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Business Administration Doctorate

July 31, 2023

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Build a Career Utilizing Advanced Business Research Skills

The Doctorate of Business Administration degree, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, serves experienced professionals who may be considering careers in academia, consulting, or in advanced professional positions. The DBA is carefully constructed to provide students with a foundation in research, an in-depth exposure to academic literature, and a supportive environment through faculty guidance and mentorship. The online curriculum is augmented by optional on-campus residences and allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their doctoral degree.

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Start Date

July 31, 2023

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Doctorate of Business Administration

Program Details

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The program is designed to be completed in three years. The program is 53 credit hours with 17 credit hours in research methods, 16 credit hours in content seminars, 20 credit hours in research and the dissertation.

The DBA is built on three foundational areas:

Disciplinary Content (16 credit hours)
The content area encourages students to acquire a critical understanding of their conceptual foundations grounded in their own unique real-world business perspective. The coursework includes four accounting research seminars as well as two-pedagogy seminars. Students will be exposed to academic literature through a deep dive into research scholarship and advanced theoretical constructs. These seminars will provide a basis for selecting the student’s intended area of research. Students will take seminars focused on pedagogy and ethics, diversity and inclusion.

Research Methods (17 credit hours)
As highly experienced business professionals, our students will have experience identifying meaningful resolutions to complex organizational and marketplace issues. In this program, they pursue more in-depth explanations using cutting edge, current, and rigorous research methods with the ability to navigate data archives and access relevant populations that are potentially rich settings for empirical research. The coursework emphasizes methodological skills to do high-quality research on emerging business issues to contribute to knowledge, including a statistics boot camp and five research methods seminars.

Dissertation/Research (20 credit hours)
Students will put their research skills into practice under the guidance of their expert faculty mentor to engage and conduct meaningful and impactful research that is focused in solving problems in industry.

The program develops students’ ability to generate high-quality original research that drives new business and academic insights. Moreover, there is a strong emphasis on conducting this research at a quality level that is publishable in high-quality scholarly journals.

DBA Educational Goals
Learning Goal 1: Students will be able to apply the holistic nature of research to business opportunities and problems.
Learning Goal 2: Students will be able to apply research methods and data analysis to solve business problems.
Learning Goal 3: Students will be able to develop a theory-based research plan to address unique business problems.
Learning Goal 4: Students will be able to apply research skills to analyze and develop solutions to business problems.
Learning Goal 5: Students will be able to create and communicate original scholarship that addresses researched solutions to business problems.

Experienced Cohort that Bridges Academia and Industry
The DBA addresses the shortage of doctoral-qualified faculty in the field. Given the experience level of the students entering the program, this will create graduates who can easily help bridge the gap between academia and the industry. DBA students will benefit from their faculty members’ expertise but will learn a great deal from their peers through professional networking and sharing experiences and expertise.

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Admission to the DBA is highly competitive; meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee admission. A holistic admissions process considers minimum requirements as well as professional accomplishments and certifications. The program is delivered in a cohort-based online asynchronous format and begins in the fall semester. Success in the program requires significant commitment and time. The cohort design does not permit for students to take courses outside of the prescribed sequence. Consideration for admission is only given to those applicants that have a complete application package on file with the WVU College of Business and Economics.

To be eligible for consideration for the DBA program applicants must:

  • Have sufficient work experience.
  • Have a Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Once qualified to proceed with the application to the DBA program, applicants will be required to submit additional documents, including:

  1. Complete the WVU Graduate Application.
  2. Upload a current resume.
  3. Request two letters of recommendation from employers, faculty, or professional associates.
  4. Create a Statement of Purpose. Your statement of purpose should be a short, one-page essay which describes your interest in the program, why you wish to pursue the program at WVU, how the program will help you reach your career goals, and any additional information which may be necessary to understanding your candidacy.
  5. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. Please send your official transcripts to:
    WVU’s Office of Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV, 26506-6510
    or electronically to:
  6. International Students - A minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper, 250 computer, or 100 internet. An official grade report must be sent directly to:
    West Virginia University
    P.O. Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

**International students should note that at least three credit-hours of U.S. Income Tax are required for admission to the program.

The integrity of the admissions process is of paramount importance. All grade and/or score reports received are subject to verification.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Business Administration Doctorate requires 53 credit hours to complete.
Cost per credit hour is $1,200.

Total Degree Cost

$63,600 – Residents and Non-Residents.

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $1,200
3 $3,600
6 $7,200
9 $10,800

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

The WVU Financial Aid Office will work with you to access federal student loans to assist with the costs of your master’s degree education. You can contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Doctorate in Business Administration may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Business Intelligence Analyst
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Business Professor, Post-Secondary
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Financial Manager
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

General and Operations Manager
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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