DBA Student in Classroom

Falls School of Business

Doctor of Business Administration

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.

 Reserve May Residency Housing

Your AU Story Begins Now

I cannot say enough great things about the DBA program at AU’s Falls School of Business. It helped me to develop not just academically, but professionally and spiritually as well. I learned more than I could have imagined and am deeply indebted to the outstanding faculty and peers that I met and worked with over the last four years. If you are looking for a doctoral program that can be completed while holding down a full-time job and that will challenge you to grow as a scholar and Christian, look no further.

— Scott Powell DBA ’10, Professor of Marketing at Grove City College

Apply Now

Start your AU story

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

Questions? agsenrollment@anderson.edu

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.
Four-Year Schedule and Program Outline

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) 

MAJOR COURSEWORK (18 hrs)

  • 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

Doctor of Business Administration Costs
  • Application Fee (non-refundable): $50
  • 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.

DBA 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.

Our Faculty & Staff

  • All
  • Falls School of Business

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.

Bruce

Dr. Michael L. Bruce

Professor of Marketing

Bruce
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: 
mlbruce@anderson.edu
Professor of Marketing
B.S., Greenville College
B.S., University of Texas
M.S.M., Maryville University
Ph.D., St. Louis University

Collette

Dr. Michael E. Collette

FSB Dean

Collette
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:
collette@anderson.edu
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.

Contact Colleen:
au.adultgrad@anderson.edu

Dulaney

Dr. Emmett Dulaney

Professor of Marketing; Director of Doctoral Studies

Dulaney
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:
eadulaney@anderson.edu
Director of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Marketing
B.S., Ball State University;
M.B.A., D.B.A., Anderson University

Fox

Dr. Jerrald M. Fox

Professor of Management

Fox
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:
jmfox@anderson.edu
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

Haskett

Dr. Rebecca A. Haskett

Professor of Business Administration

Haskett
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:
bahaskett@anderson.edu
Professor of Management; CPA
B.S., M.B.A., Ball State University;
Ed.D., Indiana University

Hochstetler

Dr. Jay J. Hochstetler

Professor of Management

Hochstetler
Dr. Jay J. Hochstetler

Dr. Hochstetler has enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a variety of management positions in his career. After receiving his MBA from Indiana University, he worked in Human Resources for R. R. Donnelley and Sons and then for NCR. Jay then spent eight years at Indiana Wesleyan University where he was director of the business programs in the college of adult and professional studies, followed by eight years at Ivy Tech State College where he was the executive dean of the Marion campus. Dr. Hochstetler started an education program at the Miami Correctional Facility and also coordinated the separation of a physician's office from a large healthcare organization to become an independent office.  He also taught at Taylor University before coming to AU.  In addition to teaching at AU, he is a partner in a commercial real estate development. Brookhaven Wesleyan Church is a large part of his life, where he also serves as collegiate ministry leader, board member, and treasurer. He is married to Kelley and has a son and daughter-in-law who are graduates of AU.

Jay Hochstetler has served at Anderson University since 2007.

Contact Jay:
jjhochstetler@anderson.edu
Professor of Management
Director of Assessment and Accreditation
B.A., Goshen College;
M.B.A., Indiana University;
Ed.D., Ball State University
Ph.D., Northcentral University

Karen Innocenti

Administrative Assistant

Karen Innocenti

Karen comes to Anderson University bringing ten plus years' experience as an administrative support professional at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Karen assists the undergraduate programs of the Falls School of Business.

Lucas

Dr. Doyle J. Lucas

Professor of Management

Lucas
Dr. Doyle J. Lucas

Dr. Lucas has been serving students at Anderson University since 1981 and as a faculty member in the Falls School of Business since 1984. An Anderson University graduate, Dr. Lucas has an MBA from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior and theory from Indiana University. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Lucas also serves as chairperson of the Anderson University faculty and also as the faculty athletic representative to the NCAA.

Contact Doyle:
djlucas@anderson.edu
Professor of Management
B.A., Anderson University;
M.B.A., Ball State University;
Ph.D., Indiana University

James Newton

MBA Assistant Director

James Newton

James Newton, MBA - Kent State University, comes to Anderson University Falls School of Business with a combined 25 years in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Mr. Newton was an executive at Red Bull Energy Drink, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In the private sector, he owned and operated a small chain of action sports retail stores, a motorcoach company, and a social media influencer marketing agency. Married to his college sweetheart, Melanie, they have five children; Tabitha, Griffin, Samiya, Zayda, and Sebastian and reside in Fishers, Indiana.

Peddicord

Dr. Melanie Peddicord

Associate Professor of Accounting & Business

Peddicord
Dr. Melanie Peddicord

After graduating with a BA in Accounting from Anderson University in 1994, she worked several years for Ernst & Young LLP in Indianapolis where her audit clients included health-care, insurance, retail, and not-for-profit organizations. For the last 15 years, Professor Peddicord has held several positions in the financial management department at The Finish Line, Inc., most recently as the manager of financial reporting. She has also taught adjunct in the MBA program at the Falls School of Business. She is excited to be able to share her public and corporate accounting and management experiences with students as they prepare for their call to service in the accounting profession. Professor Peddicord has an MBA from Anderson University and is an active CPA. She and her husband, Todd, have three children.

Melanie Peddicord has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Melanie:
mjpeddicord@anderson.edu
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.A., M.B.A., D.B.A. Anderson University

Pianki

Dr. Francis O. Pianki

Professor of Business Administration

Pianki
Dr. Francis O. Pianki

Professor Pianki has a well-balanced background, which blends academic ability and professional experience. He earned a BS in chemical engineering from University of Connecticut, an MS in chemical engineering from University of Arizona, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Pianki served at Taylor University as assistant professor of business and environment management, at Barber Manufacturing as vice president of operations, at First Benefit as chief operating officer, and at PQ Corporation as plant manager. He also maintains an active consulting practice in the areas of strategy, operations, change management, and continuous improvement.

Frank Pianki has served at Anderson University since 1998.

Contact Frank:
fopianki@anderson.edu 
Professor of Business Administration
B.S.Ch.E., University of Connecticut;
M.S.Ch.E., University of Arizona;
M.B.A., Pepperdine University;
Ed.D., Indiana University

Shin

Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Assistant Professor of Economics

Shin
Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Dr. Shin teaches in the subjects of economics. He obtained his master’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and completed his Ph.D. degree in economics at Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining the FSB, he devoted himself as a senior researcher carrying out international economics research and providing consulting services to governments and private firms on international business strategies at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. His research interests lie in global development issues, such as foreign aid, poverty reduction and the economics of nonprofit organizations.

Hyeon Joon Shin has served at Anderson University since 2014.

Contact:
hshin@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., Korea University
M.I.S., Seoul National University
M.A., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Ray Sylvester

Dr. Ray Sylvester

Associate Professor of Marketing and Personal Branding

Ray Sylvester
Dr. Ray Sylvester

Dr. Ray Sylvester is associate professor of marketing and personal branding. He was a senior lecturer and leader of two music business programs at Buckinghamshire New University. He co-wrote the first music business program in Europe in 1996. Ray has presented across both Europe and the US on the topic of personal branding. He is also published through academic books, in both the US and the UK. He is a Chartered Marketer and holds an MSc in Behavioral Science and an MA in Management. As a personal branding coach, Ray works with executives, professional athletes, and chart-topping artists/musicians. Ray's doctoral research was in personal brand management.

Associate Professor of Marketing and Personal Branding
Director of Personal Brand Management
Director of Music Business (Entertainment Business)

B.A (Hons)., Business (Marketing), Middlesex University
M.Sc., Behavioural Science, City University (London)
M.A., Management (Community Cohesion), Coventry University
Ph.D., Brand Management, Brunel University London

Fsblist Tijerina

Prof. Vanessa Tijerina

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Fsblist Tijerina
Prof. Vanessa Tijerina

Prof. Tijerina joined the faculty after serving as the assistant treasurer and controller for Anderson University. In addition to teaching accounting, she leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which serves low-income families.

Vaughters

Dr. Brock Vaughters

Assistant Professor of Finance; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Vaughters
Dr. Brock Vaughters

Dr. Vaughters is an alum of Anderson University and the Falls School of Business and brings with him over a decade of practical business experience. After graduating with a BA in Finance 2003, he worked for the Department of Defense doing numerous financial and accounting functions in Indianapolis. Professor Vaughters has also worked for various small businesses in the construction, real estate, and hard goods distribution industries. He has held the title of sales manager, area manager, corporate pricing manager, and vice president of operations. During that time Professor Vaughters completed his Masters of Business Administration from Ball State University. Prior to joining the faculty of Anderson University, Professor Vaughters spent over 6 years with Monster World Wide, the online job service, working exclusively with global executive recruiting and staffing companies. His list of clients included some of the largest staffing organizations in the country. He and his wife Angie (also an AU grad ‘03) have a daughter Mia and a son Drake and reside in the Indianapolis area.

Brock Vaughters has served at Anderson University since 2014.

D.B.A., Liberty University
M.B.A., Anderson University
B.A., Anderson University