Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


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IAU requires evidence of an earned bachelor and a master degree. At least one degree must be in business, management, administration, or related discipline. All degrees must be earned at an appropriately accredited institution or foreign equivalent. IAU understands the differing rigor of schools and grading scales around the world, and IAU evaluates prior academic credentials within their own context. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Experience:
IAU recommends a minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience in any organization, including, but not limited to, private, public, for-profit, non-profit, start-ups, or established corporate organizations.

Information Technology:
Possess computer and internet skills sufficient to effectively participate in IAU’s pedagogical model and conduct research at the graduate level.

Evidence of English Proficiency:
IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has not had his/her secondary education taught in English, s/he will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to read, write and speak English.

Application Materials in additional to Standard Required Documents:

  1. Letter of Interest: The Letter of Interest will contain three parts: Personal Statement, Professional Statement, and Research Statement. Each part will be described below.
    • Personal Statement: Please express in no more than one page how your experience, education, and training qualify you for the DBA program.
    • Professional Statement: Please describe in no more than two pages your interests in the DBA program and how you plan to complete it.
      • Why do you want to pursue a DBA degree?
      • What do you see as the most significant qualities or experiences that you would bring to the DBA program?
      • What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
      • What obstacles/ challenges do you envision having to overcome to complete your degree within a reasonable time frame (i.e. 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/ challenges?
      • What concrete steps will you take to manage your time to tackle classes and up to 30 hours a week of study?
    • Research Statement: Please describe in no more than three pages your research interests and what topic you plan to pursue.
  2. Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:
    • Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
    • Your academic pursuits.
    • Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for doing advanced academic work.
    • Your oral and written communication skills.
    • Your potential as an instructor.

Maximum Total Credit Awarded is 30 units:
Transfer Credit (TRC): 30 credits
Standardized Exam Credit (SEC): 0 credits



The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program serves the needs of mature students, helping them to advance in their careers. The program is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practices and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching, and consulting. The program is designed to serve the needs of both fully employed and full-time students with a background as experienced business professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into leadership positions as consultants or as executives within their organizations. The program creates an opportunity for the student to demonstrate application of the knowledge and skills gained in the course work portion of the program and to demonstrate the critical thinking and analytical skills required to successfully complete the Doctoral Project.



The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program will allow students to:

  1. Develop the knowledge and analytical capability to lead an organization in adapting, evolving, and learning in a dynamic global economy
  2. Develop the skills, professional business ethics, and competence required to design, execute and evaluate creative and meaningful research in a field of specialization
  3. Employ advanced communications skills to share complex information, organizational vision, and actionable guidelines to various audiences
  4. Foster collaboration, communication and adaptability in helping organizations excel in a changing business landscape
  5. Incorporate and integrate Christian ethics and global perspective in decision-making



Instruction can be completed through classroom-hybrid and/or online instructional methodologies.



Foundation Module:
Students, who did not complete an MBA or related degree, must complete these courses. Foundation requirements are designed to develop an appreciation of the institution of business.

Core Module:
DBA students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary business concepts and practices. By completing the Core Courses, students can be confident that they will be well-prepared to tackle the real-world challenges that organizations face.

Elective Module:
The Electives Module requirement can be fulfilled by taking any graduate courses that are not already a requirement. Graduate course codes are 500-999.

Colloquium Module:
DBA students are required to attend three colloquium workshops held on campus. The colloquium workshops will discuss research and scholarly writing, completing the research prospectus and proposal. DBA students will have an opportunity to ask questions to current and past DBA students to gain insight on how to approach the DBA project.

Research Module:
Once most core and elective coursework has been successfully completed, Doctoral Students are required to complete the research courses. These allow a student to start to think about the design of their project and research background information about the topic.

Project Module:
The final step is the completion of a Doctoral Project. The Committee Chair/Mentor will work with the doctoral student and serve as the liaison during the process. Together, with guidance from the Committee, the student will complete a Doctoral Project that is worthy to be published. The Doctoral Project will be a practical application of a field-based project. A review is given to research design, modes of observation, and techniques of analysis, the social and ethical context of research, and the uses of research. A focus is placed on the delineation of a problem in business and a plan for conducting substantive research leading to its resolution or recommendations.

The doctoral student selects two other members, in addition to the Committee Chair/Mentor, to create a Project Committee to review and complete the project. A presentation of the Doctoral Project is required. The Doctoral Project is graded by the committee and is graded as Pass/Fail.



  1. Student must complete 54 semester units of prescribed curriculum.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required course work with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Satisfactory completion of Comprehensive Examinations.
  3. Satisfactory completion Doctoral Project.
  4. Complete a minimum of TWO internships.
  5. Students must apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.



ProgramStandard (Yrs)
Full Time
Standard (Yrs)
Part Time
150% (Yrs)
Full Time
150% (Yrs)
Part Time
Doctor Degree48612



DBA Modules CourseUnits
Foundation Module
3 Courses
9 Units*

Non-MBA Holders must take the following or transfer in equivalents
ECN 500 Managerial Economics3
FIN 500 Financial Management3
MKT 500 Marketing Management3
Core Module
7 Courses
19.5 Units
BUS 560 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility3
ECN 800 Economic Theory and Policy3
MGT 600 Organizational Theory and Design3
MGT 800 Leadership in Organizations 3
MGT 860 Managerial Decision Making3
MGT 880 Managing Team Dynamics3
COM 500 Public Speaking for Managers1.5
Elective Module
9 Units
The Electives Module requirement can be fulfilled by taking any graduate courses that are not already a requirement. Graduate course codes are 500-9999
Colloquium Module
3 Courses
1.5 Units
DOC 800 Colloquium I: Scholarly Writing0.5
DOC 810 Colloquium II: Research Techniques0.5
DOC 820 Colloquium III: Project Development0.5
Research Module
5 Courses
15 Units
DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination4.5
RSC 500 Research and Writing1.5
RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods3
RSC 810 Literature Review3
Choose 1 or both (1 as elective)
RSC 905 Quantitative Analysis3
RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis3
Project Module
2 Courses
9 Units
RSC 955 DBA Project I4.5
RSC 960 DBA Project II4.5
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Total Units54

*63 units with prerequisites. For the course descriptions, click here.



* Source:

11-1011.00Chief Executives
11-1021.00General and Operations Managers
11-2022.00Sales Managers
11-3011.00Administrative Services Managers
11-3051.00Industrial Production Managers
11-3071.01Transportation Managers
11-3071.02Storage and Distribution Managers
11-9021.00Construction Managers
11-9151.00Social and Community Service Managers
11-9199.01Regulatory Affairs Managers
11-9199.02Compliance Managers
11-9199.03Investment Fund Managers
11-9199.04Supply Chain Managers
11-9199.07Security Managers
11-9199.08Loss Prevention Managers
11-9199.09Wind Energy Operations Managers
11-9199.10Wind Energy Project Managers
13-1051.00Cost Estimators
13-1111.00Management Analysts
25-1011.00Business Teachers, Postsecondary



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