Doctor of Business Administration
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
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 develop into effective researchers and discriminating consumers of research. They also become well-versed in global business trends and their implications for business practice and classroom instruction.
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.
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 sessions back to back for a total of eight days, while the second residency is just one four-day session.
Doctor of Business Administration Program Details
- 56-credit-hour program
- Hybrid structure – primarily online with a residency component
- Cohort model
- Students choose a Concentration: Marketing or Management
- A Dissertation – typically completed during the fourth year
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.
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 will grow by 19% between 2012 and 2022 (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," "existing 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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