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New Doctorate of Business Administration Degree for
Forward-Thinking Leaders and Employers

BELLEVUE, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#DBAlt;/agt;–Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students
for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, recently
launched a new 100% online applied Doctorate
of Business Administration (DBA) degree program
that addresses both
modern organizational needs and real life challenges faced by students
seeking doctoral-level education.

“Today’s organizations are facing significant change, internally and
externally,” said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins.
“They’re dealing with issues involving how to recruit and retain talent,
how to pursue growth and manage it and how to operate in an increasingly
more connected world. These challenges require leaders able to work
across the organization, and their industry, to address complex,
system-wide issues.”

“We created a DBA degree,” said Dr. Hawkins, “to prepare leaders who are
well-qualified to diagnose these multi-dimensional issues and help their
enterprises solve their most pressing business challenges.”

Bellevue University’s DBA program is a different approach than
traditional doctoral programs that typically prepare students for
careers in academia, said Rebecca Murdock, Dean of the College of
Business. “Our degree is an applied DBA that prepares students in top
executive positions to address the complex challenges with future
forward solutions.”

Unlike other doctoral programs, Bellevue University DBA students will
not write a dissertation. Dr. Julia Cronin-Gilmore, DBA Program
Director, said students will undertake an applied, research-based
doctoral project instead. She explained that the project follows a
similar structure as a dissertation and uses the same methodologies, but
doctoral students will work on the project throughout the three-year DBA
program instead of starting it after course work is completed. “Students
will emerge as experts on their topic, and as thought leaders in their
industry,” said Dr. Cronin-Gilmore.

The Bellevue University DBA degree also stands out as one of the few 100
percent, fully online programs at the doctoral level. “We removed the
obstacles that often stand in the way of working adults who want to
pursue their doctorate,” said Dr. Cronin-Gilmore. Other programs may
offer online DBA courses, but still require students to come to campus
for residencies, she added.

A clear and structured three-years-start-to-finish program means
“students are able to see the end from the beginning,” said Dean
Murdock. Two-week breaks between courses, she said, “allows students to
attain their educational goal while at the same time meeting their
professional and family obligations.”

About Bellevue University
Founded in 1966, Bellevue
is a non-profit university with more than 50,000
graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in
preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge
and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the
nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the
University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue,
Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 undergraduate and
graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University
is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a
regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of

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Cris Hay-Merchant
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