Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree is to prepare scholars and professionals to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving business environment, enhance the skills necessary to advance the practice of business in a diverse global economy, to further the body of knowledge and research, and to balance the pursuit of high impact business practices.

DBA Program Learning Goals:

Graduates of the Doctor of Business Administration are able to:

  • Demonstrate fluency within the chosen discipline
  • Demonstrate support of current and emerging business theory, practice, and influences that support business administration strategy and organizational missions in changing environments
  • Integrate appropriate principles and research methodologies frequently used in business research to solve current business administration problems
  • Formulate effective solutions to real-world problems in business administration that improve the effectiveness of organizations in support of organizational missions

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to identify problems related to U.S. and foreign businesses and to respond artfully to these challenges. In addition, graduates will be empowered with the knowledge and skills required to work as leaders in U.S. business organizations, nongovernmental organizations and international entities.

Doctor of Business Administration (60 Credits)

  • DBA 700 Principles of Research and Writing
  • DBA 710 Qualitative Research Methodology and Statistical Analysis
  • DBA 725 Quantitative and Case Study Research Methodology
  • DBA 715 Organizational Dynamics, Ethics and Decision-Making
  • DBA 727 Business Innovation and Sustainability
  • DBA 730 Conflict Resolution and Negotiations
  • DBA 740 Accounting and Financial Management
  • DBA 745 Project Management Framework and Processes
  • DBA 750 Human Resources and Risk Management
  • DBA 760 Global Leadership and Business Communication
  • DBA 765 Global Business, Geo-Political and Social Issues
  • DBA 770 International Marketing in Business
  • DBEC 800 Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development
  • DBEC 801 Doctoral Research II: Introduction & Literature Review
  • DBEC 802 Doctoral Research III: Methodology
  • DBA 803 Doctoral Research IV: Results, Findings, and Discussion
  • DBA 804 Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Defense
  • DBA 900 Dissertation Defense

DBA 700 Principles of Research and Writing
DBA 710 Qualitative Research Methodology and Statistical Analysis
DBA 725 Quantitative and Case Study Research Methodology
DBA 715 Organizational Dynamics, Ethics and Decision-Making
DBA 727 Business Innovation and Sustainability
DBA 730 Conflict Resolution and Negotiations
DBA 740 Accounting and Financial Management
DBA 745 Project Management Framework and Processes
DBA 750 Human Resources and Risk Management

Dissertation Comprehensive Assessment (1 Credit)
DBA760  BA Comprehensive Examination (1)
Business Administration Residency (2 Credit)
RES801 Business Administration Doctoral Residency I (2)
RES802 Doctoral Residency II (4)
DBA Dissertation (15 Credit)
DBA800 Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development (3)
DBA801 Doctoral Research II: Literature Review (3)
DBA802 Doctoral Research III: Methodology (3)
DBA803 Doctoral Research IV: Results, Findings, and Di (3)
DBA804 Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Defense (3)
Business Dissertation Defense (3 Credit)
DBA810 BA Dissertation Defense (3)

Program OutlineStudents must complete all courses, pass the comprehensive doctoral exam, and complete and a defend their dissertation. The dissertation must meet UOTP high quality standards.

Research and MethodsCredits
DBA 705Research Methods and Business Statistical Analysis3
DBA 725Qualitative and Case Study Research Methodology3
DBA 720Quantitative Research Methodology3
Organizational Leadership
DBA 715Organizational Dynamics, Ethics and Decision-Making3
DBA 727Business Innovation and Sustainability3
DBA 730Conflict Resolution and Negotiations3
Management and Business Processes
DBA 722Accounting and Financial Management3
DBA 750Project Management Framework and Processes3
DBA 752Human Resources and Risk Management3
Global Business Leadership
DBA 710Global Business, Geo-Political and Social Issues3
DBA 729International Marketing in Business3
DBA 718Principles of Global Economics3
DBA 701Global Leadership and Business Communication3
Dissertation Comprehensive Assessment
DBA 760Doctoral Comprehensive Examination1
Business Administration Residencies
RES801Doctoral Residency I1
RES802Doctoral Residency II1
Dissertation
DBA 800Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development3
DBA 801Doctoral Research II: Introduction & Literature Review3
DBA 802Doctoral Research III: Methodology3
DBA 803Doctoral Research IV: Results and Findings3
DBA 804Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Conclusion3
Dissertation Defense
DBA 810Dissertation Defense5
Total Credits62

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General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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