DBA Degree Programs

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree Programs

January 3, 2012

Revised: May 31, 2020

By Andrew S. Griffith, DBA

The opinions presented here do not necessarily represent those of any educational institution. They are only the opinions of the author that were derived from reading published academic research and from his personal experiences and observations.

What is the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree really about? The answer to that question depends on the academic institution and the point in time applicable to the question. A good doctoral program will always be evolving because its faculty members will be heavily involved in the latest developments within the applicable fields (including the research aspects of it). A stale program will be one that evolved into something and then ceased doing what brought it to its highest level of quality. (If most of the other doctoral programs are evolving in a forward direction, stale programs, by default, cannot help but deteriorate in quality.)

In general, the output of the DBA programs varies by institution. Some programs currently intend only to equip their students with skills that enhance their consulting abilities. Other programs currently intend to equip their students with skills related to conducting applied research. Some programs currently prepare their students with skills related to developing theory (traditional academic research). In reality, some institutions succeed at combining two or more of these output objectives into the skills of the graduates of their programs.

Based partially on information found in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (as of December 18, 2011), the DBA degree program began before 1952. At its peak of popularity, more than 100 universities and colleges conferred DBA degrees. Over time, most of those institutions migrated away from the DBA degree label. Those DBA degrees were replaced with PhD degrees in Business Administration. It is important to note that the content of many such programs did not change significantly with the change in degree title.

As of December 12, 2015, I have removed any higher education institution that is accredited by ACICS because of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's concerns about the institutions that are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

To save you some time, a list of programs who currently offer DBA degrees is presented below (institutions with only DETC and ACICS accreditations were intentionally omitted from this list). Following that list is a partial list of institutions that have discontinued the issuing of the DBA degree (and most likely replaced it with a PhD in Business Administration).

If you find an institution that issues DBA degrees and is not on this list, please send the institution’s name and URL via the form on the contact page to Dr. Griffith.

Current DBA degree programs

Public AKA state-owned (Institution, Location, Highest DBA-related Accreditation)

Private, not-for-profit


A partial list of institutions that previously granted DBA degrees:

Argosy University

Boston University

Florida International University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia State University

Indiana University

Kennesaw State University

Kent State University

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands)

McMaster University (Canada)

Memphis State University

Michigan State University

Mississippi State University

New York University

Nova Southeastern University

Old Dominion University

Saint Louis University

Southern Cross University (Australia)

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Southern New Hampshire University

Stanford University

Texas Tech University

The Florida State University

The George Washington University

The University of Iowa

The University of Memphis

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of Oklahoma

The University of Tennessee

The University of Wisconsin- Madison

United Stated International University

Universite de Sherbrooke (Canada)

University of Bath (United Kingdom)

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland College Park

University of Northumbria at Newcastle (United Kingdom)

University of Oregon

University of Pretoria (South Africa)

University of Sarasota

University of Southern California

University of Virginia

University of Washington

Washington University