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doctoral degree

doctor of management

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register by: jan 6, 2021

don’t just think outside the box — remove it. our doctor of management (dm) equips you with the critical thinking skills to find creative solutions to complex problems, so you can bring out the best of your leadership skills. courses are just 8 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

you'll learn how to:

  • use management, organization design and leadership theories to solve complex business problems

  • apply critical and creative thinking skills to address modern managerial and leadership issues

  • create new business systems, structures and processes using organization theory

  • contribute original and scholarly work that offers solutions to management issues

  • make ethical decisions to demonstrate social responsibility within your organization



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you’ll begin your dissertation in your third course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. this helps you manage your dissertation in smaller segments and helps identify any research methodology challenges early, so surprises or delays can be addressed.


while some doctoral programs require on-campus residency, we’ve shifted to an 8-week online symposium. in the required course you’ll:

  • receive a detailed overview of each milestone in the doctoral journey
  • understand what the university expects from doctoral students
  • understand what doctoral students can expect from the university


your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a doctor of management. you may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in phoenix.* the seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

*students are responsible for their own travel costs.  

what you'll learn

when you earn your doctor of management online, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

topics covered in this degree include:

  • management, organizational design and leadership theory
  • modern issues in management and leadership
  • developing sustainable systems, structures and processes
  • research and scholarship in management
  • ethical decision-making


specialize your dm with one of these elective tracks

organizational leadership: design and conduct practical, data-driven research to solve problems and inform managerial decisions. courses include architecture of leadership, and organizational diagnosis and intervention.

information systems and technology: use technology to lead innovation and gain a competitive edge in your organization or industry. courses include global information systems management, and information systems management architecture.

Careers & Outcomes

what can you do with a doctor of management?

a dm can prepare you to be a: 

  • management analyst
  • business teacher, postsecondary
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according to the bureau of labor statistics, job growth for management analysts is projected to be much faster than average between 2018 and 2028.


paying for school

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keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. that’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

save time and money on your degree

waive the dissertation requirement
if you’ve taken courses but haven’t completed your dissertation, you can waive up to 27 credits toward your degree — that’s half of your total required credits! to find out how, please speak to an enrollment representative.


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our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school.

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university of phoenix is accredited by the higher learning commission (hlc), since 1978, university of phoenix has been continually accredited by the higher learning commission and its predecessor.

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while widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. please check with a university enrollment representative.