Doctor of Management

Program Overview

The Doctor of Management Program (DM) is a scholar-practitioner based doctorate designed for full-time, experienced, working professionals. This is a hybrid doctoral program that utilizes online seminars and onsite mandatory residencies for communication and learning. With an emphasis on the practical application of concepts, applied research, and knowledge for real-world management issues, students are prepared in areas such as theory and strategic thinking in management issues, organizational leadership and change, analysis of different methods of research, and innovation and sustainability within a global business environment. This program allows UMUC graduates a sophisticated level of knowledge and analysis to successfully guide organizations in a rapidly changing global environment and provide them with the credentials and ability necessary to rise to a significant leadership role in public or private organizations worldwide.

Program Description

The DM program focuses on applied research and expanding leadership within the field of management. Major focus is on the integration of organizational management issues with technological considerations and the global environment, while considering the critical role of information technologies in all aspects of management practice. The most common professions UMUC graduates pursue are within local, state or federal government agencies, private businesses, higher education administration, and nonprofit organizations. The DM students focus on learning ways to integrate their real-world professional managerial experiences into their scholarly work. Typical coursework taken towards a Doctor of Management degree focuses on developing the skills and abilities of executive-level staff. Critical thinking skills, how to develop and manage high-performance teams, and how to analyze and evaluate organizations and their structures are all examples of what this course curriculum entails.

Program Highlights

Students of the Program Benefit From:

  • Courses taught by faculty with significant academic achievements and exceptional management expertise
  • Courses offered in a hybrid format that combines mandatory face-to-face residencies with UMUC's Web-based interactive online instruction to engage learners in projects, communication, and teamwork
  • A program which provides close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty and staff
  • Exposure to national and global perspectives and experiences
  • Learning together in a cohort-based structure that provides peer support and assistance

Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the prerequisite course, DMGT 600, before offered official admission to the DM program
  • Minimum of 48 credits required for completion of the program, including 36 credits of academic content courses and 12 credits of dissertation courses (only one course per term allowed and courses must be taken in the required sequence shown below)
  • UCSP 815 must be taken in the first term of doctoral study
  • No transfer credits are accepted
  • One mandatory (two-day) on-site residency per term required
  • Comprehensive exams are taken after selected academic content courses in the 1st and 2nd academic year
  • Requires the completion of a dissertation informed by all relevant research contributing to knowledge in the field of management
  • Seven years allotted time for completion of the program

Doctor of Management - Course Requirements

UCSP 815 Introduction to Library Research Skills for Doctoral Studies (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of graduate study

Prerequisite Course

  • DMGT 600 Foundations of Doctoral Study (3)
    (Complete application is required before consideration for DMGT 600)

Required Course Sequence

First Year

Second Year

  • DMGT 890 Dissertation Part I (4)
  • DMGT 810 Leadership and Change (6)
  • DMGT 845 Organizational Environments in a Global Context (6)

Third Year

Only one course may be taken per term. Courses must be taken in sequence. Not all DMGT courses are offered every term.

DM students are required to attend one mandatory on-site residency each term on campus. These on-site residencies consist of two days of eight-hour, face-to-face classroom instruction. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term;  if students cannot attend residency, then they must defer enrollment or withdraw from the course until the following available term.

Residencies consist of instructor-led lectures, cohort discussions, presentations and/or class assignments.

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Doctor of Management

Residency for Continuing Students

  • Summer 2016:
    Friday, June 24, and
    Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Fall 2016:
    Friday, November 4, and
    Saturday, November 5, 2016

Residency for New Students

  • Summer 2016
    Friday, May 20, and
    Saturday, May 21, 2016

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