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Cambridge Graduate University Accelerated MBA and Business Doctoral Degrees
Cambridge Graduate University

Accelerated MBA and Business Doctoral Degrees

Cambridge, USA

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Sep 2024

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Accelerated MBA and Business Doctoral Degrees

Scholars can choose to pursue their 2-year MBA, or a 3-year accelerated MBA and Business Doctoral Degree, with the third year involving attending a minimum of 2 terms of Global Immersion Intensives for dissertation advising, refinement, data review, and select domain seminars relevant to the dissertation.

Cambridge Graduate University College of Business offers accelerated DBA degrees in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Strategy, and Technology and Operations Management. Cambridge Graduate University College of Business, in combination with the College of Global Studies and the College of Public Health and Regulatory Science, offers accelerated Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics; Organizational Behavior; and Health Policy Management.

Listed below is a brief description of the business doctoral degree subject areas:

Accounting & Management

Research focuses on information and measurement systems for allocating resources among firms
in the economy; rewarding and monitoring the performance of managers; formulating, executing and evaluating strategy; and understanding the profitability of suppliers, products, customers, distribution channels, and business units.

Business Economics (includes Finance)

Focuses on the use of economic analysis and statistical methods for dealing effectively with management problems in applied business fields such as capital markets, financial institutions, corporate finance, experimental and behavioral economics, business strategy and industrial organization.

Health Policy Management

Prepares students to do research on the managerial, operational, and strategic issues facing a wide range of organizations in the health care industry.


Research focuses on management theory and knowledge that is relevant to management practice. Research themes include innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and networks.


Draws on economic, behavioral, psychological and administrative theory to research important marketing problems centered on the immediate and future needs and wants of customers.

Organizational Behavior

Combines training in the theory and methods of psychology or sociology with the study of business administration and empirical research on organizational phenomena.


Pursues multi-disciplinary research that utilizes multiple methodologies-quantitative, as well as qualitative-to study how companies and industries around the world develop and sustain competitive advantage.

Technology & Operations Management

Research on manufacturing and service operations, including management of new product, process development, and technological innovation; operations management and strategy; and logistics and supply chain management.

As scholars progress through the curriculum, they will have the chance to go deeper into some of the disciplines, depending on their individual interests. Some additional disciplines that scholars may wish to pursue are:

• Advanced Corporate Finance

• The Psychology of Leadership

• Global Entrepreneurial Leadership

• Global Financial Management

• Industry and Competitive Analysis

• Advanced Marketing Strategy

• Strategies for Asia Pacific

• Advanced Negotiation Analysis

Degree Requirements

All doctoral degree candidates are required to complete a total of 80 credit hours over the course of the 36-month academic program over ten academic quarters and maintain a 3.0 QPA. The credit hour course breakdown is as follows:

  • Interdisciplinary Core: 28 credits
  • Domain Specialization: 24 credits

DBA/Business Administration/PhD:

  • Cross Domain Electives : 8 credits
  • Research and Dissertation: 20 credits

Comprehensive Examination

Students may not proceed to Dissertation courses until they have passed the Comprehensive Exam composed of questions from the Core and Concentration courses. These questions test a student’s command of the theoretical underpinnings and breadth of knowledge.

Students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before proceeding to Dissertation Courses. Those who fail must wait three (3) months before attempting to pass the failed sections of the examination. This is the single opportunity to retake the examination which must be undertaken within two (2) years from the date of the first exam.

Dissertation Proposals and Research

The CGU Doctoral program has its foundation in theoretical and practical applications as worked through the prism of empirical research and analysis. All faculty members have terminal degrees and are experts in their fields; therefore, work in the Core, Concentration, and Dissertation courses are of the highest quality.

Each student will have a two member-Dissertation Advisory Committee consisting of a CGU Core Faculty member (Principle reader/advisor), A CGU Distinguished Faculty or a Local Content Practitioner Expert


The following are requirements for the dissertation:

• Dissertation topics must have an international or global regional context.

• Dissertation topics must satisfy four additional requirements:

1. be original research;
2. add new knowledge to the field;
3. focus on current global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
4. have an applied component to advance their institution or career; and
5. Final, committee-approved electronic copies of the dissertation must be submitted to the CGU Registrar before the degree can be awarded.

Program Schedule

Our 24 and 36-month curriculum is optimized for the executive schedule.

Cambridge Graduate University’s Global Campus 24, 36, and 48 month Masters, Doctorate, and Accelerated Masters and Doctorate curriculum is optimized for the executive schedule. This schedule is subject to change.

Cambridge Graduate University’s Global Campus 24, 36, and 48 month Masters, Doctorate, and Accelerated Masters and Doctorate curriculum is optimized for the executive schedule. This schedule is subject to change based on regional events, immigration and curriculum and global cohort need dynamics.

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