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Florida Tech Launches Doctor of Business Administration Degree at Melbourne Campus

Three-Year Program Designed to Propel Business Leaders to New Successes

MELBOURNE, FLA. — For the first time, Florida Institute of Technology will offer a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at its main campus in Melbourne, Florida.

The program will start in August.

Florida Tech’s DBA is a three-year cohort program designed for next-level business leaders looking to enhance their skills through extensive case-study analysis. Its curriculum is focused on research, strategic management, entrepreneurship and critical thinking for decision-makers.

The DBA is designed for working professionals. Classes meet on a Friday and Saturday once per month for a total of four two-day sessions per semester. After two years, DBA students spend their third and final year completing a dissertation based on original quantitative and/or qualitative research.

Florida Tech’s DBA originally launched at the university’s off-site location in Huntsville, Alabama, in fall 2014 in response to strong demand from students for a terminal business degree. The success of the pilot in Huntsville, combined with a growing awareness of and interest in a Florida Tech DBA among the Brevard County business community, prompted university leaders to launch the program in Melbourne.

“By challenging already successful business leaders to take their skills to the next level, our DBA program has the potential to be a real game-changer in Brevard and beyond,” said Annie Becker, dean of the Nathan Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech.

Common career paths for DBA recipients are senior managerial consultants, chief executive officers, operations managers, college professors and business training professionals.

Emily M. Vogt is the DBA Program Chair. She manages the program in Huntsville and will do so in Melbourne, as well. An assistant professor for the College of Business, Vogt holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Rochester and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development from St. John Fisher College. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of higher education.

DBA information sessions are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, and Tuesday, June 16, at the Bisk College of Business building, 2202 S. Babcock St. in Melbourne. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Lynn Werner at lwerner@fit.edu or 321-674-8825.

More information about the program is available at www.fit.edu/dba.

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