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online doctor of management degree

Doctor of Management

Start your online doctoral degree in management

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.

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Education should hold practical value. That’s why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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18 Core Courses

Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.

18 Core Courses

Doctoral degree program requirements

  • The minimum credits to obtain your doctoral degree is 54 credits
  • The doctoral degree program length can vary by specific program requirements
  • Students may be required to complete extension courses to allow ample time to satisfy the dissertation and project requirements for their program of study.  Additional courses may require additional cost and time. 

Our doctoral support team is here to guide you every step of the way. Speak to our dedicated doctoral enrollment representative for questions on your program timeline. 


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


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.


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.[1] The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

[1] Students are responsible for their own travel costs.


Affordable, fixed tuition

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.

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Scholarships to earn your doctoral degree, more affordably.

Everyone deserves an affordable education. That’s why we offer an unlimited number of scholarships, so if you qualify, you can get one. Starting with your first course, every qualifying new student will be awarded one of our scholarships, worth up to $3K.

Financial aid

You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Doctor of Management?

Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

A DM can prepare you to be a:

  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Organizational development consultant

Our practitioner doctorate prepares you for leadership in your profession. How is this degree different from a PhD?

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What you’ll learn

When you earn your online degree, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. You’ll learn how to:

  • 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

10% Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management analysts is projected to be faster than average between 2022 and 2032.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2022-2032 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.


Apply for free – no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision — and we want you to feel great about it. That’s why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No admissions essay or letter of intent
  • No academic or professional references
  • We’ll request transcripts at no cost to you, when possible, and we accept eligible credits from over 5,000 accredited institutions.
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Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 85% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, September 2022-August 2023 (23,739 respondents)

Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

Call us at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. 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] Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

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

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Doctoral Student Experience

Integrated dissertation from day one

Once your program starts, you’ll begin your dissertation with support from practitioner faculty, a dissertation committee and a peer team. You’ll also have a resource repository to help you complete it with confidence. 

Explore and inquire with the Research Hub

Our Research Hub is a community of researchers who exemplify the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. Browse publications or view our centers and Career Institute®.

Drive change with actionable learning

Our programs incorporate lifelong learning, social and workplace contribution, and the ability to exert positive influence. You’ll learn how to become an aspiring leader who can impact decision-making and drive change. 

Connect with your scholarly community

Your success is important to us. We host events to support your research, doctoral studies and networking. Join us for our Doctoral Journey Colloquium, Research Summit or an upcoming workshop or webinar.

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

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Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of 28+ years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

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I’m dedicated to equipping students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet their career goals.

Kathryn Uhles
Dean, College of Business and IT, University of Phoenix

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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 regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the business industry. 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.

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Frequently asked questions about this business doctoral degree

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.