Doctor of Business Administration (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 DBAC 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 DBAC programs currently available
  • Fast-paced: complete your degree in as few as 3 years
  • 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


Learn How 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
  • Accountants/Auditors: $58,873
  • Chief Executives: $96,745
  • Management Jobs: $70,747
  • Management jobs in this area are projected to grow over 9% from 2016 to 2026

Source: Burning Glass Labor Insights Tool



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

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 Bailey Batman at 765.677.4095 or

DBA Handbook 

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Credit Hours Tuition
30 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



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





Below are the lists of requirements for the DBA Completion 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 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 601 is a pre-requisite for the Doctoral Completion Program: DBA. Students must complete this pre-requisite course with at least a grade of "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 (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Graduation Requirements

  • 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 and defense of the doctoral project.

  • 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.

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