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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The challenges facing the business world are numerous and complex, but they aren’t impossible. Through the DBA program, Concordia is preparing Christian leaders to address those problems holistically by combining quantitative and qualitative business concepts. The outcome? Actual change that translates to long-term growth and profitability.

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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the highest accredited academic business degree at Concordia University designed to address the current challenges facing companies, leaders, and teams in today’s business environment. You will develop scholar-practitioner skills as you learn from industry experts skilled in blending applied learning with theory development. You will leave the program equipped with the tools, experience, and knowledge to transform organizations and improve performance through grounded research methods.

The DBA is a perfect next educational step for students who already possess an MBA or a Master in Organizational Leadership degree, especially organizational managers seeking to advance their careers by developing an ability for advanced critical reasoning.


This three-year, 60-credit (minimum), low-residency program features three distinct concentrations for students:

  • Financial and Economic Management
  • Organizational Change and Performance
  • Healthcare Administration

Regardless of concentration, students will benefit from the unique holistic approach that the program takes in addressing and teaching both quantitative and qualitative business concepts. Throughout the coursework, students will acquire evidence-based decision-making skills to prepare them for effective leadership in business, healthcare, non-profit, education, government, and other professional industries.

Informational webinars

In these recordings, you'll meet Dr. Matt Hurtienne, DBA program director and associate dean of the Batterman School of Business. He explains the curriculum structure, concentrations, dissertation, and how this will help you reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. You'll also learn more about the admission and application process. 

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NEW - All But Dissertation (ABD) option

Have you started your doctorate but life got in the way? Completed course work, but never finished your dissertation? Our new program provides an opportunity for students who have completed all requirements for a doctorate at another institution, except their doctoral dissertation. Concordia University welcomes all applicants who have achieved this status in their graduate education. We will help you achieve your goal and set you up for success. Now is the perfect time to finish earning your doctorate. Let us help! 

How does it work?
  • As an incoming student, you can transfer up to 30 credits into the DBA program.
  • In addition, 30 credits will be needed to graduate - 24 credits through research courses to help you write your dissertation and 6 topical credits.
  • Collaborate with other DBA students in one three-day residency in either January or July of the year you begin. 
  • Your faculty advisor will guide you through seven dissertation courses so you make consistent progress from day one.
  • Average length of completion is 1.5 year.
  • Upon dissertation completion, you will graduate with a Doctorate in Business Administration.
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DBA concentrations to customize your degree

Do you love finance and economics and want to make data-based decisions? Do you want to think critically about economic concepts such as free enterprise?

This concentration will allow you to study how the financial and economic theory impacts global and regional organizations. You’ll graduate well-versed in business and industry with the tools to stay current with trends while applying the concepts to organizational structure and productivity.

Are you looking for a DBA in leadership? 

Choose this concentration if you want to learn applied methods and theories addressing organizational improvement. Graduate with the skills you need to improve productivity and effectiveness while minimizing resistance to change at the employee, team, and/or organizational levels while unleashing your expertise. This is ideal for you if you see yourself in HR, learning & development, C-suite, consulting, etc.

Do you want to analyze the current state of healthcare?

This concentration will allow you to study the administration of global healthcare systems while becoming well-versed in management and healthcare delivery. You’ll graduate fluent in the economics, financial limitations, and ethical and legal considerations of healthcare. Plus, you’ll learn from the significant number of healthcare administration organizations in Concordia’s network.

Program features

To be admitted into the DBA program, applicants must:

  • Have a master’s degree with a focus in business or other relevant degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Provide supporting evidence that you have completed an intermediate level statistics course (MBA 510 or equivalent), or have equivalent work experience.
  • Submit an application at
  • Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Submit a resume or CV, and a list of references.
  • Submit a personal statement (no more than 3 pages).
  • How the applicants educational and personal experience influenced the decision to pursue a DBA.
  • Career goals and how this degree will help achieve those goals.
  • A research topic or interest area that the applicant plans to study.
  • Participate in a video-conference interview. 
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in one’s master’s coursework. 
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide English proficiency. 

Admission to the DBA program is governed by policies and procedures developed by the Batterman School of Business and Concordia University of Wisconsin. The University reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any prospective study or re-enrollment to any student. Any applicant who intentionally withholds pertinent information or falsifies information may be required to withdraw from Concordia University. The University and the Batterman School of Business reserves the right to make necessary changes to admission requirement without notice.

The DBA is a competitive admissions process. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the DBA program. Concordia University of Wisconsin and the Batterman School of Business may request additional documentation to evaluate a candidate’s record before a final admissions decision can be made.

What makes our online DBA different?

Our program will prepare Christian leaders to make data-informed decisions through the study of real world business and organizational trends. We will address not only quantitative business concepts, but qualitative concepts as well. Our doctorate is much more balanced. The qualitative aspect of teaching the human element and a holistic approach sets us apart from other schools.

Dr. Matthew Hurtienne

Associate Dean, Batterman and Haab School of Business, Director of Doctor of Business Administration Program

Frequently asked questions

No, you can have a master's in any field of study prior to applying or be in the process of completing a masters as you apply. 

The dissertation will typically range from 100 -  300 pages, it depends on your research topic and how you plan the study.  The dissertation is divided up into five chapters.  Intro, literature review, research methods, results, discussion. You will walk with your faculty advisor to plan every step of your dissertation, so it's not a daunting project. 

Yes up to 9 credits from other DBA programs and up to 12 from level 800 CUW courses.

Yes, upon acceptance into the program we do require a $250 deposit within 30 days to secure your spot, this goes towards your tuition.

On average, in three years you will complete the following:

18 credits: Core Requirements

12 credits: Concentration Requirements

6 credits: Dissertation and Advising

12 credits: Dissertation Course Requirement

12 credits: Research Course Requirement

= 60 credits: Total Credits (minimum)