SAINT LEO – On Dec. 30, 2013, faculty and staff from Saint Leo University and the Donald R. Tapia School of Business welcomed 22 individuals to their first week of study for the university’s new Doctor of Business Administration degree.
The D.B.A. is the university’s first doctoral offering and differs from a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in that it places more emphasis on applied business practice. The Saint Leo D.B.A. program appeals particularly to three types of achievers: those who wish to teach business at the college or university level; business professionals who are transitioning to new career goals; and consultants and executives seeking advancement in their respective fields.
After the first week of studies at University Campus, students continue with online and interactive studies, and two additional holiday intersession weeks of study in upcoming years. The required dissertation follows. The coursework and dissertation will take three to four years to complete, depending on the student, though students are permitted to take a maximum of seven years. This low-residency format allows students to pursue the D.B.A. from areas beyond central Florida. The inaugural class includes students from Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, and even Maine.
The university will soon accept applications for a second cohort. More information is available here: http://www.saintleo.edu/academics/graduate/business/dba.aspx
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States, offering more than 40 academic programs.
Chartered in 1889 in the town of Saint Leo, FL, approximately 30 miles north of Tampa, Saint Leo University enrolls approximately 16,000 students. Students may choose to study at the traditional University Campus, at regional education centers in seven states, or through the university’s Center for Online Learning. Saint Leo is a leader in the field of online education and one of the nation’s foremost providers of higher education to the military.