Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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The Doctor of Business Administration will prepare you with advanced skills in applied research, leadership, and global strategic management, developing you as an effective educator, innovative thinker, and ethical decision-maker. Concentrations include Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

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As a graduate of the Doctor of Business Administration program, you will have the ability to:

  • Strategically implement change in business settings
  • Effectively address issues facing business leaders in a contemporary global environment
  • Demonstrate advanced oral business communication skills
  • Utilize information literacy and research methods to analyze and express findings with a high skill level in academic writing
  • Exercise critical thinking and problem solving in evaluating and applying solutions within an organization

The Doctor of Business Administration will equip you for advanced professional careers in disciplines such as:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Education

Curriculum topics:

  • Foundations for Ethical Reasoning
  • Advanced Applied Business Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Current Topics and Research Seminar
  • Concentration-Specific Seminar
  • Concentration-Specific Best Practices in Teaching and Consulting
  • Management Strategy and Planning
  • Advanced Marketing Strategy
  • Seminar in Accounting for Decision Making
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Global Business Strategy
  • Advanced Economic Strategies for Decision Making
  • Dissertation

GRE/MAT/PRAXIS II test scores are an optional admissions requirement for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 admissions. Applicants that opt out of the test will be considered for the provisional admissions.

  • Master’s degree in business or equivalent business related degree from a regionally accredited college or university with GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Professional resume
  • Statement of Interest indicating the applicant’s chief academic interest, strengths and limitations, and reasons for selecting the DBA Program and GWU (the Statement of Interest will be used as an indication of the student's writing ability)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be required under special circumstances