The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is designed for highly experienced professionals who seek to take their career to the highest level. The three-year program is designed for working professionals with a previous master's degree in a business or business-related discipline. The ideal candidate will enter the program with significant business acumen gained through eight to 10 years of managerial or consultative experience. Candidates for the DBA will learn to frame complex business problems in a manner that enables an applied, evidence-based analysis of all available data and rigorous evaluation of potential solutions.
A fundamental component of the DBA experience is the personal working relationship with the research-active faculty of the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. These ongoing mentor-student relationships support the doctoral candidates’ professional development in the tools and methods of data analysis and business intelligence. In addition, DBA candidates will advance through their program as members of a cohort of about 15 students. The program’s small group format is designed to build a strong network of like-minded, high-potential professionals to support each other both during the program and after graduation.
Each year of the program, candidates will participate in nine three-day residencies led by Kellstadt faculty. DePaul's DBA program begins with a strong emphasis on research methodology and disciplinary coursework that features the most current developments from both academia and professional practice. Coursework simultaneously builds candidates' interdisciplinary business knowledge and applied research skills. In the second year, DBA candidates will work as part of a small research team, with a faculty mentor, to take a research idea from conception to completion in one year. By the end of the second year, candidates will be expected to have framed and formally proposed their dissertation research. In the third year of the program, candidates will be personally supervised by one of Kellstadt’s research faculty as they pursue their dissertation research. Throughout the program, DBA candidates are exposed to emerging industry and disciplinary developments through a series of doctoral seminars on current topics in business.