Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration

The Cook School of Business’s Doctor of Business Administration program is designed to meet the development needs of working business professionals. This practical doctoral degree is available entirely online, and the program could be completed in as little as 27 months. This degree program is unique because learners begin the applied doctoral project experience (ADPE) early in the program and alongside the core coursework. This is made possible by weaving the writing of the applied doctoral project experience into the fabric of the DBA degree program. In addition, every learner is assigned a mentor (applied doctoral project experience advisor/chair). Mentor assignments take place during the third term. This mentor also serves as the Chair of the Applied Doctoral Project Experience Committee.

What You’ll Learn

Graduates of the Cook School of Business’s Doctor of Business Administration program will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate and synthesize advanced theoretical and applied research in business, management, strategic planning, innovative thinking, leveraging strategic assets, business analytics, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Apply the principles of current and emerging business theory to solve complex, real-world problems in the areas of business administration, management, leadership, real-world research methods, and business analytics.
  • Practice leadership, management, and entrepreneurism from a diverse, multicultural perspective.
  • Lead organizations using an ethical personal leadership philosophy based upon a Christian worldview.
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills and written/oral communication skills appropriate for a career in academia or executive business leadership.
  • Design rigorous research that will contribute to the body of knowledge in the disciplines of business and management.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

The DBA business professional by equipping them with practical business tools for success at every organizational level.

Why Earn a Degree at CIU Online?

This practical doctoral degree is available entirely online, and the program could be completed in as little as 27 months. This degree program is unique because learners begin the applied doctoral project experience (ADPE) early in the program and alongside the core coursework. This is made possible by weaving the writing of the applied doctoral project experience into the fabric of the DBA degree program.

Locations Offered
Online
Curriculum
48 credit hours
Program Length
as few as 27 months

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned graduate degree
    • ​A minimum 2.5 GPA for the most recent degree obtained
  • Academic writing sample (Master’s thesis or graduate research paper)
  • Graduate Level Degree:  Provide a transcript from an accredited college/university demonstrating the attainment of a graduate level degree include a Master’s in Business Administration or Master Degree in a business specialty (finance, management, accounting, etc.), or Master Degree as approved.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Please note, no transfer credit will be accepted.
  • CV or Resume that demonstrates minimum 3 years of business experience at any level.

DBA Core (30 hours)

  • BUS 9100 DBA Launch and Current Topics (3)
  • BUS 9200 Executive Leadership Development (3)
  • BUS 9110 Applied/Real World Research (3)
  • BUS 9700 Entrepreneurship: Launching New Ventures and Managing Change (3)
  • BUS 9710 Marketing (3)
  • BUS 9600 Human Resource Management (3)
  • BUS 9720 Strategy and Innovation (3)
  • BUS 9500 Business Analytics (3)
  • BUS 9730 Supply Chain Management (3)
  • BUS 9740 Decision Making: Financial Management (3)
  • BUS 9400 Business Law (3)

Applied Project (18 hours)

  • BUS 9900 ADPE: Introduction (2)
  • BUS 9901 ADPE: Literature Review (3)
  • BUS 9902 ADPE: Research Design/Defense (3)
  • BUS 9903 ADPE: Project Launch (3)
  • BUS 9904 ADPE: Solutions/Recommendations (2)
  • BUS 9905 Applied Research Project Defense (2)