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Doctor of Business Administration

Learn to lead with us and make an impact with an Online DBA

Our online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program is designed for business professionals who aspire to advance in executive and consulting careers in both public and private organizations.

Develop the skills to operate as an effective business leader in a variety of settings with the capacity to address the perpetual challenges any organization faces.

The DBA builds on your experience with advanced instruction and applied research skills to establish strong competencies in evidence-based decision making. The DBA extends master's-level knowledge by developing a deep capacity for business problem analysis. The program culminates in an applied doctoral study project.

Every aspect of our doctoral program takes place online, ensuring flexibility for adult students. Our program will allow you to:

  • Build on masters' level knowledge and skills to provide an educational advantage in your career trajectory.
  • Promote sound evidence-based decision making through applied research.
  • Propose effective, efficient, ethical and sustainable solutions to practical business problems.
  • Become an expert at fostering innovation, implementing change, and ensuring organizational relevance and quality.
  • Strategically build organizational relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and create practices to improve business processes and outcomes and contribute to societal advancement.

Seamlessly blend life, learning, and leading with our affordable 100% online doctoral programs.


Trident University International is 100% online and offers a variety of doctoral program lengths—enabling students to adjust completion time to fit their own schedules. There are no in-person attendance requirements. Keep living, keep working, start learning. Learn More

Transfer Credit

Trident extends a generous policy regarding required credits. Our programs are focused and efficient regarding required credits and your total required credits may be reduced based on potential transfer credits from other accredited institutions*; we may also consider awarding potential credits for prior learning.

Individualized Support

You will be aligned with a doctoral faculty member who will provide individualized guidance during the research phase of the program. A Student Success Advisor will be assigned to you for personal assistance with administrative matters throughout your enrollment.


Trident has an extensive and involved alumni network that can be a key resource for you throughout the program. Learn More

Institutionally Accredited

Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn More


Trident is competitively priced. There is no application fee, no lab fees. Learn More

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

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Program Overview – What Students Can Expect

An affordable and flexible alternative that doesn’t require a concentration, our Doctor of Business Administration program focuses on these learning outcomes:

  • Evaluate the application of core business practices using diverse perspectives and expert knowledge of the discipline.
  • Evaluate quantitative data, logic, or analysis to inform business decisions or initiatives.
  • Formulate substantive arguments based on evaluation of evidence and interpretation of results.
  • Integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives to collaborate, manage, and lead diverse business teams.
  • Communicate original research in oral and written formats to professional peers in the industry.
  • Integrate professional standards for ethics, privacy, and integrity in research or practice.
  • Design effective information systems that maximize achievement of organizational goals or objectives.

See the Trident Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

Prepare to take the lead in our virtual classrooms and in your career. If you are ready to take this important next step, apply online now. The documents specified below are required for all DBA applicants:

You will take 36-48 semester credit hours of core courses. Each core course is worth four semester credit hours. Course topics range from Technology and Business Process Improvement to Applied Statistics for Research in Business and Management.

The Doctor of Business Administration program accepts up to 12 semester credits of doctoral level coursework from regionally accredited doctoral granting institutions; subject to approval by the Program Director.

Designed to help doctoral students follow their progress, Trident’s Doctoral Positioning System (DPS) allows students to track the completion of tasks and milestones that are required to obtain their doctorate and provides a single place to submit and store documents and track completed tasks.

Pursuant to Federal law and regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for research involving human subjects. Accordingly, prior to conducting research involving human subjects, including the collecting and analyzing of data, the proposed study must be reviewed and approved by the Trident IRB.

Tuition cost for the DBA program:

tuition type per credit per course per year*
Standard $787.50 $3,150 $12,600
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $708.75 $2,835 $11,340
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500
Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve U.S Military Service Members** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500

*Assumes no transfer credits and that student enrolls in an average of 16 credits per year. Does not include cost of any applicable dissertation continuation courses. **Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied

University Fees:

  • Books and Supplies: $0
  • Course Materials: $0
  • Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
  • Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
  • Graduation Fee: $150
  • Official Transcript: $10
  • Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
  • Payment Plan Set-up: $35-$55 (non-refundable)
  • Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

Seeking more information on the cost of attending Trident University? Visit Trident's Financial Aid Resources page where you will find financial aid tools including Trident's Net Price Calculator and Shopping Sheet, a guide to assist in early financial planning for college.

Want to save time & money on your degree? Receive credit for eligible past experience with Trident Fastrac. Click here to learn more.

DBA Program Milestones

There are several milestones in the development of your doctoral study project (DSP). Here is a brief overview of the milestones. For complete details refer to the DBA Program Handbook.

1Core and Research Coursework

2Doctoral Study Project Prospectus Presentation in DOC690

3Doctoral Study Chair Selection

4Doctoral Study Committee Selection

5Doctoral Study Project Proposal Defense in DOC700

6Doctoral Study Project Proposal Approval

7IRB Approval 

8Data Collection and Analysis

9Doctoral Study Project Final Defense in DOC702

10Doctoral Study Project Approval

Chaunte Myers - DBA Student

Through trial and error, and with the assistance of mentors, I'm now pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). As a military veteran, continuing my higher education enhances not only my brand, butraises the profile of may organization's worthy cause. - Chaunte Myers DBA Student

Frequently Asked Questions

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a degree program designed to help graduates prepare to pursue a potential career path in organizational leadership. Students who study in this program will explore topics related to the interdependence of organizational systems at various levels, organizational leadership that promotes diversity and ensures accountability and organizational sustainability, and complex challenges that exist within the internal organization and the external environment.

Doctoral degree programs and time of completion are dependent on a student’s previous credits*, proficiency, and other factors. Many students who attend this program work full-time. Quarterly start dates give students flexibility in timing their coursework.

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

In this program, students can take courses in a variety of subject areas including technology and business process improvement to applied statistics for research in business and management.

A DBA degree program at Trident provides an opportunity to study skills designed to help advance in an executive or consulting career path in the private or public sector. The program gives students the opportunity to build on knowledge and aptitude in the areas of evidence-based decision making and business problem analysis. With a program created around adult learners’ needs, you will have access to support and flexibility while working and attending the program.

The total number of credits required for this program is 36 -48 credit hours. Additional credits may include transfer credits* from a professional certificate, diploma, or from a military occupation or ranking.

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

Eligible students with military experience, active and retired, may be able to receive credit for military service*. Please refer to Trident Fastrac for more information.

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

Trident offers 12-week sessions for its students pursuing doctoral degree programs. Refer to the academic calendar for a schedule of class start dates.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


This business program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Review our Student Achievement and Program Data.

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