Doctor of Business Administration

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort

Please see the Application section, below, for information on how to apply.

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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.

DBA Brochure

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Brad D. Smith School of Business AACSB-accredited?
What does hybrid mean in your program?
Is your new DBA program full-time or part-time?
When is the admission deadline?
What are you looking for when evaluating the applications?
Am I required to submit GMAT or GRE scores?
Am I required to have managerial experiences and/or a master’s degree in business in order to apply?
How long does it take to complete the program?
Are students required to complete a comprehensive exam during the program?
Does your DBA program have concentrations?
Is an interview required for admission?
What is the size of each cohort?
Am I required to publish papers before completing the DBA?
What are the residency requirements for the program?
How do I find the research interests and publications of faculty in the Lewis College of Business?

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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