Become a Force for Business Success With Our Online DBA Program
Are you ready to gain sought-after business expertise that can help you take a seat at the table? Become the leader and influencer you want to be with Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. We’ve spent the last 50 years supporting busy professionals as they strive to reach their goal of earning a doctorate.
Designed for experienced business professionals and academics, our DBA online program empowers you to envision and implement thoughtful, creative solutions to today’s complex business challenges. Choose from multiple specializations and capstone options to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career goals.
An online DBA program prepares professionals to apply theory and research to practical problems found in all areas of business and management.
Why Choose Walden
Walden is the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1
Choose from three DBA capstones and 11 specializations to tailor your coursework to fit your career plan.
Our DBA online program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?Learn more
A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate
Earning your online Doctor of Business Administration requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.
- Map and track milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
- Meet weekly targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
- Connect with faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
- Access helpful resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction.
Enhance your knowledge of managerial accounting methods to elevate your organization’s competitive position.
Explore the entrepreneurial concepts and processes that are found in both established companies with a pioneering spirit and startups.
Gain the finance tools that help managers maximize their firm’s value, including valuation, capital budgeting and structure, working capital management, multinational concepts, and Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
Expand your core business management skills in the healthcare field by learning to apply managerial decision-making skills to healthcare policy and economics.
Get the theoretical knowledge, industry insights, and capabilities to be an authoritative voice in the field of human resource management, whether you’re looking to pursue executive leadership, teaching, or research.
Develop your expertise in information systems management with this specialization that addresses the management challenges facing technology-based businesses.
Learn the skills necessary to manage and lead diverse workers, managers, and teams in a global marketplace.
Explore new frameworks and perspectives that will help you to lead and manage change effectively.
Learn the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an international marketplace, including leveraging strategies in global marketing and international pricing.
Study the processes for successfully managing a complex portfolio of projects and analyzing opportunities for improved portfolio performance.
Create your own specialization based on your individual goals and interests in business administration.
Unravel Complex Business Challenges With Our DBA Program
In our Doctor of Business Administration online program, you’ll build your leadership confidence as you expand your knowledge of business best practices. Gain advanced skills in research, critical thinking, communication, analysis, and management. Apply what you’ve learned to become a role-modeling, problem-solving force within your organization and your community.
Graduates of Walden’s online Doctor of Business Administration program will be prepared to:
- Evaluate the relevance of current and emerging business theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Formulate effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to the practice of business and management.
- Apply current research literature to practical problems found in business and management.
- Evaluate scholarly research in business and management.
- Design rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge of business and management.
- Design rigorous research that contributes to positive social change.
- Apply professional ethics appropriately.
Become the Visionary Leader You’re Meant to Be
Now more than ever, organizations need experienced leaders who can assess situations, understand current and potential business issues, and put bold solutions into action. They want confident, proactive problem-solvers who can serve as a force for real change.
A Doctor of Business Administration online degree not only shows that you’re knowledgeable in your field; it signals your readiness for senior-level leadership roles. Expand your opportunities within your own organization or in other companies and industries.
#1granter of doctoral research degrees.1
An online DBA program can prepare you to work in settings such as:
- Educational services
- Finance and insurance
- Public administration
- Healthcare and social assistance
- Self-employed professionals
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Meet Your Doctor of Business Administration Academic Team
Irene WilliamsSenior Contributing Faculty
Dr. Williams' professional experience includes working in offices of institutional effectiveness, research, assessment, and planning in higher education. Teaching and mentoring DBA students allows her to share what she has learned in business education and inspire the next generation of professionals.
Jorge GaytanSenior Contributing Faculty
Dr. Gaytan has authored more than 70 articles in such prestigious journals as the Journal of Research for Business Education and the Business Teacher Education Journal. He has received multiple awards in teaching, research, and service during his 30-year professional career.
Robert BanasikContributing Faculty
Dr. Banasik has been a lifelong entrepreneur and started his first business when he was 21. Having successfully run companies for 35 years, he transitioned to commercial real estate investing in 2003. Dr. Banasik has been teaching business courses at the graduate level since 2012.
Meridith WentzContributing Faculty
Dr. Wentz is an assistant chancellor in the Office of Planning, Assessment, Research, and Quality at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is a judge with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, having led three national review teams, and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
I enrolled at Walden after researching online programs and determining that Walden was one of only a few accredited online schools to offer doctoral studies in leadership.
Krista Laursen Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Graduate
The tools I gained from the DBA program have enabled me to analyze and present solutions to complex problems with professionalism and confidence.
Raymond Marbury Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Graduate
Walden is an exceptional learning community composed of knowledgeable program directors, faculty members, and support staff who truly want to see students succeed.
Ronald Jones Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Graduate
FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctor of Business Administration Program
From senior management positions to consulting, a DBA degree can open a wide range of professional opportunities in a variety of settings. Popular choices include consultant, entrepreneur or business owner, corporate director, analyst, and more. Some of the highest paying career paths for those with a DBA include healthcare management, business planning, procurement, and compliance and regulatory.
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the PhD in Management both provide an in-depth understanding of business administration and management. A DBA degree provides practical knowledge that you can apply directly to the workplace, whereas a PhD in Management is designed for those who prefer a more academic focus. If you enjoy conducting original research, analyzing data, and evaluating theories, you will likely prefer the more academically oriented PhD in Management. If you enjoy applying research to practical problems, formulating solutions to complex issues, and designing effective business practices, the more professional orientation of the Doctor of Business Administration may be the best fit for you.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree-seekers have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the program that is best for them. However, five key factors should always be considered before making a decision: accreditation, specializations, flexibility, diversity, and support. First, look for a DBA program that is accredited. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation affirms the quality of a university’s DBA program and support services, as well as the university’s commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. As you search for the best degree program, be sure to select one that offers a number of specializations, allowing you to match your education to your career goals. Flexible scheduling can be key for working professionals, which is why online degree programs are such a popular choice. It’s also important for you to be able to connect with other professionals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, which can greatly enhance your DBA experience. Lastly, be sure you choose a university with a strong support team that is invested in helping you succeed.
Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program offers a number of specializations.
Here are some things to consider when deciding how to focus your studies.
- Give thought to your aspirations, passions, and career goals, and look for a specialization that aligns with them.
- Think about research topics you might wish to consider for your doctoral study. The information you gain in your specialization courses can be leveraged as you complete your research.
- Keep in mind that, if you don’t find the perfect fit for your choice of specialization, Walden’s flexible online DBA options also include a Self-Designed specialization that allows you to choose a variety of courses from different focus areas.
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