Doctor of Business Administration 

Coming January 2018

Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate that emphasizes the application of theory to actual business issues. The DBA program will help candidates develop proficiency in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills. A guidance committee assists doctoral students in planning a rigorous program of multidisciplinary study. Courses span major areas of business administration, including accounting, information systems, finance, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, organizational behavior, human resource management, leadership, operations management, strategic management, and research methodology for examining business problems empirically. Courses provide an interdisciplinary perspective and the focus is on practitioner engagement through research, creative scholarship, and production of works for publication in reputable professional and academic journals.

The program is a professional, non-resident program with limited visits to campus allowing participants flexibility to complete their studies without having to sacrifice their careers. Over the course of the three-year program, participants will make one visit to campus per month. The DBA program follows a lock-step cohort model where students attend classes one weekend each month for three years.

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must be committed to a rigorous program of study requiring substantial reading and academic inquiry throughout the program. Applicants are expected to hold an MBA or other relevant advanced degree from an acceptable academic institution and to have ten years of significant professional and/or senior level management experience with high levels of responsibility. In exceptional cases, individuals without an advanced degree but other forms of advanced education and substantial managerial experience may be considered; other experience or qualifications may also compensate for less than 10 years of professional or managerial experience.

In reviewing applications, the admission committee considers:

- Proficiency in written and oral English

- Significant professional achievements including oral presentations, written works, leadership on major   
  projects, and participation in professional development activities

- Background knowledge in the functional areas of business and commerce (accounting and finance,
  marketing, human resource management, corporate and competitive strategy, information systems
  and operations management)

- Professional expertise and certifications (such as CPA, CFA, SHRM-CP, etc)

- Creative leadership, continuing intellectual development, and community engagement.



The DBA requires completion of 60 credit hours.  To ensure sufficient background for doctoral-level courses, students must demonstrate appropriate competence in quantitative reasoning, which is evidenced through completion of BUS AD 7301 and BUS AD 5000 or their equivalent to be determined by the DBA Director.  Foundation Courses are offered in August, prior to the Fall semester in Year 1.
Statistical Modeling (BUS AD 7301) - 5 days, 7 hours of instruction per day (3 credit hours).
Managerial Economics (BUS AD 5000) - 5 days, 7 hours of instruction per day (3 credit hours).


Term I (Fall)

Scientific Inquiry in Business (BUS AD 7100)
Quantitative Research Methods I (BUS AD 7101)

Term II (Spring)

Qualitative Research Methods (BUS AD 7102)
The Role of Accounting Information in Firms and Markets (BUS AD 7400)
Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage (BUS AD 7600)

Term III (Summer)

Quantitative Research Methods II (BUS AD 7103)
Finance Theory and Applications Seminar (BUS AD 7500)
Contemporary Marketing Intelligence and Decision Making (BUS AD 7700)


Term IV (Fall)

Qualitative Research Methods II (BUS AD 7104)
Management of Supply Chains (BUS AD 7300)
Management of Sustaining and Disruptive Information Technologies (BUS AD 7800)

Term V (Spring)

Special Topic (TBA) (BUS AD 7105) -Topic will be determined with input from DBA Cohort
Special Topic (TBA) (BUS AD 7105) -Topic will be determined with input from DBA Cohort
Strategic Business Analysis (BUS AD 7106)

Term VI (Summer)

Dissertation Project Research (BUS AD 7107)
Development and defense of proposal for research practicum.


Term VII (Fall)

Research Practicum (BUS AD 7108)

Term VIII (Spring)

Research Practicum (BUS AD 7108)

Term IX (Summer)

Research Practicum - Final Dissertation Defense (BUS AD 7108)

Degree Requirements

Students will be evaluated annually for satisfactory progress.  Students deemed not to be making adequate progress are subject to the policies of the Graduate School and the College of Business Administration regarding probation and dismissal from the program.  The degree of Doctor of Business Administration is awarded for completion of scholarly research that advances knowledge in the fields of business theory or practice.  Evidence of this is demonstrated by a successful dissertation defense.  Recipients of this degree must demonstrate mastery of the body of knowledge within the field and potential for success in future leadership positions and academia.

UMSL College of Business is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).