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Doctor of Management


Doctor of Management

Doctoral degree

42 months

Approximate Program Length


Total Credits


Cost per Credit



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Register by: Jul 5, 2023

Don’t just think outside the box — remove it. Our Doctor of Management (DM) equips you with the critical thinking skills to find creative solutions to complex problems, so you can bring out the best of your leadership skills. Courses are just 8 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

  • Integrate the Scholar Practitioner Leader (SPL) Model throughout the doctoral journey and beyond.

  • Cultivate a leadership identity that reflects a mature and strategic understanding of the tenets of effective management praxis.

  • Develop doctoral research that identifies and addresses opportunities for innovation in complex managerial contexts

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You’ll begin your dissertation in your third course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. This helps you manage your dissertation in smaller segments and helps identify any research methodology challenges early, so surprises or delays can be addressed.


While some doctoral programs require on-campus residency, we’ve shifted to an 8-week online symposium. In the required course you’ll:

  • Receive a detailed overview of each milestone in the doctoral journey
  • Understand what the University expects from doctoral students
  • Understand what doctoral students can expect from the University


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Doctor of Management. You may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in Phoenix.* The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

*Students are responsible for their own travel costs.  


Specialize your DM with one of these elective tracks

Organizational Leadership: Design and conduct practical, data-driven research to solve problems and inform managerial decisions. Courses include Architecture of Leadership, and Organizational Diagnosis and Intervention.

Information Systems and Technology: Use technology to lead innovation and gain a competitive edge in your organization or industry. Courses include Global Information Systems Management, and Information Systems Management Architecture.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Doctor of Management?

A DM can prepare you to be a:

  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Organizational development consultant


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031. 

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix



Paying for school

Tuition Guarantee

Affordable, Fixed Tuition


Cost per credit

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

Enrollment representatives are ready to help

Need some help?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic Accreditation

Our DM has been reaffirmed for accreditation until 2027 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ensuring the quality of your education.

What does that mean in real life? ACBSP-accredited business programs are committed to quality standards. The quality of the program is benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for their industry of choice. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

View the completion and first-year persistence rates for the University of Phoenix ACBSP-accredited business and accounting programs.

A C B S P Accredited

Real-world Faculty


Average years of industry experience


Chief Executive Officers


Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors.

Doris Savron

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader.

Doris Savron
Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

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Frequently asked questions

With a doctorate of management, you can develop critical and creative thinking skills that could help you improve your decision-making skills in solving complex business problems. From tackling modern managerial and leadership issues to making ethical decisions for your organization, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to help you navigate the complex world of business. A Doctor of Management may prepare you to become a management analyst, management consultant or organizational development consultant.

If you want to increase your opportunities in business, earning a doctorate of management may be a solid option to help you get where you want to go. A Doctor of Management can help make you a more marketable asset in the competitive leadership, entrepreneurship and business industry.

As a student pursuing a doctorate of management degree, you can hone your professional experience by thinking critically, acting strategically and leading people effectively in our increasingly connected global society. You can prepare for diverse positions in management and enhance your ability to make positive contributions in your chosen field.

The most significant difference between earning a doctorate or an MBA is the amount of time you have to invest in a program. A doctorate is the highest degree you can obtain and is available in most academic disciplines. This is an ideal choice if you want to be considered an expert in the field, but it typically requires a more intensive time commitment. If you’re interested in pursuing a leadership role in a business organization and have less time to devote to a program, an MBA may suit you better.

When trying to decide whether a Doctor of Management (DM), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is right for you, you must take into consideration what each program offers and the differences between them. We’ll explain the three programs so you can have a better idea of which degree might be best for your specific needs.

A Doctor of Management is a specialized degree with a focus on applied research and practice. A DM attracts mid-career professionals who want to pursue careers in upper-level management or executive positions. With a doctorate of management degree, you can develop the advanced research skills and knowledge necessary to help you solve complex problems within your industry. The curriculum covers topics like the applied principles of business, organizational behavior and management systems.

A Doctor of Business Administration is a specialized degree with a practical focus that incorporates a multidisciplinary and systems thinking approach. This program attracts business professionals who want to improve their administrative and managerial skills. They want to contribute to the practice of management and solve real-world organizational and business programs. The program combines coursework, research and practical experience to prepare students for leadership roles in businesses and organizations.

A Doctor of Philosophy is a specialized degree with an intensive theoretical research focus. A PhD attracts students who would like to pursue a career in academia or conduct research that contributes to business knowledge or theory. A PhD in Management program will have you conducting research with the goal of addressing a gap in knowledge or need in business management. University of Phoenix doesn’t offer PhD programs.

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.