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The Doctor of Business Administration

Lead the way businesses think about finance, marketing, legal issues and operations. Through our Doctor of Business Administration degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to review topics such as creating justification for restructuring and change, understanding functional/operational processes and envisioning strategies behind successful business operations. Take your academic journey to the highest level at University of Phoenix. 

This online program requires brief residencies in select locations. This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Representative for details.

What you'll learn

 

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program, offered by University of Phoenix, provides learners who hold a professional Master's degree a means of exploring their personal readiness to become senior leaders in management professions. Learners gain a mastery of business administration literature and demonstrate their competence by applying this knowledge to current business environments. Graduates with a Doctorate in Business Administration will be able to:

  • Identify, research alternatives to, and solve business problems with the highest value-adding solutions.
  • Perform systems-based, financially justified analysis and research operations issues and technology.  
  • Enabled opportunities in a global, market-based economy.
  • Demonstrate business knowledge, and be recognized as a business subject expert.
  • Formulate and re-design industry rules and standards. As the global information economy evolves, organizations are becoming increasingly complex and innovative, with organizational models and practices becoming crucial for successfully addressing this complexity.

    Consequently, leadership in this environment requires higher, more sophisticated levels of knowledge and skills. The DBA program is designed to serve this need by providing doctoral-level education to professional practitioners in business and management. The DBA program has a 68-credit requirement that incorporates both residency and online modalities of instruction. The majority of the program will be delivered in a virtual classroom setting. In these courses, learners will work in a cohort of approximately 12 peers and will be required to spend approximately 25 hours per week on required coursework. Learners will attend 16 days in residency during the 3-year program. Year One begins with a 5-day residency; Year Two requires a 3-day residency; Year Three requires an 8-day residency. Attendance during all days of the residencies is mandatory. Please note that learners can expect residencies to occur during both week days and weekend days. The courses offered during residency sessions cover a variety of areas essential to the successful completion of this advanced degree program, including insights into the preparation of a final research study. Additionally, in the Year Three residency, learners will apply their knowledge to a comprehensive, collaborative case study. Because of the nature and value of the information presented in the residency environment, learners must attend all residency sessions.

    The most important milestone of the DBA degree is the successful completion and oral defense of a significant, substantial, and independently completed research study that adds new information to the body of business management knowledge. The study provides the learner an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the germinal and current literature in the field and to reflect competence in applying learning to actual organizational issues. To ensure the quality of this effort, the program's curriculum is designed to develop the learner's ability to create original solutions to complex issues and to carefully identify and apply the most appropriate research method for addressing these issues. Because of the highly independent nature of the program, learners must be self-disciplined and exceedingly motivated to earn this degree.  

 
 

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How to afford your degree

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How to get started

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Some programs have additional requirements such as field experiences, clinical components or residencies that may last from three- to eight-days. Please contact a University enrollment representative for details.

The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.

Core Courses

Individual courses are also available.

When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.

Some programs have additional requirements such as field experiences, clinical components or residencies that may last from three- to eight-days. Please contact a University enrollment representative for details.

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Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.

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How can I use my Military benefits?

Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • In-depth exploration of leadership

    Explore leadership literature and how you can apply its theories and principles in current organizational environments.

  • Interactive group discussions

    In online doctoral group discussions, you will interact with fellow learners and exchange ideas about research that centers on current industry challenges.

  • Dissertation Chair

    Under the guidance of a Dissertation Chair who has experience in your field of study, you will complete original research for your dissertation.

  • Residencies

    For three-to-eight days, you will network and study with professionals in your field, interact with faculty and prepare your dissertation. As part of the residency requirement (available in select cities), field experiences and clinical components may also be required.

  • Doctoral Success Orientation

    This three-day, no-cost online training lab gives you a tour of the University's online learning platform and educational resources before you begin your first course.

Is this the right program for you?

Talk to a representative who specializes in the Doctor of Business Administration degree to make sure this program fits your specific needs. You can also get to know University of Phoenix by checking out the Phoenix Prep Center.

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The School of Advanced Studies

Earning a doctoral degree is a significant milestone in your educational and professional career — and an opportunity to make an impact in your community.

Our educational model

Our doctoral programs combine group discussions, residencies and the dissertation process to help you expand your understanding of how leaders can influence change through research.

The dissertation

The culmination of your doctoral degree uncovers new knowledge through original research and applies the models, theories and skills you will have learned in your coursework.