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Executive Education Guide

During times of economic disruption, professionals and executives turn to higher education so they can make a strategic career move. Fortunately, Dallas-Fort Worth has several advanced degree programs recognized throughout the country for excellence and results.
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University of North Texas

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Admissions/Recruitment Contact: Nichole Tyler, M.A. | 940-565-3038 | [email protected]

UNT at Frisco: 12995 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas 75033 | 940-369-8977 | [email protected]

Format Options and Length: Hybrid format meeting four weekends each semester for 36 months

Total Program Enrollment: Average cohort size – 15

Tuition Range: Total cost per semester credit hour (SCH) – approximately $2,375 | Overall approximate cost for three-year program – $114,000

Concentrations: Degree focus is strategic management and leadership with student research that is individualized and industry-focused

Availability of online/hybrid courses: Hybrid with online content and instruction supplementing weekend in-person sessions

Rankings: All MBA program formats are ranked in the U.S. News & World Report top 100 | Ranked No. 10 Best Online DBA Programs for 2024, according to College Consensus.

Accreditation: SACSCOC and AACSB

Designations: Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority Serving Institution

What is the one thing that you want prospective students to know about your school/program? 

The DBA degree at UNT is a practitioner-oriented program anchored in industry-focused research problems. It is designed to allow students the flexibility to work while they earn their doctorate.

Prospective students are interested in the return on their investment. How does your program prepare students in terms of salary potential, career opportunities, and specific competencies? 

The DBA program opens diverse career options for executives and managers who want to become thought leaders in their fields, advance in their current industry as consultants, lead new entrepreneurial ventures, and use advanced research skills to analyze business problems within their current positions. Graduates may choose to join academia as business school faculty as a second career.

Businesses need quality leaders to grow and thrive. How does this program prepare professionals to assume leadership roles?   

Small classes taught by expert faculty prepare leaders through development of advanced research and analytical skills. Unique courses that enhance leadership skills include Value Creation Theory and Practice, Strategic Business Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Transformation, Transformative Leadership, Managing Complexity Theory and Practice, and The Global Marketplace. 

What types of partnerships should higher education, business, and the community be engaged in?

Business education must be anchored in current business practice. The Ryan College of Business has strong partnerships with major corporations who advise on curriculum, speak in classes, mentor students, and support research progress. Our goal is to prepare our students for future business evolution by providing them with a robust tool kit to address business problems through critical thinking and analysis.

“Since 1942, the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas has been preparing students for success in business and public service. We continue to be recognized as a leader in business education and scholarship. We accomplish these goals by recognizing and practicing the core values and mission of the College in our everyday teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. The DBA program, our newest degree, provides advanced research skills to managers and executives seeking to grow intellectually and increase their opportunities for the future.” 

Marilyn Wiley, Dean, G. Brint Ryan College of Business

The University of Texas at Dallas

Naveen Jindal School of Management

Admissions/Recruitment Contact: Lori Brannon | 972-883-5851 | [email protected]

Executive Education School and/or Program Name: Naveen Jindal School of Management Executive Education 

Format Options and Length: Cohort Learning Format | Saturday Only Classes | Three years to complete the program | Eight hours/week for the first two years (Classes) | Nine hours/week for the third year (Dissertation)

Campus Location: Richardson, Texas

Total Program Enrollment: 10 to 20 students per cohort

Tuition Range : $20,000 per semester

Rankings: No. 2 worldwide and in North America in research contributions 2018-2022 | The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings ™ (2023) | No. 17 among public programs and No. 30 overall Fortune Best Executive MBA Programs (2022-2023)

Accreditation: AACSB

What is the one thing that you want prospective students to know about your school/program?

“This program will boost your already successful business career to the next level and give you knowledge, confidence, and techniques to solve real-world business problems.”
– Vijay Mookerjee, PhD, Director, DBA, Professor

Prospective students are interested in the return on their investment. How does your program prepare students in terms of salary potential, career opportunities, and specific competencies? 

“Corporations need good strategic thinkers and problem solvers who can base their decisions on the correct analysis of data and information. Graduates of our program are prepared to emerge as adaptable professionals capable of resolving complex business challenges, thus enhancing their career prospects and elevating their potential.”
– John Barden, Associate Dean, Executive Education, Clinical Professor

Businesses need quality leaders to grow and thrive. How does this program prepare professionals to assume leadership roles?   

“Converting data into meaningful knowledge for decision-making is becoming an increasingly important leadership skill. “The use of analytics in business decision-making is the latest tool for managers who want to be leaders in their fields. Our faculty has deep expertise in the area and has experience working with businesses. While we teach analytical skills in our highly acclaimed Ph.D. program, busy executives do not have the time to complete such a long program. Inspired by constant queries from local businesses over the past few years, we created our DBA program, which addresses the needs of experienced executives.” 
– Amit Mehra, PhD, Co-Director, DBA, Professor

The University of Texas at Arlington

UTA College of Business

Business School Name: UTA College of Business

Campus Location: UTA Fort Worth

Cohort Size: 18-20

Length of Program: 17 Months

Tuition: $75,900 | $10,000 scholarship available to candidates who apply by May 15 and are accepted into the program.

Return on Investment: Graduates Report 24% Salary Increase | 85% Positive Impact | 75% Promoted

What is UTA’s key differentiator in the marketplace?

The UTA Executive MBA (EMBA) program combines intellectual study, professional development programming, and a unique global business experience, providing an exceptional foundation for a fulfilling career. The EMBA includes a Leadership Laboratory and global immersion experience so students benefit from real-world, hands-on business scenarios.

What are some descriptions of a UTA EMBA student?

Our students come from diverse industry and cultural backgrounds. Typically, around 50% of our students are director-level and above with 10-plus years of management experience. About 79% of our students are Texas residents, and their average age is 36-38. 

How does your institution prepare a diverse executive workforce for a global economy?

UTA’s EMBA provides an unmatched, one-of-a-kind global immersion experience for students to intimately understand and explore the nuances of international business.


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