Doctor of Business Administration in Finance

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Department Location

Stamford Graduate Center
3 Landmark Square
Stamford, CT 06901

Program Director

Lucjan T. Orlowski, Ph.D.
DBA in Finance Program Director
Professor of Economics and International Finance
Tel: 203-371-7858

Propel your Career with a DBA in Finance

Finance ProfessorThe new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance is an applied research doctoral degree designed for finance executives and advanced business professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge and to acquire state-of-the-art qualifications for furthering their careers.‌

Unlike the traditional Ph.D. model that prepares candidates for academic careers, the DBA program focuses on developing knowledge with direct global business applications and prepares graduates for executive careers in business and financial institutions, consulting firms, government agencies or academic careers that require an equivalent of a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution.

In keeping with the program’s mission and vision, five key program-level goals have been determined:

  1. You will be prepared for a highly specialized career in a business or financial institution, consulting firm, government agency or academic career.
  2. You will acquire advanced knowledge in finance and gain research skills for conducting independent, complex financial projects.
  3. You will demonstrate the creation of new knowledge through original research.
  4. You will gain global perspective on issues related to financial markets and institutions.
  5. You will comprehend and appreciate the importance of high ethical standards and values for finance professionals.

The program is devised as an extension of graduate study beyond a master’s degree in business and as a supplement to doctoral degrees in non-business fields.

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DBA Format

The DBA uses a unique student cohort model, hands-on learning laboratories and blended “executive program” style meeting formats to encourage collaboration and networking among colleagues. During the first two years of the program, the weekend residency focuses on face-to-face classroom instruction, while independent research and dissertation preparation take center stage in the DBA’s final year. To fit the schedules of busy working professionals, most classes in the three-year, part-time program will meet at our Stamford Graduate Center at Landmark Square, five Fridays and Saturdays each trimester.

The weekend residency mode will enable you to:

  • Engage directly in group research projects
  • Gain direct access to instructional resources such as the library, the learning (Finance) laboratory, research materials, equipment and databases.
  • Establish networking opportunities with faculty and your fellow students

You will find our DBA program to be highly focused and personalized, as it leads to specialized, original dissertation research projects matching the student's interests and career aspirations. Courses are taught by SHU’s Economics and Finance faculty — accomplished, recognized scholars with a record of professional engagement and experience. The program is offered through SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business, a member of fewer than five percent of elite business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International.

Key coursework

The DBA includes in-depth study of extensive quantitative methods and mathematical modeling, global financial markets and institutions, and advanced risk management. Students create valuable new knowledge through original research, their choice of elective courses, and completion of a dissertation project that matches their interests and career objectives.

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Return to School for the Right Reasons

After finishing your MBA or an equivalent master’s program, recently or some years back, you might miss the academic challenges of research, the opportunity to connect with talented students from diverse industries, the excitement of exploring unique financial topics and the chance to grow and practice new skills. Under the guidance of SHU’s leading industry experts, our pioneering DBA program allows you to continue to explore your passions, advance your career opportunities and enhance your decision-making, leadership and management skills.

Why Pursue a DBA?

DBA students and graduates use theory and practice to actively influence the way business works. In this program, students will take current business research and apply it to real-life situations. Students will keep their fingers on the pulse of new and arising market trends, management techniques and financial theory. They will use this knowledge to enrich the business and financial world. The efficiency of the business industry relies on clever and innovative professionals, specifically those with a DBA.

One of the reasons DBA graduates find success is the flexibility and range of opportunities that this advanced program offers every student. DBA graduates can make a difference in all levels of business, from streamlining office practices and enhancing consulting opportunities to growing foreign business relations. Graduates with this degree can also influence academia in both teaching and leadership positions.

Career Outlook

A DBA degree is becoming an attractive requirement for academic professionals since it focuses on research and application. In addition to academic interests, there are also numerous advanced job opportunities in finance, quantitative analysis, advertising, consulting, health management, government, management, sales and promotions looking for advanced professionals with doctoral-level skills. Graduates with a DBA in finance will be more employable and will stand out among those with an M.S., M.A. or MBA in a competitive job market.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) has once again made Bloomberg’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking. A total of 114 undergraduate business schools were in the rankings released this week by Bloomberg, a global business and financial information leader. Rankings are based off data collected from an employer survey and a student survey. Bloomberg also looks at starting salaries and internships. Nearly 30,000 students and recruiters from 600 companies were surveyed for the listing, according to Bloomberg.

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Doctorate in Business Administration Program Ranks 26 in Country

December 11, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A new listing released by Top Management Degrees ranked Sacred Heart University’s doctorate in business administration program 26 out of 50 schools. Top Management Degrees, a website dedicated to business and management education, developed the ranking based on accreditation, prestige, estimated cost, student satisfaction and business management curriculum. According to Top Management Degrees, “each criterion was given equal weight to gather a well-respected and high quality doctoral business management program.” Data was gathered from each school’s website, as well as U.S.News and World Report, the Princeton Review and the National Center for Education Statistics. The listing is created to help students find the highest quality doctorate degree in business management.