Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Admission Requirements

Candidates must be committed to a rigorous program of study requiring periodic residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Business Administration as well as substantial reading and academic inquiry throughout the program. Applicants are expected to hold an MBA or other relevant advanced degree from an acceptable academic institution and to have ten years of significant professional and/or senior level management experience with high levels of responsibility. In exceptional cases, individuals without an advanced degree but other forms of advanced education and substantial managerial experience may be considered; other experience or qualifications may also compensate for less than 10 years of professional or managerial experience. Applicants must submit

  • Most recent transcript(s). Scanned transcripts will be sufficient for the preliminary application. Official Transcripts in sealed envelopes will be required for final acceptance.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Names and contact information of two people who can provide insights into the applicant’s academic potential and ability to think critically.
  • Two essays (Statement of Commitment & Statement of Research Interest)

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Degree Requirements

The DBA in the College of Business Administration requires completion of 60 credit hours. To ensure sufficient background for doctoral-level courses, students must demonstrate appropriate competence in quantitative reasoning, which is evidenced through completion of BUS AD 7301 and BUS AD 7109 or their equivalent to be determined by the DBA Director.

Course Requirements

Students are required to take:
BUS AD 7301Statistical Modeling1-3
BUS AD 7100Scientific Inquiry in Business1-3
BUS AD 7101Quantitative Research Methods I in Business Administration3
BUS AD 7102Qualitative Research Methods I in Business Administration3
BUS AD 7103Quantitative Research Methods II in Business Administration3
BUS AD 7104Qualitative Research Methods II in Business Administration3
BUS AD 7109Doctoral Foundations Seminar1-3
BUS AD 7300Management of Supply Chains2
BUS AD 7400The Role of Accounting Information in Firms and Markets2
BUS AD 7500Finance Theory and Applications Seminar2
BUS AD 7600Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage2
BUS AD 7700Contemporary Marketing Intelligence and Decision Making2
BUS AD 7800Management of Sustaining and Disruptive Information Technologies2
BUS AD 7105Special Topics in Business Administration (two semesters)4
BUS AD 7106Strategic Business Analysis2
BUS AD 7107Capstone Project Research in Business Administration6
BUS AD 7108Research Practicum in Business Administration (three semesters)18
Total Hours57-63

Other Requirements

Students will be evaluated annually for satisfactory progress.  Students deemed not to be making adequate progress are subject to the policies of the Graduate School and the College of Business Administration regarding probation and dismissal from the program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Design research studies based on sound methodological considerations
  • Exhibit expertise in a stream of academic research
  • Apply theory to address business problems
  • Apply advanced quantitative methods to conduct original research
  • Apply advanced qualitative methods to conduct original research
  • Communicate research findings in both oral and written formats in a public forum
  • Develop pedagogical skills for disseminating information in educational settings