Doctorate in
Business Administration

Unlock limitless career possibilities with CIU’s online Doctorate in Business Administration program. Gain advanced decision-making skills, refine research and writing abilities, and position yourself for success.

Pursue the career you want, when you want, where you want with CIU’s online DBA.

The Doctorate of Business Administration Online program prepares graduates for advancement in their current employment or new business career opportunities. While learning the most advanced decision-making skills and techniques, doctorate candidates also develop and hone research and writing skills required for high- level responsibility in academic and business environments. 

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Career Outcomes:

Possible career avenues with a Doctorate of Business Administration from CIU.








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Who is CIU’s online Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program for?

Upon graduating from CIU with a DBA degree, individuals may be qualified to pursue executive positions and to manage large teams in the workplace, to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities to create their own businesses, or to work in an academic capacity as professors.

The Online Business Doctorate program encourages executives, college or university professors, and consultants to use their professional backgrounds to explore, design, and manage large systems in the complex organizations of increasingly multifaceted and multi-sectored economy.

Learning Outcomes for Our Online DBA Programs

Upon successful completion of this program, a Doctor of Business Administration will be able to:

• Demonstrate the use of effective communication to assess human resource business challenges and opportunities associated with the global economy, competition, change, and uncertainty.
• Construct and optimize information related to human resources to produce competitive market analysis.
• Utilize applied research methods and business strategies to maximize business growth and development opportunities.
• Identify and analyze complex organizational concepts and explore alternative solutions to organizational and HR problems.
• Apply critical thinking skills, ethical and legal perspectives, proven management theories and practices to analyze, evaluate, and decide on a wide range of human resource issues.

Online Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA-GEN) Course Curriculum:

The Doctorate of Business Administration degree requires completion of 60 semester credits of coursework which includes 30 credits of Business Core courses, 15 credits of Specialization Elective courses, a Comprehensive Competency Assessment, and 15 credits of Dissertation courses.

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1. Business Core Courses: 30 Credits/10 Courses

  • ECO 615 – Global Economy
  • FIN 605 – Global Business Finance
  • GRC 600 – Doctoral Academic Study and Writing
  • GRC 605 – Business Research Methodology and Quantitative Statistics
  • MGT 616 – Organizational Change and Development in Management System
  • MGT 610 – Mastering Leadership: Theories and Concepts
  • MGT 618 – International Business
  • MGT 662 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • MKT 640 – E-Commerce Models and Applications
  • MKT 645 – Marketing Research in Consumer Behavior

2. Specialization Courses: 15 Credits/5 Courses

  • Specialization Elective
  • Specialization Elective
  • Specialization Elective
  • Specialization Elective
  • Specialization Elective

3. Comprehensive Competency Assessment: 0 Credits/1 Course

  • Comprehensive Competency Assessment 

4. Research Project or Doctorate Dissertation Courses: 15 Credits/5 Courses

A. Research Project

  • DRP 801 – Introduction to Doctoral Research Project
  • DRP 802 – Doctoral Research Project Literature Support
  • DRP 803 – Doctoral Research Project Research Methodology
  • DRP 804 – Doctoral Research Project Results and Findings
  • DRP 805 – Doctoral Research Project Conclusions and Recommendations

B. Graduate Level Research

  • GRC 641 – Chapter 1 Dissertation Introduction
  • GRC 642 – Chapter 2 Dissertation Literature Review
  • GRC 643 – Chapter 3 Dissertation Methodology
  • GRC 644 – Chapter 4 Dissertation Results and Findings
  • GRC 645 – Chapter 5 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations/Dissertation Presentation and Oral Defense

Online DBA Degree Requirements

1) Masters Degree

2) Curriculum Vitae / Professional Resume

3) Application for Admission

Online DBA Degree Investment

Doctorate Degree Tuition Per Credit$528
Total Cost Per Course Including E-Books$1,779
Total Costs$36,675


With an Accredited Online DBA Degree, Your Effort Matters

California Intercontinental University is accredited by DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Our programs are accredited by ACBSP, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Why accreditation matters:


Rest assured your education meets industry qualifications.

Quality coursework

Accreditation means credits are valuable and transferable.

Financial Aid

Accredited programs are eligible for more financial aid options.

Earn a DBA Degree Online

You can earn a Doctorate Degree online while keeping up with work and family responsibilities. At CIU, students are able to take one course at a time, each spanning six weeks, to develop industry-specific skills and propel their careers forward. From anywhere in the world, at their own pace.

Flexibility + Structure

Flexible classroom schedule designed to work around your schedule. Access course modules from anywhere, anytime.

Career-Centric Education

Learn real-world skills and gain in-depth knowledge that can be directly applied to your career and your future. Don’t miss your shot on advancing in your career.

Unmatched Support System

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, California Intercontinental University (CIU) is accredited by DEAC and ACBSP, is a member institution of CHEA, and is approved by BPPE.

CIU offers various support services, including a Writing Center, Math Lab, workshops, and access to an innovative AI technology called Pocket Confidant. Additionally, students benefit from the extensive online LIRN Library.

Yes, CIU’s DBA program is designed to create valuable connections that advance students’ career goals, fostering meaningful networking opportunities.

Absolutely, CIU’s 100% online programs provide flexibility for students to access course materials and lectures from anywhere at any time.

CIU’s Financial Aid Department assists eligible applicants with FAFSA applications, directs them to scholarship programs, and provides information about financial aid packages.

To enroll in CIU’s Online DBA program, applicants need a strong application reflecting academic and professional prowess. Requirements include 3-5 years of professional experience, a baccalaureate degree, and additional criteria for those without a graduate degree.

Yes, CIU’s Transfer Credit policy allows for evaluating transfer credits based on guidelines from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The process involves submitting documentation, including transcripts and course outlines.

A DBA focuses on applied research and practical knowledge, preparing graduates for high-level roles in business. In contrast, a PhD in Management emphasizes theoretical study and academia.

When selecting a DBA program, consider factors such as accreditation, flexibility, curriculum, and support services, ensuring it aligns with your career goals and learning preferences.

Graduates with a DBA can pursue various high-level positions, including C-Level Executive, Management Consultant, College Professor, Financial Manager, and Health Services Manager.

To choose a DBA specialization, consider your interests, career goals, and the specific focus areas offered by the program. Evaluate how each specialization aligns with your professional aspirations and skill development needs.

This is a doctorate program without a dissertation. Instead, it is designed to be finished with a Doctoral Research Project.

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