Each year of the program, DBA candidates will participate in nine, 2½-day residencies led by Kellstadt faculty. The first year of the program is designed to acquaint candidates with the applied research skills they’ll need to make an immediate impact in their organizations.

During the second year, DBA candidates will form a small research team with a Kellstadt faculty mentor to frame and analyze a real-world business problem.  By the end of the second year, candidates will be framing and formally proposing their dissertation research in an area that is most relevant and impactful to their own careers and organizations.

During the third year of the program, candidates will be personally supervised by one of Kellstadt’s leading faculty scholars as they pursue their dissertation research. 

Throughout the program, DBA candidates are exposed to emerging industry and disciplinary developments through a series of doctoral seminars on current topics in business. In between on-campus residencies, DBA candidates will be working on course projects and connecting with their cohort peers to deepen their learning and engagement.