Doctor of Management

Program Update

This program is being taught in the new format outlined below starting this fall. If you are a current student in this program, make sure you follow these program requirements. If you need help selecting an academic program, please contact an advisor at 855-655-UMUC (8682).

Stand above the competition with the Doctor of Management, a degree that defines accomplishment.

Program Description

Designed for executive-level working professionals, the Doctor of Management at University of Maryland University College emphasizes management theory and strategic thinking, organizational leadership and change, research and innovation, and sustainability in the global business environment. Through applied research and analysis of real-world management issues, you'll gain sophisticated knowledge for the executive level of management.

Our cohort structure promotes close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff and a supportive network for lifelong learning. You'll also benefit from exposure to national and global perspectives and experiences with geographically diverse classmates and faculty.

Curriculum Description

The Doctor of Management can help you gain the research and management competencies necessary to acquire, appraise, analyze, apply, and assess information for complex evidence-based decision-making.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Conduct and evaluate management research for decision-making
  • Investigate the overall business intelligence environment in an organization
  • Develop ethical solutions to complex organizational problems
  • Initiate and lead successful change

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Perform management research and effectively communicate findings to practitioners
  • Assess management environments and develop problem concept models
  • Design and implement evidence-based solutions aligned with organizational needs
  • Assess an enterprise's analytic capabilities to develop recommendations for a stronger business intelligence climate
  • Present innovative ideas at professional conferences and submit for publication

Program Requirements

All courses must be taken in the order listed. You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.

  • Prerequisite course necessary for admission: DMG 600 Foundations of Doctoral Study (3)
  • DMG 800 Interpreting and Translating Management Theory in Practice (6)
  • DMG 810 Research as a Tool for Management Decision Making (6)
  • DMG 820 Evidence-Based Research Methods (6)
  • DMG 830 Data Analytics in Practice (6)
  • DMG 840 Designing Evidence-Based Management Solutions (6)
  • DMG 850 Producing Original Management Ideas that Influence: Publishing and Conferencing (6)
  • DMG 860 Producing Actionable Knowledge: Dissertation Problem Statement and Literature Review (4)
  • DMG 870 Producing Actionable Knowledge: Dissertation Methodology and Analysis (4)
  • DMG 880 Producing Actionable Knowledge: Management Implications from Dissertation Research (4)

Note: Students starting this program in fall 2016 only must take DMGT 600 in lieu of DMG 600.

About the Dissertation

Through the Doctor of Management program, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed management decisions. Your dissertation will include a systematic review of a complex issue or problem in the workforce. Most students choose to apply the results of their dissertation research to their current work environment.

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Kuan H. Collins: "The Organizational Factors Influencing the Building of Collaborative Culture: An Examination of the Evidence"
  • Sharon Denise Biddinger Crawford: "Indecisiveness in Teamwork: A Search for Interventions to Avoid Failure-to-Decide"
  • Joseph Allen Evans: "The Influence of National Culture on the Value Creating Ability of Organizations Combined from an International Merger and Acquisition"
  • Calvin Joel Martin: "Creating and Implementing Dynamic Capabilities: An Exploration of the Senior Manager's Role"
  • Margaret Walthall: "The Leader-Follower Relationship and Follower Performance"

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and is based on a combination of all requirements. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

You must pass DMG 600 with a B or better to gain admission into the program.

You must submit the following materials:

Personal Statement Details

In your personal statement, you must

  • Explain how your professional managerial, supervisory, and leadership experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (one page)
  • Describe your specific area of management interest, and explain how conducting research in this management area will help you fulfill your career objectives (one page)
  • Select four articles that are peer-reviewed and academic research-based from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Explain each article's theoretical and methodological relevance to your chosen area of management research, describing why and how the research in each article selection pertains to your area of research interest in the management field, and indicating the strengths and weaknesses of each article's research (One page per article—each article review must be submitted on a new, separate page. Each page must include the title of the article that is reviewed.)
  • Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (one page)
  • Include a reference list using American Psychological Association style. The reference list must show the name of the author, article title, journal, and volume in the correct APA format. (one page)
  • Include in-text citations throughout your personal statement, where applicable

Application Deadlines

Please see the graduate academic calendar for doctoral program session dates and registration deadlines.

Residency Requirements

You will be required to attend one on-site residency each term on UMUC's campus in Adelphi, Maryland. These mandatory residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of eight-hour, face-to-face classroom instruction. This time can include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, and presentations of class assignments. Residencies provide an excellent forum for discussion, peer support, networking, and deepened scholarship. The intensive, concentrated format leads to enhanced collegial bonds between students.

Residencies are held at the College Park Inn and Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783.

  • Winter 2017: Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4
  • Spring 2017: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6
  • Fall 2017: Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4

American Association of Community Colleges Discount

UMUC is pleased to offer a 25 percent doctoral tuition discount to full-time employees and staff members of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions. The discount is only available to students who are enrolled in UMUC's Doctor of Management programs and have not been awarded a UMUC scholarship. The discount does not apply to the Doctor of Management or Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration prerequisite and post-doctorate courses: DMGT 600, DMGT 860, and DMGT 899, but does apply to all 6-credit content and 4-credit dissertation courses.

To verify your employment, you must submit your most recent paystub from an eligible AACC institution for each semester you are enrolled within 10 days of the start of the semester. The paystub may be submitted to Monica Graham, academic specialist, via e-mail at or fax 240-684-2404. When you apply to UMUC, please select "Employee – CC Alliance Institute" as your special program on the electronic application. If you have completed your application and neglected to select CCAI, please e-mail the New Student Advising Office at to request that your application be coded accordingly.

Prerequisite Course Information

The prerequisite course DMG 600 is a pre-admission requirement that all applicants must pass with a B or better to gain admission into the Doctor of Management program. The online, 10-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study.

The course includes analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles as well as critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments, there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the Doctor of Management program, the dissertation process, and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments. If an applicant successfully passes DMG 600 with a B or better, he or she is admitted into the DM program.

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