D.Mgt. Program Outline

Program Description

The Doctor of Management (D.Mgt.) degree is designed for professional individuals who are seeking management knowledge and skills from the general manager's viewpoint.  Coursework, research and the doctoral project help students to harness the organizational development process for reaching innovative solutions to 21st century challenges.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Management program is to develop post-master's competencies and capabilities in organizational development, leadership and applied research for a broad range of professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, theories, and models used in the areas of organizational development and leadership.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply key concepts, analytic techniques, theories, and models used in the areas of organizational development and leadership when analyzing complex situations.
  • Students will be able to effectively integrate key facts, concepts, principles, theories, and models in the areas of organizational development and leadership when developing solutions to organizational problems in complex situations.
  • Students will be able to design, conduct, and successfully defend a doctoral research project in the areas of organizational development and leadership, using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.

Program Curriculum

The following are required courses in the D.Mgt. program:

DMGT 7140 Statistical Analysis

Introduces the student to topics in statistical analysis as a preparation for the research courses and their work on the doctoral project. The focus of topic consideration will be data analysis for research applications. Topics include: hypothesis testing and confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression, and multiple regression. As time permits, other discretionary topics may be included such as: path models, discriminate analysis, and structural equations modeling.

DMGT 7160 Quantitative Research Methods

Introduces the student to the traditional research design and methodology approaches as they apply to organizational research. Topics include formulation, research design, sampling methods, statistical methods, statistical and judgmental inference, and research reporting. Students will develop a research proposal.

DMGT 7180 Qualitative Research Methods

Introduces the student to qualitative methods and designs in the context of organizational research. Particular attention is given to the indications for qualitative methods and designs, such as research history of the topic and the nature of the topic. Students will be exposed to several models of qualitative methods and designs, including: case studies, qualitative software, and program evaluation. Students will be expected to develop a qualitative research design proposal.

DMGT 7300 Management Systems Redesign

Features a seminar exploration of conceptual frameworks for understanding the redesign of management systems. Students begin with the concept of bureaucracy and follow the evolution of design perspectives with special emphasis on the paradigm developed by Lawrence and Lorsch. Alternative conceptual frameworks are discussed, and contemporary experiments with boundaryless organizations, teams, lateral organizations, and re-engineering are explored. The seminar concludes with a review of leadership in organizational decision making.

DMGT 7330 Managing in the Global Marketplace

Explores global issues confronting the twenty-first century manager. Topics included are: impact of culture on management of the global organization, commercial implications of the new regionalism, product and services marketing in the global marketplace, and countertrade.

DMGT 7350 Topics in Technology

Examines the principles of managing technology. Students review the skills necessary to manage technology and review emerging technologies destined to dominate markets of the twenty-first century. The international dimensions of technology management receive special emphasis.

DMGT 7370 Topics in Leadership

Features rotating topics that emphasize various elements of managerial leadership and organizational change. The seminars may be offered as 3-credit-hour courses, or as 1-credit-hour courses.

DMGT 7450 Strategic Management

Examines from the viewpoint of the general manager how companies create and sustain competitive advantage. This involves an understanding of both external factors - industry structure and rivalries - and internal factors of the firm, and how these factors influence strategic responses. Both process and leadership elements of strategy are discussed. The students analyze cases and empirical research to help prepare for their own research projects.

DMGT 7500 Leadership

Traces the evolution of leadership thought. Primary focus is given to the contingency theories of leadership to provide students with an understanding of the roles of leader and follower in a contextual situation. Students also explore transformational, charismatic, and visionary leadership.

DMGT 7520 Organizational Development and Change

Provides an overview of organizational development with an emphasis on planned change. Students explore major interventions: human process, technostructure, human resource management, and strategic. Organizational development interventions are evaluated with special emphasis on modifications for international settings.

DMGT 7750 Advanced Organizational Behavior

This course analyzes individual and group processes involved in organizational relationships. A dominant theme will be how theory and research inform sound management practice. Several contemporary OB topics, such as attitudes and job satisfaction, will be covered in detail during the course.

DMGT 7900 Integrative Seminar

Employing critical thinking, students will synthesize concepts and models from their different core courses as a basis for managerial interventions and problem-solving. This seminar will employ in-depth discussion of articles, cases, and student research papers, and serve as a bridge to the methodology courses.  Note: A student must complete this course with a grade of B or better to advance to the methodology courses.

DMGT 8000 Doctoral Project

The student completes the doctoral research project, which demonstrates the student's ability to design and conduct research on a management or organizational problem. Emphasizes a problem-solving approach to a business or management problem. Prerequisites: completion of all other doctoral courses and approval by the director of the doctoral program.


Click here to download the Doctor of Management Application for Admissions (pdf).

General Requirements

The D.Mgt. degree requires satisfactory completion of the following: 36 credit hours of coursework (including an Integrative Seminar), and a 9-credit hour doctoral project that emphasizes a solutions approach to a management program.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • A master's degree in a management-related field, such as business, economics, management, health management, industrial psychology or an MBA degree.
  • Superior academic ability at the graduate level.
  • Successful completion of at least one master's level statistics course.
  • General Management Admission Test (GMAT) score.  Applicant must request that Graduate Management Admissions Council send an official score report to Webster's DMgt program.
  • A minimum of three years of management experience.


Applicants to the DMgt program are accepted annually.  The applicant will submit the following credentials to the director of the DMgt program:

  • A DMgt application form. This form is different from the master's programs admissions forms.
  • A statement of goals, summarizing how the doctorate will advance the student's career goals and personal objectives.
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. These transcripts must be sent directly to the director of the DMgt degree program from the issuing institution.
  • Webster University graduates must request that transcripts be sent directly to the director of the DMgt degree program. No “Issued to Student” transcripts will be accepted. An English translation must be included if the transcripts are from a foreign institution.
  • A current resume. A list of publications, monographs, and other applicable works should be attached.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or business associates.
  • A $125 nonrefundable application fee (waived for Webster University graduates).

A student who has not completed at least one doctoral-level course at Webster University within one year from the date of admission must reapply for admission to the DMgt degree program. This student must be selected again by the admission committee before enrolling in a doctoral-level course.

Students should consult the Tuition, Fees, and Refunds section for information regarding tuition, fees, tuition payments, tuition refunds, financial aid, and V.A. educational benefits.

Submission of all required documents should be sent to the following address:

Director, Doctor of Management Program
George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194

International Student Admission

International applicants should consults the Application for International Students section, listed under Admission, for credentials required to complete an applicant for admission.  International students must be accepted by the University as well as accepted into the DMgt program.

Applicant Selection

After initial screening by the admission committee, a member of the committee will interview the qualified applicant and forward a recommendation to the full committee.  The admission committee will review the applicant's credentials.  Final action will determine either admission or nonadmission.  The University's decision will be communicated in writing.  Upon acceptance, a nonrefundable deposit of $150 is required.

Nonadmission: The applicant will be notified of nonadmission by the program director.  Admission may be delayed because enrollment is limited.

Transfer of Credit

At the time of admission, the admission committee will determine coursework acceptable for transfer into the DMgt program.

A maximum of 6 credit hours may be transferred into the doctoral program.  This coursework must be equivalent to required courses in the DMgt program.

Coursework that has been applied toward the completion of a degree and reading courses or courses completed by independent or directed study cannot be transferred into a DMgt program.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Students accepted into this program are expected to perform academically at a doctoral level.  To remain in this program, students are expected to achieve the following academic milestones based on a grade-point average:

  • At end of six Core Courses: Have a GPA of 3.0
  • At the conclusion of their final classroom course: Have a GPA of 3.0

Failure to achieve either GPA milestone will result in the student being dismissed from the program.  For the GPA system, see Academic Policies.

Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 or who receives a grade below a B in a course will meet with the program director to discuss their academic performance.

Other Doctoral Academic Policies Include:

  • A student who receives an F grade in a course must retake the course with a satisfactory grade before enrolling in the Integrative Seminar.
  • A student must complete Integrative Seminar with a grade of B or better before advancing to the methodology courses.
  • A student who receives an F grade in a methodology course must retake the course with a satisfactory grade before forming a Doctoral Project committee.

Doctoral policies on retaking courses:

  • A student who receives a grade has the option of retaking the course.
  • A student may retake one core course and a total of two courses overall.
  • No course may be retaken more than once.

Advancement to Candidacy

The student is advanced to candidacy following the successful completion of the 12 classroom courses, including the Integrative Seminar, and after the faculty has approved the Doctoral Project proposal. Information on the format and requirements for the Doctoral Project is available in the doctoral student handbook, which can be obtained from the program director.

Degree Completion

Upon completion of a successful defense of the doctoral project, as reviewed by the student's project committee, the committee will recommend to the dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology that the student be awarded the DMgt degree.

As of June 1, 1992, students who enter the program must complete all degree requirements within five years after completion of their initial DMgt course. A student may apply to the DMgt program director for a maximum of two (2) one-year extensions of the five-year time limit for completion of the DMgt.

A student may apply to the DMgt program director for a leave of absence of two years or less. If the absence is approved, the five-year time limit will be suspended for that period and will resume at the end of the leave of absence, whether or not the student enrolls in DMgt courses.