By Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

The first University of Missouri-St. Louis Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) inaugural dinner was November 30 at Glen Echo Country Club. The first classes started December 1 on campus.

The DBA program is a three-year, cohort-based program that offers a flexible format with limited monthly visits to campus. Students will make only three weekend trips to campus per term.

Students meet face-to-face one weekend a month and engage and collaborate with faculty and students online for discussions and projects. The first two years cover cutting-edge business and management topics while the third year is spent on the candidate’s dissertation research.

Francesca Ferrari, administrative director of the DBA program said, “The UMSL Doctor of Business Administration program gives senior managers the knowledge and applied research tools to solve high-level business problems in their companies or industries. The DBA program will help candidates gain expertise in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills, through practical application of academic theory.”

The UMSL DBA is a member of the Executive DBA Council, an international organization of executive-format doctoral degrees.

The next cohort is forming now. Early decision for applications is due April 1, 2018.

First DBA cohort, minus two not pictured. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Shular.