Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctoral degree program designed to advance a candidate’s knowledge of business administration through applied research. Candidates will generate practical solutions to the complex and dynamic challenges facing leaders, executive decision-makers, and managers of both people and processes in today’s environment of global change.

Designed with working professionals in mind, the DBA offers a part-time program at a pace that matches their needs. The DBA is offered through a combination of online coursework and Zoom enabled remote delivery, with on-campus engagement opportunities for local students to allow faculty and students to interact and form connections in real time. DBA graduates may seek careers as business leaders, consultants, or business educators.

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the DBA program is competitive and the attainment of a specific set of minimum qualifications does not assure admission.

In general, an applicant must:

  • Possess a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher from a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE) (
  • Applicants who do not possess either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business will be required to complete MGT 502, Foundations for Business Success, in their first semester with a grade of B or higher.
  • Have a recommended minimum of two years professional work experience.
  • Provide a professional resume or CV.
  • Provide a written Letter of Intent in business prose, indicating reasons for selecting the DBA program at Walsh College, expectations for the program, and the applicant’s intended area of academic interest and research.
  • Complete an interview with the Doctoral Program Director and/or Doctoral Program Committee.
  • Meet English proficiency requirements by having a TOEFL score of 550 (written); or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 79; or MELAB score of 80; or MTELP score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5. (
  • Provide international transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) ( or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) (
  • Provide official statements of financial support.
  • Provide evidence of health insurance.

Candidate Evaluation

The purpose of the candidate evaluation is to determine a student’s ability to pursue and successfully complete the DBA program. The review process will evaluate the entire candidate portfolio holistically rather than place specific limits or requirements on individual elements.

After completion of the candidate evaluation, the Doctoral Program Committee will make the determination whether a candidate is accepted into the Program. The decision will be recorded and communicated to the applicant in writing.



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