis of principles of productivity, quality management, productivity using technology and environmental systems management, as well as examine concepts in systems control, business planning, forecasting and personnel management.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 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.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II 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 defense.

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


Fundamentals of Productivity

To achieve a competitive advantage, organizations attempt to increase productivity, responsiveness, and adaptability. Problems and challenges accompany efforts directed towards achieving the highest level of productivity and efficiency. In this doctoral-level course, students will examine the productivity considerations of todays organizations including a fluctuating economy, technological advancement, variable work volumes, and increased globalization.


Applications of Systems Theory

There is little doubt that the 21st century will bring unheralded change to the business world. A system must exhibit certain principles of interrelationships, such as wholeness or hierarchic order, to ensure the collective behaviors result in an efficient final system product. System thinking integrates the individual, team, and various departments into activities associated with organizations, environment, and strategy. The result is a more accurate representation of the organization and its environment. Situational contingencies and context influence the individuals level of actions within the organization and the organizations context influences the individuals actions. This course, designed for Doctoral students, examines the application of systems theory, which focuses on complexity and interdependence.


Applications of Decision Theory

During the business day, supervisors, leaders, those on the manufacturing line, those drafting blueprints, and everyone else in the business environment are faced with making a decision. Some decisions are common and are made easily while other decisions are political, complex or require vast amounts of data to make the final decision. To make a correct a decision the person needs to follow a methodology to ensure the proper facts are considered and hidden traps of decision-making are avoided.


Operations Research

This doctoral course examines the management of operational sequences defined as the management of transformation systems that convert inputs into goods and services. Operational management activities are at the core of all business organizations. Operations management is concerned with the creation of goods and services, which embodies the collection of design knowledge, planning, operation executing, forecasting, assuring quality, scheduling, motivating employees, and the control of systems that convert inputs to outputs.


The Impact and Process Optimization of Technology

Organizational learning occurs through experiences that improve the organizations performance. Leaders improve performance through the improvement of processes. Business technology infusion is comparable to process improvement areas such as strategic planning, decision-making, measurement, and analysis. Process improvement is not possible unless the management of the organization understands the current technology and determines the technology direction. This factor is important before any organizational assessment, diagnosis, or improvement consideration is possible. Once established, the organization can begin the evaluation of its processes against external impacts. This course, designed for doctoral students, examines how people skills, processes, and machines act as current technology tools. Enhancements to these skills, processes, and machines cause technology adjustments. Technology enhancements, such as a change, cause core technology adjustments. As core technology changes, organizational technology improves its level of capability becoming an organizational optimization.


Strategic Technology Management

The primary question for a strategic manager of innovation and technology is where to look for opportunities. Since business accepts change as a constant and is likely accepting change at a more rapid rate in the 21st century, one potential opportunity area is customer expectations and demands for the organization’s products while looking for the disruptions in the product development process. The product development process is a cycle where innovation leads to productivity, productivity leads to intensified competition, and intensified competition leads to innovation. This Doctoral level course examines how technology is the identification, description, and explanation of needs resolved for business and industry applications. It is important to realize is that technology evolves from implementation modifications due to customer feedback. This evolution is a trajectory of needs.


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.

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 PhD in Business Administration costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
  • 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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