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Walden is the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1
CUSTOMIZE YOUR PATH
Choose from three DBA capstones and 5 specializations to tailor your coursework to fit your career plan.
CHOOSE AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM
Our DBA online program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
BE SUPPORTED AT EACH STEP
The Walden Doctoral Degree Coach™ helps you find the right support when you need it and stay on track throughout your journey.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
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.
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 managemen
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.
What’s the Career Impact of Earning a DBA?
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.
An online DBA program can prepare you to work in settings such as:
Finance and insurance
Healthcare and social assistance
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
The tools I gained from the DBA program have enabled me to analyze and present solutions to complex problems with professionalism and confidence.
Walden is an exceptional learning community composed of knowledgeable program directors, faculty members, and support staff who truly want to see students succeed.
FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
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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1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS) database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Available at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data. (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)
Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s separate accounting accreditation.
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.