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Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed an MBA or master's degree.

Candidates for the Doctorate in Business Administration must fill out an online application and submit the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation submitted directly by the letter writers. Please identify the letter writers in the online application. We strongly encourage your letters of recommendation to evaluate attributes that make you a strong candidate for doctoral education at DePaul, such as intellectual curiosity, educational aptitude, professional maturity, teamwork, collegiality, persistence and/or conscientiousness.
  • A personal statement, not to exceed 1½ pages, outlining professional and research goals.
  • Current résumé.
  • Official transcripts for bachelor's and master's degrees. Both degrees must be from regionally accredited universities.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.
Applicants may be asked to interview with the admission committee as part of the admissions process.


Students may submit their applications any time of year for admission into the program, which starts in the fall quarter. Admission to the program is competitive and continues on an ongoing basis until the fall cohort has been filled. 


No, you are not required to send graduate school entrance exam scores because it is assumed that applicants completed an exam to enter their master's degree programs.

An applicant's professional experience, potential, rationale for degree pursuit and educational preparation will be the determining factors for admission.

Tuition is currently $129,000 for the three-year program, which includes all costs related to the program such as books, software and computers.

Students will be provided with breakfast and lunch and snacks during each residency. The cost of tuition does not cover travel and lodging costs and additional meals, although as a member of the DePaul community, students will have access to discounted rates.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-U.S. citizen admitted to a degree seeking program at DePaul University. You will automatically be considered for aid if you meet these criteria when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Ready to apply?

Apply online for DePaul's DBA Program.

For more information, contact us at or (312) 362-8810.