DBA Syllabus


Notice to Prospective School of Business Degree Program Students

Please note that this program is available only to members of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).  If you are not a member you can become a member at the application stage.

Note  that no program at Calwest is designed to lead to positions in a profession, occupation, trade, or career field requiring licensure in the State of California; and students are advised not rely on a Calwest degree to obtain such qualifications or credentials.

Post Graduate program: Doctor of Business Administration

Program Admission Requirements: 

Prospective candidates who already have an MBA degree from a recognized university, and wish to be evaluated for admission to the DBA Program must: (1) in addition to their MBA, hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited university (or from a government approved institution, if outside the United States); (2) submit a carefully written 3-4 page Essay titled, “My objectives in undertaking Doctoral Research” (in such an essay, you may discuss some or all of the following: why you have been inspired to engage in a doctoral program; how such a credential will impact your professional career or standing; how your former preparation has led you to undertake future and more advance studies, etc. - you are not limited to these ideas; they are merely suggestions) and (3) submit a comprehensive resume or Curriculum Vitae, detailing both academic and professional experience.  The Doctor of Business Administration program consist of a 60 credit hours, for which holders of MBA degrees will receive 33 credit hours for their Recognized Prior Learning (RPL). Such students will need to successfully complete the 27 credit hour research component to be awarded the DBA.

English Proficiency Requirements: Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must obtain the following minimum scores:  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 530; the TOEFL-Internet Based Test (IBT) - 71; the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)- 6.5; the Pearson Test of English (PTE) -  50; Exams of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - B2; and ACT Compass - Level 3.

Program Objective: The main purpose of Calwest University is to provide affordable high-quality American degrees to students living in all parts of the world who deserve a quality education, but were, until recently, unable to obtain such due to both costs and the tyranny of distance. The program objective of the Doctor of Business Administration degree program is to provide business professionals an opportunity for career related research at a doctoral level, Action research is undertaken to provide an industry responsive program for senior managers. Students research a specific area of study and write a research thesis.

Program Description: Students must complete the research courses listed below via Tubeclasses which includes a comprehensive Research Project to complete their DBA degree. For the Research Project, an individual supervisor will be appointed to each student by Calwest University. The course consists of 60 credit hours.

In summary, MBA Degree holders need to successfully complete only the Research courses to obtain their DBA.

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Business Administration [DBA]

Program Courses:

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Recognized Prior Learning Granted for MBA Degree Holders
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA807Business Statistics3
DBA808Strategic Management3
DBA809International Business3
DBA810Corporate Finance3
DBA811Competitive Analysis3
DBA812Operations Management3
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0) 33

Core Research to be Undertaken
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA801Research Methods (2 Courses Equivalent)6
DBA813Research Proposal3
DBA814Research Thesis (6 Courses Equivalent)18
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0) 27

*Courses that meet minimum standards to be counted as general education credit

Credit Hours Completed: 0

Credit Hours Remaining: 60

This program consists of a total of 60 Credit Hours