Doctorate of Business Administration

One of the *Top 20th DBA in the USA

The DBA program contains courses that are 3 and 6 credit hours each. Program completion requires successful completion of all prescribed courses, completion of research related courses and presenting the final dissertation before a chair/mentor and committee. The entire program is 60 semester credit hours in duration and usually takes 3 years to complete.

PQ-Prerequisites: Before registering for a course, students must have successfully completed all required pre-requisites for that course.
PA-Proctored Assessment: Courses with a “PA” code means students must pass the final assessment through proctored settings.
COMP-Comprehensive Examination: After the completion of all core coursework included in the doctoral program of study, the student is required to pass a comprehensive examination administered by the program department.

Core Courses: 45 Credits

AUL700-PA Leadership Development 3
AUL702 Entrepreneurial Case studies 3
AUL704 Cross-Cultural Management 3
AUL706 Management of Change 3
AUL708-PA Planning for Organizations 3
AUL710 Entrepreneurial Consulting Project (I and II) 6
AUL712 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 3
AUL714 Gender and Management Styles 3
AUL716 E-Portfolio Planning 3
AUL718 International Environments Systems Perspectives in Global Organizations 3
AUL720 Opportunity Analysis 3
AUL722 Research Instruments Qualitative and Quantitative 3
AUL726 Global Entrepreneurial Leadership (I and II) 6

COMP- Comprehensive Examination- PA (Pass or Fail)

Scholarly Research Project Courses- 15 Credits

AUL724 Team Research Project (I and II) 6
AUL728 Independent Study (I and II) 6
AUL730 Dissertation Continuance   3

1.  DBA Timeline

– The DBA may not be completed in less than three years. The maximum time allowed is seven years. For optimal benefit, IUL encourages doctoral students to complete the program in three years.

2. DBA Progress Chart Click here

3. COMP Exam

After the completion of all core coursework included in the doctoral program of study, the student is required to pass a comprehensive examination administered by the program department. The examination is in written format and scheduled three times a year at the beginning of each Semester.

Student should fill out the following form to apply for the Exam: Click here

COMP Policy:

Detailed COMP policies can Detailed COMP policies can be found in IUL website under policies or by clicking here: Student should be ready to spend at least 4 hours on the examination and will need to comply with all proctoring policies as published in the website.

COMP Grading Rubric

The following scoring rubric will be applied to the Exam.
• Pass - Candidates scoring above 80/100, the equivalent of a B- grade
Once passed, a student is in candidacy status: Transcript is annotated as follows: DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION PASSED [date of candidacy]
• Fail - Candidates scoring below 80/100, fail the exam but may retake it in the next session. On the second failure of the comprehensive examination, the Academic DirectorClick Here will notify the CAO to authorize a third try.
Doctoral students are allowed to take the Comprehensive exam three times, a third failed examination will annotate the transcript as follows: DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION FAILED [date of third failure]

4. DBA Dissertation Committee

When students successfully complete all core courses, they will be assigned a dissertation chair/mentor and a Committee to oversee the entire process. Similar to an Advisory Committee, this committee will comprise at least three faculty members with appropriate terminal degrees.

Students may request substitutions or additions to this committee, which must be approved by the CAO and program director. Students work closely with their dissertation committee members through the remainder of their doctoral program.

Doctoral Candidates have the opportunity to nominate one member of the dissertation committee for regular interaction. Selection of a nominee is solely at the discretion of the IUL administration. The University will provide compensation to the local faculty members directly: the student will not bear any additional financial burden for his/her services.

5. Dissertation Proposal Form Click Here

6. IRB - Human Subjects Research Review and Approval Committee

The University is responsible for the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in scholarly research. The Human Participants Committee are responsible and bound by Federal and state regulations mandate that research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board. The Committee is responsible for providing guidance and oversight for the human participant protection program during the implementation of the IRB and for helping to maintain compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies during doctoral research.

A dissertation is automatically considered to be adding to generalizable knowledge because the University intends to disseminate its contents for the use of others. Therefore, students completing a doctoral dissertation that involve the use of human subjects must submit an IRB application for review and approval. If a student’s doctoral project meets the federal definition of research and involves human subjects as defined by federal guidelines, a review is needed.

The entire scope of activities and policies related to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may be found in the IRB Policies Manual Click here.

Prior to the initiation of any human research activity, candidates are required to submit an IRB protocol application:  Click here, and the IRB committee will review and decide based on its published process.  Once the application is reviewed and approved, the student moves on to the Research phase.

7. DBA Dissertation Manual Click Here

8. Publication

After the dissertation is approved by the Dissertation Committee, the student must arrange one soft copy to be provided to the publishing website of IUL at IUL will work closely with students to possibly gain publication of the main work in a peer-reviewed, scholarly or other journal or publication of a book, as appropriate.

Dr. Anass Lahlou
Founder Dr. Anass Lahlou serves as the Founder and CEO of International University of Leadership, and American School of Leadership in the USA, as well as Founder of Ameritech Training and Consulting Group and PIIMT university in Morocco. Dr. Lahlou is an award winning entrepreneur, professor, scholar and professional trainer. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, specialized in Leadership with Entrepreneurship focus, an MBA in Strategic Reengineering, and many Project and Quality Management Certifications. He is recognized as a leading authority on business strategic reengineering, cognitive development of entrepreneurial skills, and is acclaimed for his work as a project management professional. He specializes in strategy development, performance consultation, turn-around management and business process reengineering with emphasis in leadership and innovation management. He has worked with some of the world’s largest privately held companies in Washington DC, USA Europe, and North Africa; and helped many of his students open their own businesses and ventures thus developing the economy of their communities and creating employment opportunities. He has been elected ACBSP, “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs”, Region 8 Chairman for the year 2017-2018. Through Dr. Lahlou’ organizations, many nonprofit student associations were created, benefiting local shelters: Children and Elderly, therefore helping local communities and charities. Research interests include leadership, coaching, small business development, and strategic planning in education.
Dr. Samuel G. Waldron
Retired in 2009 as Vice President of Commutations; Guy Carpenter Inc., / Marsh & Mc Lennan. Dr. Waldron has spent the earliest part of his career as an educator in business studies in his Native Country Guyana, at Green’s Business School, and Philip’s Commercial, formerly known as Day High School. After migrating to the United States, he first worked as a Marketing Research Associates at The American Journal of Nursing for five years and from 1974 – 2009, has held many positions in the Financial District where he worked for 35 years and served in various management capacities. He joined AUL in the Fall of 2009 as a Professor and currently serves as Chairman of the Leading Board of the International University of Leadership, USA.
Dr. Waldron is an Associates of the Institute of Book Keepers, ACBI., and acquired a B.A. in Management Science from Bernard Baruch College, an MBA with distinction from Long Island University, and DBA from Bernelli University where he was honored as the Distinguished Student of 2008.
Dr. Waldron is currently a Board Member, of STAR Health Center – STAR Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which administers HIV screening and treatment, behavioral health and a specialized LGBT Health Initiative where services are offered to LGBT health.
Dr. Waldron is a proud father of five children and grandfather of fourteen. He enjoys meditating, listening to Contemporary Gospel Music, inspiring and motivating youths of diverse cultures. He believes in reciprocity, the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefits. His motto: “When you reach out to others you are making this world a better place.”
Dr.Christine Clarke
Dean of Professional Accreditations at EU, Accreditation Evaluator and lecturer, Christine Clarke is one of IUL Leading Board Members. She is an entrepreneur and self-starter, evidenced by her own language and communications businesses in Barcelona. She has taught and coordinated courses that include sales and purchasing, management, strategy, entrepreneurship and specialist English. Clarke’s relationship with IUL dates back to 2010, when she was invited to review the university programs through ACBSP. Clarke, responsible for professional accreditations and a management lecturer at EU Barcelona, is an excellent communicator and educator. Prior to her career, Christine acquired a PGCE (a master’s equivalent of the teaching qualification) and a BBA in modern languages and political studies. Her impressive academic portfolio, combined with over 30 years of experience, makes Clarke a leading board member who brings together the best of practical and academic experience.
Dr. Emil Gjorgov
IUL Chief Academic Officer and ACBSPDirector of European Operations at the Brussels office, Dr. Gjorgovearned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University St. Ciril and Methodius, MA in Communications and Negotiations from the University American, and a PhD from the Institute for Balkan and European Political Studies, EuroBalkan Research Institute in Macedonia.
Experienced international program coordinator involved in curriculum development and establishment of academic programs and schools, trainer and evaluator in numerous fields of education, with an exceptional ability to implement international academic standards such as the European Association for Quality Assurance standards in Higher Ed.
International accreditor and evaluator for national and regional accrediting agencies in the USA, with extensive knowledge of successfully applying accreditation standards and designation from ACBSP, ACICS, AACSB, ECBE, CIE, ENQA/EQAR, and similar accrediting organizations.
A successful coach in theoretical and practical knowledge needed to prepare and organize educational institutions to apply for recognition from internationally recognized accrediting organizations. Research interests include business behavior, social behavior in business and media, educational advancement, and strategic planning in education.
Dr. Jeremy Cripps
A Chartered Accountant (UK) and a CPA (Ohio) Jeremy is one of the Board Menbers at IUL Governance Board or Leading Borad. Jeremy earned his BA and MA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and his PhD in Accounting from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. After an apprenticeship in London with Price Waterhouse Coopers, he joined their tax department in Cleveland and then the International Tax department in New York. From New York, he moved to become European Controller for a client, an American multi-national based in London. From London, he moved into consultancy in Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman and then with a young school age family he returned to the United States and became a Professor. Awarded Fulbright Scholarships in Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe, Harare) and Bulgaria (The Technical University, Sofia) he continued to do short-term consultancy work with contractors for US Aid in East Europe and the Middle East. He set up and earned accreditation for the business school at the American University of Kuwait, taught at the American University of Bulgaria, and today continues teaching online at the International University of Leadership. Research includes accounting history and human capital valuation. Married to Mary Cripps they have three married children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Houssain Kettani
Dr. Houssain Kettani received the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus in 1998, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees both in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 and 2002, respectively Dr. Kettani served as faculty member at the University of South Alabama (2002-2003), Jackson State University (2003-2007), Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2007-2012), Fort Hays State University (2012-2016) and Florida Polytechnic University since 2016. Dr. Kettani has served as Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory in summer of 2000, Visiting Research Professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in summers of 2005 to 2011, Visiting Research Professor at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska in summer of 2008 and Visiting Professor at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in summer of 2010. Dr. Kettani’s research interests include computational science and engineering, high performance computing algorithms, information retrieval, network traffic characterization, number theory, robust control and optimization, and population studies. He presented his research in over sixty refereed conference and journal publications and his work received over four hundred citations by researchers all over the world. He chaired over hundred international conferences throughout the world and successfully secured external funding in millions of dollars for research and education from US federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD, and NRC.
Dr. Judy Bullock
Professional management consultant with an earned Doctorate in Business and CPA actively licensed in Florida and Georgia.
Consulting experience for Fortune 500 companies, senior management teams, and Boards of directors.
Industry experience: Proprietary Higher Education, Automotive, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance and Investments.
Focus on organizational effectiveness and performance. Specialties: Academic leadership and scholarship, management consulting, organizational behavior, human resources management, mergers and acquisition, and leadership.
Dr. Nozha Ibnlkhayat
Dr. Nozha Ibnlkhayat has a PhD in History and Socio-Political Sciences (Bibliometrics) of the University of Montreal, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Systems. She is a lecturer, consultant and Director of Research and Development at IUL International Department.
Dr. Ibnlkhayat is a world published renown author and editor, her work is recognized in several European, American and Arab Universities. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the “Arabic documentation and information Archive Journal”, “Aalam Journal”, and “Rissalat Al Maktaba Al Ordonya Journal”.
Nozha Ibnlkhayat published hundreds of research works (books, articles, reports, communications, bibliographies, book chapters…). She has organized and participated in the organization of several conferences, seminars, lectures on various topics related to Information Sciences and Knowledge, Heritage Digitization, Marketing, Competitive Management and Knowledge Management, intellectual property, copyright, ethics in sciences and so much more.
She is the author of “Scientific Writing in the Era of Information Technologies and Web 2.0” under publication 2019 and “Systems Marketing and Information and Documentation Services: Teaching and Information Marketing Practice Treaty”, published by the Media of the University of Quebec.
Dr. Ibnlkhayat presented in many conferences and seminars related to lecture, writing, edition and publishing problematic during the Era of Technology. She is a consultant in worldwide organizations such as ISESCO, CEA and UNESCO, is on the editorial board of four scientific committees and councils, member of many national and international associations, universities and Scientific Research institutions all over the world.
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