Choose Between a dissertation or a
Doctoral Research Project (DRP) to earn a Doctorate of Business Administration at CIU

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Key differences between DRP and Dissertation to help you with the right choice


  • Designed for you to contribute to the body of scholarly research on your chosen topic.
  • Requires original research on your topic that is grounded in existing literature.
  • Dissertations require background research and information to arrive at a specific conclusion. They cover a wide range of related topics within the chosen field.

Doctoral Research Project (DRP)

  • Designed for you to use existing knowledge to make an original contribution to solving a real-world problem in your field.
  • Requires designing and conducting a study with an applied focus on presenting a solution.
  • DRPs involve a specific research task within a larger research program. The length of a research project can range from 50 to 100 pages, depending on the nature of the project.

Now that you know the different options for presenting your postgraduate work at CIU,
take the next step and select the perfect option for you.

  • Nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • Total tuition $36,675, wich includes    all e-books.
  • 100% Online.

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Multidimensional Curriculum

CIU helps you achieve your career goals through a multidimensional approach that is focused on your success.

Length of time

Doctorate of Business Administration is designed to be completed in 2.5 years.

100% Online Doctorate Program

Flexible classroom schedule designed for the working professionals. Access you online courses from anywhere, anytime.

Acreditations and Approvals

Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commision

Approved by California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Council for Higher Education Accreditation member institution

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Doctorate vs. Ph.D.

  • A doctorate of business administration (DBA) is a professional degree that prepares practitioners for high-level leadership roles in the field.
  • A Ph.D. is a doctorate degree in the field of philosophy, awarded by a graduate school in a field of academic study.

Acreditations and Approvals

Strategic Networking

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collaborate with today's venture driven professors, classmates, and alumni.
Be a part of a community of
accomplished leaders.

Personalized Service

Throughout your program you will have
the personal support that will foster
the business and entrepreneurial spirit in
you so that you may achieve your career goals.


CIU's entire doctorate program
tuition for $36,675.
Rate includes all fees, books,
core materials, and resources.
Flexible payment plans are available.

Alumni Highlights

Ambassdor Halefom
Christine Miller
Dr. Pamela Ravare
Dr. Stevens Bonhomme

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