College of Business > Academics > Doctoral > Doctorate in Business Administration
Our Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) combines intellectual rigor, a springboard for career advancement and a professional network. With a DBA degree from DePaul, you’ll take your career to the next level—in the corporate world or higher education.
As a DBA candidate, you’ll advance through the program as a member of a tight-knit cohort of students. Our small-group format will help you build a strong network of like-minded thought leaders whom you’ll support and be supported by during the program and after graduation.
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.
A completed MBA or master’s degree is required. Submit the application, resume, personal statement, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
You’ll take seven research methodology courses and seven business discipline-specific courses.
DePaul was ranked among the world’s premier DBA programs in CEO Magazine’s global business school rankings (2018)
Our DBA faculty come from various backgrounds across many different disciplines. Award-winning Professor Robert Rubin teaches graduate courses in organizational behavior, management consulting and recruitment and selection. Rubin also provides consulting services for a client list comprised of companies including Discover Financial Services, Fifth-Third Bank, Coyote Logistics, Inteliquent, Vi, Allstate Insurance, Lenze Americas, Thyssenkrupp North America, Heitman and USG.
"The DBA program is designed to bridge the gap between business and academia. Almost instantly, I used what I learned in class at work to solve business problems in a more scientific way, which is great for my organization and great for my personal brand. The DBA has definitely opened doors for me."
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