Monte Ahuja College of Business
Ahuja Hall 420
Raj Javalgi, Graduate Program Director
Areas of Study
The objective of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is to develop within each candidate an expertise in a functional area of business administration so that he or she may advance business theory and practice and enhance the contributions that business can make to the larger community.
The DBA degree prepares the student for a rewarding academic career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Alternatively, the program offers advanced training in a variety of business areas that significantly enhance the student’s business career development. Regardless of the career path selected, the DBA program provides students with an intellectually challenging and rewarding experience.
The DBA program is designed to provide an academically rigorous experience to a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. The degree can be pursued while working full-time. To provide flexibility and to meet the needs of working students, course work is offered through evening and weekend classes. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships provide financial support for full-time graduate students. Students with assistantships take nine to twelve credit hours of course work each term, and are expected to devote twenty hours per week of assistance to the College of Business Administration.
Students must choose a major area of specialization and take additional course work in complementary fields. The DBA program is currently accepting students in the following majors:
- Global Business
- Information Systems
- Operations Management
The DBA program is taught by College of Business Administration graduate faculty, who are selected for expertise in their disciplines and for their related experience in business.
In addition, DBA faculty are actively involved in the community—as business consultants, members of professional organizations, and community leaders—bringing a richness of practical application to every course they teach.
Faculty participating in the DBA program are also heavily involved in research in their academic fields, in publishing in prestigious journals, and in presenting papers at national and international meetings.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, an applicant to the DBA program must hold a master’s degree in business administration (MBA or equivalent) from an accredited college or university and must meet the following minimum standards:
- At least 1,260 points based on the following formula: 200 times the graduate grade-point average plus the total score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A minimum score at the 70th percentile on the GMAT is preferred. GMAT scores should be provided from a test taken within five years prior to application to the DBA program.
- The formula outlined above serves as a general guideline for the Doctoral Program Faculty Committee, which makes admission recommendation to the Graduate College Admissions office. Applicants also must submit a current resume, a statement of goals and objectives, and three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should come from a college professor familiar with the applicant’s graduate-level performance and academic ability.
The basic preparation for the DBA program is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or its equivalent (e.g., Master of Accountancy) from a program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). If the applicant’s master’s degree is not an MBA (or its equivalent) from an AACSB-accredited program, the student must present evidence of the completion of the 500- and 600-level core requirements (or their equivalents) from the College of Business Administration’s MBA program.
An application, an official transcript from each college and university previously attended, and other application materials must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
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