Doctor of Management Program Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a strong candidate for the DM Program?

  • Motivated to apply research to management practice in organizations
  • Achieved significant leadership and supervisory management experience
  • Exhibits strong writing skills including the ability to support arguments with properly cited reference sources
  • Expresses ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable manner
  • Reflectively interprets and synthesizes information
  • Possesses the intellectual curiosity to undertake extensive reading, research, scholarly discussions, and written assignments that comprise doctoral-level learning
  • Demonstrates a working level understanding of statistics and research methodology
  • Maintains time management skills to effectively complete a rigorous doctoral program

How does the DM degree compare to a PhD degree?

The PhD degree is a discipline-oriented research degree with a narrow focus, designed to train students for roles as researchers or faculty members in a specific academic area. The DM degree develops higher-order thinking and conceptual skills through an interdisciplinary orientation and prepares students to apply evidence-based research in practical management situations. The traditional career path for a PhD graduate is in the academic world, while the traditional career path for a DM graduate is a management practitioner in specialties associated with a broad range of professions.

What are the application requirements?

  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement, which includes the review and critique of four scholarly article reviews
  • Up-to-date Resume
  • Official Recommendations, one academic and one professional
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred your graduate degree
  • Successful completion of DMGT 600 – above documents required for consideration in DMGT 600

See Academic Policy 170.10 for the admissions criteria.

What is DMGT 600 Foundations of Doctoral Study (3)?

DMGT 600 is a pre-requisite course geared to introduce potential Doctor of Management (DM) candidates to doctoral studies in management.

Is DMGT 600 the first course in the DM program?

No. DMGT 600 is a pre-admission assessment course that all applicants must pass with an A or a B to gain admittance to the DM program.

What can I expect if I take the prerequisite course, DMGT 600? How hard is it to pass and gain admission into the DM program?

After submitting the application and required admission documents, you may be officially admitted into the DM program after either:

  1. Successfully completing DMGT 600 by earning an A or a B in the class.
  2. Taking the GRE or GMAT standardized assessment and scoring in the 75 percentile or higher.

In both cases, admission is determined by assessment of your abilities.

DMGT 600, a 10-week online course, is very challenging, and it is designed so the DM program and the applicant can make an informed decision about whether the applicant is prepared to start a doctoral program. The course includes statistical analysis, analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles and critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments , there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the DM program, the dissertation process and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend on average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments. If an applicant successfully passes DMGT 600 with an A or a B, he or she is admitted into the DM program.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required for the DM Program?

No. The GRE or GMAT assessment is not required for the DM Program.

Upon successful completion of DMGT 600, may I defer the start of the DM program?

Yes, you may defer your start of the DM program for one semester without a justifiable explanation. A deferment request of more than one semester requires a written request for an extension which will be reviewed by the Graduate School.

If I do not earn an A or a B, can I retake DMGT 600?

Yes. If the applicant receives a grade of “C” in DMGT 600, then he or she has the option to repeat the course only once. The course cannot be repeated with a final grade of “F”. However, if you withdraw from the course before the final withdrawal deadline, you will not have earned a grade and may take the course again.

Is DMGT 600 covered by financial aid?

No, DMGT 600 is a prerequisite course to the DM Program and therefore cannot be covered by financial aid. If the student passes DMGT 600 with a grade of A or B and is offered official admittance to the DM program, then the student could qualify for financial aid assistance.

Is the UMUC Doctor of Management degree accredited?

UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for more than 50 years. In addition, UMUC is a state university in the University System of Maryland.

Please access accreditation for additional  information.

Is UMUC AACSB accredited?

UMUC has not sought AACSB* International accreditation.

* The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Highly motivated students can complete the degree, including the dissertation, in three years. However, time to degree will vary depending upon individual progress, as well as individual circumstances while enrolled in the program. You are granted seven years to complete the program; however, the average completion time remains at four years.

How often does the mandatory residency occur throughout the program?

DM students are required to attend a mandatory on-site residency each term on campus. These on-site residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of 8 hour face-to-face classroom instruction.  Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term; otherwise, students must defer enrollment until the following available term. A DM student can complete 3 courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to the UMUC campus. DM courses are offered in Spring, Summer and Fall.

How do students follow their 'cohort' through the DM program?

Upon acceptance into the doctoral program, students are expected to make progress through each course in a common group called a cohort. As they progress through the program together, they build helpful working relationships with each other and support each other's development. Beyond their cohort, students in the DM program are also members of the broader scholar-practitioner learning community that includes other DM students, DM and other UMUC faculty, and alumni of the DM program.

Can I take doctoral-level courses provisionally or without applying and receiving an acceptance letter?

No, doctoral level courses are not available for enrollment until successful completion of the pre-admission course, DMGT 600. DMGT 600 is the only doctoral-level course that can be taken prior to official admission to the doctoral program. A completed application, including supplemental documents, is required in order to be considered for DMGT 600.

How many credits do I need to take to receive my degree?

All DM students must complete the required 48 credits to complete the program. All courses must be taken in the structured order. Only 1 course per term is allowed.

Are transfer credits accepted?

No, we do not accept transfer credits.

If I receive my degree, will I be able to teach at the college/university level?

The DM degree from UMUC is a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. That is typically one of the requirements for teaching in higher education. However, the Doctor of Management program is not designed for students who aspire to tenure-track positions at research universities. Individuals with this goal may wish to consider pursuing a specialized PhD degree. The Doctor of Management degree is designed for people who hold, or who aspire to hold, senior leadership or management positions in the public, private, higher education, and not-for-profit sectors.

Can I pursue the Doctor of Management degree while employed full time?

Yes, UMUC has designed the Doctor of Management program specifically for students who are working full time. The Doctor of Management program consists of three semesters of 4-6 credits per semester. Most students in the program are working full time. Doctoral students can expect to spend approximately 25 to 35 hours per week on their studies.

Are UMUC's Library Resources available to applicants/prospective students?

No. Due to licensing restrictions, only currently enrolled UMUC students have remote access to the UMUC Library's online databases. Applicants can find scholarly articles by using Google Scholar, the Social Science Research Network, and/or the Directory of Open Access Journals. Local public libraries may also be able to provide access to research databases. For more information on how to select a scholarly, please visit this web site.

How many semesters per year does the Doctor of Management program run?

The DM program has three semesters per year: fall, spring and summer.

Does this program qualify for financial aid?

Yes, financial aid is available. You can contact financial aid at 800-888-8682 or request assistance online. Financial aid is only available after official admission to the program. It does not cover the pre-requisite course DMGT 600, if required.

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Doctor of Management

Mid-Term Residency Dates

  • Fall 2014:
    Friday, October 24, and
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Spring 2015:
    Friday, February 27, and
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Summer 2015:
    Friday, June 26, and
    Saturday, June 27, 2015

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