Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (Executive DBA)

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Program Overview

The Fairfield Dolan Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (Executive DBA) program is ideal for working professionals looking to gain knowledge in sophisticated research methodologies and cutting-edge business issues to lead corporate business practices (e.g., consulting, finance, marketing, business intelligence, employee learning & development), professionals such as consultants, coaches, and executives who want to distinguish themselves in their respective fields, and business professionals who are interested in securing a full-time teaching position in business schools.

The three-year, part-time hybrid program offers a flexible schedule with synchronous classes that meet online on weekends and two, in-person weekends that take place at the beginning and at the end of the semester.

Professionals can pursue the Executive DBA degree in key business areas, such as Finance, Marketing, Business Analytics, Management, and Economics and will benefit from instruction of Fairfield Dolan faculty who are both national scholars and highly regarded in their fields. Coursework integrates the theory and practice of business within the context of current business issues and focuses on the practical application of advanced business analytics and research methods. Through the Dolan Career Development Center, candidates can take advantage of professional development opportunities and gain access to Dolan’s strong alumni network.

Ranked in the top 25 for Best Graduate Business Specialty Programs by U.S. News & World Report, Fairfield Dolan aims to develop principled business leaders for a better world and is now accepting applications for the first cohort that will start during the summer 2023 term.

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Dolan Rankings

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#19
Accounting
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#18
Marketing
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#19
Finance
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#21
Business Analytics
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Requirements & Curriculum

Becoming a Practitioner Researcher
Understanding the Firm: Theories and Practices
Quantitative Research Methods I
Professional Development: DBA and Careers
Contemporary Topics in Business
Qualitative Research Methods I
Research Seminar I: Literature Review - Understanding Theory in the Discipline
Quantitative Research Methods II
Research Seminar II: Literature Summary
Professional Development: University Teaching-Based on Ignatian Pedagogy
Qualitative Research Methods II
Research Seminar III: Hypothesis & Theory Development
Research Seminar IV: Exploring Methodologies
Research Seminar V: Methodology for Testing Hypotheses
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Professional Development: Knowledge Dissemination
Research Seminar VI: Empirical Testing & Results
Dissertation Defense

Dolan Admission

Applicants must have an MBA or business-focused master’s degree with more than ten years of post-baccalaureate work experience and at least three years of managerial experience. A $2,000 non-refundable deposit is required following acceptance.

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Career & Professional Development

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Career & Professional Development

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their career, advance their career within their current organization, or pivot to another career, Dolan will provide graduate business analytics students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

Professional Co-Op Programs with The Hartford and Synchrony

Fairfield Dolan has partnered with both The Hartford and Synchrony, two Fortune 500 companies, for Co-Op programs for graduate students, particularly those interested in business analytics fields. These opportunities immerse Fairfield graduate students in a real-life work environment, working shoulder-to-shoulder with the employees of the companies on projects. The Programs offer flexible in-person and/or remote positions ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week, 3 to 6 month engagements.

Benefits of these paid Co-Operative Opportunities

  • Gain practical work experience in areas that complement student strengths, interests and coursework
  • Actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world”
  • Establish contacts in the workplace for networking and potential employment opportunities
  • Develop the marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace

Engaged Alumni Network

Alumni play a significant role in the mentoring and advocacy of current students by helping our students gain industry or company insight through informational interviews, mentorship, and more.

Executive Series and Leadership Opportunities

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Executive Series and Leadership Opportunities

Complementing Fairfield Dolan’s traditional pedagogical mission is a series of diverse and distinctive events designed to enrich graduate student coursework including the Dolan Lecture, Dean’s Executive Forums, Fairfield StartUp Showcase, and Professional Development Series Events.

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Future-Ready Facility

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Future-Ready Facility

Fairfield Dolan’s 80,500 square foot, $40 million facility gives Fairfield business students every advantage they need to make them future ready.

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Dolan Report

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Faculty & Administration

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Faculty & Administration

Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale.

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