Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting the right DBA program can be a difficult task! We hope this FAQ sheet answers the questions you may have about the George Fox DBA.

How often do I have to come to the Oregon campus?
There are three four-day residencies per year for the first three years of the program. Two residencies per year are back-to-back. In total, students will need to travel to our campus six times over the course of the entire program. (Admission interviews and dissertation defense can be done over the phone or through online video software.) 2016 Residency Dates have been set as: May 31-June 3, June 6-9, and August 1-4.

How many students are in a cohort?
To maintain a collaborative, supportive environment we limit our cohorts to 12-15 students each year.

What is the difference between a PhD and a DBA?
The DBA is a scholar-practitioner doctoral degree that is focused on linkages between scholarship and the practice of business. The DBA is designed for someone who is in the practice of business or teaching and will benefit from a deeper understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and how these underpinnings relate to the practice of business. The Ph.D, typically, is a doctoral degree focused on research and leans more toward the theoretical aspects of business rather than its practical application. At George Fox we find 3 groups of students that benefit from a DBA degree:

  • Those who want to teach in higher education (including at the doctoral level)
  • Those who want to deepen their practical understanding of business and apply it to their corporate workplace or consulting practice
  • Those who want to continue to advance their business career but may eventually want to teach

What do I need to do to finish an application?
A list of application requirements can be found here.

Do I have to take the GMAT?
We must have test scores for each applicant regardless of past experience or education. You can choose to take either the GMAT, GRE, or Peregrine test. Based on student feedback, the DBA Admissions Committee now accepts the Peregrine Test as well as the GMAT or GRE, and recommends the Peregrine. The Peregrine is a cheaper alternative to the GMAT/GRE and can be taken online from anywhere at any time. Learn more about the Peregrine test here.

Is the George Fox DBA accredited?
The George Fox College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is the premier accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence and what occurs in the classroom. This is in contrast to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which has a focus on research excellence.

Are there additional application requirements if I am an international student?
This webpage under “Graduate Admissions / International Admissions” is very helpful for answers to international inquiries. If you have received your bachelor's or master's degrees from an English-speaking school, you will not need to take a language test.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Megan JanesMegan Janes
George Fox University
Graduate Admissions Counselor