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Synthesize multidisciplinary theories that inform and shape theory and practice of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing the project.
Apply ethical leadership strategies to integrate best practices and tools in the field of project management.
Synthesize project management research and practice leading to the development of new knowledge or improved practices.
Exhibit proficiency in communication, research, writing, and critical-thinking skills applicable to professional and academic endeavors.
Evaluate functional and cross-functional management approaches appropriate for project, program, and portfolios ranging from operational to strategic, small to complex, and local to global.
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Showcase your ability to develop solutions for organizations through the completion of a doctoral applied business research project.
For your culminating doctoral applied business research project, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.
Maximize your courseload—take 7 or more credits per quarter and pay just $4,850.*
*Quoted price does not include $175/quarter resource kit fee. Quoted cost includes residency tuition, but not travel costs, meals, and lodging.
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A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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Our DBA in Project Management curriculum includes topics on advanced project and program management methodologies, risk management, portfolio optimization, and leadership.
Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies
In this course, learners research literature to identify best practices and evaluate appropriate methodologies leading to successful outcomes for projects and programs ranging from simple to complex. The course emphasizes appropriate methods, tools, and techniques for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Initiating and Planning processes based on organizational environments, cultural diversity, and global influences. Learners also evaluate expected project outcomes to assure alignment with strategic goals and objectives. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems
Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research
In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management
Learners in this course examine emerging trends, concepts, and methods for evaluating and applying program integration and portfolio management techniques and methods used to optimize their overall value. Topics include ethical approaches to program and portfolio management in alignment with business strategic goals and objectives within a global context. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
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Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our doctoral degree in project management.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
**Educational and professional requirements for faculty positions vary widely by employer. Understanding your target employers’ particular requirements is key in deciding on a doctoral program.
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