Combine real-world practice with cutting-edge research opportunities.
Walden’s ACBSP-accredited DBA program aligns with standards of quality endorsed by business, government, and other organizations. Our highly respected terminal degree program balances applied research with real-world practice, allowing you to develop the decision-making and problem-solving skills you need to advance as a leader.
Choose from three capstone options—traditional doctoral study, portfolio, or consulting—for a culminating experience that fits your career goals.
Explore 16 specializations that align your personal interests with in-demand skills to advance your career.
Gain firsthand experience and build your résumé by working directly with a nonprofit or small business through the consulting capstone.
Get the support of doctoral coaches, industry-connected faculty, student advocates, and peer mentors—each committed to your success.
#1granter of doctoral research degrees
Learn from the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1 Walden has been serving the needs of doctoral learners at a distance for 50 years.
Our faculty includes 300+ honorees for excellence in teaching and mentorship.2
Enhance your knowledge of managerial accounting methods to elevate your organization’s competitive position.
Explore how energy production and distribution have evolved into a global market, and the natural and man-made risks involved with this business.
Explore the entrepreneurial concepts and processes that are found in both established companies with a pioneering spirit and start-ups.
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).
Learn the systems required to identify sources of personnel and material and how to ensure that supply chains conform to the highest global standards.
Expand your core business management skills in the healthcare field by learning to apply managerial decision-making skills to healthcare policy and economics.
Explore how the field of homeland security has evolved, as well as the global implications it has on how an organization operates, internally and externally.
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 a spectrum of 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.
Examine key issues in corporate responsibility, such as how to achieve greater transparency while protecting proprietary information, and strengthen stakeholder relationships.
Learn how to design the concepts, processes, and tools to increase the rate and extent of innovation in your company, thereby enhancing your company’s competitive edge.
Stand Out as a Business Leader and Influencer in the Marketplace
The Doctor of Business Administration program will challenge you to refine and apply highly sought-after leadership skills in research, critical thinking, communication, analysis, and management.
Guided by industry experts, your DBA coursework will strengthen your grasp of business best practices, preparing you to complete a capstone project in the format you choose—traditional, consulting, or portfolio.
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.
Now more than ever, organizations need leaders with practical experience who can assess situations, understand current and potential business issues, and put solutions into action with confidence.
In many cases, businesses look to people who can navigate challenges and inspire change. Often, they turn to professionals with DBA degrees.
A DBA not only identifies you as an expert in your field, but also demonstrates your readiness for senior-level leadership and new career opportunities—within your own organization or across other companies and industries.
What Can I Do With a DBA?
Depending on your specialization, an online Doctor of Business Administration from Walden can pave the way to a number of career options, including:
- Entrepreneur/business owner
- Faculty member
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
I was accepted at George Washington University at the same time I received the acceptance from Walden. The choice was clear to me. I selected the university that matched my educational goals and provided me the opportunity to study aspects of positive social change within my specialization of leadership.
Ingrid M. Hayes-Burrell DBA Graduate
I was impressed with Walden’s accreditation in business, and I personally aligned with Walden’s social change mission.
Kimberly Denney DBA Graduate
While I was deployed to Iraq, I conducted research and determined Walden University would be a great fit, allowing me to achieve the credibility I need to meet my goals for the future.
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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.