Doctor of Management - Emerging Media Concentration

Effective July 8, 2012, this concentration is no longer available for future enrollments

The Doctor of Management with a concentration in Emerging Media (DM-EM) at Colorado Technical University is designed to encourage the professional development of managers through mentoring, action research, and practical projects; enabling them to make key leadership contributions in their area of expertise.

Emerging Media uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine how social networks, new media, web science and virtual worlds are reshaping business, education, research and entertainment.


  • Attain familiarity with the body of knowledge in current management theory
  • Become a subject-matter expert in a specialized area of management
  • Develop a leadership style based on ethical and philosophical consideration
  • Effectively manage change through strategic design and research
  • Predict future trends through effective research and qualitative methods
  • Contribute to management literature via literature reviews, practitioner articles and research
  • Investigate the strategic, social and financial implications of emerging media
  • Critically evaluate, analyze, and solve problems within emerging media

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

MGMT800Fundamentals of Management


MGMT801Research and Writing I


MGMT805Research Methods and Design


MGMT806Research and Writing II


MGMT810Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods


MGMT811R&W III: Action Research Theory


MGMT815Quantitative Methods


MGMT816R&W IV: The Practice of Action Research


MGMT821R&W V: Process Consulting & Intervention Theory


MGMT826R&W VI: The Practice of Process Consulting & Intervention


MGMT831Research andWriting VII


MGMT836Research and Writing VIII


MGMT840Philosophy of Science, Values, and Ethics


MGMT841Research and Writing IX




MGMT846Research and Writing X


MGMT851Research and Writing XI


MGMT856Research and Writing XII


Total Credit Hours:66

Courses: Concentration

EM820Business Strategies for Social Media


EM825Strategic Use of Virtual Worlds


EM830Virtual Economy and Business


EM835Information Accountability and Web Privacy Strategies


EM850Strategic Thinking for EM


EM855Futuring and Innovation in EM


Total Credit Hours:30

Total Credit Hours: 96

Each year of the DM program is designed to provide candidates with the theoretical, research and application capabilities necessary to pursue a successful career in Management and Emerging Media. The organization of each year is described below.

Year 1: The Foundation

The beginning of the program focuses on research. Each student will spend the first year learning about classic and current management literature and developing competence in research methods. A review of the literature will be completed and work will begin on an action research proposal.

Year 2: Acquisition of Knowledge

Once the foundation is in place, year two is the time the student chooses an area of concentration and begins to form a personal understanding of the management research and methods used in that area. Course work will focus on the concentration area: Emerging Media.

Year 3: Leadership and Professional Advancement

In the final year, leadership skills and the ability to manage change are developed. Students will use qualitative methods and strategic processes to be able to predict future trends, furthering a mastery of a concentration. The final year will result in the production of a series of articles or a dissertation that must be approved by a three member committee.

The program thus includes twelve 5-credit instructional courses, taken one per quarter for three years, plus a research-and-writing class taken each quarter. Each class is conducted online. Twice each year, students attend an intensive residential symposium lasting four and a half days.

In addition, graduation requires successful defense of either a number of publishable-quality papers (the "paper option") or a dissertation. Both options require a literature review and a research proposal. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers.

The paper option further requires two research papers and a proposal for programmatic research. At least one of the two research papers must be an academic article. The programmatic research proposal could serve as a proposal for funded research through a company or granting agency. Those three papers must be approved by the student’s committee.

The dissertation option requires a more extensive document that incorporates the literature review, a major study, and a proposal for further investigation. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research, using either the paper or dissertation option.

Degree Completion, Emphasis Areas, and Post Doctoral Study

The student must be continuously enrolled until meeting all graduation requirements. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for MGMT895 Research Continuation each term until completion of the requirements.

The student may take MGMT898 Advanced Topics in Management in order to complete an optional emphasis while in the program. The student, Mentor, and Dean approve a learning contract consisting of two quarters (10 credits) of MGMT898 in a particular area of interest. Current emphasis areas include: Organization Development and Change, Homeland Security, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Emerging Media and Global Leadership.

The student may take MGMT899 Post Doctoral Study in order to complete an emphasis after completing the degree or to gain further experiences that will complement the previous learning. This class may be taken as many times as necessary to complete the emphasis.

In addition, a student may achieve a Post Doctoral Certificate if approved for that in advance by the doctoral dean. A typical program would include successful completion of four courses plus creation of two academic papers of publishable quality after the award of the CTU doctoral degree.

The Doctoral Advantage

While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MBA or MSM while starting work on the Doctor of Management. The program outcomes remain the same for the DM and the MBA or MSM under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after completing ten of the twelve required master’s courses. Program plans must be approved by the Dean of Management or Director of Education for the doctoral programs. In no case will a master’s concentration be awarded unless all of the concentration courses (with the exception of a capstone course) have been completed.

The MBA or MSM degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus: MGMT800, MGMT801


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