Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is dissertation-based and integrates theory and practice in the business context. This program is designed to accelerate your business experience and equip you for a high-level position in numerous business sectors. The DBA offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge and explore emerging business trends all from a foundation of Christian principles.

Analytical skills acquisition and applied research are fundamental components of the DBA program. As a professional Christian leader in business, the DBA will help you apply sound business principles and leadership strategies to solve today's complex business issues from a Christian perspective.

This 60-hour Doctorate of Business Administration program incorporates a 12-credit hour research dissertation along with a blend of online learning and face-to-face residencies.

Program Details

In the hybrid with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program, classes are offered in manageable, 14 week terms consisting of one hybrid class with a mandatory weekend face-to-face residency and one online class. Classes are a combination of 14 week and 7 week formats. Project Team activities within each course enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills, while forming the essential quality of teamwork.

The CPT program temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships, or cooperative (co-op) education.

  • Taught in a hybrid model consisting of face-to-face and online classes
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

What can I do with this degree?

  • Corporate Executive
  • Consultant
  • Business Professor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Corporate Education and Training

Admission Information

Applicants for the online Doctor of Business Administration degree program must meet the following:

  • Hold a Master of Business Administration or a graduate degree with fundamental courses in accounting, finance, and statistics from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA .
  • Submit one recommendation.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit a professional goal statement to include:
    • Explanation of how your professional experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study;
    • Description of your specific area of interest. Explain how conducting research in this area will help you fulfill your career objectives; and
    • Description of your future career goals upon completion of this program.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the Doctor of Business Administration program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee. Students admitted on a conditional basis to the Doctor of Business Administration program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.
  • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 71 iBT, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6, or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) of 70. Scores must be no more than two years old and must be verifiable.  See international student application for additional documents required for issuing the I-20.
  • See "How Do I Apply" page for materials to submit with admission application.

Doctor of Business Administration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
Year One - Fall
BUS 700 Orientation Seminar (Residency I) 0
BUS 701 Advanced Christian Worldview 3
BUS 702 Enhanced Writing for Scholarship 3
Year One - Spring
BUS 720 Business Knowledge Studies 3
BUS 721 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 771 Proposal I 1
Year One - Summer
BUS 722 Emerging Issues in Marketing 3
BUS 705 Research Design and Methods 3
BUS 772 Proposal II 1
Year Two - Fall
BUS 710 Research Statistics 3
BUS 723 Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics 3
BUS 773 Proposal III (Residency II) 1
Year Two - Spring
BUS 724 Leadership in Organizations 3
BUS 725 Emerging Issues in Global Information Technology 3
BUS 774 Proposal IV 1
Year Two - Summer
BUS 726 Advanced Managerial Communication 3
BUS 727 Management Science and Analysis 3
BUS 775 Proposal V 1
Year Three - Fall
BUS 7XX Specialization Course I 3
BUS 7XX Specialization Course II 3
BUS 776 Proposal VI (Residency III) 1
Year Three - Spring
BUS 7XX Specialization Course III 3
BUS 7XX Specialization Course IV 3
Comprehensive Exam 0
Year Three - Summer
BUS 781 Dissertation I 3
BUS 782 Dissertation II 3
Year Four - Fall
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Year Four - Spring
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Year Four - Summer
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Total 60

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The hybrid Doctor of Business Administration degree with CPT is designed for students who would like a DBA degree but are interested in specializing in the area of Cyber Security. Cybersecurity is an area of study that looks at advanced technologies, processes and practices that protects networks, computers and data from attack or unauthorized access. A DBA student with a Cybersecurity specialization is prepared for jobs in the areas of data base administration, security systems administrator, security consultant or analyst.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced Computer Forensics
  • Advanced Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Data Mining

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The hybrid Doctor of Business Administration with CPT offers a specialization in Project Management for the students who would like to focus on the project management process, time management, and quality control. This specialization offers business leaders the opportunity to focus on advanced skills in Project Management. A DBA student with a Project Management specialization is prepared for jobs in areas like executive management, consulting, economist, or logistician.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced Project Management essentials
  • Advanced project cost and scheduling
  • Advanced PMP prep course

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The hybrid Doctor of Business Administration degree with CPT is designed for students who would like a DBA degree but are interested in specializing in the area of Strategic Management. Strategic Management prepares students for advanced management careers with a focus on policy and procedure development needed to lead an organization. A DBA student with a Strategic Management specialization is prepared for jobs in the area of executive management, management analyst, or university professor.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced workforce planning
  • Advanced executive coaching
  • Advanced strategic leadership and management

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We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.