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 an application, résumé, 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. Associate Professor and DBA Program Director
Grace Lemmon is a research expert in evidence-based management, career guidance, and coaching for students who are interested in changing careers. “I appreciate that DePaul attracts deeply diverse students,” she said. “Despite differences, we find commonality in the goal of generating and applying high-quality evidence to modern work problems.”
“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.”
For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at
(312) 362-8810 or
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