Stand above the competition with the Doctor of Management, a degree that defines accomplishment.
Designed for executive-level working professionals, the Doctor of Management at University of Maryland University College emphasizes management theory and strategic thinking, organizational leadership and change, research and innovation, and sustainability in the global business environment. Through applied research and analysis of real-world management issues, you'll gain sophisticated knowledge for the executive level of management.
Our cohort structure promotes close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff and a supportive network for lifelong learning. You'll also benefit from exposure to national and global perspectives and experiences with geographically diverse classmates and faculty.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Doctor of Management
The Doctor of Management can help you gain the research and management competencies necessary to acquire, appraise, analyze, apply, and assess information for complex evidence-based decision-making.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Conduct and evaluate management research for decision making
- Investigate the overall business intelligence environment in an organization
- Develop ethical solutions to complex organizational problems
- Initiate and lead successful change
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Perform qualitative management research and effectively communicate findings to practitioners
- Assess management environments and develop problem concept models
- Design and implement evidence-based solutions aligned with organizational need
- Assess an enterprise's analytic capabilities to develop recommendations for a stronger business intelligence climate
- Present innovative ideas at professional conferences and submit for publication
Doctor of Management Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- DMG 600
Please note, DMG 600 is a prerequisite course necessary for admission, and as such, does not count toward the 48-credit total for the Doctor of Management.
- DMG 800
- DMG 810
- DMG 820
- DMG 830
- DMG 840
- DMG 850
- DMG 860
- DMG 870
- DMG 880
All courses must be taken in the order listed.
You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.
The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.
About the Dissertation
Through the Doctor of Management program, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed management decisions. Your dissertation will include a systematic review of a complex issue or problem in the workforce. Most students choose to apply the results of their dissertation research to their current work environment.
Recent dissertation topics have included:
- Kuan H. Collins: "The Organizational Factors Influencing the Building of Collaborative Culture: An Examination of the Evidence"
- Sharon Denise Biddinger Crawford: "Indecisiveness in Teamwork: A Search for Interventions to Avoid Failure-to-Decide"
- Joseph Allen Evans: "The Influence of National Culture on the Value Creating Ability of Organizations Combined from an International Merger and Acquisition"
- Calvin Joel Martin: "Creating and Implementing Dynamic Capabilities: An Exploration of the Senior Manager's Role"
- Margaret Walthall: "The Leader-Follower Relationship and Follower Performance"
This program is designed to help prepare you for management and leadership roles in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations; internal and external consulting; and higher education administration and teaching.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend supervisory management experience and a management or business background. You will need graduate-level academic reading and writing skills before entering this writing-intensive doctoral program. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Program Admission Requirements
Admission to the program is competitive and is based on a combination of all requirements. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.
You must pass DMG 600 with a B or better to gain admission into the program.
You must submit the following materials:
- Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university or college (equivalent degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Completed application for admission
- An up-to-date resume
- A personal statement
- Two letters of reference, sent by the evaluator to firstname.lastname@example.org, using our doctorate recommendation form.
- Four reviews of scholarly research articles
Please send all admissions documents to
- U.S. Postal Mail (please use this mailing address):
UMUC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DM Admissions
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783
- UPS or FedEx Packages (please use this mailing address):
UMUC Graduate Admissions
Attn: DM Admissions
1616 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774
All materials are due by the doctoral program application deadline:
- Fall: August 15
- Spring: February 15
- Winter: November 15
There is no doctoral term in the summer. Decision letters are sent 15 days after the application closing date.
Personal Statement Details
In your personal statement, you must
- Explain how your professional managerial, supervisory, and leadership experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (one page)
- Describe your specific area of management interest, and explain how conducting research in this management area will help you fulfill your career objectives (one page)
- Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (one page)
- Include in-text citations throughout your personal statement, where applicable
Prerequisite Course Information
The prerequisite course DMG 600 is a pre-admission requirement that all applicants must pass with a B or better to gain admission into the Doctor of Management program. The online, 11-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study. Please note, there is no residency in DMG 600.
The course includes analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles as well as critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments, there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the Doctor of Management program, the dissertation process, and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments. If an applicant successfully passes DMG 600 with a B or better, he or she is admitted into the DM program.
I learned a significant amount during my doctoral studies related to being an entrepreneur and an executive of a growing small business. Since I started my third company in my early 30s while I was pursuing my doctorate, I was able to get feedback in my classes as I established my small business that is quite successful today.
President and CEO, Zavda Technologies
Doctor of Management
One of the great benefits of the [Doctor of Management] program is the tight connections that we make as a network of adult learners. And we get particularly close to our dissertation advisors. So to share that moment with them and to have them hood us and be able to share it with my family who supported me is a wonderful thing.
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Stevenson University
Doctor of Management
You will be required to attend one on-site residency each term on UMUC's campus in Adelphi, Maryland. These mandatory residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of eight-hour, face-to-face classroom instruction. This time can include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, and presentations of class assignments. Residencies provide an excellent forum for discussion, peer support, networking, and deepened scholarship. The intensive, concentrated format leads to enhanced collegial bonds between students.
Residencies are held at The Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
- Fall 2018: Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018
- Winter 2019: Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2019
- Spring 2019: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2019
AACC Doctoral Discount
UMUC is pleased to offer a 25 percent doctoral tuition discount to full-time employees and staff members of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions. The discount is only available to students who are enrolled in UMUC's Doctor of Management programs and have not been awarded a UMUC scholarship. The discount does not apply to the Doctor of Management or Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration prerequisite and post-doctorate courses: DMGT 600, DMGT 860, and DMGT 899, but does apply to all 6-credit content and 4-credit dissertation courses.
To verify your employment, you must submit your most recent paystub from an eligible AACC institution for each semester you are enrolled within 10 days of the start of the semester. The paystub may be submitted to Monica Graham, academic specialist, via e-mail at email@example.com or fax 240-684-2404. When you apply to UMUC, please select "Employee – CC Alliance Institute" as your special program on the electronic application. If you have completed your application and neglected to select CCAI, please e-mail the New Student Advising Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your application be coded accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
UMUC has not sought AACSB International accreditation.
Can I take doctoral-level courses provisionally or without applying and receiving an acceptance letter? +
No. Doctoral-level courses are not available for enrollment until successful completion of the preadmission course, DMG 600, which is the only doctoral-level course that can be taken prior to official admission to the doctoral program. A completed application, including supplemental documents, is required to be considered for enrollment in DMG 600.
A strong DM program candidate
- Is motivated to apply research to management practice in organizations
- Has achieved significant leadership and supervisory management experience
- Exhibits strong writing skills, including the ability to support arguments with properly cited reference sources
- Possesses the intellectual curiosity to undertake extensive reading, research, and scholarly discussions
- Has the time management skills to complete a rigorous doctoral program effectively
Upon acceptance into the doctoral program, students are expected to make progress through each course in a common group called a cohort. As they progress through the program together, they build helpful working relationships with one another and support one another’s development. Beyond their cohort, students in the DM program are also members of the broader practitioner-scholar learning community that includes other doctoral students (DM and DMCCPA), UMUC faculty, and doctoral alumni.
All DM students must complete the required 48 credits to complete the program (nine courses). All courses must be taken in the structured order. Only one course per term is allowed.
Yes. You may defer your start of the DM program for one semester without a justifiable explanation. A deferment request of more than one semester requires a written request for an extension which will be reviewed by the Graduate School.
No. DMG 600 is a preadmission assessment course that all applicants must pass with a grade of at least a B to gain admittance to the DM program.
No. DMG 600 is a prerequisite course to the DM program and therefore cannot be covered by financial aid. If you complete DMG 600 with a grade of at least a B and accept the official admittance to the DM program, then you could qualify for financial aid assistance.
Yes. UMUC has designed the DM program specifically for students who are working full-time. Most students in the program are working full-time. You can expect to spend approximately 20+ hours per week on your studies.
No. Not every DM course is offered every term.
No. Neither the GRE nor the GMAT assessment is required for the DM program.
No. Due to licensing restrictions, only currently enrolled UMUC students have remote access to the UMUC Library's online databases. Applicants can find scholarly articles by using Google Scholar, the Social Science Research Network, and/or the Directory of Open Access Journals. Local public libraries may also be able to provide access to research databases. Get more information about finding scholarly articles.
A PhD is a discipline-oriented research degree with a narrow focus designed to train you for roles as researchers or faculty members in a specific academic area. The DM develops higher-order thinking and conceptual skills through an interdisciplinary orientation and prepares you to apply evidence-based research in practical management situations. The traditional career path for a PhD graduate is in the academic world, while the traditional career path for a DM graduate is a management practitioner in specialties associated with a broad range of professions.
Doctoral students are required to attend a mandatory on-site residency each term on campus, typically held in the fifth week of the term. These on-site residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of classroom instruction. Residency attendance is mandatory for the full two-day period each term.
Otherwise, if you are unable to meet these requirements, you must defer enrollment until the next available term. You can complete three courses within a calendar year with a total of three visits per year to UMUC. Courses in the DM program are offered in the winter, spring, and fall terms. (Courses are not held in the summer terms.) There is no residency for applicants enrolled in DMG 600.
The DM is a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. That is typically one of the requirements for teaching in higher education. Graduates of the DM program teach at the college/university level, and some have full-time faculty positions at teaching colleges/universities. However, the DM program is not designed for students who aspire to tenure-track positions at research universities. Individuals with this goal may wish to consider pursuing a specialized PhD. The DM is designed for people who hold or who aspire to hold senior leadership or management positions in the public, private, higher education, and not-for-profit sectors.
Highly motivated students can complete the degree, including the dissertation, in three years. However, time required to complete degree will vary depending upon individual progress and individual circumstances while enrolled in the program. You are granted seven years to complete the program; however, the average completion time remains at four years.
No. UMUC's DM program does not accept transfer credits.
DMG 600 is a three-credit prerequisite course geared toward introducing potential DM candidates to doctoral study in management. All application materials are required for review to be considered for enrollment in DMG 600.