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)

For more information and application deadlines, please go to http://dba.umsl.edu.

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.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BUS AD 73012BUS AD 71003BUS AD 71013
BUS AD 71094BUS AD 71023BUS AD 76003
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BUS AD 71033BUS AD 71043Selected Topic I13
BUS AD 74003BUS AD 71063Selected Topic II13
 6 6 6
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
BUS AD 71076BUS AD 710826BUS AD 710826
Development and Defense of Proposal for Dissertation   
 6 6 6
Fourth Year
FallHours  
BUS AD 710826  
Final Dissertation Defense   
 6
Total Hours: 60

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