Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Achieve the Highest Level of Education with our Online DBA Degree

As competent leaders in the business world, graduates of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program will position themselves to advance in their career while influencing innovative change and driving solutions to complex problems.


A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is now the industry standard and Edgewood College is proud to offer students an excellent MBA program that is highly applicable to your real-world, professional environment. With many job applicants having their master’s degree, this shift becoming an industry standard, now is the best time to advance your education to the highest level. Esteemed and respected, a DBA will help you stand out in a highly competitive market and is the difference between being a strong organizational leader or a distinguished expert leading systematic and functional change. This terminal degree path focuses significant concentration on research in the classroom and how that translates into real-life experiences in the corporate business world.

  • Do I Need an MBA to pursue a DBA?
    • No. Graduates with a master’s degree in any profession are encouraged to apply!
  • Is there an Option to Complete Both an MBA & DBA?
    • Yes! Edgewood College has introduced an Online MBA + DBA Dual Degree. The first of its kind in the United States, students will take an additional 15 credits and graduate with both an MBA and DBA. To learn more about this pathway, follow up with our Graduate Admissions Team at gps@edgewood.edu.

DBA vs. PhD

Also referred to as terminal degrees, both are revered as the highest post-graduate degrees available. How do you know what elite degree path is best for you and your professional career goals? Unlike a PhD program which is geared toward academia and theoretical research, a DBA focuses on applied research. Doctoral students will enhance their critical reasoning skills for practical use in developing pragmatic solutions to problems in the business world.

  • Penetrate the C-Suite Market
    • With a DBA, you increase your potential of entering the c-suite job market. It can take years to have enough knowledge and experience to move into executive roles. Build credibility with your doctorate and expand earlier in your career.
  • Prepare for a Second Career
    • Many people discover their desire to be prepared for a second career. The DBA will open the opportunity to teach at the doctoral level if you decide, now or later, that you are interested in sharing your knowledge and experience in a classroom.

Achieve the Highest Level of Education at Edgewood College

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program at Edgewood College prepares ethical leaders to holistically address the numerous and complex problems facing the business world. Our 100% fully online program provides DBA students with a deeper understanding of management theory, scholarship, and positions graduates to become innovative problem solvers.

Transform Your Career

For students to achieve the highest level of education, Edgewood College is bringing our highest degree of teaching. Advancing student comprehension in management of organizations and improving their analytical and critical reasonings skills is the foundation of our curriculum.

Students will learn how to demonstrate scholar-practitioner knowledge and expertise in general management to discover evidence-based solutions for current or forward-looking business problems. This discovery will include:

  • Conducting research to find innovative solutions to complex problems and improve decision-making ability.
  • Using technology efficiently and effectively to achieve organizational and professional goals and objectives.
  • Communicating effectively as scholar-practitioners in the field of general management, for diverse audiences and purposes through digital, oral, and written formats.

To view a course schedule, expand Degree Requirements at the bottom of page.

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DBA Program Highlights

• Credits = 45 • Competitively priced at $22,500 • 6 starts each year • 100% Online - Asynchronous • 7-Week Courses • No GMAT Exam

Degree Requirements

To receive a Doctorate in Business Administration degree, students must:

  • Earn 45 credits in program courses
  • Maintain 3.00 GPA each semester (courses graded at or below 2.0 cannot be counted toward degree completion)

Required Courses


BUS 902

Analyzing Behavior in Organizations


BUS 903

Corporate Social Responsibility


BUS 904

Executive Supply Chain Strategy & Negotiations


BUS 910

Financial Decision-Making & Value Creation



BUS 901

Introduction to Academic Research & Doctoral Studies in Business


BUS 920

Quantitative Analysis I: Quantitative Research & Analysis


BUS 921

Qualitative Research


BUS 922

Quantitative Analysis II: Applied Regression Analysis



BUS 930

Applied Doctoral Research Proposal I


BUS 931

Applied Doctoral Research Proposal II


BUS 932

Findings and Conclusions


BUS 933

Applied Doctoral Research Defense & Completion



Concentration Areas (Select One)


BUS 940

Effective Organizational Leadership


BUS 941

Leading Change


BUS 962

Managerial Economics



BUS 960

Capital Budgeting


BUS 961

Managerial Accounting & Controllership


BUS 962

Managerial Economics


(Select three courses from list below or from courses above)

BUS 942

Social Transformation and NPO/NGO Management


BUS 943

Strategic Management of Human Resources


BUS 970

Persuasion and Negotiation Strategies


BUS 971

Data Mining for Business


BUS 972

Teaching Business in Higher Education


BUS 973

Seminar in Contemporary Business Issues


BUS 974

Contemporary Global Issues, Trade, & Investment



Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending doctoral school is one of the best investments you will make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development growth are priceless, you can expect your DBA degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the business world.

Tuition for the Doctoral in Business degree is $22,500 ($500 an hour at 45 hours).

Financial aid is available to those who qualify and who are U.S. citizens. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.

Admission Requirements

Application Process

We encourage students to submit their application and admissions materials by the priority deadlines.  However, we will continue to accept applications on a continuous basis until the start of the session.  Applications considered complete after the priority deadline can be considered for admission for the next session.

New students may start their program at six entry points throughout the year. Please note our priority deadlines:

  • Spring Session I – January 16, 2024
  • Spring Session II – March 18, 2024
  • Summer Session I – May 13, 2024
  • Summer Session II – July 1, 2024
  • Fall Session I – August 26, 2024
  • Fall Session II – October 21, 2024

To be considered for admission, applicants must provide the following:

  • Completed graduate application. This application is for students who want to pursue a doctoral degree.
  • Official transcripts reflecting completion of a master’s degree, or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement may still be considered for conditional admission. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information on how to apply for conditional admission.

International Students

International students are eligible to apply for the program.  To learn more about international student requirements, please click here.

Transfer Credits

Up to 9 credit hours of doctoral level coursework may be submitted for consideration of transfer for application to this degree program. Approval of the DBA program director is required. To be considered, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Applicants for any of the student classifications except non-degree must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate programs.

  1. Complete and submit graduate application.
  2. Provide evidence of a master’s degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent postsecondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all graduate academic credits received from any institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies. 

Faculty and Staff

Victoria M. Palmisano, MA, MBA, MLS, PhD, Associate Dean & Assistant Professor
BA, Tulane University
MA, University of New Orleans
MBA, Louisiana State University – Shreveport
Masters of Legal Studies, The University of Arizona
PhD, University of New Orleans

 Ken Kavajecz, MS, PhD, Professor of Finance
BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MS, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
PhD, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management


The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is accredited through HLC and is currently in candidacy with ACBSP for accreditation. The DBA Program will receive full accreditation once it has met all ACBSP requirements.

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