Doctor of Business Administration

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2023. Please see the Application section, link below, for information on how to apply.

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Information Sessions

Spring 2023

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 at noon
  • Friday, February 24 at 4
  • Monday, March 20 at noon

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.

Have a look at the DBA Brochure for additional information!

Why a Marshall DBA?

  • AACSB accredited business school
  • Tuition competitive ($850 per credit hour, subject to change)
  • Flexibility with hybrid course delivery (online synchronous and 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 in-demand concentrations in Accountancy, Health Care Management, and Management and Entrepreneurship
  • DBA in health care housed in AACSB accredited business school is a rarity
  • Member of the Executive DBA Council
  • #5 of the 20 Most Affordable Online DBA Programs in 2021

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

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

On-campus visit schedule

Spring 2023

  • Friday, January 13 – Saturday, January 14 – Huntington
  • Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 22 – Huntington

Summer 2023

  • Friday, June 23 – Saturday, June 24 – Huntington

Fall 2023

  • Friday, August 25 – Saturday, August 26 – Huntington
  • Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 2 – Huntington

Spring 2024

  • Friday, January 12 – Saturday, January 13 – Huntington
  • Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20 – Huntington

Summer 2024

  • Friday, June 21 – Saturday, June 22 – Huntington

Synchronous Virtual Classes (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST)

Fall 2022

  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, November 12

Spring 2023

  • Saturday, February 11
  • Saturday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 8

Summer 2023

  • Saturday, June 10
  • Saturday, July 8

Fall 2023

  • Saturday, September 9
  • Saturday, October 7
  • Saturday, November 11

Spring 2024

  • Saturday, February 10
  • Saturday, March 9
  • Saturday, April 13

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, the Brad D. Smith School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Hybrid classes combine online synchronous and asynchronous learning activities with traditional face-to-face (F2F) instruction. Our DBA program requires only 5 on-campus visits per academic year. The online synchronous classes meet the second Saturday of September October, November, February, March, April, June, and July.
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.
The DBA Program Committee reviews completed applications for the subsequent fall cohort at three points during the academic year (typically December, February, and April) or until the cohort is filled, whichever comes first. Please complete your application as soon as possible for it to be considered. DBA application deadlines are as follows: Dec. 1, 2022, Feb. 1, 2023, April 1, 2023.
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.
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.
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.
This is a 3-year, cohort-based 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.
Students can choose from the following three concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Health care management
  • Management and entrepreneurship
Before a final offer is made, candidates will be interviewed by the DBA Program Committee via phone or video conference.
About 15-20 students will be admitted for the first cohort, starting Fall 2021.
Publication is not a prerequisite for graduation. However, students are encouraged to consider working with faculty to co-author a paper.
Five (5) on-campus residencies will take place over two-day weekends (Friday and Saturday with 12-15 hours of instruction) per academic year (August, November, February, April, and June). Breakfast and lunch will be provided during all face-to-face sessions.
The personal interest statement should be 4 to 5 pages in length and explain the candidate’s objectives for joining the program, goals upon graduation, potential research questions of interest, and how the candidate’s work experience will contribute to this research.
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

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Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
Associate Director
Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
100 Angus E Peyton Drive
S. Charleston, WV 25303
Office: GC333
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063

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