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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

“The DNA of Indiana Wesleyan University is to look out at the community and see where the needs are, and then to figure out innovative ways to meet those needs.”

Dr. David Wright, President



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 three specializations and make your DBA unique to you.


  • Healthcare Administration
  • Accounting
  • Management

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
68 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.



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

Residency Courses


Core Courses*


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

Mentor Track



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




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

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

  • A Masters Degree in a business related discipline from a university accredited by a regional accrediting body or the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  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.
  • Additional Specialization Requirements
    • For the DBA Healthcare Administration specialization, applicants must posess at least one (1) of the following
      • 5 years of experience in healthcare administration, or
      • Masters in a healthcare related discipline with at least 5 years of adminsitrative/managerial experience.
    • For the DBA Accounting specialization, applicants must possess at least one (1) of the following:
      • CPA, or
      • 18 graduate accounting credits together with at least 5 years of managerial accounting or accounting teacher experience.

Application Procedure

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.
  3. TOEFL Scores
    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.

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