Become the C-suite Catalyst for Change
The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at DePaul is designed for high potential executives who seek to take their careers to the next level.  This distinctive degree will empower you to transform your organization through a mastery of sophisticated applied research for addressing contemporary business issues. 
Candidates for the DBA will learn to frame complex business problems in a manner that enables applied, evidence-based analysis of all available data and rigorous evaluation of potential solutions.  DBA graduates will have gained advanced insights into the latest research on organizational change and behavior to enhance their abilities to implement desired solutions and motivate action within their organizations. 

This three-year, part-time program is for the working executive who has earned a previous master’s degree in a business or business-related discipline. The ideal candidate will enter the program with significant business acumen gained through eight to 10 years of managerial or consultative experience. ​ The degree also can serve as a bridge program to prepare experienced business executives for a transition to academic careers.​

Build a Network of Research-Minded Thought Leaders

A fundamental component of the DBA experience is the personal working relationships it fosters with leading faculty scholars in the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.  These ongoing mentor-student relationships support doctoral candidates’ professional development in the tools and methods of data analysis and business intelligence. 
DBA candidates advance through the program as members of a tight-knit cohort of students.  The program’s small-group format is designed to build a strong network of like-minded thought leaders who will support each other both during the program and after graduation.​​​

DBA Opens Doors for Career Advancement

“The DBA program is designed to bridge the gap between business and academia. Almost instantly, I used what I learned in class at work to solve business problems in a more scientific way, which is great for my organization and great for my personal brand. 

"The DBA has definitely opened doors for me, including going to work for the top consulting firm in the world.”  

Karen Bartuch
DePaul DBA candidate
Director, Corporate Intelligence and Strategic Threat Management

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