UMSL DBA Program

Missouri’s first and only AACSB-accredited DBA program connects application of theory and leading academic research to real-world practice.

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UMSL DBA Program

Missouri’s first and only AACSB-accredited DBA program connects application of theory and leading academic research to real-world practice.

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Accelerate your career without disrupting it.

The UMSL Doctor of Business Administration program gives senior managers the knowledge and applied research tools to solve high-level business problems in their companies or industries. The DBA program will help candidates gain expertise in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills, through practical application of academic theory.


The Doctor of Business Administration program provides participants with the skills needed to conduct rigorous research with the objective of applying the findings to real-world decision-making in industry and government. DBA graduates will be equipped for high-level positions in higher education, consulting, or career advancement in their industry.

Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Candidate Profile Senior executives who:

  • Hold an MBA or post-baccalaureate degree
  • Work full-time
  • Will use the knowledge acquired to address problems and issues in contemporary business
  • Seek to advance professional career; consulting; or attain a clinical faculty position

Primarily domestic/regional origin.
10-20 years of management experience.

Students with limited work experience who:

  • May or may not hold a post-baccalaureate degree
  • Typically enroll as full-time students
  • Seek to position themselves for careers in academia for tenure-track positions

Average age 25-30 years old.
Primarily international origin.
5-10 years of work experience.

Motivation Contribution to practice. Research topics come from issues faced in practice and lead to new practice/policy. Contribution to theory. Research topics come from unanswered questions in the discipline and lead to advancements in the body of knowledge.
Objective To develop practitioner researchers To develop academic researchers
Program Structure Multiple residencies per semester Full-time student
  • Interdisciplinary with a focus on general management and business issues
  • Apply quantitative or qualitative research methods to contemporary business problems
  • Specialized studies, generally within a single, specific business discipline
  • Heavy emphasis on research methodology and its application to develop new theories
Time horizon Set at outset. Time to completion is crucial and predetermined. 4 – 6 years; not fixed. Time to completion is unknown at the outset.
Staffing Faculty are mentors/research partners/SMEs; students draw on work experiences and firm data. Faculty have dominant role re program curriculum and research agenda.
Funding Company- and student-funded. Tuition remission; graduate assistantship.
Accreditation SA (Scholarly Academic) and PA (Practice Academic) qualified faculty status per AACSB standards. Focus on SA (Scholarly Academic) faculty status qualification.


The UMSL DBA is a three-year, cohort-based program and offers a flexible format, with limited monthly visits to campus. UMSL DBA students move through the program in a cohort and meet faceto-face one weekend a month, then engage and collaborate with faculty and students in the online learning platform for discussions.


Information Systems

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Human Resource Management

Organizational Behavior Management




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Important Dates to Know for the Class of 2020

April 1, 2017

Application Deadline for Early Decision

April 1, 2017

Application Deadline for International Applicants

September 1, 2017

Application Deadline for Domestic Applicants

October 1, 2017

Deadline for Enrollment


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