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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)


Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Advance your career in business or academia

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.

Build a network of research-minded thought leaders

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.

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Application Deadlines

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.

Admission Requirements

A completed MBA or master’s degree is required. Submit the application, resume, personal statement, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

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Required Courses

You’ll take seven research methodology courses and seven business discipline-specific courses.

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Top Program

Ranked among the world’s premier DBA programs in CEO magazine’s global business school rankings (2017)

Learn from faculty who are industry innovators

Our DBA program faculty members are leaders in business across disciplines—accounting, finance, hospitality, management, entrepreneurship and real estate. Award-winning Professor Robert Rubin has conducted research examining leadership assessment and development, organizational citizenship behavior and graduate management education. He also provides consulting services to a wide range of clients, including Capsim, Discover Financial Services and Fifth Third Bank.

"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, including going to work for the top consulting firm in the world."

Karen, DBA Candidate
Director, Corporate Intelligence and Strategic Threat Management, PwC

Karen, DePaul DBA Candidate  

Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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