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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

With specializations in:

Accounting

Healthcare Administration

Information Systems

Management

 

Overview of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Program

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Indiana Wesleyan University prepares students for careers in business education, consulting, and business leadership. This program is designed to help students create new knowledge and skills applicable for the global workplace, specifically in strategies for advanced change management and complex business problems. Its problem-based learning model is unique to DeVoe School of Business and features a doctoral project instead of a dissertation.

Integrate forward-thinking, team-based leadership practices into your career. Develop a worldview that will enrich your personal and professional life. Design solutions to real world problems. Study something you’re passionate about—choose from four specializations and make your DBA unique to you.

Specializations

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Information Systems
  • Management

DOCTORAL COMPLETION PROGRAM

The Doctor in Business Administration Completion Program helps students, who have started but not finished a doctoral business or business related program, complete a DBA. This bridge program prepares students for careers in business education, consulting, and business leadership.

 

LEARN TO

  • Become a forward-thinking, virtuous business leader
  • Create ethical solutions to complex business problems
  • Synthesize and integrate research in education, consulting, and business leadership into your practice
  • Integrate a virtuous worldview into your personal and professional life

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

  • Professor
  • Consultant
  • Business Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership

 

CAREER DATA

Median Market Salaries in US in 2018

  • Professors: $70,225 (Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool)
  • Accountants/Auditors: $58,873 (Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool)
  • Chief Executives: $96,745 (Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool)
  • Management Jobs: $70,747 (Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool)
  • Management jobs in this area are projected to grow over 9% from

2016 to 2026 (Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool)

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your degree in approximately 3 years
  • Network and find community among your peers
  • Fully online with onsite intensives at the beginning of each year
  • Your mentor will be with you from start to finish
  • One of the lowest cost DBA’s available

 

The Doctor of Business Administration program is approved and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation body for all higher education institutions in the north-eastern United States.  As part of its continuing efforts to improve quality standards, the Doctor of Business Administration program has voluntarily chosen to seek additional program accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP).  ACBSP is the largest business-program accreditation organization in the world.

ACBSP requires all programs to be in existence for two years and have graduates before granting this higher level program accreditation. The DBA program launched in the fall of 2019; therefore, the DBA will submit its self-study and apply for voluntary ACBSP accreditation status in 2022.  The DBA uses the same processes and procedures as the rest of the DeVoe School of Business, which has more than 15 other programs already accredited by ACBSP. If you have questions about DBA accreditation, please contact Dr. Jeff Boyce at 800-621-8667 or Jeffrey.boyce@indwes.edu.

DBA Handbook 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
60 Total $595/ credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program.

There is a $100 non-refundable deposit due after acceptance into the DBA program.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

 

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Full DBA Program

Residency Courses

BADM-701,BADM-706,BADM-710

Core Courses*

BADM-702,BADM-703,BADM-704,BADM-705,BADM-707,BADM-708,BADM-709,BADM-781,BADM-782,BADM-783,BADM-785

*Student will choose one seminar course from BADM-781, BADM-782, or BADM-783

Mentor Track

BADM-751,BADM-752,BADM-753,BADM-754,BADM-755,BADM-756,BADM-757,BADM-758

 

Doctoral Completion Program

BADM-701,BADM-761,BADM-703,BADM-706,BADM-754,BADM-704,BADM-755,BADM-705,BADM-710,BADM-756,BADM-708,BADM-709,BADM-757,BADM-785,BADM-758,BADM-790

 

Specializations

There are four specialization options for the DBA program.  Students will choose one of the specialization tracks below for their course of study.

 

ACCT-730,ACCT-731,ACCT-732,ACCT-733,ACCT-790
HCAD-730,HCAD-731,HCAD-732,HCAD-733,HCAD-790
INSY-730,INSY-731,INSY-732,INSY-733,INSY-790
MGMT-730,MGMT-731,MGMT-732,MGMT-733,MGMT-790

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the DBA program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements - Accounting

Requirements for admission to the Doctor in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting are as follows:

  • A Masters in a business discipline and either a:
    • CPA
    • OR 18 graduate accounting credits together with at least 5 years of managerial accounting or accounting teacher experience.

    Degrees are only accepted from a university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher from the graduate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 3.25, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the DeVoe School of Business.

Admission Requirements - Healthcare Administration

Requirements for admission to the Doctor in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration (DBAH) are as follows:

  • A Masters Degree in a business related discipline with at least 5 years of experience in healthcare administration or a Masters in a healthcare related discipline with at least 5 years of administrative/managerial experience. Only degrees from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees must be verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher from the graduate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 3.25, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the DeVoe School of Business.

Admission Requirements - Information Systems

Requirements for admission to the Doctor in Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems are as follows:

  • A Master’s degree in Information Technology, Information Management, Information Systems or related discipline from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher from the graduate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 24 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 3.25, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the DeVoe School of Business.

  • MGMT-501 is a pre-requisite for the Doctor of Business Administration. Students must complete this pre-requisite course with at least a B by the end of the first semester of the program. However, this requirement is waived for students who have a Bachelor's or Master's in business, business administration, accounting, finance, marketing, management, or other related discipline from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Admission Requirements - Management

Requirements for admission to the Doctor in Business Administration with a specialization in Management are as follows:

  • A Master's degree in a business discipline with at least 5 years of experience in business. Only degrees from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees must be verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.

  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher from the graduate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant's GPA is below 3.25, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the DeVoe School of Business.

 

Admission Requirements - Completion Program

Requirements for admission to the Doctor in Business Administration Completion Program are as follows:

  • A minimum of at least 30 credit hours at the doctoral level that must include at least nine credits in research philosophy, methodology, or data analysis and at least 18 credits in a business or business related discipline such as management, finance, accounting, healthcare administration. Information systems, etc. Credits must have been earned within the last eight years (exceptions up to 12 years may be granted by the program chair), and the student must have been in good standing in the previous doctoral program. Students lacking some of the required credits for admission may be accepted provisionally but will be required to complete the missing courses before beginning the course of study for the bridge program.

  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher in doctoral level courses from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 

MGMT 501 is a pre-requisite for the Doctor of Business Administration Completion Program. Students must complete this pre-requisite course with a "B" by the end of the first semester of the program. However, this requirement is waived for students who have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, business administration, accounting, finance, marketing, management, or other related discipline from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to any of the Master of Business Administration programs, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application
    Apply online at indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts
    College: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution and any graduate work if IWU is accepting transfer credits. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all credit-hours required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.25 and a minimum grade of "B" in each course. A grade of "B-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  2. Successful completion and defense of the doctoral project.
  3. Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

NOTE: Publisher digital resources may be used in some programs that are not available for Apple based products. Student access to a Windows PC with Administrative privileges may be needed in some courses.

Start Dates

The DBA program runs over three trimesters each year, with terms beginning every January, May, and September.

Download: Sample DBA Cohort Calendar