Doctor of Business Administration

The Davis Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a rigorous academic program in which candidates use analytical tools and research methodology to solve current business challenges. The program is ideal for aspiring collegiate professors, business consultants, policy makers, and C-level executives. Similar to a PhD in Business Administration, a DBA degree prepares students for careers in both academia and corporate business through high quality research and applied curriculum.  Our DBA faculty are highly qualified academic scholars who continuously publish academic research and have studied at elite national institutions.

The 63 credit hour Davis DBA can be earned in a minimum of 3 years—two years in classes and the final year(s) working directly with their dissertation advisor. The classes are held once-a-month, all day Friday and Saturday. All DBA students must pass the written comprehensive exam and successfully compose and defend their doctoral dissertation to receive their degree. The learning environment is a combination of both onsite classwork and weekly exchanges and collaboration with faculty and colleagues. Depending on the “focus” of the study, the program offers more than 18 hours of graduate credits to qualify the graduates to teach at AACSB collegiate institutions.

JU Davis offers a full-time DBA program designed for dedicated students who seek additional opportunities to conduct advanced research and gain invaluable practical experience co-teaching in higher education or interning with a U.S. Corporation. Research methodology and internship practicum courses are conducted throughout each week of the 16-week semester of the program held entirely on campus. Full time DBA students complete a doctoral dissertation and comprehensive exam. With the mentorship of our esteemed DBA faculty, full-time DBA candidates will have the opportunity to specifically tailor these research and business practicum courses to their field of study.

Fully accredited​ by SACSCOC​ and AACSB. For more information about the JU DBA, email​.

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Why the Davis DBA?​

The Davis DBA degree is one of an elite group of AACSB accredited DBA programs. Based on the three pillars of Leadership, Globalization, and Business Analytics, the Davis Doctoral program takes business intelligence and the art of “informed intuition” to a new level. The DBA prepares candidates to scope the best paths for discovery, innovation, and quantitative analysis of opportunities and international challenges.

There are three phases to the DBA program:

  • In the first phase, students complete the “core” coursework during the first two years.
  • The second phase is the comprehensive exam and oral presentation of dissertation proposal.
  • In the final phase, the candidates focus on their dissertation by dedicating their third year to doctoral level research and writing in a business area of their choice.

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Doctorate of Business Administration Open Sessions

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  •  Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  •  Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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In our efforts to enhance your educational experience, we have created a Student Handbook to address common questions or concerns that may arise during your time as graduate students in the Davis College of Business. The Handbook covers a variety of subjects, policies and procedures.

DBA Handbook