Thomas Edison State University has officially begun classes for its second doctoral program, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), with an inaugural cohort of students coming from a diverse assortment of locations, careers and backgrounds.

A class size of 20 was admitted in order to remain focused on intensive, doctoral-level education and assure that students meet the program’s rigorous requirements. The group hails from six states including New Jersey, originating from a variety of professional backgrounds and includes four members of the United States military across active duty and reserves to veteran status.

Joseph Kucic, of Spotsylvania, Va., is one of the students taking the journey. Kucic’s professional experience includes holding Chief of Staff titles and other senior management roles for companies including Verizon, Cavirin Systems Inc., and Simeio Solutions. 

“The biggest factor for me in pursuing the DBA was the opportunity to enhance my skills and gain another academic credential,” Kucic said. “I know other schools were offering this program, but the proposed content and structure was the most attractive to me at Thomas Edison.”

The program has specializations in Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, and General Management, and is completed in 48-credits including an end-of-degree Scholar-Practitioner Field project. All requirements can be met online. The doctoral program is the second for the University, which currently also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Systems-Level Leadership.

School of Business and Management Dean Michael Williams emphasizes the importance of this degree for business students and professionals to advance their careers paths toward becoming executive leaders, educators and consultants.

“These students working to obtain their DBA degree will be prepared to fill or create their next occupational role,” Williams said. “Through completion of the program, each candidate will demonstrate their discipline and capabilities that will serve as powerful professional differentiators enabling a competitive advantage in the global market.”

A generous grant from the Thomas Edison State University Foundation helped support the cost of developing low or no-cost course materials for the DBA to minimize the costs to students.

Students interested in enrolling in the next cohort, which begins in July, should visit the website Enrollments are now being accepted.

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