Doctor of Business Administration

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021! Please have a look at our brochure for additional information.


Description of the DBA Program

The Marshall University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a research-based doctoral program that combines a disciplined approach to scholarship with a focus on compelling problems of practice. The DBA program is a 66-credit hour, three-year, hybrid program that requires students to prepare an applied research proposal and dissertation. Students will study seminal and contemporary business literature to develop research questions in their area of interest. They will perform literature reviews, design and perform research studies, analyze data, and draw relevant conclusions that affect economic development and business innovation. Students will choose a concentration that focuses on one broad business area, and they will be required to complete a proposal and dissertation as part of the program.

Comparison of  DBA  and  PhD

Applied research Basic research
Professional doctorate for practitioners working full-time Professional doctorate for academics
Typically 3 years Typically 4+ years
Significant professional experience No professional experience needed
Hybrid delivery mode In-person delivery mode
Hold a master’s degree May or may not hold a master’s degree

Why a Marshall DBA?

  • AACSB accredited business school
  • Tuition competitive ($850 per credit hour)
  • Flexibility with hybrid course delivery (online asynchronous instruction with only 5 on-campus visits per academic year)
  • Cohort-based program
  • Bridging the gap between theory and practice (practice-based research and having a practitioner serve on each dissertation committee)
  • Three (3) in-demand concentrations available
    • Accountancy
    • Health care management
    • Management and entrepreneurship
  • DBA in health care housed in AACSB accredited business school is a rarity

Meet the DBA Team

Doohee Lee, PhD (; 304-746-1973), Director of the DBA program and Professor
Monica Wei, PhD (; 304-696-3299), Associate Director of the DBA program and Assistant Professor
Wes Spradlin, MBA ( 304-746-8964), Associate Director of the Graduate School of Business

DBA Job Prospects

Some career opportunities may include:

  • Business school faculty
  • Business executives
  • Market analysts
  • Management analysts
  • Business consultants
  • Health care administrators
  • Policymakers
  • Business owners and/or entrepreneurs
  • Economists
  • Government employees
  • Director of Human Resources

Director’s Message

Welcome to the new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Marshall University. Our new DBA program is a testament to the collaboration and hard work of our college’s leadership, faculty, and staff over the past few years. Accredited by AACSB, the Marshall University DBA remains the very first and only DBA program in the state of West Virginia.

The hybrid DBA program is designed for busy working professionals and academics who are looking for convenience and want to further advance their professional careers in business. Specifically, our cohort-based program is designed to help students develop the ability to identify and rectify actual business problems while employing the practice-based research model.

With distinguished and diverse faculty, the Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business stands firm on quality business education by introducing innovative approaches such as experiential learning and design thinking, importantly bridging the gap between theory and practice.

DBA students will have opportunities of networking with their peers and learning essential research skills during their stay in the program.

Our DBA team and I are here to genuinely help transform your investment to a successful career. We are privileged to serve your educational needs, and I strongly encourage you to explore our DBA website as it contains valuable information.

Thank you.
Doohee Lee, PhD
DBA Program Director and Professor of Management/Health Care Administration


Apply Online (page down to the DISTANCE/Graduate & Undergraduate Applicants section)

Overview of the application process

  • The applicant uploads required documents to Marshall University Graduate College (MUGC)
  • The applicant completes the Supplemental Application Form
  • MUGC submits to the Lewis College of Business (LCOB) when application file is complete
  • The DBA Program Committee reviews all submitted materials
  • The DBA Program Committee makes initial decision to process further
  • If processing further, the DBA Program Committee interviews the applicant
  • The DBA Program Committee submits the final decision to the Office of Admissions
  • The applicant will receive official decision

Required documents

  • A cover letter and resume
  • A personal interest statement
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Preferred qualifications

  • A master’s degree
  • A GMAT or GRE score
  • Relevant professional and/or senior level management experience
  • Other evidence of achievement

Specific admission information listed in the Marshall University Graduate Catalog – Admissions Requirements

On-campus visit schedule

Fall Semester 2021

  • Friday, August 27 (DBA Retreat – Huntington) – Saturday, August 28
  • Friday, November 19 – Saturday, November 20

Spring Semester 2022

  • Friday, February 4 – Saturday, February 5
  • Friday, April 8 – Saturday, April 9

Summer 2022

  • Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25

Fall 2022

  • Friday, August 26 (DBA Retreat – Huntington) – Saturday, August 27
  • Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19

 Spring 2023

  • Friday, February 3 – Saturday, February 4
  • Friday, April 14 – Saturday, April 15

Summer 2023

  • Friday, June 23 – Saturday, June 24

DBA Program Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Courses – 3 Credit hours per course

  • DBA 701 (Current Research Issues in Business and Economic Development)
  • DBA 710 (Business Research Design and Methods)
  • DBA 711 (Quantitative Methods I: Applied Business Statistics I)

Spring Courses – 3 Credit hours per course

  • DBA 702 (Current Research Issues in Business Innovation)
  • DBA 712 (Quantitative Methods II: Applied Business Statistics II)
  • DBA 720/730/740 (Research Seminar – concentration area)

Summer Courses – 3 Credit hours per course

  • DBA 703 (Current Research Issues in Business Technology)
  • DBA 721/731/741 (Research Seminar – concentration area)

Year 2

Fall Courses – 3 Credit hours per course

  • DBA 704 (Current Research in Global and International Business)
  • DBA 713 (Quantitative Methods III: Advanced Business Statistics)
  • DBA 722/732/742 (Research Seminar – concentration area)

Spring Courses – 3 Credit hours per course

  • DBA 705 (Pedagogy in Business Schools)
  • DBA 714 (Qualitative Methods in Business Research)
  • DBA 790 (Dissertation Design – can be repeated)

Summer Course – 6 Credit hours

  • DBA 790 (Dissertation Design – can be repeated)

Year 3

Fall Course – 9 Credit hours

  • DBA 791 (Dissertation – can be repeated)

Spring Course – 9 Credit hours

  • DBA 791 (Dissertation – can be repeated)

Total Credit hours – 66

Program Costs

  • Tuition – $850 per credit hour
  • Financial Aid: Students are eligible for financial aid. If you have inquiries, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance,
  • All textbooks along with databases (WRDS/CRSP/AHA) are included with the cost of tuition. There is no hidden fees, other than $850 per credit hour. The DBA program currently offers no scholarships. A non-refundable deposit ($2,500) is required 3 weeks after being accepted to the program. This deposit can be applied to the first semester’s tuition.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Brad D. Smith School of Business AACSB-accredited?

Yes, the Brad D. Smith School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

What does hybrid mean in your program?

Hybrid classes combine online learning activities with traditional face-to-face (F2F) instruction. Our DBA program requires only 5 on-campus visits per academic year.

Is your new DBA program full-time or part-time?

The DBA program Is full-time because students will enroll in 9 credit hours per semester during fall and spring and 6 credit hours during the summer. This is considered full-time by the university.

When is the admission deadline?

There is no admission deadline. Under a rolling admissions policy, the DBA Program Committee will evaluate applications as they are received.

What are you looking for when evaluating the applications?

We are looking for applicants who have a strong potential to become business leaders and academics. The DBA Program Committee will review admission materials including, among others, professional experience, educational preparation, potential reflected from your resume and personal interest statement.

Am I required to submit GMAT or GRE scores?

No GMAT or GRE score is required for admission to our program. However, a good score of GMAT or GRE could help your admission to the program if you do not have a master’s degree.

Am I required to have managerial experiences and/or a master’s degree in business in order to apply?

No master’s degree in business is required. However, admission to the DBA is competitive and the DBA Committee prefers applicants who have a master’s degree in business along with a minimum of 10 years of academic and/or business experience.

How long does it take to complete the program?

This is a 3-year, cohort-based program.

Are students required to complete a comprehensive exam during the program?

No comprehensive exam is required. Students can begin working on their dissertations upon satisfactory completion of the required coursework and an approved proposal defense.

Does your DBA program have concentrations?

Students can choose from the following three concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Health care management
  • Management and entrepreneurship

Is an interview required for admission?

Before a final offer is made, candidates will be interviewed by the DBA Program Committee via phone or video conference.

What is the size of each cohort?

About 15-20 students will be admitted for the first cohort, starting Fall 2021.

Am I required to publish papers before completing the DBA?

Publication is not a prerequisite for graduation. However, students are encouraged to consider working with faculty to co-author a paper.

What are the residency requirements for the program?

Five (5) on-campus residencies will take place over two-day weekends (Friday and Saturday with 12-15 hours of instruction) per academic year (September, November, February, April, and June). Breakfast and lunch will be provided during all face-to-face sessions.

How do I find the research interests and publications of faculty in the Lewis College of Business?

You can look two places on our website. The first ( is the faculty/staff directory. On this page you can scroll to the department and/or specific faculty member. Click on their name and you will see Recent Publications and Research Interests for that faculty member. The second ( is a list of all faculty research by year. Most of the publications in these lists are clickable to the journal website where you can read the paper abstract. Feel free to email any professor about their research.

Program Contact

Mr. Wes Spradlin
Associate Director, Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
Marshall University
Phone: 304-746-8964

Request information about our DBA program

If you would like to learn more about our DBA program, please follow this link and fill out the request form.

Graduate Programs Contact Information

Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
Associate Director
Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
Office: GC333
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063

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