Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the highest accredited academic business degree at Concordia University and is designed to address current challenges faced in today’s business environment.  Faculty are industry experts that blend applied learning with theory development to address everyday challenges.  Students will develop scholar-practitioner skills to address practical business challenges and learn how to transform organizations for improved performance through grounded research methods.  The course work is designed for students to acquire evidence-based decision-making skills that will prepare them to lead in business, healthcare, non-profit, education, government, and other professional industries. DBA concentrations include:

  • Financial and Economic Management,
  • Organizational Change and Performance
  • Healthcare Administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Compose ethical business solutions to complex organizational problems. 
  2. Formulate scholar-practitioner knowledge for organizational success.
  3. Design qualitative and quantitative research projects related to business. 
  4. Evaluate organizational structure and design for productivity. 


DBA Core Requirement18
DBA Concentration Requirement12
Dissertation and Advising6
Dissertation Course Requirement12
Research Course Requirement12
Total Hours60
Year One
DBA 9010Introduction to Scholarship3
EDG 9180Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change3
Concentration Course3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
DBA 9115Statistics for Research3
DBA 9210Quantitative Research Design3
Concentration Course 3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
Year Two
EDG 9020Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership3
DBA 9120Scholarship Inquiry3
DBA 9215Qualitative Research Design3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
DBA 9100Doctoral Research and Writing I3
Concentration Course3
DBA 9200Doctoral Research and Writing II3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
Year Three
DBA 9220Doctoral Research and Writing III3
Concentration Course3
EDG 9030Servant and Ethical Leadership3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
DBA 9110Business Analysis and Analytics3
DBA 9015Quantitative Business, Quality Management and Productivity3
DBA 9380Dissertation DBA Capstone3
DBA 9370Dissertation Seminar and Advising1
Leading Transformation and Change
Scenario Planning
Plus two elective courses
Managing Human Capital in Healthcare
Legal and Ethical Issues for Healthcare Professionals
Plus two elective courses
Economic Theory and Business Effectiveness
Financial Theory and Decision Making
Plus two elective courses
Total Hours60

Note: Course schedule subject to change

To be admitted into the DBA program, applicants must:
  • Have a master’s degree with a focus in business or other relevant degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Provide supporting evidence that you have completed an intermediate level statistics course (MBA 510 or equivalent), or have equivalent work experience. (please see section below for more information on this requirement)
  • Submit an application at
  • Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Submit a resume or CV, and a list of references.
  • Submit a personal statement (no more than 3 pages).
    • How the applicants educational and personal experience influenced the decision to pursue a DBA.
    • Career goals and how this degree will help achieve those goals.
    • A research topic or interest area that the applicant plans to study.
  • Participate in a video-conference interview. 
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in one’s master’s coursework. 
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide English proficiency.