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Doctor of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Assess theoretically-grounded and methodologically-sound research skills that provide the foundation for impactful, practice-focused research

  1. Synthesize relevant theoretical models and past research on a business challenge
  2. Apply and/or develop theory, models, and methods into new, practice-relevant contexts
  3. Evaluate the current literature and construct a literature review to support a defendable research question and justify why it makes a contribution to the field

Goal 2: Understand and utilize research methods appropriate for applied research

  1. Explain epistemology of research and determine among alternatives the appropriate qualitative or quantitative methods that will address research questions
  2. Propose appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to collect, organize, and analyze data to empirically investigate an applied research question.
  3. Conduct a research study that uses quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to collect, organize, and analyze data to address an applied research question.

Goal 3: Disseminate research by effectively communicating to audiences within an applied academic setting

  1. Create an original research manuscript suitable for publication in practitioner and/or academic journals
  2. Present research in a professional conference setting, effectively communicating research findings

Goal 4: Integrate applied research with specific consideration of ethics, innovation, and global factors

  1. Critically evaluate and synthesize the current issues, debates, foundational concepts, theories, and applied research in the field of strategic management and responsible business practices.
  2. Synthesize theory and applied research on innovative and value-creating products and processes.
  3. Synthesize theory and applied research on global business and economics to develop a research question.
  4. Articulate and defend a point of view on business as an integrated practice


The assessment portfolio linked below contains the program's curriculum maps, rubrics, and other important assessment documents. The folder serves as a central location where program committee members can visit to keep track of assessment-related items and tasks.