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Earn Your DBA Online and Move Your Organization Forward

Are you ready to gain sought-after business expertise that can empower you to open new doors in your career? Become the leader and influencer you want to be with Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). We’ve spent the last 50 years removing doctoral completion barriers for busy professionals striving for the top of their field.

Designed for experienced business professionals and academics, our online DBA program allows you to envision and implement thoughtful, creative solutions to today’s complex business problems. Engage in real-world practice and cutting-edge research opportunities to develop the skills you need to lead your organization forward.

A DBA degree prepares business professionals to apply theory and research to practical problems found in all areas of business and management.

Why Choose Walden

Become an Expert Problem-Solver

Gain the critical thinking skills—steeped in theory and actual practice—to solve today’s most pressing challenges in business.

Customize Your Path

Fine-tune your coursework to fit your career plan through 11 specializations and your choice of three DBA capstones.

Become a Master Communicator

Develop the executive-level communication skills required to motivate teams and communicate sophisticated business ideas.

Receive Outstanding Support

Walden’s doctoral support services—such as our Writing Center—can help ensure your success throughout your program.

Program Details

Admission Requirements


To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a master’s degree in a business-related field from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Since being founded in 1970 for working professionals who want to make a difference, our university has grown to become the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1 Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 1, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Specializations

Accounting

Enhance your knowledge of managerial accounting methods to elevate your organization’s competitive position. 

Entrepreneurship

Explore the entrepreneurial concepts and processes that are found in both established companies with a pioneering spirit and startups. 

Finance

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). 

Healthcare Management

Expand your core business management skills in the healthcare field by learning to apply managerial decision-making skills to healthcare policy and economics. 

Human Resource Management

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.

Information Systems Management

Develop your expertise in information systems management with this specialization that addresses the management challenges facing technology-based businesses.

International Business

Learn the skills necessary to manage and lead diverse workers, managers, and teams in a global marketplace.

Leadership

Explore new frameworks and perspectives that will help you to lead and manage change effectively.

Marketing

Learn the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an international marketplace, including leveraging strategies in global marketing and international pricing.

Project Management

Study the processes for successfully managing a complex portfolio of projects and analyzing opportunities for improved portfolio performance. 

Self-Designed

Create your own specialization based on your individual goals and interests in business administration. 

Program Outcomes

Unravel Complex Business Challenges With a DBA Degree

In our Doctor of Business Administration program, you’ll strengthen your leadership competencies and expand your knowledge of business best practices. Gain advanced skills in research, critical thinking, communication, analysis, and management that you can use to immediately impact your career. Choose from 11 specializations, including Human Resource Management and International Business—to align your studies with your professional interests and goals.

Learning Outcomes

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.

What's the Career Impact of Earning a DBA?

Now more than ever, organizations need experienced leaders who can assess situations, understand current and potential business issues, and put solutions into action with confidence. Often, businesses turn to professionals with DBA degrees.

A Doctor of Business Administration degree not only identifies you as knowledgeable in your field, but also signals your readiness for senior-level leadership and new career roles. Expand your opportunities within your own organization or in other companies and industries.

A DBA degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:1

  • College professor or instructor
  • Data scientist
  • Chief executive officer
  • Public administrator

A DBA degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Educational services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Public administration
  • Healthcare and social assistance
Employment in doctoral- and professional-level occupations is projected to grow by about

13%

faster than the average projected for all occupations.2
Walden is the

#1

granter of doctoral research degrees.3

Resources

Meet Your Doctor of Business Administration Academic Team

  • Denise Land

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Land has taught in a variety of fields since the 1970s, including social work, human services, management, leadership, and business administration. Her professional experience includes both for-profit and nonprofit organization management, leadership, and administration.

  • Gene Fusch

    Contributing Faculty

    With Walden since 2011, Dr. Fusch has chaired and served on doctoral committees and has helped numerous executive-level students pursue their learning goals. He has written several peer-reviewed and professional publications and co-authored a management book.

  • Lisa Cave

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Cave has taught higher education courses in economics, public administration, public policy, and research methods over the last 15 years. In addition to working in academia, she has gained practical experience engaging in research at the Kentucky General Assembly and the Brookdale Institute.

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