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

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.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Doctor of Management

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 qualitative 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 need
  • 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

Doctor of Management Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Doctorate Courses

Introductory Course

  • DMG 600

Please note, DMG 600 is a prerequisite course necessary for admission to the doctoral program and does not count toward the 48-credit total for the Doctor of Management. When you successfully complete DMG 600, you become eligible for admission to the doctoral program.

Core Courses

  • DMG 800
  • DMG 810
  • DMG 820
  • DMG 830
  • DMG 840
  • DMG 850
  • DMG 860
  • DMG 870
  • DMG 880

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. 

The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

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"

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management and leadership roles in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations; internal and external consulting; and higher education administration and teaching.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend supervisory management experience and a management or business background. You will need graduate-level academic reading and writing skills before entering this writing-intensive doctoral program. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Program 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:

  • Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university or college (equivalent degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Completed application for admission
  • An up-to-date resume (outlining leadership and supervisory management experience)
  • A personal statement (See Personal Statement Details below)
  • Two letters of reference, sent by the evaluator to, using our doctorate recommendation form
  • Four reviews of scholarly research articles (including one-page APA reference sheet)

Please send all admissions documents to

  • U.S. Postal Mail (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DM Admissions
    3501 University Blvd. East
    Adelphi, MD 20783
  • UPS or FedEx Packages (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DM Admissions
    1616 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774

All materials are due by the doctoral program application deadline:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Spring: February 15
  • Winter: November 15

There is no doctoral term in the summer. Decision letters are sent 15 days after the application closing date.

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)
  • Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (one page)
  • Include in-text citations throughout your personal statement, where applicable
  • Select four articles that are from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals (find scholarly articles). 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.)

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, 11-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study. Please note, there is no residency in DMG 600.

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.

Additional Information

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 Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

  • Fall 2018: Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Winter 2019: Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Spring 2019: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2019

AACC Doctoral 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About the 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 preadmission course, DMG 600, which 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 to be considered for enrollment in DMG 600.

Is the UMUC DM degree accredited? +

Yes. UMUC is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, UMUC is a public state university in the University System of Maryland.

What makes a strong candidate for the Doctor of Management program? +

A strong DM program candidate

  • Is motivated to apply research to management practice in organizations
  • Has achieved significant leadership and supervisory management experience
  • Exhibits strong writing skills, including the ability to support arguments with properly cited reference sources
  • Possesses the intellectual curiosity to undertake extensive reading, research, and scholarly discussions
  • Has the time management skills to complete a rigorous doctoral program effectively

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 one another and support one another’s development. Beyond their cohort, students in the DM program are also members of the broader practitioner-scholar learning community that includes other doctoral students (DM and DMCCPA), UMUC faculty, and doctoral alumni.

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 (nine courses). All courses must be taken in the structured order. Only one course per term is allowed.

Upon successful completion of DMG 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.

Is DMG 600 the first course in the DM program? +

No. DMG 600 is a preadmission assessment course that all applicants must pass with a grade of at least a B to gain admittance to the DM program.

Is DMG 600 covered by financial aid? +

No. DMG 600 is a prerequisite course to the DM program and therefore cannot be covered by financial aid. If you complete DMG 600 with a grade of at least a B and accept the official admittance to the DM program, then you could qualify for financial aid assistance.

Once admitted to the program, you can contact financial aid at 800-888-8682 or request assistance online. Financial aid does not cover the prerequisite course DMG 600.

If I do not earn a grade of at least a B, can I retake DMGT 600? +

Yes. If you receive a grade of F in DMG 600, you have the option to repeat the course only once.

Can I pursue the DM while employed full-time? +

Yes. UMUC has designed the DM program specifically for students who are working full-time. Most students in the program are working full-time. You can expect to spend approximately 20+ hours per week on your studies.

Are all DM courses offered every term? +

No. Not every DM course is offered every term.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required for the DM program? +

No. Neither the GRE nor the GMAT assessment is required for the DM program.

Are the UMUC's library resources available to applicants and 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. Get more information about finding scholarly articles.

How does the Doctor of Management compare to a PhD? +

A PhD is a discipline-oriented research degree with a narrow focus designed to train you for roles as researchers or faculty members in a specific academic area. The DM develops higher-order thinking and conceptual skills through an interdisciplinary orientation and prepares you 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.

How often does the mandatory residency occur throughout the doctoral program? +

Doctoral students are required to attend a mandatory on-site residency each term on campus, typically held in the fifth week of the term. These on-site residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of classroom instruction. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term.

Otherwise, if you are unable to meet these requirements, you must defer enrollment until the next available term. You can complete three courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to UMUC. Courses in the DM program are offered in the winter, spring, and fall terms. (Courses are not held in the summer terms.) There is no residency for applicants enrolled in DMG 600.

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

The DM is a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. That is typically one of the requirements for teaching in higher education. Graduates of the DM program teach at the college/university level, and some have full-time faculty positions at teaching colleges/universities. However, the DM 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. The DM 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.

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 required to complete degree will vary depending upon individual progress and 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.

Are transfer credits accepted? +

No. UMUC's DM program does not accept transfer credits.

What is DMG 600? +

DMG 600 is a three-credit prerequisite course geared toward introducing potential DM candidates to doctoral study in management. All application materials are required for review to be considered for enrollment in DMG 600.

What should the scholarly article evaluations entail for the application? +

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.)