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Doctorate of Business Administration

The DBA is carefully constructed to provide students with a foundation in research, an in-depth exposure to business literature, and a supportive environment through faculty guidance and mentorship. The online curriculum is augmented by optional on-campus residences and allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their doctoral degree.

Our Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program targets experienced business professionals creating pathways for you to consider academia, consulting and advanced professional positions. The online delivery of the program allows you to maintain momentum in your career while also pursuing your doctoral degree. The DBA can be completed in three years and its online curriculum is augmented by optional on-campus residences. Beginning Fall 2023, the DBA program is offering concentrations in accounting, economics, management, and marketing.

The DBA can be completed in 3 years and is built on three foundational areas:

  • Research Seminars: you will be exposed to business literature with a deep dive into business research scholarship and advanced theoretical constructs. These seminars will provide a basis for selecting your intended area of research. Along with business-focused seminars, you will take seminars focused on pedagogy and ethics, diversity and inclusion.
  • Research and Methodology: you will receive intensive instruction in research methods and statistics to build the foundation upon which to conduct empirical research.
  • Dissertation: you will put your research skills into practice under the guidance of your faculty mentor to engage and conduct meaningful and impactful research that is focused on solving problems in industry.

Experienced Cohort that Bridges Academia and Industry

Our DBA addresses the shortage of doctoral-qualified faculty in the field. Given the experience level required to enter the program, you will easily help bridge the gap between academia and practice.

Not only will you benefit from your faculty members’ expertise, but you will also learn a great deal from your peers through professional networking, as well as sharing experiences and expertise.

Program Description

The DBA is carefully constructed to provide you with a foundation in research, an in-depth exposure to the business literature and a supportive environment to create impactful research through faculty guidance and mentorship. As previously mentioned, the program is designed to be completed in three years. In total, the program is 53 credit hours with 17 credit hours in research methods, 16 credit hours in content seminars, and 20 credit hours in research and dissertation.

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Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. The Military Times ranked WVU as the 19th Best College for Vets in 2022. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.


West Virginia University has worked hard to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans. WVU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning that the university agrees to waive a portion of tuition not covered by the GI Bill. Unlike most universities, WVU participates in the program for all graduate and professional programs. Additionally, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all current and former service personnel pursuing the Doctorate of Business Administration program.


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