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Doctor of Business Administration

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Course Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a practitioner-scholar doctoral degree in business administration and management. It is targeted to business executives who have a master's degree in a discipline or field related to the program/specialization for which application is made and who have practical business management experience. The curriculum includes conducting applied research, understanding business theory, and applying what you've learned in the classroom to real-life professional challenges. In addition, this program will help to prepare students for expanded roles with their current employer or with another organization or roles as consultants or university-level teachers.

DBA or Ph.D. in Business Administration?

CMU's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) differs from a Ph.D. in Business Administration by focusing more on practical application than broader theory. Ph.D. programs focus more closely on researching new models or gathering and interpreting data.


DBA programs, like the graduate-level Master of Business Administration (MBA), are focused on how business principles apply to higher levels of business leadership and management. If you want to develop your ability to approach significant business problems from a top-down, expert level, then the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is for you.

Additional Program Details
  • Estimated duration of 30-48 months

  • Program consists of 10 Core Courses and 8 Research Courses

  • Fully Supported Online Learning

  • Anytime Enrollment

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