Doctor of Business Administration

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Why Choose Our Program?

The program is ideal for aspiring collegiate professors, business consultants, policy makers, and C-level executives. Why the Davis DBA?​

  • We appreciate your real-world experience so we waived the GMAT/GRE for you
  • The AACSB-accredited  JU DBA program was recognized by CEO magazine in their 2020 Global rankings as a premier DBA program worldwide
  • It is the only AACSB Accredited DBA program in Northeast Florida

The Davis College of Business is now offering a Post-Baccalaureate to DBA option, which provides a viable accelerated pathway to the DBA for baccalaureate-prepared business professionals.

  • Students will complete their 12-credit concentration in either Accounting/Finance, Management, or Marketing, and any business prerequisites deemed necessary in the one to two semesters before beginning the doctoral portion of the program
  • The 75-credit program includes a concentration option and a research paper that focuses on Management or Accounting
  • DBA students will not need to take the GRE for admission but will need to maintain a B grade or higher, as well as a 3.33 GPA or higher before the commencement of the DBA portion of the program
  • Have a master’s degree already? You can skip the 12-credit concentration!


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About Our Doctoral Program

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.

Cohort Format

  • Classes designed for working professionals
  • Attend classes once a month (Friday & Saturday / 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • 21 months on JU main campus
  • Share and learn from your classmates' challenges and experiences 

There are three phases to the DBA program:

  • In the first phase, students complete the “core” coursework 
  • The second phase is the comprehensive activity 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

Available Concentrations

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing


Why a DBA?

The JU Davis College of Business DBA program is designed to create experts in evidence-based business problem solving. 

A DBA allows you to:

  • Take a pedagogical approach to solve real-world business problems 
  • Develop rigorous qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Become a consultant, entrepreneur, C-level executive, writer/author, or college professor
Ranked 26thBest DBA programs in the world by CEO Magazine
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Learn about our DBA candidates and recent graduates who are making an impact on the world as professors and national business leaders.

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AdmissionsHow to Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online graduate application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent: This is an essay summarizing your background, goals, and interests in attending JU.
  • GMAT Score: Students graduating with a degree in business from an AACSB accredited business school who hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are exempt from this requirement. Student's holding a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
  • The GRE for this graduate program has been temporary waived for students with a GPA above 3.0. 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. We will need a transcript for all courses that your degree institution accepted to confer your degree.* All education obtained outside of the U.S. will require a course by course evaluation with grade point average calculation from a NACES member

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Phone: (904) 256-7293

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