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Business Administration in Accounting Doctorate

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting

Build a Career Utilizing Advanced Business Research Skills

The Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting degree, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, serves experienced accounting 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 the accounting 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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August 17, 2022

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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:

Accounting Disciplinary Content (16 credit hours)
The content area encourages students to acquire a critical understanding of their accounting 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 accounting literature through a deep dive into accounting research scholarship and advanced theoretical constructs. These seminars will provide a basis for selecting the student’s intended area of research. Along with accounting-focused seminars, 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 in Accounting 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 in Accounting program is determined by a committee of accounting faculty members. The committee acts upon individual applications within a short period of time after receipt of the completed application.

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

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of work experience.
  • Have a business-focused Master’s degree or related degree from an accredited college or university.*

*For students who do not possess a Master’s degree, inquire about the pathway to the DBA via the accelerated pathway.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received.

For non-WVU undergraduates or alumni, please have your undergraduate institution send your official transcript to WVU’s Office of Admissions, One Waterfront Place, PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV, 26506-6510 or electronically to

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

The John Chambers College of Business and Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University’s requirement. Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 580 (paper), 237 (computer), or 92 (internet-based). If applicants have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.0. International students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Business Administration in Accounting 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

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

For additional resources to help fund your graduate education, please review the following:

  1. Federal Direct Student Loans
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible graduate and professional students, but the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.
    • Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.
    • They must be degree seeking (graduate certificate programs are not eligible, as they are non-degree).
    • The maximum annual amount is $20,500 (unsubsidized only) or cost of education.
    • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (a minimum of 4 credit hours in fall/spring and 3 credit hours in summer) during the term for which the loan is processed.
  2. Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to eligible graduate and professional degree students who need to borrow more than the maximum unsubsidized loan amounts to meet their education costs.
    • These are credit-based loans (a credit check will be done).
    • Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.
    • They must be degree seeking (graduate certificate programs are not eligible, as they are non-degree).
    • The maximum annual amount is the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance received (including a Federal Direct Student Loan).
    • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (a minimum of 4 credit hours in fall/spring and 3 credit hours in summer) during the term for which the loan is processed.
  3. Private Loans
    • Private student loans are non-federal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, state agency, etc. These are credit-based loans (a credit check will be done).
    • Students must submit application materials directly to the private lender.
    • Eligibility, interest rates and repayment provisions will vary by lender.
    • You have the right to select the private lender of your choice.
    • Access the list of lenders used by WVU students. (No specific endorsements of these lenders are intended by WVU, the Financial Aid Office or the Chambers College).

Important Information about the Financial Aid Process
To allow sufficient time for processing, submit the FAFSA at least 8 weeks prior to the term in which you want financial aid.

In order to have aid processed in a timely manner, you must accept any aid offered to you that you wish to use. Information about your financial aid is available through the MIX/STAR system—Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX), and Student and Technology Achieving Results (STAR). The WVU Financial Aid Office uses your MIX email to communicate with you. If you do not have your MIX email formally set up, please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office directly at (304) 293-5242 or, to inquire about your financial aid.

Financial aid is not available to non-degree students or students in graduate certificate programs.

Students who use federal loans will have to complete a promissory note and review loan counseling information if there is no record of previous borrowing through federal programs.

Financial aid may be adjusted if you alter your enrollment during the fall/spring/summer terms or if you do not earn at least one passing grade in a term. Previously awarded aid may be adjusted if you obtain additional funding that was not originally part of your financial aid package. Adjustments to financial aid can result in the need to return funds to WVU.

You must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid, also known as satisfactory academic progress. Students must successfully complete 67% of all attempted credits and maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average. For more details review the entire policy on satisfactory academic progress for graduate students.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Doctorate in Business Administration in Accounting 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

Treasurer and Controller
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Accountants and Auditor
Projected Growth: 3-4% *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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