Doctor of Business Administration Program Structure

Hybrid Format

DBA students begin coursework in the late spring and continue year-round through summer and fall semesters. Students complete the majority of their coursework entirely online, but also attend an on-campus residency twice per year to meet in person with their cohort and professors. Class sessions are supplemented with reading assignments and projects, as well as participation in a vigorous online community. The primarily online delivery allows doctoral students to complete the program while working full time.

Residencies near Portland, Oregon

Students should expect to come to our Newberg, Oregon, campus (near Portland) twice a year for the first three years of their program. Residency classes are conducted seminar style during four-day sessions, which are typically scheduled in late-May, and during late July or early August. The first residency includes two back-to-back sessions for a total of eight days, while the second residency is just one four-day session.

George Fox University's DBA program format

Cohort Model

The DBA program functions around the cohort model. Students are given the opportunity to network with their peers and faculty members– experienced leaders from all over the country (and sometimes, the world). All core classes follow a cohort model.

Program Length

The DBA program is generally completed in four years with students working on coursework in years 1-3, and completing their dissertation in year four. 

Program Elements and Coursework

Students will fulfill the requirements of their doctorate by completing the following elements:

  • 48 semester units of coursework
    • Doctoral Core (21 credits)
    • Education Core (9 credits)
    • Concentration – Accounting, Marketing or Management (9 credits)
    • Research (9 credits)
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Dissertation (8 credits)
    • Proposal
    • Dissertation Research
    • Final Defense