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Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration Degree (DBA) is an online doctoral degree program with Areas of Study in Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management and General Management. Designed to enable business students and professionals to advance their careers as executive leaders, educators and consultants.

Discover how a DBA from Thomas Edison State University can take your career to the next level.

Program Highlights:

  • Low-cost Educational Resources: A portfolio of academic and applied course resources organized using a high-quality cost-effective blend of e-books, articles and Open Educational Resources.
  • Unique Curriculum Design: Scholar-practitioner, interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of five unique Content Domains including; Critical Thought and Action, Integrated Topics in Business and Management, Distance Learning Teaching Internship and Organizational Consulting Practice. Learn from executives who are in the field today.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Field Project: The degree culminates in a student selected, mentor-guided applied field project where you can apply what you have learned in your coursework to your industry or field of interest. This project will result in a publication or conference presentation.
  • Personalized Instructional Delivery: While our adult-centric and seminar-oriented cohort design is within a fully distance learning environment, you will have access to one-on-one mentorship from University leadership.
  • Choose from Three Specialization Areas: Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management and General Management
  • Support Every Step of the Way: We partner with the degree program student throughout their doctoral experience, delivering highly responsive and focused attention, service and guidance.

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Students are eligible for degree program admission and course enrollment using the following admissions criteria:

  • Master's degree in business, management, organizational-related studies or closely related field earned from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Graduate GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Assessment of prior academic course work and research methods
  • Minimum of three years of organizational leadership, management or equivalent professional experience
  • Evaluation of graduate school application including; undergraduate and masters academic transcripts, essay, and resume
  • Transcripts should be sent to the Office of the Registrar; Essays/resumes should be sent to
  • Applicant interview
  • Applicants must complete two (2) essays. Provide Approximately 550 words for each essay.
    1. Required essay: Identify one research interest and how earning the DBA degree would advance your knowledge and contribute to the literature.
    2. Select one essay below:
      • Why is earning the DBA degree now important and how will it influence your career goals?
      • Which personal and/or professional experiences have prepared you for earning the DBA degree?
  • A total of six (6) doctoral level credits may be transferred to the DBA
  • Transfer credit accepted only through evaluation by the Dean, School of Business and Management
  • Students admitted to the DBA degree program progress through the DBA curriculum with the cohort to which they were admitted.
  • DBA students who earn a grade lower than a B in a course, withdraw from a DBA course or who fail to enroll during a consecutive term will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to remain in the DBA program.
  • The program must be completed within seven years of admission into the program.
  1. Integrate financial, operational and cultural data analysis in organizational strategic planning and management.
  2. Analyze the global competitive environment to plan for sustainable organizational growth.
  3. Employ interpersonal, instructional and consulting skills to communicate effectively in key industry, education and market related formats.
  4. Demonstrate ethical behavior in organizational governance, leadership and engagement.
  5. Synthesize theory, research, technologies and experiential data in making evidenced-based decisions.
  6. Evidence commitment to and support of diversity, multiculturalism, equity and social justice.

The DBA degree is composed of sixteen 3 credit courses (48 credit) program. The first thirteen courses (39 credits) are assigned to the following domains; Inquiry Systems and Models (6 credits), Integrated Business Curriculum (18 credits), Area of Study s (9 credits) and Teaching and Consultative Professional Practice (6 Credits) The remaining three 3 credit course (9 credits) address the include Scholar-Practitioner Field Project.

The degree’s option is to enroll in one 3-credit course in consecutive 8-week terms completing the 13-academic course in 32 months. The final three 3 credit courses (Courses DBA 910, 920 and 930 can be completed using the 8-week course format. However, for student’s requiring addition time to complete these courses, students can petition the dean for 2 additional 8-week course extensions. If the three 8-week terms are granted and at the end of the third extension the student has not passed the course, the student will be referred to the dean to determine their continuance in the program.

One 3-credit course per term / 32-month option

  • Domain I: Inquiry Systems and Models: Critical Thought and Action in the Global Business Environment – 6 credits
    • Term I
      • DBA-800 Critical Thought and Informed Action: Models of Decision Making and Organization Achievement (3)
    • Term II
      • DBA-801 The Global Business Context: Trends, Issues and Markets (3)
  • Domain II. Integrated Business Curriculum – 18 credits
    • Term III
      • DBA-802 Seminar in Economics and Finance: Models and Matrices of Sustainability (3)
    • Term IV
      • DBA-803 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics: Leadership, Culture, and Change. (3)
    • Term V
      • DBA-804 Seminar in Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness (3)
        Mentor Assigned
    • Term VI
      • DBA-805 Seminar in Marketing and Entrepreneurship (3)
    • Term VII
      • DBA-806 Empirical Entrepreneurship: Data, Technology and Business Intelligence (3)
    • Term VIII
      • DBA-807 Seminar in Law, Ethics and Global Society (3)
  • Domain III. Areas of Study – 9 credits
    • Term IX
      • DBA- Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management or Management AoS Course #1 (3)
    • Term X
      • DBA- Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management or Management AoS Course #2 (3)
    • Term XI
      • DBA- Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management or Management AoS Course #3 (3)
  • Domain IV. Teaching and Consultative Professional Practice – 6 credits
    • Term XII
      • DBA-808 Teaching Adults: Archetypes, Tools and Tactics - Andragogy Lab (3)
    • Term XIII
      • DBA-809 Organizational Consulting: Process Consultation, Avocation and Business Sustainability (3)
  • Domain V. Scholar-Practitioner Field Project - Field Research: Research Methods, Application and Completion* – 9 credits
    • Term XIV
      • DBA-910 Scholar-Practitionership I - Research Methods, Project Identification, Framing and Site Preparation (3)
    • Term XV
      • DBA-920 Scholar-Practitionership II - Research Methods Supervised Practicum: Data Collection and Analysis (3)
    • Term XVI
      • DBA-930 Scholar-Practitionership III - Project Completion, Presentation and Publishing (3)
  • Total Credits 48
  • DBA students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing at TESU to be certified for graduation.
  • All program requirements must be successfully completed, including the final Scholar-Practitioner Field Project.

Once admitted to the program, follow the steps on our Getting Started page to create your account with Online Student Services, access your academic evaluation, and make an advising appointment.


Please contact Susan Fischer, Administrative Assistant in the School of Business and Management for further information concerning the Doctor of Business Administration degree and/or if you would like to make an appointment to speak to the Dean.

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Estimated Cost of Degree:


Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $905 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Transfer Credits:

Up to 6 doctoral level credits

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