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Business Administration (DBA)

[Program Overview] [Program Outcomes] [Curriculum] [Admission Criteria]
 [Appeal of Admission Denial] [Orientation] [Application Requirements]
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Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration is an innovative doctoral program whose curriculum and research requirements focus on applied management practice. An internationally recognized alternate to the PhD program, the DBA enhances the knowledge and skills of experienced business practitioners and higher education faculty to prepare them for demanding positions in management, post-secondary teaching, and consulting. The Metropolitan State University DBA program provides a rare opportunity for professionals to earn a high quality, applied doctoral degree on a part-time basis.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the DBA program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the business common bodies of knowledge at an advanced level
  • Apply complex research and practice-based information to organizations
  • Integrate and analyze complex research and practice-based information valuable to business practitioners
  • Develop effective strategies for organizations, clients, or students


The DBA curriculum requires 52 doctoral credits beyond an MBA (or an equivalent management-related master's degree program). Prerequisite courses (minimum of two credits each) must have been completed with at least a B grade and include the following:

  • Graduate courses in organizational behavior, management information systems or information systems, finance, and a strategy or related capstone course.
  • Three other graduate courses from among accounting, economics, marketing, and operations/project management or process modeling.

Phase One (40 credits)

Consists of completion of eight, four-credit core doctoral courses offered by the College of Management over a two years:

In addition to the courses listed above, students will take one additional four credit course-topic to be determined.

During this two-year period, students identify an applied research project topic, prepare a literature review on the topic, and select a research methodology for conducting the research project.

With the assistance of the DBA Program Director, each student selects a dissertation adviser and is expected to form a three member DBA Dissertation Committee. The committee consists of the dissertation adviser and two additional dissertation readers: a doctoral-trained faculty member and an outside expert on the research topic.

Once a student has completed drafts of the first three chapters of the dissertation proposal on the topic of choice, the dissertation adviser will schedule the student's oral presentation about the research project. At this presentation for the Dissertation Committee, the student will explain his/her research proposal, summarizing the major ideas of the initial dissertation chapters. Some students do this presentation in Phase One of the DBA Program, but most do so in Phase Two, when they have finalized work on their first three chapters and have completed all the research coursework.

Phase Two (12 credits)

During Phase Two, a successful completion of comprehensive written examinations are required of all students after completion of the first two years of the program.

Also, in this phase, an applied research project and resulting dissertation are completed. Oral presentations on the research program, its methodology and findings are required.

Admission Criteria

The DBA Admissions Committee reviews the complete application, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Admission criteria include:

  • An earned MBA or equivalent management-related master's degree.
  • Completion of graduate-level prerequisite courses, each with a B grade or higher. DBA prerequisite graduate courses are finance, organizational behavior, management information systems, and a strategy or capstone course. In addition, three graduate courses are required from among accounting, economics, marketing, and operations/project management or process modeling.
  • The ideal applicant will have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
  • The ideal applicant will have a GMAT or GRE scores above the 51st percentile.

Students seeking admission to the DBA program may complete required prerequisite courses in the College of Management without being admitted to a COM graduate program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned an MBA or management-related master's degree
  • Achieved a 3.0 GPA in their master's degree program
  • Have completed at least five years of professional work
  • Indicate in writing an intent to apply for the DBA program in a specific year

Appeal of Admission Denial

Applicants denied admission to the DBA program may contact the COM Director of Graduate Programs for additional information about the denial decision. Initial appeals of decisions by the DBA Admissions Committee should be made to the Dean of the College of Management.


All DBA students must attend a graduate student orientation before or during the first semester of doctoral course work.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee (waived for Metropolitan State graduates)
  • Official Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
  • Two Professional References
  • Goals Essay
  • Current Vita or Resume
  • GMAT Scores

See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.

Academic Standing

Students must maintain satisfactory progress to remain in the DBA program. Only courses for which students receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree requirements, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. They will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises above 3.o and they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.

Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. DBA students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the Graduate Studies Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts.

The policy for an "incomplete" grade is consistent with University policy. That is, an incomplete grade must be satisfied by the end of the following semester; otherwise the student will automatically fail the course. An instructor may set a completion date prior to the end of the following semester, in which case, the student must comply with that date; otherwise, the student will fail the course.

Time to Completion

Students have seven years to complete all graduation requirements from enrollment in the first semester of DBA courses.


All faculty members are:

  • Authors of applied or refereed publications
  • Experienced in their employment fields
  • Hold of doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields

Mary Bader, David Bahn, David Bouchard, Steve Creason, Tim Delmont, Marcia Hagen, Ken Hess, Ronald Jacobson, Katryna Johnson, Barbara Keinath, Susan Misterek, Nancy Nentl, Hameed Nezhad, Narasimha Paravastu, Roger Prestwich, Vadhindran Rao, Harold Rivera, Jayant Saraph, Frank Schweigert, Larry Selin, Jennifer Schultz, Gary Seiler, Adrianne Slaymaker, and Minh Vo.