Doctor of Business Administration

Underwood University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program focuses on theoretical knowledge that can be applied to the practice of business and business management. The DBA has the dual purpose of contributing to business theory and further developing the professional practice (e.g., contribute to professional knowledge in business). Additionally, the DBA prepares students to integrate learned theory and practices in business with the context of current issues encountered within the business environment. Students develop proficiency in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills and will integrate Underwood University’s core values and ethical foundations into the dissertation process and critical thinking skills used throughout the program.

The DBA program also delivers a professional academic curriculum. The program integrates business theory and practice, while enabling students to conduct applied research in areas that are relevant in today’s rapidly changing business environment. In addition to developing a strong understanding of the theoretical underpinning of business disciplines, students develop the advanced analytical and research skills that are in increasingly high demand in numerous sectors of the economy. The DBA program offers students the opportunity to complete concentrations in Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Management, and Christian Ethics and Not-for-Profit Management.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Doctor of Business Administration program are to help students to:

  1. identify and synthesize the global implications of research conducted while critically considering the interrelated activities that occur in the functional areas of business.;
  2. apply advanced knowledge of, and competency in, the latest academic theories, concepts, and technology-enabled opportunities;
  3. inspire students to become selfless leaders in business, suited to for-profit or not- for-profit corporate entities;
  4. assess the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business for the purpose of responsible management;
  5. address complex challenges using the frameworks of industry rules and regulations to build prescriptive conclusions and real-world experience and knowledge

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Business Administration degree program requires students to complete a minimum of 54 credit hours with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher to complete the DBA program. The DBA program must be completed within 3-4 years.


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