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

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
$607/ 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-706, BADM-704, BADM-705, BADM-720, BADM-710, BADM-708, BADM-709, BADM-785, BADM-790


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).

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).

  • 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.
  • Successful completion of the applied doctoral project.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

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

ACBSP AccfeditedAs 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 Bailey Batman at 765.677.4095 or

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023