Answers to Your Questions about the UMSL DBA Program

For your convenience, our most commonly asked questions about the UMSL Doctor of Business Administration program are answered right here. If you are not able to find the answer to your question, please reach out directly to the UMSL DBA team through our Contact Us page.

What is the curriculum?

The Doctor of Business Administration program is designed to train practitioner scholars beyond the MBA curriculum. 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. Click here to view full curriculum and course descriptions.

Is the GRE or GMAT required to apply?

DBA candidates have already earned a master’s degree or some related advanced degree. GMAT/GRE will not be required for admission, as applicants already will have taken the exam to complete their MBA, M.S., or other graduate program.

Is financial aid available?

A variety of financial aid options are available to UMSL DBA students including loans and special funding programs.  Call the UMSL Financial Aid office  at 314-516-5526.  Veterans should contact the UMSL Veterans Center at 314-516-5705 for GI Bill advising and support. Our staff will help you find the best option to fund your education.

When do the classes meet?

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 face-to-face one weekend a month, then engage and collaborate with faculty and students in the online learning platform for discussions. Click here to view the full schedule.

What is the difference between a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree and a PhD in Business Administration?
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.
What does the program cost?

Program cost for the DBA class beginning December 2017 through December 2020 is $32,000 per year for three years, and is guaranteed not to increase for students who remain in their entrance class.

Total program fee: $96,000*

Program Fees Include:

  • Tuition
  • Texts and supplies
  • Course materials
  • Software requirements
  • Access to a large number of periodicals via the UMSL online library
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Student IDs and parking passes
  • An allowance of $5,000 for approved travel and research expenses incurred by students over the course of the program.

The UMSL Graduate School application fee is $50

Non-refundable deposit: $3,000

Once the admission offer is made, candidates have 30 days to accept and pay a non-refundable deposit. A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 is due 30 days after receiving the offer to join the upcoming cohort.

DBA Projected Tuition & Fees For the Class of 2020, December 2017 start
Non-Refundable Deposit (applied towards the first tuition payment) $3,000
$1500/Credit Hour Tuition (60-credits) $90,000
$100/Credit Hour Fees $6,000
Total Program Tuition & Fees $96,000

*Tuition for the DBA program is based on students completing all degree requirements within 3 years. Students requiring more than 3 years will be charged a continuous matriculation fee until all degree requirements are met. For more information, please contact DBA Admissions at 314-516-4528.