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Doctorate Program at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at DePaul is designed for experienced professionals who want to take their careers to the next level, whether they seek to advance in the corporate world or higher education.

DBA candidates learn to frame complex business problems in a manner that enables applied, evidence-based analysis of all available data and rigorous evaluation of potential solutions. Graduates emerge from the program with advanced insights into the latest research across business disciplines, and how to lead others to turn this data into action.

DePaul Doctoral Business Program

Who should apply?

  • Senior leaders seeking to be a catalyst for change in the c-suite. The program will empower professionals to transform their organization and address contemporary business issues through sophisticated applied research.
  • Professionals with business school teaching experience. A DBA degree from DePaul prepares individuals with the teaching and research skills needed to transition to academia full-time.

The three-year, part-time program is for the working professional who has earned a previous master's degree. Ideal candidates will enter the program with significant business acumen gained through a minimum of eight years of experience.

Learn more about the DePaul DBA

DBA Prepares Business Professionals for Academia

Brian Thompson

"The program has really allowed me to see things from a different perspective and has given me the ability to bring evidence-based research to the investment process or to solving a problem for a client in a much more thorough way."

— Brian Thompson, DBA candidate
Adjunct Professor, Driehaus College of Business
Principal, Black & Essington Solutions

Contact Us

For more information about DePaul's Doctorate in Business Administration, contact the Kellstadt Office at (312) 362-8810 or email us at

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Doctorate in Business Administration
DePaul University
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604