Doctor of Management

The Doctor of Management (DM) is a professional doctorate with a degree focus in management, leadership, and organizational topics.[1] The intention of the DM is to advance the skills of professionals in research, analysis, theory, and practice in organizations.[1] The DM differs from traditional doctoral study combining theory and applied research to understand practical outcomes and implications of research in several different business environments.[1][2]

Program objectives

The aim of the Doctor of Management is to learn and understand how to plan and implement changes in organizations as a leader, practitioner, and scholar in the business environment.[1] This advanced knowledge entails practical leadership training and in-depth research in management topics with a focus on improving organizations.[3] Sometimes, the DM has an interdisciplinary style approach to management combining subjects in management, leadership, and business.[3] In addition to learning a combination of advanced subjects, professionals pursuing a DM will learn how to conduct original research, analyze data, and critically evaluate theories.[1] Another objective of the DM is to help professionals advance their careers in management or education.[1]

Curriculum and admission requirements

Most Doctor of Management programs require a bachelor's and master's degree in a business related field for admission.[1] Applicants may also need prior management experience, acceptable graduate admission scores (e.g. GMAT or GRE), or provide personal essays and letters of recommendation.[1]

The curriculum for the Doctor of Management includes a variety of teaching and learning methods for personal and professional development including lectures, presentations, independent study, advisor supervision, cohort format, workshops, seminars, a residency format, and information technologies.[4] The curriculum involves research method courses complemented with content courses. Research method courses include quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods designs and statistical analysis.[1] Content courses normally include management, leadership, global business, organizational behavior, organizational design, sustainability, ethics, psychology, human resource management, communications, and employee development.[2][3] Some DM programs have degree specializations allowing students to customize their coursework around their academic and career interests.[1]

Most DM programs require a dissertation or a research project.[1][4] Depending on the institution, the length of time to complete the DM program can be 3 to 5 years full-time.[1][2] The overall intention of DM coursework is to create and understand the connection between theoretical and practical knowledge through cognitive, professional, and peer learning.[2]

See also


  1. "Online doctorate degree in management". US News. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  2. Burrell, Darrell. "A degree of difference: A doctorate in management". American Association of School Administrators. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  3. Burrell, Darrell (July 2006). "Emerging options in doctoral study in management for international executives". Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. 31 (2): 13–17.
  4. Grabowski, L.; Miller, J. (2015). "Business professional doctoral programs: Student motivations, educational process, and graduate career outcomes" (PDF). International Journal of Doctoral Studies. 10: 257–279.
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