At a Glance:
Doctor of Business Administration
|Average Completion Time||3 years (course work), plus 1 year (dissertation work)|
|Cost per credit||$798* (financial aid available)|
|Accreditation||Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)|
|Location||Online/hybrid format; two on-site sessions in Newberg, Ore., per year|
|Application Deadline||Feb. 1 (early application deadline: Nov. 1)|
*All stated financial information is subject to change.
Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Doctor of Business Administration
The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is to prepare business and academic leaders to better develop their employees, students, and clients. The program equips students to research and teach a variety of business disciplines, with a unique focus on the integration of faith and ethics into teaching and practice.
Students complete a business core, research core, and education core (including a teaching practicum). In addition, they choose a management or marketing concentration for in-depth study.
Equipping students to teach and lead
Students study learning and development theory and learn how to apply effective pedagogical tactics, techniques and styles in the classroom. They become effective researchers and discriminating consumers of research and well-versed in global business trends and their implications for business practice and classroom instruction.
Hybrid and online formats
Doctor of Business Administration course work continues year-round, through spring, summer and fall semesters. Courses are delivered in both hybrid and online formats. Online courses are conducted entirely over the Internet, while hybrid courses include an on-campus residency.
Residencies near Portland, Ore.
Students should expect to come to our Newberg, Ore., campus (near Portland) for three four-day residencies per year. These are broken into two sessions so students only come to campus twice per year (one of the residencies is back-to-back) during their three years of course work. The program follows a cohort model for all core classes. Dissertation work takes place during the fourth year.
Doctor of Business Administration Program Details
- 56-credit-hour program
- Online classes and web-enhanced hybrid courses
- Two on-site sessions in Oregon per year
Residency classes are conducted seminar style during four-day sessions, which are typically scheduled in mid-May, and during late July or early August. Class sessions are supplemented with reading assignments and projects, as well as participation in a vigorous online community. This online and hybrid delivery allows doctoral students to complete the program while working full time.
A Top-Ranked Christian College
George Fox University is consistently ranked among the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes and is also classified as a first-tier regional university by U.S. News & World Report.
"The DBA program at George Fox University provides students the ability to pursue rigorous doctoral study within a supportive cohort of colleagues and a delivery format that allows students to remain in their profession. Our graduates are equipped to take on the professional and academic challenges of the future."
Paul Shelton, PhDChair/Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program
Associate Professor of Management at George Fox University
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the demand for postsecondary teachers is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018 (link).
- According to a 2010 report by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, "Over the past decade, there has been a worrisome shortage of doctorally qualified business school faculty" and "the demand may be accentuated by a sudden increase in retirements among business school faculty" (see link for chart detailing "net planned growth," exisiting unfilled positions" and "anticipated retirements" for business faculty)
- Article: "Amidst M.B.A. Inflation, Executives Recommend Business Doctorates" (from US News & World Report)
- Article: "On the Challenges of Finding and Keeping Good Faculty" (from American Journal of Business)
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