Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is dissertation-based and integrates theory and practice in the business context. This program is designed to accelerate your business experience and equip you for a high-level position in numerous business sectors. The DBA offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge and explore emerging business trends all from a foundation of Christian principles.

Analytical skills acquisition and applied research are fundamental components of the DBA program. As a professional Christian leader in business, the DBA will help you apply sound business principles and leadership strategies to solve today's complex business issues from a Christian perspective.

This 60-hour Doctorate of Business Administration program incorporates a 12-credit hour research dissertation along with a blend of online learning and face-to-face residencies. An annual residency on campus is required.

Program Details

  • 60 credit hours
  • 7-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

What can I do with this degree?

  • Corporate Executive
  • Consultant
  • Business Professor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Corporate Education and Training

Admission Information

Applicants for the online Doctor of Business Administration degree program must meet the following:

  • Hold a Master of Business Administration or a graduate degree with fundamental courses in accounting, finance, and statistics from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 3.0 cumulative GPA .
  • Submit two recommendations.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit a professional goal statement to include:
    • Explanation of how your professional experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study;
    • Description of your specific area of interest. Explain how conducting research in this area will help you fulfill your career objectives; and
    • Description of your future career goals upon completion of this program.

Doctor of Business Administration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
Year One - Fall
BUS 700 Orientation Seminar (Residency I) 0
BUS 701 Advanced Christian Worldview 3
BUS 702 Enhanced Writing for Scholarship 3
Year One - Spring
BUS 720 Business Knowledge Studies 3
BUS 721 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 771 Proposal I 1
Year One - Summer
BUS 722 Emerging Issues in Marketing 3
BUS 705 Research Design and Methods 3
BUS 772 Proposal II 1
Year Two - Fall
BUS 710 Research Statistics 3
BUS 723 Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics 3
BUS 773 Proposal III (Residency II) 1
Year Two - Spring
BUS 724 Leadership in Organizations 3
BUS 725 Emerging Issues in Global Information Technology 3
BUS 774 Proposal IV 1
Year Two - Summer
BUS 726 Advanced Managerial Communication 3
BUS 727 Management Science and Analysis 3
BUS 775 Proposal V 1
Year Three - Fall
BUS 7XX Specialization Course I 3
BUS 7XX Specialization Course II 3
BUS 776 Proposal VI (Residency III) 1
Year Three - Spring
BUS 7XX Specialization Course III 3
BUS 7XX Specialization Course IV 3
Comprehensive Exam 0
Year Three - Summer
BUS 781 Dissertation I 3
BUS 782 Dissertation II 3
Year Four - Fall
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Year Four - Spring
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Year Four - Summer
BUS 783 Dissertation Continuation 0
Total 60

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

The Doctor of Business Administration degree is designed for students who would like a DBA degree but are interested in specializing in the area of Cyber Security. Cybersecurity is an area of study that looks at advanced technologies, processes and practices that protects networks, computers and data from attack or unauthorized access. A DBA student with a Cybersecurity specialization is prepared for jobs in the areas of data base administration, security systems administrator, security consultant or analyst.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced Computer Forensics
  • Advanced Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Data Mining

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The Doctor of Business Administration offers a specialization in Project Management for the students who would like to focus on the project management process, time management, and quality control. This specialization offers business leaders the opportunity to focus on advanced skills in Project Management. A DBA student with a Project Management specialization is prepared for jobs in areas like executive management, consulting, economist, or logistician.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced Project Management essentials
  • Advanced project cost and scheduling
  • Advanced PMP prep course

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The Doctor of Business Administration degree is designed for students who would like a DBA degree but are interested in specializing in the area of Strategic Management. Strategic Management prepares students for advanced management careers with a focus on policy and procedure development needed to lead an organization. A DBA student with a Strategic Management specialization is prepared for jobs in the area of executive management, management analyst, or university professor.

Courses will include:

  • Advanced workforce planning
  • Advanced executive coaching
  • Advanced strategic leadership and management

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

These rates are for August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2023.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Doctor of Business Administration $595

* There are no additional discounts (military, first responder, education, etc.) for this program.

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We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.

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