Doctor of Management

Doctor of Management

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Approx. program length:

3 years, 2 months



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ACBSP Accredited

Become a force for change in your industry

Our Doctor of Management (DM), students don’t just think outside the box — they remove the box. How? Our ACBSP-accredited DM brings out the best of your leadership skills while you apply critical thinking and creative solutions to complex problems.

Our doctoral degrees are “practitioner programs” that help you learn how to become a better leader and graduate with the skills to be a change agent in your organization or community.

Distinctive learning model

Our unique Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM model separates us from other doctoral programs. It fits into every aspect of your doctoral studies, preparing you with the advantages of:

  • Scholarship – you’ll understand how to design research and use its data to solve root problems
  • Practitioners – you’ll learn how to apply your skills to solve practical problems in your organization or community
  • Leadership – you’ll develop leadership skills that help you change organizations and communities

Specialize your degree

To specialize your educational focus, you’re encouraged to take one of these two elective tracks:

Organizational Leadership: Design and conduct practical, data-driven research to solve problems and inform managerial decisions. Courses include Architecture of Leadership, and Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention.

Information Systems and Technology: Use technology to lead innovation and gain a competitive edge in your organization or industry. Courses include Global Information Systems Management, and Information Systems Management Architecture.

Better doctoral experience

In 20 years of delivering doctoral education, we’ve come to realize that the doctoral journey can be very focused and personal, yet also lonely. That’s why we’ve restructured our programs to create a more supportive, motivating environment for doctoral students.

Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll move through courses with the camaraderie and support of a cohort of students, even in your dissertation classes.
  • You’ll have dedicated faculty to guide you through the doctoral journey and provide feedback as you go.
  • You’ll design, research, and write your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program.

Course length:

8 weeks

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Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 54 credits to complete this program. Required courses may vary based on previous education or transfer courses.

Dissertation requirement

You’ll begin your dissertation early in your program and follow a schedule of milestones throughout. This helps you manage your dissertation in smaller segments and identify any research methodology challenges early, so surprises or delays can be addressed.


While some doctoral programs require on-campus residency, we’ve shifted to an 8-week online Symposium. In the required course you’ll:

  • Receive a detailed overview of each milestone in the doctoral journey
  • Understand what the University expects from doctoral students
  • Understand what doctoral students can expect from the University

Doctoral students may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in Phoenix, Ariz.. The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Current doctoral students from an accredited university or college may be eligible to receive up to 27 credits based on previous doctoral coursework.

Core courses

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Introduction To Business Administration In Doctoral Study bus700
Leadership Theory And Practice ldr711a
Research Conceptualization And Design res709
Symposium I doc714s
Qualitative Methods And Design res724
Statistical Research Methods And Design I res710
Organizational Theory And Design org716
Foundations Of Information Systems Management ist710
Information Technology For Teams ist722
Organizational Information Systems Management ist724
Global Information Systems Management ist732
Information Systems Management Architecture ist733
The Dynamics Of Group And Team Leadership ldr726
Architecture Of Leadership ldr736
Emerging Managerial Practices mgt726
The Impact Of Technology On Organizations org726
Organizational Diagnosis And Intervention org727
Political Acumen And Ethics phl736
Doctoral Seminar I doc715
Doctoral Seminar II doc723
Doctoral Dissertation doc741
Symposium II doc719s
Doctoral Project IV doc742
Doctoral Dissertation doc741a
Doctoral Dissertation doc741b
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc888
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc890
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc892
Doctoral Project IV doc742a
Doctoral Project IV doc742b
Project Continuing Enrollment II doc988
Project Continuing Enrollment II doc992
Project Continuing Enrollment II doc990

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for t/k is projected to be 14 percent between 2016 and 2026. A Doctor of Management degree can help prepare you to be a:

  • Management analyst
  • Business teacher, postsecondary

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers or with peers through the school’s Facebook® group for doctoral students. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.


Program accreditation

The Doctor of Management has been reaffirmed for accreditation until 2027 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ensuring the quality of your education.

What does that mean in real life? ACBSP-accredited business programs are committed to pursuing excellence in business program education. The program is  regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for their industry of choice. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular reviews.

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Doctor of Management, you can:

Spread your dissertation out

You’ll research, write and defend your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program rather than saving it — and stressing about it — until the end.

Partner with dedicated doctoral faculty

You’ll work with the same Dissertation Chair and University Research Methodologist (URM) throughout your program, allowing for critical feedback along the way.

Work with a cohort of students

You’ll enjoy the camaraderie and community of being in a student cohort. Your cohort will move through the program together with the same Chair and URM.

Take the next step

It’s time to take your education to the highest level. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Doctor of Management, you’ve got the way.

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