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Accredited Online DBA Program: Doctor of Business Administration

Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration
  • 48 credits
  • No transfer credits accepted
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • Two-day residency required each term
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Aim to take your career to new heights with an online Doctor of Business Administration from University of Maryland Global Campus. Join a community of accomplished colleagues and learn from globally diverse faculty as you strive to gain sophisticated knowledge for executive-level roles in business and management. 

Earn a Nationally Recognized DBA 

Designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, our curriculum centers on high-level management theory, strategic thinking, organizational leadership, and the latest changes and research throughout the global business environment. Through analysis of real-world scenarios and a close-knit cohort structure, the program is designed to provide lifelong learning opportunities, an authentic support network, and long-term success. This program is built for executive-level working professionals looking to strengthen their leadership skills and advance their careers in a variety of fields.

By completing this program, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • IACBE accreditation: This program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
  • Top program: UMGC is a member of the Executive DBA Council and was recognized by CEO Magazine in 2022 as one of the premier global DBA providers.
  • Cohort structure: Our cohort structure promotes close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff and a supportive network for lifelong learning.
  • On-site & virtual residencies: Each term, the DBA program’s mandatory residency consists of two full days of instruction, which include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, presentations of class assignments, and more. Students taking the core courses attend the residencies in-person, while dissertation students attend their residencies online.

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Gain Valuable Knowledge & Grow Your Network

The online DBA degree program at UMGC is designed to help professionals acquire high-level knowledge and skills in management theory, strategic thinking, organizational leadership, research methods, and innovation. Through our challenging curriculum, you may be able to gain the knowledge you need to succeed as a leader in today's fast-paced business environments. Plus, collaborative, research-oriented projects will help you grow your network and build lasting relationships with a diverse group of professionals.

Our faculty members are experts in their fields and possess a wide range of professional experience. They're committed to helping you achieve the following learning goals:

Study in an IACBE-Accredited Online DBA Program

UMGC's School of Business has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. Please view our IACBE member status page and Public Disclosure of Student Achievement.

IACBE's accreditation process examines if a program is functioning effectively, accomplishing its mission, and teaching students what they are intended to learn. This requires that its member institutions follow a process of continuous quality improvement that builds student competencies and prepares them to succeed professionally.


Make Real-World, Research-Based Decisions

Throughout the online DBA degree program at UMGC, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed management decisions in a variety of potential career applications. Your dissertation will include a review of a complex business-related issue or problem in the workforce.

Recent topics have included:

  • Kuan H. Collins: "The Organizational Factors Influencing the Building of Collaborative Culture: An Examination of the Evidence"
  • Sharon Denise Biddinger Crawford: "Indecisiveness in Teamwork: A Search for Interventions to Avoid Failure-to-Decide" 
  • Joseph Allen Evans: "The Influence of National Culture on the Value Creating Ability of Organizations Combined from an International Merger and Acquisition"
  • Calvin Joel Martin: "Creating and Implementing Dynamic Capabilities: An Exploration of the Senior Manager's Role"
  • Margaret Walthall: "The Leader-Follower Relationship and Follower Performance"

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