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 without an M.S., M.A. or MBA in a competitive job market.

Latest News

Goldman Sachs COO Cohn Speaks at New Finance Center Opening

May 6, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On the heels of a visit from former General Electric Company Chairman & CEO Jack Welch and his wife, Suzy, Gary Cohn, the president and COO of investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs, stopped by for a “fireside chat” at Sacred Heart University, late Tuesday afternoon, April 28. Cohn’s visit coincided with the celebration of the opening of the new Finance Center, located in the University’s new Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. More than 100 business students, faculty and SHU administrators gathered for the presentation.

Jack & Suzy Welch are Featured Speakers at New Home of Welch College of Business

April 22, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University celebrated the new home of the Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) Monday with a visit from the college’s namesake and his wife, Jack and Suzy Welch. A reception and tours of the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center preceded a public conversation between SHU President John J. Petillo, former General Electric CEO & Chairman Jack Welch, Jr., and Suzy Welch, former editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review, in the building’s two-story atrium. John Chalykoff, dean of the WCOB, introduced the trio. The talk was followed by a signing session for the couple’s new book, The Real-Life MBA. Hundreds of people, including former N.Y. Mets Manager Bobby Valentine, who is SHU’s executive director of Athletics, attended.

College of Business Announces New Summer Institute for Global Management

February 5, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Beginning in July, Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB) will offer a four-week Summer Institute for Global Business Management (SIGBM) at its Fairfield campus. The program will be offered to rising seniors and those who recently completed an undergraduate program. It is intended to help participants develop a fundamental understanding of the challenges business leaders face and the many dimensions of global business management.