Doctor of Business Administration

Falls School of Business

The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Anderson University is to provide rigor and quality that serves the needs of faculty and potential faculty in institutions of higher education. We prepare graduates for positions that emphasize teaching effectiveness and encourage an active approach to the integration of Christian values/faith into the business classroom.

We have designed a program format that is both rigorous and a realistic alternative for individuals who are working full-time in higher education or in industry but desire a doctoral program in an academic discipline within a business curriculum.

Goals of our program include:

  • Provide a strong theoretical understanding of business disciplines.
  • Improve undergraduate student learning by increasing the pedagogical abilities of doctoral students.
  • Develop an increased appreciation of scholarly research and writing within individual doctoral students.
  • Increase the participation of Christian business scholars in the “academy” of higher education.

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Admission Requirements

Program admission requirements are:

  • Complete the Online Application.
  • A completed master’s degree from an institution that is regionally accredited.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework in a business-related field.
  • Transcript Request Form [PDF]
  • A combination of the applicant’s graduate grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Management Admittance Test (GMAT) score will be used to evaluate acceptance for admission. Preference would be for the graduate GPA to be at a 3.5 level or above (on a 4.0 scale) and the GMAT score to be 600 or above. The GMAT must have been taken within the last five years.
  • Three years of combined teaching and/or other professional work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation [PDF] with one submitted from the current supervisor. (If currently teaching, one of these letters must be from the department chairperson or the school dean.)
  • Submit your written response to the personal essay questions [PDF].
  • A personal interview with the DBA Program director and/or other DBA faculty members. This interview may be in person or by telephone.
  • Computer capability and access as delineated by the DBA director.

Approximately eight to 12 students will be admitted annually to the program. Final decisions concerning a student’s acceptance into the program rest with the DBA Admissions Committee.

The application deadline is February 1 with an April 1 start in the program. One new cohort is admitted every February to this selective program.

Submit DBA application materials to:

DBA Program Director
Falls School of Business
Anderson University
1303 E. 5th St.
Anderson, IN 46012



Degree Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled before a Doctor of Business Administration candidate is awarded the degree:

  • All coursework must be completed within six years of when the first doctoral course is taken at Anderson University.
  • All coursework must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • A maximum of two grades below B- in coursework taken at Anderson University may be counted toward the fulfillment of requirements.
  • Successful completion of qualifying exams.
  • Successful completion of a dissertation proposal defense.
  • Successful completion of a dissertation in the student’s major field.
  • Dissertation must be completed within three years of when coursework is completed.
  • An application for graduation must be filed in the Anderson University Registrar’s Office at least 30 days prior to graduation.

Program Description

The Anderson University DBA program is specifically designed to make it possible for individuals currently teaching at the college level, or aspiring to teach, to earn a quality doctorate in business. Students accepted into the program begin the program on April 1st. The first residency on the Anderson University campus occurs the last two weeks of May each year. They return for a week in August and then a final week each year in January. All students are required to be in residence for four weeks a year during the first three years of coursework. All other work is completed while at home while working or teaching. This makes it possible for full-time instructors to complete their degree in as few as four years while maintaining full-time employment.

This can be done! Each year students complete the program at the end of the fourth year with work that they are very proud of. DBA graduates from Anderson University have their research accepted for publication in books, papers, and conference proceedings. They find that the degree is opening doors for consulting, administrative duties, faculty promotion, and continued scholarship. The bottom line is that graduates testify they are more effective teachers and leaders in higher education, and their employers give witness to this reality.

What the AU DBA Program IS:

  • A doctorate in business administration designed for the unique needs of a group of business instructors not effectively served by traditional doctoral programs.
  • A program that will link the applied nature of an MBA with the conceptual framework and research traditions that support business practice.
  • A program that offers the unique advantage of high-level thinking and discussion about the integration of a Christian worldview with learning.
  • A program that offers the unique advantages of bringing together students and faculty aspiring for greater effectiveness in undergraduate and graduate classrooms.
  • A program that will familiarize students with research methods and quantitative analysis, and will equip students to use appropriate tools to conduct research. The nature of the research is likely to be more applied than is often found in doctoral programs in business.

What the AU DBA Program IS NOT:

  • Just a “research” doctorate. The purpose is to train teachers to have a strong appreciation for quality research, not just to train “researchers” who will serve in the major university setting.
  • A distance-learning program. While tools of distance-learning may be used to facilitate education, the student will complete a majority of classwork through a traditional classroom setting on the campus of Anderson University.
  • Seen as a “non-traditional” program. While there are elements that borrow the best from the new approaches to education, the program is also grounded in traditional conceptualizations of a doctorate in business.


  • Enrollment fee of $300 once accepted into the program
  • Tuition per credit hour: $810
  • Dissertation Tuition (per hour)*: $395
  • Graduation Fee: $100

*A student must be enrolled for at least 3 hours of dissertation credit every semester after residency and qualifying exams have been completed. In total, the student must register for a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit. If the dissertation is not completed after registering for 15 hours of dissertation credit then the student must continually register for one hour of dissertation credit each term (summer, fall, spring) until the completion of the dissertation defense.


Graduate Representation

Anderson University’s Doctor of Business Administration program has drawn students from 101 colleges and universities from 36 states and provinces in the United States and Canada. Additionally, some students come from industry and are either part-time instructors or aspire to be professors. View the list of institutions and organizations represented in the student and graduate body of the Anderson University DBA program.


Four-Year Schedule

Year 1
Summer (April-June, May residency)
Conceptual Foundations of Management or Marketing
Conceptual Foundations of Economics or Accounting/Finance
Fall Semester (July-October, August residency)
The Development and Role of Christian Higher Education
Spring Semester (November-March, January residency)
Applied Statistics or Research Methods
Fall/Spring Semester Independent Study (September – April)
Foundations of Applied Ethics

Year 2
Summer (April-June, May residency)
Conceptual Foundations of Management or Marketing
Conceptual Foundations of Economics or Accounting/Finance
Fall Semester (July-October, August residency)
“Best Practices” in College Teaching
Spring Semester (November-March, January residency)
Applied Statistics or Research Methods
Fall/Spring Semester Independent Study (September – April)
Teaching Practicum in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance

Year 3
Summer (April-June, May residency)
Global Business Practices
Seminar: Advanced Applications of Ethical Reasoning in Management,
Marketing, Accounting, or Finance
Fall Semester (July-October, August residency)
Seminar in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance
Spring Semester (November-March, January residency)
Advanced Research Methods
Fall/Spring Semester Independent Study (September – April)
Advanced Topics (Discipline based)

Year 4
May – June
Preliminary Exams
August – September
Defend Proposal
April – August
Defend Dissertation

Program Outline

CORE CLASSES (27 hours)

Research Core (9)

  • Applied Statistics (3)
  • Research Methods (3)
  • Advanced Research Methods (3)

Education/Teaching Core (9)

  • The Development and Role of Christian Higher Education (3)
  • “Best Practices” in College Teaching (3)
  • Foundations of Applied Ethics (3)

Conceptual Foundations Core (9 hrs. counted in CORE, 3 hrs. counted in major)

  • Conceptual Foundations of Management (3)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Marketing (3)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Economics (3)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Accounting and Finance (3)


  • Conceptual Foundations in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (3)
  • Seminar in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (3)
  • Global Business Practices (3)
  • Advanced Applications of Ethical Reasoning in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (3)
  • Teaching Practicum in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (3)
  • Advanced Topics (Discipline-Based) (3)

Total Required AU Coursework (45 hours)
Dissertation (15 hours)
Additional Graduate Hours — transferred in at start of program (30 hours)

TOTAL: 90 hours


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Dr. David Brewer

MBA Director

Dr. David Brewer

Dr. Brewer has managed HR, training and development, computer programming, and other functions in multiple corporate industries. He has also directed two nonprofits, including an international business incubator. He has taught for five universities across the country. His main interests are leadership, systems, and development.


Dr. Michael L. Bruce

Professor of Marketing

Dr. Michael L. Bruce

Dr. Bruce has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses at Geneva College, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, and Webster University. He has also taught internationally with the Pacific Institute of Business Management at Petroleum College in Chongqing, China, and The School of Management of China Economic and Trade Commission located in Chengdu. His international experience also includes teaching global marketing in Europe with the International Business Institute. Dr. Bruce worked for more than 16 years in both small and large companies like Wendy's, Southwestern Bell Telephone, North American Rockwell, and Funseekers, U.S.A., with experience in marketing, management, and information systems. His consulting experience includes advertising and marketing research, and customer satisfaction measurement.

Michael Bruce has served at Anderson University since 2003.

Contact Michael:
Professor of Marketing
B.S., Greenville College
B.S., University of Texas
M.S.M., Maryville University
Ph.D., St. Louis University


Dr. Michael E. Collette

FSB Dean

Dr. Michael E. Collette

Dr. Collette has served at Anderson University since 1977 and blends a background rich in professional and community service. He holds a Doctor of Education degree with emphasis in organizational development at Indiana University and a BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Collette is the former CEO of a small, regional marketing research firm. He is very active in consulting in the Midwest. Having worked with more than 40 organizations, he currently serves on the board of directors for two start-up businesses and serves on several local non-profit boards.

Contact Michael:
Professor of Management
B.B.A., M.S., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater;
Ed.D, Indiana University

Colleen Drake

Colleen Drake

MBA and 10-Month MBA Recruiter

Colleen Drake
Colleen Drake

I first graduated from Anderson University in 2011 with a degree in Mass Communications. After six years working in venue management and public relations with organizations like Tuxedo Brothers Event Management, Live Nation, White River State Park, and The State of Indiana, I joined the Anderson University family.

I started pursuing an MBA in AU’s Falls School of Business in January of 2016, knowing it could have lasting benefits for my career. The caliber of education I have received with my MBA has not only provided me with a solid understanding of business practice and leadership, it has offered me opportunities to learn from colleagues, create lasting friendships, and enhance my skills working in teams and small groups. I have made wonderful connections through the AU MBA program, and I have that hope for you as you learn more about Anderson University and the Falls School of Business. I look forward to learning more about you, why you are considering the AU MBA program, and watching as God molds you into the leader, manager, employee, and/or colleague that he has called you to become.

Fun Facts: My husband and I live on the east side of Indianapolis and both met at AU in 2010. We have a dog named Chewebacca, enjoy traveling, hiking and camping together when we have time away. I’m a movie buff, enjoy writing and exploring cities.

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Dr. Emmett Dulaney

Professor of Marketing; Director of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Emmett Dulaney

Dr. Dulaney holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ball State University, an MBA from Anderson University, and completed his DBA in 2009. Dulaney has a background in technology and publishing and has started businesses in both fields. His research interests are consumer behavior, e-business, and e-commerce. Dulaney has written several books on computer operating systems and certifications and is a columnist for two online publications as well as the editor of the Christian Business Academy Review.

Emmett Dulaney has served at Anderson University since 2006.

Contact Emmett:
Director of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Marketing
B.S., Ball State University;
M.B.A., D.B.A., Anderson University


Dr. Jerrald M. Fox

Professor of Management

Dr. Jerrald M. Fox

Dr. Fox shares with his students a background merging academic work, practical experience, and consulting service. He holds an MBA in finance from Indiana University and a PhD in organizational behavior and development from The Union Institute. In addition to being a certified financial planner, Dr. Fox is active in management consulting and is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, magazines, and newspapers. He has also published devotional guides for applying biblical principles to personal financial planning.

Jerry Fox has served at Anderson University since 1985.

Contact Jerry:
Austin/Cooper Director of Global Business Studies
Professor of Management
B.A., Anderson University; C.F.P, College for Financial Planning;
M.B.A., Indiana University;
Ph.D., Union Institute


Dr. Rebecca A. Haskett

Professor of Business Administration

Dr. Rebecca A. Haskett

Dr. Haskett teaches in the areas of management, non-profit leadership, and strategic planning. She completed her EdD in higher education at Indiana University, with a minor in non-profit strategic management. Her dissertation focused on emotional intelligence (EQ) and effective teaching, which has led to many speaking engagements on the topic. She is a certified trainer in the TalentSmart Emotional Intelligence training curriculum and the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal, and has been certified in the BarOn EQ-i Emotional Intelligence assessment. Her past experience includes 17 years as a CPA for General Motors, along with leading the organizational strategic planning process. She holds an MBA, has an accounting degree from Ball State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rebecca Haskett has served at Anderson University since 1996.

Contact Rebecca:
Professor of Management; CPA
B.S., M.B.A., Ball State University;
Ed.D., Indiana University