Trevecca launches third doctoral program, Doctor of Business Administration

With one of the fastest growing graduate business programs in the state, Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to preparing leaders for today’s businesses and tomorrow’s blue oceans.

The University will build on that commitment in 2019 by offering a new degree: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). The first cohort will begin in October.

“Trevecca offers the only DBA program in the Middle Tennessee area,” said Dr. Rick Mann, Trevecca’s director of graduate business programs and DBA program director. “This program is designed for students who want to boldly lead, teach or consult with corporations, organizations and high-level executives.”

The University’s third doctoral program, the DBA program will be offered entirely online and can be completed in approximately 32 months, offering flexibility, innovative instruction from professors with industry experience and an integrative approach that emphasizes integrity, ethics and values.

The program isn’t limited just to students who have already earned a master’s in business administration (MBA); it’s also designed for those who’ve earned master’s degrees in other areas such as leadership, education or marketing, though some prerequisites are required for those without an MBA.

It’s only one of the factors that make this degree program unique, officials say.

“We are excited about the vistas of opportunity for advancement, and even career change, that this new DBA degree program will provide for our students,” said Dr. Jim Hiatt, dean of Trevecca’s Skinner School of Business and Technology. “For those who have been waiting for a high quality, yet affordable doctorate in business, in a Christian context, this is their chance to cast off everything holding them back and boldly step into their futures.”

Students can choose among three different career tracks within the program, including higher education, leadership and management or consulting and coaching. To graduate, students must choose between an applied doctoral project aimed at addressing real-world issues or a traditional dissertation.

The coursework is designed to help graduates connect current thought leadership with practical business know-how, Mann says.

“Trevecca’s DBA program will guide students to utilize expertise both inside and outside their organization as well as challenge them to analyze opportunities and solve organizational problems,” Mann said. “In addition, students will be well-prepared to carry out timely and relevant applied research providing effective solutions to complex issues.”

With the first cohort set to begin in October, Trevecca will begin accepting applications in early February. Learn more here.

About Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2019 America’s Guide to Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. In 2016, the Carnegie Foundation classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top 7 percent of schools nationwide.

Located just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca offers classes at the main campus as well as four other locations across the Southeast and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 83 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.

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