DBA

Self Design

Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration program offers a unique, self-design option for candidates seeking to customize the specific area of emphasis.  As a multidisciplinary, 100% online program designed for professional administrators, executives, and leaders in both public and private industry, the self-design emphasis offers an opportunity to tailor specialization coursework to meet the individual career needs of doctoral candidates.  As with traditional DBA programs, the self-design option highlights the practical application of research to organizational challenges and emphasizes the importance of positive social impact. Students benefit from a curriculum focused upon real-world knowledge creation, executive-level problem-solving, thought-leadership in practice, and an intensive focus on applied research. The multidisciplinary approach to the curriculum prepares candidates for executive and/or administrative roles in government, corporate, nonprofit, educational, or community organizations. ​

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Program Highlights

  • All coursework is delivered 100% online.
  • All textbooks and course materials are included with the cost of tuition – students NEVER pay for a textbook!
  • Free laptop is included with the first course.
  • No residencies required. Students have the option to participate on-campus or “virtually” via video teleconference residency or a 8 week seminar course. That’s right – the entire program can be completed 100% online. Our goal is to make doctoral-level credentials accessible to working executives on their terms.
  • Includes a turnkey program price with tuition at $799/cr. and no hidden fees.
  • Includes access to an industry-leading software platform designed to guide students through the dissertation process.
  • Possible transfer credits (up to 12 credits) from a business related Master's degree earned at a regionally accredited school (e.g. MBA)

Admission Criteria

Required:

  1. A conferred master’s degree from a regionally accredited university;
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or higher, on a four-point scale in all graduate coursework;
  3. Three years, or more, of industry experience in the selected field of study;
  4. Official transcript(s) for Master's Degree;
  5. Program admission application;
  6. Program admission essay*, Resume/CV and 2 letters of reference

*Program admission essay is an opportunity to demonstrate to the committee why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of the Southwest and showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. The essay should be 1,000-1,500 words explaining what you hope to achieve by pursuing a doctoral degree, the personal strengths that will help you succeed in a doctoral program, and describe how obtaining a DBA will help you institute a positive social change within your chosen field or industry.