Doctor of Business Administration

Rapid changes in technology; enhanced global competition; the development of innovative structures in society, business and government; and an ever more complex workforce all require successful leaders of business to possess sophisticated new perspectives and skills as well as heightened levels of knowledge. As a result, contemporary business and industry executives are turning increasingly to academic institutions for new paradigms to secure success today, to recruit the best possible leadership for the future, and to guide growth and development wisely.


To meet these demands, the University of Northern Virginia's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program provides a practical yet academically rigorous learning experience for a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. The objectives of the program are three-fold:

  • To prepare candidates for a career in management or consulting at the senior executive level;
  • To provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary in order to conduct meaningful and original empirical research; and
  • To develop within each candidate the fundamental expertise and skills required in order to become a college or university faculty member in an area of Business Administration.

This doctoral program may be pursued on either a part-time or full-time basis and completed within three to five years.


Candidates for the DBA degree must complete 60 credit hours, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. It is required that all candidates attend the earliest scheduled doctoral orientation class (one credit hour). Program components include:

  • Forty-five credit hours of course requirements.
  • One credit hour of doctoral orientation.
  • A minimum of twelve credit hours devoted to the doctoral research project.
  • Satisfactory performance in the written Comprehensive Examination (upon completion of formal coursework).
  • Submission of a doctoral research proposal.
  • Formal presentation of the doctoral research project.
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Requirements: 60 credit hours

Doctoral Orientation: 1 credit hour

ORTN 600 Doctoral Orientation

Research Methodology: 9 Credit Hours

RESE 602 Research Methods and Design
RESE 604 Quantitative Research & Analysis
RESE 606 Exploration in Advanced Research

* All doctoral students must take the RESE courses

Core Courses: 39 credit hours

BMGT 608 Human Resources Development
BMGT 610 Strategic Decision Making
BMGT 612 Business Policy and Practice
BMGT 614 Business, Government and Society
BMGT 616 Seminar in Labor Relations
BMGT 618 Seminar in Human Resources Management
BMGT 620 Seminar on Organizational Development
BMGT 622 Seminar in Strategic Management
BMGT 624 Current Topics: the Professional Seminar
BMGT 658 Theories of Globalization
ECON 626 Economic and Finance
IMSC 628 Technology Systems in Business
MKTG 630 Global Marketing Strategy

Doctoral Project: Min. 12 Credit Hours

PROJ 700 Doctoral Projects

(Please refer to the DBA Program Handbook for further details.)