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Online Doctor of Business Administration – Quality Systems ManagementONLINE DOCTORATE DEGREE

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Why Choose New England College of Business?

New England College of Business has been educating successful finance and business professionals for over 100 years. Our online learning platform is ideal for today’s busy working adult. We understand the need for access to high-quality online degrees and provide programs that are:


Lowest tuition among all private four-year colleges in New England (U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center, 2011-2017).


Courses are 100% online, allowing you to study anytime and anywhere.


Career-focused coursework is led by faculty with real-world experience.


Our degree programs are regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Our interactive online learning environment was recognized with a 2014 Gold Award for Best Practices (USDLA) and the ACHE Award for Creative Use of Technology, and our degree programs are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report.

New England College of Business (NECB) is proud to offer the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program which represents the highest academic qualification in business in the United States. NECB’s DBA in QSM applies theory to real-world practice and equips students with advanced knowledge to solve business problems using theory and evidence-based data. NECB DBA students are practitioner-scholars who will be prepared to qualify for top level executive positions in business or university teaching positions.

What You Will Learn in the Online Doctor of Business Administration — Quality Systems Management

This program provides comprehensive instruction (theory and application) in business administration discipline, with a specialty in Quality Systems Management (QSM). The curriculum includes 10 core business courses which allow students to learn and explore the latest business research, theories, and trends. Students also choose a specialty which allows them to specialize in one field of study. Five courses for each specialty that allow students to become experts in their specific field. DBA in QSM students synthesize what they learned in the coursework by conducting independent, unique and relevant research. The DBAQSM Doctoral Dissertation requires students to conduct rigorous applied action research that must generate tangible results and add to the business body of knowledge.

Doctor of Business Administration graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge, skills, and abilities enabling them to serve as experts in their field at senior levels within organizations. Students work independently to complete assignments, conduct research, and accomplish other required academic tasks. Students learn skills to conduct real-world quantitative and qualitative research in three courses that prepare them to write their final dissertation.

Upon successful completion of the DBA in QSM, graduates will possess a wide variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as Quality Systems Management experts at senior levels within organizations. Specifically designed to enable students to be able to:

  • Organize and lead teams to solve complex problems and improve business processes.
  • Communicate across all levels of an organization with confidence.
  • Lead major organizational change initiatives.
  • Think critically and conduct and synthesize scholarly research.
  • Analyze, construct, and present a business case for senior-level decision making.
  • Develop, collect, and track executive level dashboard metrics.
  • Identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information for problem solving and opportunity identification.
  • Contribute to and foster global competitiveness of the organization by promoting innovation, technology, and new marketing opportunities and minimizing threats.
  • Lead internal and external organizational assessment.

For a complete list of courses, download the DBA in QSM curriculum worksheet. You may also view full course descriptions here.

DBA in Quality Systems Management Dissertation

Writing a doctoral dissertation requires each student to identify an important problem of interest to industry and apply the appropriate business theory, research methodology and statistical rigor to draw conclusions that uniquely contribute to the general body of knowledge. The process of writing a dissertation is challenging and requires a determination and a commitment to excellence.

The program is designed so that the required courses introduce topics in different subject areas and encourage students to conduct their own exploration of the literature and research in these different topic areas. The goal is for students to identify a topic that they are passionate about and a topic that is relevant and interesting to the business community. It is expected that once a student completes their dissertation, the student will become the valued expert in their topic.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 3 doctoral sessions. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission representative, who can help you explore financial options. Your admission representative can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application and providing transcripts.


Carla Patalano, Faculty

Carla Patalano

Dean, DBA; Program Chair, MBA, MHRM, MSF (Interim)
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Jay Beirne, Faculty

Jay Beirne

Administrative DBA Dean; Program Chair, BSQSM, MSQSM; Assistant Program Chair, DBAQSM
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Dr. Taofeeq Ashiru, Faculty

Taofeeq Ashiru

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Dr. Dennis Bowyer, Faculty

Dennis Bowyer

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Dr. Charles Brandon, Faculty

Charles Brandon

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Dr. Darrell Burrell, Faculty

Darrell Burrell

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Dr. James Burrescia, Faculty

James Burrescia

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Dr. Margaret Carter, Faculty

Margaret Carter

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Dr. Gurbachan “Guru” Chadha, Faculty

Gurbachan Chadha

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Dr. Rahshaan Engrum, Faculty

Rahshaan Engrum

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Dr. Rand Fandrich, Faculty

Rand Fandrich

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Dr. Rich Huebner, Faculty

Rich Huebner

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Christopher Ilacqua, Faculty

Christopher Ilacqua

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Dr. Robert Krell, Faculty

Robert Krell

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Dr. Michael “Mike” Laverty, Faculty

Michael Laverty

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Alicia Maltz, Faculty

Alicia Maltz

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Jean Marrapodi, Faculty

Jean Marrapodi

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Dr. Robert Mayfield, Faculty

Robert Mayfield

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Dr. Patricia Murrin, Faculty

Patricia Murrin

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Dr. Steve Myers, Faculty

Steve Myers

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Dr. Anita Springer, Faculty

Anita Springer

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Kyle Steadham, Faculty

Kyle Steadham

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Dr. Michael Stone, Faculty

Michael Stone

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Dr. Souzane Tacawy, Faculty

Souzane Tacawy

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Dr. Sherri Whitcher, Faculty

Sherri Whitcher

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