Doctor of Business Administration Admission Eligibility & Requirements

Candidates must be committed to a rigorous program of study requiring periodic residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Business Administration as well as 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

Candidates must be proficient in written and oral English.

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

Creative leadership, continuing intellectual development, and community engagement.

Significant professional achievements

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

management skills

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).

Materials Required to Apply to the UMSL DBA Program

Proficiency in written and oral English

Completed Application.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).

Application fee $50.

Proficiency in written and oral English

Names and contact information of two people who can provide insights into your academic potential and ability to think critically.

Most recent transcript(s). Scanned transcripts will be sufficient for the preliminary application. Official Transcripts in sealed envelopes will be required for final acceptance.

Two essays (Statement of Commitment & Statement of Research Interest).
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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