Next Start Dates
Courses with a set schedule
May 08, 2023
Up to 17 Credits
Explore Our DBA Self-Designed Specialization
This DBA online option allows you to create your own specialization based on your individual goals and interests in business administration. Choose seminars from other specializations within the DBA program under the guidance of a Walden faculty mentor. Assignments focus on building hard and soft leadership skills as well as self-confidence. You’ll also study the practical application of writing and critical thinking skills and the integration of professional practice at the doctoral level.
Minimum Degree Requirements
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 sem. cr.)
- Foundation courses (3 sem. cr.)
- Core business course (3 sem. cr.)
- Business strategy course (3 sem. cr.)
- Research methods courses (12 sem. cr.)
- Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
- Completion of Doctoral Study
- Doctoral Mentoring (4 sem. cr.)
- Doctoral study writing courses (3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of 5 terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)
- Two face-to-face academic residencies
View the COMPLETE CURRICULUM PLAN.
Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral study course shell.
Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition-Coursework||30 semester credits||$1,025 per semester hour for coursework credits||$30,750^|
|Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project||19–121† semester credits||$1,025 per semester hour for doctoral study/project credits||$19,475–$124,025*|
|Technology Fee||$230 per semester||$1,610–$5,520*|
|Residency Fee||Two Residencies||$1,420 (virtual)||$2,840-$3,040|
|$1,520 (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)|
|(assuming completion in a 2.3-year timeframe)||(assuming completion in a 8-year timeframe|
These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.
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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.
^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.
† Based on a 2.3-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.
*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.
+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.
Paying for Your Education
Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.
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.
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.
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.
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