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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

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 an application, résumé, 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

DePaul was ranked among the world’s premier DBA programs in CEO Magazine’s global business school rankings (2018)

Learn from faculty with real-world experience

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 was truly transformative. It wasn't just about the knowledge gained, but the inspiration it sparked. A few professors had a profound impact on me, and their guidance continues to shape my approach. The program opened doors to incredible opportunities – from research and publication to much more. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a powerful and enriching academic journey that prepares them for a successful career in business or any other path they choose.”

Mona (DBA ’23)
Assistant Professor of Management, Wilkes University

Mona, DePaul DBA Candidate  

Contact Information

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

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