Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Students pursuing the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) will gain knowledge skills in the discipline of business administration in specific cognate areas that can be applied in current and future leadership and teaching roles. The program seeks to provide an opportunity for qualified students to attain academic, professional, and practical competence within the Biblical Worldview to prepare them for opportunities, and corresponding additional responsibilities, beyond the master’s degree level.  The DBA program emphasizes practical and real-world applications in both the course work and the research project requirements. This 60-hour program is designed for individuals seeking to advance in their current business career as well as those pursuing careers in business consulting or academia.

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. In addition to any admission requirements established by the Graduate school, DBA Admission Requirements include:

  1. All DBA cognates require a master’s degree in business or a business-related field, with at least 30 semester hours of graduate business credit.
  2. The DBA, Accounting specifically requires either a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or MBA with an accounting concentration, with at least 30 semester hours of graduate business credit.
  3. The DBA, Information Systems specifically requires either a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS), or an MBA with an Information Systems concentration, with at least 30 semester hours of graduate business credit.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above is required for entrance into the program from any of the acceptable degrees above.
  5. 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 30 hours of coursework. In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 701Current Topics in Business Administration3
BUSI 885Research Concept3
BUSI 887Applied Doctoral Research Project I5
BUSI 888Applied Doctoral Research Project II5
BUSI 889Applied Doctoral Research Project III5
BUSI 890Applied Doctoral Research Project IV0
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