Doctor of Business Administration

Online Degree Program

Our online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program is designed for business professionals who aspire to advance in executive and consulting career paths in both public and private organizations. Work to 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 Doctor of Business Administration 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 degree program takes place online, providing 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 path trajectory.
  • Promote sound evidence-based decision making through applied research.
  • Propose effective, efficient, ethical and sustainable solutions to practical business problems.
  • Foster innovation, implement change, and ensure 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.
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The Trident Difference

EdActive™ Learning Approach

Students are presented with a question or issue. They do their own research, apply their own experience and present their solution. Feedback and suggestions are received and the student applies the learning to their next task.

Flexibility

With flexible, 100% online classes you can manage your own time to deliver on deadline, with milestones to keep you on track. Faculty is responsive to student needs without daily micro-management.

Affordability

Trident is competitively priced with no application or lab fees. Scholarships and grants are available for those who qualify*.

Accreditation

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

*University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University’s Catalog or on its website and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

Meet your Doctoral Faculty

Doctoral Faculty teach content courses in the online degree program and serve as committee members for doctoral research projects to support and guide students

Lisa Mohanty

Dr. Lisa Mohanty

Dean

College of Business

Anna Lee McTeer

Dr. Jill Johnson

Associate Dean

College of Business

Dr. Mary Lind

Full-Time Faculty

College of Business

A Doctoral Study Committee will be assembled when students begin their research. Each committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom serves as chair of the committee. The chairperson and the committee members will be responsible for guiding the student during the research process.

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DBA Online Degree Program Milestones

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

  • 1
    Complete Core, Research, and Coursework
  • 2
    Develop Prospectus
  • 3
    Draft a Doctoral Study Proposal
  • 4
    Obtain IRB Approval
  • 5
    Defend the Doctoral Study Project

Online Degree Program Overview

The College of Education As an affordable and flexible alternative that doesn’t require a concentration, our Doctor of Business Administration online degree 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 University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

You will complete 52 semester hours. Students with a completed Master’s of Education degree are eligible for up to 8 transfer credits, subject to approval.

The Doctor of Education degree program accepts up to 20 semester credits of transfer coursework from regionally accredited doctoral or masters granting institutions (a maximum of 8 credits of transfer coursework may be accepted from a completed Masters in a related field); subject to approval by the Dean or Designee

Tuition cost for the Ph.D. program:

tuition type per credit cost total tuition cost*
Standard $787.50 $37,800
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $708.75 $34,020
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $656.75 $31,500

*Total Tuition Cost displayed is based on the total number of credits required for the program and may very based on transfer credit applied. Does not include cost of dissertation continuation courses, the number of which vary based on dissertation completion date.

**Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied. Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a terminal degree program designed to help graduates prepare to pursue a potential career path in a variety of areas such as organizational leadership, consulting, or teaching. It is a research-based program to provide students with skills in quantitative and qualitative methods, writing, and presentation. Students who study in this program will identify, evaluate, and solve complex business 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 Trident University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

In this program, students will take a total of 8 core courses and 4 dissertation courses before their dissertation seminar.

A Doctor of Business Administration degree at Trident provides an opportunity to develop advanced research skills to pursue a career path as a business leader, educator, researcher, or scholar in the private or public sector. The program allows students to build on knowledge and aptitude in the areas of evidence-based decision making and applied research skills. 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 48 credit hours. Additional credits may include up to 20 transfer-in credits* from a professional certificate, diploma, or a military training occupation or ranking

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the Trident 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.

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Scholarships & Grants

Trident offers an assortment of scholarships and grants to help make college more affordable for our students.*

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*University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University’s Catalog or on its website and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

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Credits for Prior Learning

Trident may award doctoral credit for professional experience in the discipline. Students may submit an experiential portfolio for assessment to the appropriate Doctoral Studies Director. The request can be submitted during the admissions process using the Doctoral PLA Request Form. For questions or assistance contact an Admissions Advisor at doctoraladmissions@trident.edu.**

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**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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