Business Administration—Doctor of Business Administration

Degree: Doctor of Business Administration

Website: Business Administration

College/School: School of Professional Studies

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Apply to UIW: Application to the Doctor of Business Administration Program

Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration degree in the School of Professional Studies builds on the knowledge and skills of students who have already completed master’s level study in business- and business-related disciplines. The DBA degree is a 45-hour program including a minimum of nine (9) supervised hours of Culminating Experience, which includes either the traditional dissertation, or peer-reviewed publication, conference presentation, or work-based project credit hours. To qualify for the business administration doctorate, the student must successfully complete the program of study as specified in the degree plan, including the dissertation, or a total of three peer-reviewed presentations, conference presentation, or work-based project. Students must successfully complete a minimum of three semesters of/dba-9300'> DBA 9300 and must make at least two unique selections (students may not publish three articles, make three presentations, or complete three work-based projects) if not completing the five-chapter dissertation to satisfy program requirements.

All coursework, including the dissertation, peer-reviewed publication, conference presentation, or work-based project courses, must be completed within the 10-year limit for completion of doctoral degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the DBA program should hold an earned master’s degree in business (typically a MBA) from an accredited university with an overall master’s GPA of not less than 3.0. If the earned master’s degree is not in a business area, the applicant may be required to successfully complete one or more master’s-level graduate business courses to provide an adequate foundation in core areas of business studies. These courses may include accounting, economics, finance, marketing, quantitative methods/statistics, and strategy. If an applicant’s overall master’s GPA is below 3.0, the results of the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) may be submitted for consideration.

In addition, applicants should submit

 all official transcripts from each college and university previously attended;

 at least one professional and one academic letter of recommendation describing potential for successful doctoral studies;

— a current, professional resume;

 and a written statement of purpose detailing the applicant’s fit with the university and the program.

International students are required to report their Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) scores along with the other credentials required by the University and the Office of International Admissions.

Because the DBA curriculum concisely and uniquely combines several traditional subject areas to form each of its 15 courses, all 45 credit hours must be completed through UIW’s School of Professional Studies. Although students may have previously completed graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree (including some doctoral coursework), transfer credit is not accepted into the 45-credit-hour degree program. 

Doctor of Business Administration Degree Plan


Program requirements include/dba-9300'> DBA 9300 Culminating Experience to be taken a minimum of 3 times. 

DBA 8310Business Ethics


DBA 8315Qualitative Research


DBA 8320Corporate Financial Decision-Making and Value Creation


DBA 8325Quantitative Research and Analysis


DBA 8330Survey Design, Development, and Deployment


DBA 8335Business Operations and Process Improvement


DBA 8340Writing for Publication and Presentation


DBA 8345Marketing Research and Analysis


DBA 8350Research Design and Analysis


DBA 8355Practical Econometrics and Decision-Making


DBA 8360Contemporary Global Issues, Trade, and Investment


DBA 8365Business Strategy, Simulation, and Integration


DBA 9300Culminating Experience


Total Credit Hours:45

Total Credit Hours: 45