MBA not enough? TESU launching Doctor of Business Administration program

The doctor is in the biz? She will be if Thomas Edison State University has its way.

The Trenton college is launching its second doctoral program, a Doctor of Business Administration, starting in January.

For TESU, which serves nontraditional adult students, the online program aims to enable business students and professionals to advance their careers toward leadership or educational and consulting roles.

“This degree is at the core of what we do here at Thomas Edison,” President Merodie Hancock said in a prepared statement. “Professionals pursuing the DBA will be able to infuse their learning immediately into workplace situations: applying knowledge and leadership, and understanding the outcomes in real time. This applied scholarship and experiential learning are a powerful combination that will benefit today’s working professionals who seek to advance their careers and become leaders in their fields.”

The 48-credit program offers specializations in general management, organizational leadership and human resource management.

“Professionals earning the DBA degree will be prepared to fill or create their next occupational role,” School of Business and Management Dean Michael Williams said in a statement. “The intentionality, discipline and capabilities necessary to earn the DBA are powerful professional differentiators enabling a competitive advantage.”

The college expects to admit up to 20 applicants in its initial cohort, with classes beginning in January 2020.

The DBA is sometimes considered an “applied doctorate” or “professional doctorate,” and can be completed part-time, TESU noted.

TESU’s other doctoral program is in nursing practice, with a specialization in systems-level leadership.