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DBA Frequently Asked Questions


What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?

What is the nature of the Cohort Program?
When should I apply to the DBA program?
Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?
Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?
My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?
What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
What is the schedule of classes? 
Are there distance-learning components in the program?
Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?
Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program? 



What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?
Ph.D. programs are more theoretical than DBA programs. Ph.D. programs are also more specialized in a particular discipline, and more oriented to teaching and research. Most Ph.D. programs are full-time day programs. The Lawrence Tech, DBA program provides the student with a more balanced combination of theory and practice.  The  DBA program is application based, and specifically tailored for careers in senior management.  The program prepares future leaders to think strategically and act decisively in today's global environment.  Dissertations in the DBA program address real, practical issues faced by business and other organizations.  The research contributes to the field through its affects on business policy and practice.

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What is the nature of the Cohort Program?
A new cohort of 10-12 students is admitted to the DBA program every January.  All required application materials must be submitted by October 1.

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When should I apply to the DBA program?
Applicants should apply to the DBA program between June 1 and October 1. All materials required for admission must be received by October 1, 2008.

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Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?

Yes.  An MBA degree or equivalent master’s degree in business is required from an accredited college or university. Applicants with an out-of-field master’s degree will be required to complete the prerequisite foundation coursework before starting the DBA Program.

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Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
All applicants, without exception, must take the GMATs.  An acceptable GMAT score is 550 or higher.  However, this is not an absolute requirement. The GMAT score is considered in the context of the applicant’s overall qualifications and ability to do acceptable work at the doctoral level. 

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I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?
This depends on the score received, your GPA, managerial experience, and how long ago the GMAT was taken. You will be notified if you must retake the GMATs.

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My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
 
You should seriously consider retaking the GMAT before you apply if your previous score was low. 

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Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
 
There is a website that will help you learn more about the GMAT.  The website address is: www.mba.com. This is a very helpful site and will answer any questions you may have regarding the GMAT. Also online GMAT practice tests are available (no charge). Online GMAT practice test.

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Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?
Since the DBA was designed for working professionals, we do not offer scholarships at this time. There may be aid/scholarships available from other sources however. We suggest that you conduct your own research.  For example, grants have been given to students doing research and dissertation projects from various associations and nonprofit organizations such as The Aspen Institute and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. There may also be employer sponsorship for coursework and/or dissertation work that adds value to your organization. Loans are also available. For more information, contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Financial Aid at 248.204.2120 or e-mail to finaid@ltu.edu

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What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
For current admission information, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/management_DBA_admission.asp

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Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
No, you only need to pay the application fee when you apply. A $100 deposit is required when you are admitted into the program. The deposit will be credited to the first term’s tuition.  

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What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
 
For the current tuition rate, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/registrars_office/tuition_fees.index.asp. A total of 60 credits hours are required to complete the DBA program.

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How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
The program, courses and dissertation, can ordinarily be completed in four and a half years.

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What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
Seven years.  The student can request an extension of time if there are extreme circumstances.

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What is the schedule of classes?
 
There are four terms per year.  One course is taken each term as scheduled.  Each term lasts approximately three months.  Classes meet four weekends per term on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and on the following Saturdays from 8:30am- 3:00pm. Click here for class schedules.

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Are there distance-learning components in the program?
Yes. All courses are supported by a web-based e-learning environment called Blackboard. Blackboard has many features to communicate and share information among faculty and students. Blackboard offers valuable support for the on-ground sessions of the program.

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Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Management experience is required unless you plan to work as an administrator or faculty member at a university.  The DBA is designed for current executives and management personnel.  This experience is critical to students working on their dissertations where a current organizational problem will be investigated and researched extensively.  You may want to consider applying at a later date after you have sufficient managerial experience.

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Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
Yes. The DBA program for the practitioner scholar provides the ideal linkage between theory and practice that is important to effective teaching at any level.  Many of our DBA students plan to teach.

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I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?
Yes.  The combination of theory and practice that is offered at LTU provides ideal training and preparation for a career in consulting.  Many of our students plan to consult for business and other organizations when they obtain their DBA degrees.

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Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
Yes.  All classes are currently offered at the Southfield campus only. 

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What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
The time commitment varies with each student’s particular situation, but one can expect to devote up to 20 hours a week completing course work. 

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Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
No.  You can perform your dissertation research for any company, organization, association, or industry.

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Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
No.  Students, however, are encouraged to formulate ideas for the dissertation throughout the program rather than waiting until all of the coursework is completed.

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Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Yes.  The comprehensive examination is taken following completion of the 36 hours of required coursework.  The examination consists of a qualifying paper on a topic of interest to the student.  It should be related to the student's dissertation interests.  A student who submits a failing paper will have one additional opportunity to submit an acceptable paper.  Work on the dissertation cannot commence until the comprehensive examination is successfully completed.  A student who does not successfully complete the comprehensive examination cannot continue in the DBA program.

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Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program?
 
Please visit our website at http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/business_admin.asp or e-mail the DBA Program Office with further questions at DBA@ltu.edu.

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DBA Frequently Asked Questions


What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?

What is the nature of the Cohort Program?
When should I apply to the DBA program?
Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?
Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?
My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?
What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
What is the schedule of classes? 
Are there distance-learning components in the program?
Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?
Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program? 



What are the differences between Ph.D. and DBA programs?
Ph.D. programs are more theoretical than DBA programs. Ph.D. programs are also more specialized in a particular discipline, and more oriented to teaching and research. Most Ph.D. programs are full-time day programs. The Lawrence Tech, DBA program provides the student with a more balanced combination of theory and practice.  The  DBA program is application based, and specifically tailored for careers in senior management.  The program prepares future leaders to think strategically and act decisively in today's global environment.  Dissertations in the DBA program address real, practical issues faced by business and other organizations.  The research contributes to the field through its affects on business policy and practice.

Top Button
 

What is the nature of the Cohort Program?
A new cohort of 10-12 students is admitted to the DBA program every January.  All required application materials must be submitted by October 1.

Top Button 


When should I apply to the DBA program?
Applicants should apply to the DBA program between June 1 and October 1. All materials required for admission must be received by October 1, 2008.

Top Button


Do I need a graduate degree (i.e. MBA or MA) before applying to the DBA program?

Yes.  An MBA degree or equivalent master’s degree in business is required from an accredited college or university. Applicants with an out-of-field master’s degree will be required to complete the prerequisite foundation coursework before starting the DBA Program.

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Do I need to take the GMATs, and what is an acceptable score?
All applicants, without exception, must take the GMATs.  An acceptable GMAT score is 550 or higher.  However, this is not an absolute requirement. The GMAT score is considered in the context of the applicant’s overall qualifications and ability to do acceptable work at the doctoral level. 

Top Button 


I took the GMAT years ago; do I have to retake it?
This depends on the score received, your GPA, managerial experience, and how long ago the GMAT was taken. You will be notified if you must retake the GMATs.

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My GMAT score is low, should I still consider applying?
 
You should seriously consider retaking the GMAT before you apply if your previous score was low. 

Top Button 


Where can I obtain information about where to take the GMAT?
 
There is a website that will help you learn more about the GMAT.  The website address is: www.mba.com. This is a very helpful site and will answer any questions you may have regarding the GMAT. Also online GMAT practice tests are available (no charge). Online GMAT practice test.

Top Button


Are financial aid and/or scholarships available to students participating in the program?
Since the DBA was designed for working professionals, we do not offer scholarships at this time. There may be aid/scholarships available from other sources however. We suggest that you conduct your own research.  For example, grants have been given to students doing research and dissertation projects from various associations and nonprofit organizations such as The Aspen Institute and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. There may also be employer sponsorship for coursework and/or dissertation work that adds value to your organization. Loans are also available. For more information, contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Financial Aid at 248.204.2120 or e-mail to finaid@ltu.edu

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What is the process for admission to the DBA program?
For current admission information, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/management_DBA_admission.asp

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Is a deposit required to apply to the DBA program?
No, you only need to pay the application fee when you apply. A $100 deposit is required when you are admitted into the program. The deposit will be credited to the first term’s tuition.  

Top Button 


What is the tuition cost for the DBA program?
 
For the current tuition rate, please check the following page: http://www.ltu.edu/registrars_office/tuition_fees.index.asp. A total of 60 credits hours are required to complete the DBA program.

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How long does it take to complete the DBA program?
The program, courses and dissertation, can ordinarily be completed in four and a half years.

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What is the maximum number of years allowed to complete the program?
Seven years.  The student can request an extension of time if there are extreme circumstances.

Top Button 


What is the schedule of classes?
 
There are four terms per year.  One course is taken each term as scheduled.  Each term lasts approximately three months.  Classes meet four weekends per term on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and on the following Saturdays from 8:30am- 3:00pm. Click here for class schedules.

Top Button 


Are there distance-learning components in the program?
Yes. All courses are supported by a web-based e-learning environment called Blackboard. Blackboard has many features to communicate and share information among faculty and students. Blackboard offers valuable support for the on-ground sessions of the program.

Top Button


Should I apply to the program if I do not have any managerial experience?
Management experience is required unless you plan to work as an administrator or faculty member at a university.  The DBA is designed for current executives and management personnel.  This experience is critical to students working on their dissertations where a current organizational problem will be investigated and researched extensively.  You may want to consider applying at a later date after you have sufficient managerial experience.

Top Button


Is the DBA degree appropriate for educators?
Yes. The DBA program for the practitioner scholar provides the ideal linkage between theory and practice that is important to effective teaching at any level.  Many of our DBA students plan to teach.

Top Button 


I am interested in obtaining a DBA to assist me in my consulting work.  Is this an appropriate degree for me?
Yes.  The combination of theory and practice that is offered at LTU provides ideal training and preparation for a career in consulting.  Many of our students plan to consult for business and other organizations when they obtain their DBA degrees.

Top Button 


Will all classes meet at the Southfield campus?
Yes.  All classes are currently offered at the Southfield campus only. 

Top Button 


What time commitment is required to succeed in the program?
The time commitment varies with each student’s particular situation, but one can expect to devote up to 20 hours a week completing course work. 

Top Button


Do I need to be employed to do my dissertation work?
No.  You can perform your dissertation research for any company, organization, association, or industry.

Top Button


Do I need to have a dissertation topic before starting the DBA program?
No.  Students, however, are encouraged to formulate ideas for the dissertation throughout the program rather than waiting until all of the coursework is completed.

Top Button


Is a comprehensive examination required as part of the DBA program?
Yes.  The comprehensive examination is taken following completion of the 36 hours of required coursework.  The examination consists of a qualifying paper on a topic of interest to the student.  It should be related to the student's dissertation interests.  A student who submits a failing paper will have one additional opportunity to submit an acceptable paper.  Work on the dissertation cannot commence until the comprehensive examination is successfully completed.  A student who does not successfully complete the comprehensive examination cannot continue in the DBA program.

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Where can I obtain more information about the DBA program?
 
Please visit our website at http://www.ltu.edu/management/doctorate/business_admin.asp or e-mail the DBA Program Office with further questions at DBA@ltu.edu.

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