DBA Dissertation Requirements

DBA Dissertation Committee

Each student is required to form a dissertation committee of at least 3 qualified faculty members (the dissertation adviser and 2 additional internal full time RBS faculty members). Dissertation committees must be sent to the DBA director’s office for approval in advance. The Dissertation Committee is the candidate’s advising group. The candidate is strongly advised to consult and submit research results to all its members on a regular basis. The committee is expected to regularly review the candidate’s research progress. The completed dissertation must be approved by all members of the committee.

Comprehensive Examination (Dissertation Proposal Defense)

The candidate must submit a written proposal to their dissertation committee members that clearly enunciates the research that will be undertaken, and articulates the contents of the proposed dissertation. It is emphasized that the proposal is the vehicle for communicating the candidate’s project to the committee members. It should provide sufficient detail to allow the committee members to determine the validity and acceptability of the research, in terms of originality, quality and quantity. The dissertation proposal should then be prepared and defended in public. The committee members need to be present for the proposal defense and will be required to evaluate the proposal. The dissertation adviser must inform the DBA director/DBA Office of the time and day of the proposal defense at least two weeks in advance. Upon receiving this information, the Program Office will circulate an announcement of the proposal at least one week before the date of defense to all members of the DBA faculty, other faculty, and students who may have an interest in the topic.

Final DBA Dissertation Defense

For the dissertation defense, the same administrative rules apply as the dissertation proposal.