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Inaugural DBA Cohort Conferred Degrees

Six students comprising the first class of Florida Tech’s Doctorate of Business Administration graduated May 6.

The graduates are Karen Newsom, Wendy Kirk, Timothy McDowell, Harry Hobbs, Christine Schaefer and Robert Grant.

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 in 2015 and continue its expansion.

Florida Tech’s DBA is a three-year cohort program designed for next-level business leaders looking to enhance their skills. 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 with additional work online. After two years, DBA students spend their third and final year completing a dissertation based on original quantitative and/or qualitative research.

More information about the program is available at

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