Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration
The purpose of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is to prepare Christian business educators for the college/university classroom. This 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.
Courses are offered in hybrid and online formats all year round (spring, summer and fall semesters). Hybrid courses include an on-campus residency. Online courses are conducted entirely over the Internet. Students can expect to spend three four-day residencies on the Newberg campus every year. Course work can be completed in three years with the dissertation to follow. The program follows a cohort model for all core classes. Students who drop classes may be required to stop out of the program and join the next cohort.
To enable students to:
- Integrate faith, moral character and sound ethical reasoning into practice
- Understand the important issues and trends facing organizations in an increasingly global society
- Be equipped with the concepts, theories and methodologies that enable them to conduct organizational research
- Master cross-cultural competencies that enable them to lead diverse groups in a global society
- Develop academic research and scholarship, business research and strategy
To enable students to:
- Lead organizational and societal change efforts
- Understand the practice and theory of business, improving personal effectiveness by applying insights from a variety of academic disciplines
- View business and academe from a variety of disciplinary and historical perspectives
- Prepare students to become academics and business professionals
- Acquire additional expertise in selected subject areas tailored to individual interests (marketing, leadership, nonprofit, enterprise development, crisis management, accounting)
- Demonstrate effective instructional strategies and practices acquired through mastering management and marketing and accounting teaching and hands-on experience
Applicants seeking admission to the DBA program must have completed both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have five years of professional experience, or hold a full-time faculty position. In addition, applicants must submit the following documentation to be considered for admission:
- Doctor of Business Administration online application and application fee
- Resume/CV demonstrating appropriate professional experience
- Completion of 3 short-answer essays
- What goals and objectives do you have that you are hoping the DBA from George Fox will help you fulfill?
- Why are you considering the degree at this time in your life?
- What strengths and unique experiences will you bring to the program?
- Three letters of reference
- GMAT, GRE, or Peregrine Test Results
- A sample of academic writing which demonstrates the applicant’s ability to gather, synthesize, organize, and evaluate research.
- Evidence of completed prerequisites (at least one course in economics, accounting, and finance)
- One official transcript from each college/university attended
- Additional International Student Requirements (if applicable)
- A TOEFL score of 80 (Internet based) or IELTS 6.5 for non-native English speakers
- Transcript Evaluations for any degrees earned outside the U.S.
- Declaration of Finance and supporting financial documentation
- Formal Interview
Transfer of up to 6 hours credit beyond the master's degree is allowed toward the DBA program from accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the DBA program will be considered for transfer. Potential transfer credit will be evaluated on a class-by-class basis by the program director and registrar's office. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Of the 56 hours required for the DBA program, a minimum of 50 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the DBA must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the College of Business faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.
The Doctor of Business Administration program is generally four years in length with 56 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 21 are in core business courses, 17 in doctoral research and dissertation, 9 in education and teaching, and 9 hours in an area of concentration.
Other Degree Requirements
Students will be evaluated annually by program faculty to certify their ability to continue in the program.
In order to graduate with the doctor of business administration degree students must:
- Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 56 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Achieve no grade lower than a B- in all core courses. If a grade lower than a B- is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).
- Successfully complete four written qualifying essays
- Be admitted to candidacy for the degree
- Submit an approved written doctoral dissertation
- Successfully defend the written project
† Students must maintain continuous enrollment in the doctoral dissertation until completion. BUSD 815 is required for students who do not finish their dissertation research within the minimum 8 hours. BUSD 815 is repeatable until the dissertation is finished.