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College of Management and Human Potential - Doctoral Programs:
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) (Quarter)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

For students beginning their program February 26, 2024 or later.

The DBA program is designed for visionary professionals who want to use their expertise to change how their business changes the world. With access to resources that allow students to track their progress more closely, they will define the social change impact they want to make—and then design their doctoral experience around it. Coursework in this program includes self-analysis activities as well as international case studies. Students can explore some of today’s greatest business challenges and opportunities—including globalization, ethics, and relationship management—and examine those issues in relation to their own organization.



Walden University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the relevance of current and emerging business theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective (WO III, IV, V, VI, VIII).
  2. Formulate effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to the practice of business and management (WO II, IV, V, VIII).
  3. Apply current research literature to practical problems found in business and management (WO III, IV, V, VI, VIII).
  4. Evaluate scholarly research in business and management (WO II, III, IV, V, VI).
  5. Design rigorous research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge of business and management (WO II, III, IV, V, VI).
  6. Design rigorous research that contributes to positive social change (WO I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX).
  7. Apply professional ethics appropriately (WO I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX).

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 quarter credits)
  • Foundation courses (5 quarter credits)
  • Core business course (5 quarter credits)
  • Business strategy course (5 quarter credits)
  • Research methods courses (15 quarter credits)
  • Specialization courses (15 quarter credits)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral mentoring (3 quarter credits)
    • Doctoral study writing courses (5 quarter credits per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Two academic residencies 

Note: Students who have earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification may be eligible to accelerate their DBA program. For information, contact the Student Success Advising Team.


Foundation Courses (5 quarter credits)

  • Students may take this a non-degree course.

Core and Business Strategy Courses (10 quarter credits)

  • Students may take this a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this a non-degree course.

Research Methods Courses (15 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses (15 quarter credits)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page. Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Residency Requirements

  • Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program (while taking DBAX 8006 or DBAX 8151); required in order to advance into DBAX 8161 or DBAX 8303.
  • Complete Residency 2 just prior to the start or during the first few weeks of DBAX 8303; required in order to advance into DBAX 8307.
  • Optional: Complete a DBA Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during DBAX 8101/8101C/8101P or DBAX 9001/9001C/9001P. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone



1 credits each quarter = total 3 credits
To be taken along with other coursework starting with after completion of DBAX 8300 until beginning DBAX 9001/9001C/9001P.




Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the CAO. Students must also publish their doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the DBA Doctoral Study Rubric and Handbook.