As a professional doctoral program, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree is offered by the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in partnership with the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (SEM) in China. Tailored for top-level executives working full-time in China and the surrounding region, the cohort-based DBA program prepares successful business leaders to strategically envision multinational corporations, critically review business challenges and technology transformation, and innovatively pursue corporate entrepreneurship in a complex global market.
The 56-credit curriculum includes 32-credit coursework co-taught by Carlson and Tsinghua faculty as well as 24-credit thesis which involves an applied perspective that yields case studies or comparative studies of corporate actions. The current DBA cohorts have an average work experience of 20 years and an average age of 50. The program takes place primarily in Beijing, China, with summer residency programs based in Minneapolis, USA.