New Degree Announced During the Fourth Annual International Business Conference

February 19, 2013

Saint Leo University is now recruiting students for its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Administration (D.B.A.). The D.B.A. stresses applied research and practice.

Dr. Michael Nastanski, dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, announced the news Thursday, February 14, during the Fourth Annual International Business Conference at University Campus.

The theme of the conference of was “Sustainable Development in a Global Economy: Creating Vibrant Economies.” The university will contribute further to such laudable efforts by developing intellectual capital through the D.B.A., Dr. Nastanski explained during the welcome session. “Providing leadership in educating business students is critical to creating the sustainable, vibrant economies and world communities that our International Business Conference has been established to help foster. The D.B.A. was created in response to this need for values-based leadership, stewardship, respect, and inclusion of community¬—attributes that reflect the core values of Saint Leo and that underlie our teaching philosophy,” he said.

The degree is designed with the needs of today’s mobile professionals in mind, specifically three primary populations: those who wish to teach business at the college or university level; business professionals who are transitioning to new career goals; and consultants and executives seeking advancement in their respective fields.

D.B.A. students will be admitted into the Donald R. Tapia School of Business for study beginning in December 2013, with one week of classes at University Campus.

The program will continue online and with other interactive communications, supplemented by two additional weeklong intersession meetings during the course of study. The coursework and dissertation will generally take three to four years to complete, depending upon the student, though students are permitted to take a maximum of seven years. Participants will have opportunities to link the program content to their career goals.

“Students will not only study best practices, but they will learn to apply those practices that can produce immediate results as the students participate in their organizations, whether that be in an academic setting, business environment, or in a personal endeavor,” said Dr. Nastanski. “As an example, for those wishing to teach, an applied mentoring in the classroom will be offered so that students not only learn the discipline, but how to best develop students in their classrooms,” Dr. Nastanski explained.

The addition of the first doctoral offering to Saint Leo’s academic programs is a significant milestone in the university’s history, and at the same time, a natural continuation of the mission of offering “a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world,” said President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. “Our successful execution of this mission results in Saint Leo students being prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and through the exercise of ethical leadership, to do well, and to do good for God, country and the community,” Dr. Kirk continued.

He added that other recently developed business degree offerings reflect the same philosophy, including a new Master of Accounting, a new Bachelor of Science in computer science, and a new Bachelor of Arts in multimedia management.

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,* which has approved Saint Leo to add the D.B.A. to its academic offerings.

To find more information on the D.B.A., contact the graduate admissions at (800) 707-8846 or

*The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges can be contacted at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30003-4097, or (404) 679-4500.