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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.


Executive Team



Ekin Pellegrini


Dr. Ekin Pellegrini

Director of Executive Education
Co-Director, UMSL DBA
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Thomas Eyssell


Dr. Thomas Eyssell

Associate Dean & Director of Graduate Studies
Co-Director, UMSL DBA
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Francesca Ferrari


Francesca Ferrari

Administrative Director
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Rebecca Leathers


Rebecca Leathers

Administrative Associate
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DBA Faculty Mentors

As a member of the University of Missouri-St Louis DBA program, you will have the opportunity to work with some of our finest faculty as mentors and colleagues. DBA faculty are committed to educating practitioner-scholars who connect business theory to practice. They will guide you through the program and help you develop and focus research ideas to satisfy your intellectual curiosity. During your program, you will be challenged to review the body of literature relevant to your interests, develop research questions, undertake original, applied research and present and publish your findings.

Dr. Arya


Dr. Bindu Arya

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
DBA | Strategic Business Analysis
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Dr. James F. Campbell


Dr. James F. Campbell

Logistics, Operations Management, Location Modeling, Analytics and Supply Chain Management Professor
DBA | Business Analytics
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Dr. Hung-Gay Fung


Dr. Hung-Gay Fung

Y.S. Tsiang professor of Chinese Studies and Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Finance
DBA | Finance Theory and Applications Seminar
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Dr. Gerald Yong Gao


Dr. Gerald Yong Gao

Professor of Marketing
DBA | Contemporary Marketing Intelligence and Decision Making
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Dr. Mary Lacity


Dr. Mary Lacity

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Information Systems
DBA | Qualitative Research Methods I
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Dr. John P. Meriac

Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management
DBA | Quantitative Research Methods I
DBA | Quantitative Research Methods II
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Dr. Dinesh A. Mirchandani


Dr. Dinesh A. Mirchandani

Professor and Information Systems Department Chair
DBA | Scientific Inquiry in Business
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Dr. Stephen R. Moehrle


Dr. Stephen R. Moehrle

Professor and Accounting Department Chair
DBA | Statistical Modeling
DBA | The Role of Accounting Information in Firms and Markets
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Dr. Pathak


Dr. Seemantini Pathak

Assistant Professor of Management
DBA | Research Mentor
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Ekin Pellegrini


Dr. Ekin Pellegrini

Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management
DBA | Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage
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Dr. Rottmann


Dr. Joseph Rottman

Department Chair and Professor of Information Systems
DBA | Qualitative Research Methods II
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Dr. Zhang


Dr. Gaiyan Zhang

Department Chair and Professor of Finance
DBA | Finance Theory and Application Seminar
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