Online Doctor of Business Administration
DBA Completion Program

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Overview of the Online DBA Completion Program

The Doctoral Completion Program: Doctor of Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to help you rise to the challenges of leadership by developing skills for the global workplace.

This unique program provides an alternative path which helps students in unique situations complete their doctorate degree. In particular, this completion program targets students who have been stranded by school closures, or who were unable to complete their degree for other reasons.

The DBA Completion Program teaches you key strategies for advanced change management and complex business problems by leveraging DeVoe School of Business’s problem-based learning model. It also features a project instead of a dissertation, where you can focus your interests in one of three specializations: healthcare administration, management, or information systems.

  • One of the lowest cost DBA completion programs currently available
  • Fast-paced: complete your degree in as few as 22 months
  • All courses are online except the three residencies
  • Faculty mentor assigned to you at the beginning of the program
  • Unique in that the program does not require ABD (all but dissertation) status
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You’ll 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 Options

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


30 Total
$650/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


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


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

11 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. 

Note: The UNV-701 Doctoral Practical Training (PT) Seminar/Externship course is only an option for international students in a doctoral program that are issued an I-20. This courses provides international students an opportunity to gain practical work experience that is related to the doctoral program course outcomes. International students will be required to take this course each term concurrently with required courses in their program of study. Domestic students will not be required or expected to take this course.

BADM-701, BADM-703, BADM-720, BADM-706, MGMT-731, BADM-708, MGMT-732, BADM-791, BADM-711, BADM-792, BADM-785, BADM-704, BADM-705, BADM-709


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

  • 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 program. Students may not use doctoral credits earned at IWU as the basis for meeting the admissions requirements of the DBA completion program without the approval of the chairs of both their original doctoral program and the DBA.
  • A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course in the 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).

Transfer Credit Policy

  • No more than 35% of a graduate degree or certificate program may be satisfied by transfer credit per IWU University Policy on Academic Credentials, Programs, and Credit Hours.
  • For the Doctoral Completion Program: DBA, a maximum of eight (8) credits may be transferred into the program.


  • 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 "C+" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Twenty-two (22) credits must be completed at IWU and include the following courses: BADM-701, 1 credit; BADM-706, 1 credit, BADM-711, 1 credit; BADM-703, 4 credits; BADM-720, 2 credits; BADM-785, 1 credit; BADM-791, 3 credits; BADM-792, 1 credit; MGMT-731, 4 credits; and MGMT-732, 4 credits.
  • Successful completion of the applied doctoral project.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

MGMT-601 is a pre-requisite for the Doctoral Completion: DBA. Students must complete this pre-requisite course with at least a grade of "B" by the end of the first term 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 (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Time Limit for Degree

The Applied Doctoral Project must be completed within six years after starting the program, which begins with BADM-701. A student who has completed coursework is required to remain continuously enrolled in BADM-759 or be terminated from the DBA Program. A student who has not completed their Applied Doctoral Project within the six-year period will be terminated from the DBA Program. Students nearing the end of the six-year period may be provided with aschedule of benchmark tasks that are required to be completed before the six-year deadline expires. Students who do not meet those benchmark tasks on schedule may be terminated from the DBA Program due to the insufficient time remaining to meet 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.


The Doctor of Business Administration Completion Program at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

After the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program was launched by the DeVoe School of Business, Technology & Leadership in the fall of 2019, it was recognized and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

After ensuring that HLC accreditation was in place, plans were developed for the DBA program to pursue initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP requires all programs to be in existence for two years, have graduates, and ensure that operational, academic, assessment, and other continuous quality processes are in place before making application to start the official self-study process.

In light of these expectations from ACBSP, the academic leadership in the College of Adult and Professional Studies supports the ongoing planning and implementation of important academic and program continuous quality improvement processes to ensure readiness to apply for ACBSP accreditation. The pursuit of ACBSP accreditation was and continues to be on the planning roadmap for the program. Current students and program alumni please note that if a student graduates prior to DeVoe School of Business, Technology & Leadership receiving ACBSP accreditation for the DBA program, the student will be grandfathered in under the accredited program once accreditation is received.

If you have questions about the status of ACBSP accreditation efforts for the DBA program, please contact

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024