Doctor of Business Administration

Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at USW is a professional degree designed for business executives in the pursuit of practitioner-scholarship in the fields of business administration and management. The program highlights the practical application of research to private industry challenges in an effort to improve organizational performance and make a positive social impact. Students benefit from a curriculum focused upon real-world knowledge creation, executive-level problem-solving, thought-leadership in management practice, and an intensive emphasis upon applied research.

The DBA is a three-year, part-time, professional program emphasizing the practical application of research to current business challenges, students are expected to complete the program concurrently while maintaining their roles as enterprise leaders and executives. This provides students the opportunity to tailor their program research to appropriately address immediate organizational needs. The program will prepare students for; an expanded role in their organization, a transition to a different firm or industry, a career as a private consultant, or university-level instruction.

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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.
  • Two program residencies include access to world-renowned business professionals and speakers. Students have the option to participate on-campus or “virtually” via video teleconference.  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


  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.