Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration is to improve the student’s understanding of, the ability to provide data necessary for decision-making, and the ability to make decisions on relevant data supplied. This 60-hour program is designed for individuals pursuing careers as consultants and/or academia, and provides training in all of the core areas of business needed at the doctoral level.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
Evaluate current theoretical and applied research in business administration.
Recommend qualitative and quantitative analysis methods to perform effective business research.
Recommend solutions for the improvement of business and organizational practice based upon research, knowledge of the literature, and best practices.
Integrate a Christian Worldview into business functions.
Program Specific Admissions Requirements
The DBA has a competitive admissions process. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
- The specific earned graduate degree required is dependent upon the applicant’s intended DBA cognate.
- A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is required for all DBA cognates except for Accounting and Information Systems.
- A Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or MBA with an accounting concentration is required for the Accounting cognate.
- A Master of Science in Information Systems or Master of Science in Management Information Systems is required for the Information Systems cognate.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above is required for entrance into the program from any of the acceptable degrees.
- Professional Resume/Vita.
- Contact information for two professional references may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.
- No cautionary admission
- Admissions packets are approved by the department
- TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
Transfer of Credit
Applicants may transfer up to 15 hours of coursework. In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:
- The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
- The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
- The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
- The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within seven years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.
- Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
Transfer credit will not be given for the following courses:
|BUSI 700||Doctor of Business Administration Orientation||3|
|BUSI 885||Comprehensive Exam and Research Concept||3|
|BUSI 988||Dissertation II||5|
|BUSI 989||Dissertation III||5|
|BUSI 990||Disseration IV||0|
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, students in the Doctor of Business Administration must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 60 hours.
- Residential Orientation course (1 week intensive), 2 other mandatory 1-week intensives.
- A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
- A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree. The 15 hours may also include courses in the cognates (which are 500/600-level). These courses must have been completed within seven years of the student’s admission to the DBA.
- 3.25 GPA.
- No grades lower than B- may be applied to the degree.
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- The degree must be completed within five years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Accounting
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Finance
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Healthcare Management
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Human Resources
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Information Systems
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - International Business
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Leadership
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Marketing
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Non-Profit Leadership & Management
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Project Management
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Real Estate Development
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Strategic Management
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Strategic Media & Digital Content
- Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Supply Chain Management & Logistics
- Account Executive
- Brand Manager
- Budget Supervisor
- Business Marketing Consultant
- Certified Management Accountant
- Certified Public Accountant
- Chief Sustainability Officer
- Company Executive
- Compensation and Benefits Manager
- Cultural Advisor
- Data Administration
- Data Networking
- Development Specialist
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Distribution Director
- Federal, State, and Local Government Trade Specialist
- Financial Manager
- Global Manager
- Healthcare Administrator
- Human Resources Director
- International Business Consultant
- Job Analysis Specialist
- Lead Management
- Management Analyst
- Management Consultant
- Market Researcher
- Marketing Coordinator
- Marketing Manager
- Nonprofit Organization Director
- Product Manager
- Project Scheduler
- Recruitment Specialist
- Regulatory Affairs Manager
- Sales Director
- Senior Management
- Senior Project Manager
- Systems Integration
- Treasurer and Controller
Introduction for new DBA students to provide information about the DBA program and philosophy, as well as the Graduate School of Business and university resources (Intensive Optional).
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 700 (may be taken concurrently)
An overview of the assumptions, theories and processes of qualitative and quantitative contemporary applied business research methods, with an emphasis on blending them to investigate practice-anchored research problems.
The advanced study of accounting and financial decision making techniques and models that are useful in the translation of strategic and operational goals related to resource allocation into specific budgetary expectations of revenue, expenses, capital expenditures, and needs for external funding, including analysis of the effects of contingencies that might cause financial outcomes to vary from budgeted expectations.
A comprehensive study of concepts, processes, and strategies used in the development and management of global supply chains. Topical coverage will include: supply chain management, production planning and inventory control, order fulfillment and supply chain coordination; and global supply chain design, logistics and outsourcing.
An advanced study of the integrated use of training, organizational development, and career development efforts to improve individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. Coverage is designed to develop ethical, competent professional leaders with the KSA's needed to perform effectively in critical HRD roles.
Comprehensive overview of business coaching theory, methodology, and techniques, including organizational coaching theories and frameworks, coaching skills and techniques, and executive coaching, resulting in an experiential and individualized leader development process that builds a leader's capability to achieve short- and long-term organizational goals.
The advanced study of the concepts of continuous improvement and quality management, viewing quality as a systematic process that improves customer satisfaction. Coverage includes methods and technologies that will aid managers in assuring that the organization's quality system is effectively meeting the organization's continuous improvement goals.
The advanced study of the process of business strategy (for both profits and nonprofits), including the decision traps to avoid and the most effective ways to develop and implement strategy.
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 770
This doctoral level course examines the qualitative method used in business research, with a focus on five qualitative designs: narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, ethnographic, and case study. Underpinning philosophical assumptions are presented in context with the selected qualitative designs. The course also covers data collection, analysis, and validation measures appropriate for qualitative research. (Formerly BUSI 715)
This course is designed to prepare doctoral students to apply statistical methods to problems in business administration. Students will learn the fundamental concepts, designs, principles, and statistical skills necessary to perform an empirical study. This will include a basic knowledge of the nature of quantitative methods and the principles of experimental design. Upon conclusion of the course, students will be able to differentiate between a variety of models and statistical methods appropriate to business administration research. (Formerly BUSI 720)
This course will focus on students completing a comprehensive exam, preparing a Concept Paper, and preparing students for their applied doctoral research project. (Formerly BUSI 785)
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 700 and BUSI 710 and BUSI 730 and BUSI 740 and BUSI 750 and BUSI 755 and BUSI 760 and BUSI 770 and (BUSI 815 or BUSI 715) and (BUSI 820 or BUSI 720) and (BUSI 885 or BUSI 785)
This course is the first step for DBA Doctoral Candidates in the process of developing and completing their research study and dissertation. Doctoral Candidates will develop Section 1 which includes the Foundation of the Study to include a detailed Literature Review relevant to the proposed research study.
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 987
This course is the second step for DBA Doctoral Candidates to develop and complete their dissertation. Doctoral Candidates will develop Section 2 which includes their methodology for conducting the study and combine it with Section 1 into a single document. Candidates will also complete and submit their IRB package complete their proposal defense.
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 988
This course is the final step in developing the dissertation manuscript. Doctoral Candidates will conduct their field study, analyze their data, and present their findings and develop Section 3 of their dissertation. Candidates will combine all three sections into their completed dissertation manuscript in preparation for their dissertation defense.
Online Prerequisite: BUSI 989
This course is the last step in the DBA program. Doctoral Candidates will defend their dissertation and finalize their dissertation manuscript for publication.