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Doctor of Business Administration ( D.B.A )

doctor of business administration ( d.b.a )


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) advances decision-making and leadership skills, provides an in-depth application of theory and research, and facilitates methods to solve industry problems. Program components offer opportunities for students to explore investigative skills and perform data analysis. Graduates are prepared to contribute new knowledge to a specific segment of industry.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’s online Doctor of Business Administration provides an in-depth application of theory and research, facilitates methods to solve industry problems and matures students’ decision-making and leadership skills within a business setting. Through an exploration of investigative skills and data analysis, graduates will be prepared to contribute new knowledge to a specific segment of the business administration industry.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to do the following:
  • Construct recommendations to resolve business problems.
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to contemporary issues in leadership and business.
  • Analyze research results to support business decision-making processes.
  • Design ethical and original research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge.

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Doctoral students are required to complete a dissertation and defend their research before a committee and University representatives, which may take place at a distance through audio/visual means. No degree shall be awarded without majority of committee approval. Information regarding this capstone doctoral requirement is published in the Dissertation Handbook.

Major Requirements | Total Required Semester Hours: 48

Theoretical-Based Study | Total Required Semester Hours: 13

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Tuition Rates

Our goal is to provide the strongest online academic programs at an affordable rate. On average, our tuition is less than half the cost of our competitors.

Ways to Save

Paying for school is possible. At THE AU, there are many Ways to Save including scholarships, Learning Partnerships and more.
  • Transfer Credits Accepted
  • Textbooks Included
  • Payment Options
  • Learning Partners Discount
  • Scholarships

Flexible Online Learning Options

Giving our students the flexibility they need to fit education into their busy schedules is at the core of our mission. Our courses are designed to accommodate working professionals, moms, dads, and anyone else who is balancing school with other life commitments.

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bachelor of science in business administration

Start anytime with LifePace Learning®. Progress through your course in as early as four weeks or as long as 10 weeks.

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Term Enrollment

bachelor of science in business administration

Complete assignments at your own pace while working within set course start and end dates. A term lasts approximately nine weeks.

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  • Choose From 11 Term Start Dates Per Year


THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION is an online university that strives to change and improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their professional and personal potential.

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY provides student-centered support services that are personal, responsive and geared toward assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Caring, highly-trained faculty and staff create innovative educational programs that incorporate the latest instructional technology with challenging curriculums. THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY focuses on affordable, quality online instruction with a general education core that promotes lifelong learning and success.