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Online learning at Marshall University offers all-online undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs.

Marshall’s doctoral degree in Business Administration is a three-year, cohort-based, hybrid program with online courses and selected face-to-face meetings on campus. Newly launched in 2021, the DBA program is designed for busy working professionals and academics who want a convenient and flexible way to further advance their professional careers in business.

Specifically, the cohort-based DBA program helps students develop the ability to identify and solve actual business problems while using a practice-based research model. The DBA program provides quality business education through innovative approaches such as experiential learning and design thinking to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The Doctor of Business Administration degree program is a 66-credit-hour, three-year full-time program. Coursework is completed during the first two years, and the third year is devoted to completing a dissertation. The entry term for the DBA program is August / fall semester.

The DBA program is well-positioned to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals who want to advance their current career or transition to an academic career. This doctoral program is also a way for adjunct or term faculty to obtain a terminal degree to advance their academic careers. The program offers flexibility with hybrid course delivery: online asynchronous instruction with only five on-campus visits per academic year.

The Lewis College of Business holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), a global organization that provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and learning and development services to more than 1,700 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide.

The mission of AACSB is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation and amplify impact in business education. AACSB standards ensure quality and continuous improvement in collegiate business education. The Lewis College of Business is accredited in both Business and Accounting, a hallmark of excellence in business education earned by fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools.

DBA students can choose from three concentrations to focus on one broad business area. They are required to complete a proposal and dissertation on this topic area. Doctoral students also are required to attend two academic conferences related to their concentration area that are approved by the DBA Program Committee. The concentrations for the online Doctor of Business Administration degree are:

  • Accounting
  • Health Care Management
  • Management / Entrepreneurship

Career Outlook

DBA students are in a great position, upon graduation, to pursue a tenure-track faculty position in business schools and/or to become business leaders in such roles as consultant, business owner, C-suite executive, senior business executive, entrepreneur, healthcare administrator, economist, market analyst, policymaker, government employee, director of human resources and more.

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