Stand out with a Doctor of Business Administration, a degree that defines accomplishment.

Designed for executive-level working professionals, the Doctor of Business Administration at University of Maryland University College emphasizes management theory and strategic thinking, organizational leadership and change, research and innovation, and sustainability in the global business environment. Through applied research and analysis of real-world management issues, you'll gain sophisticated knowledge for the executive level of management.

Our cohort structure promotes close, interactive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff and a supportive network for lifelong learning. You'll also benefit from exposure to national and global perspectives and experiences with geographically diverse classmates and faculty.

These program requirements are for students who begin continuous study on or after April 1, 2019. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration can help you gain the research and management competencies necessary to acquire, appraise, analyze, apply, and assess information for complex evidence-based decision-making.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Conduct and evaluate management research for decision-making
  • Investigate the overall business intelligence environment in an organization
  • Develop ethical solutions to complex organizational problems
  • Initiate and lead successful change

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Perform qualitative management research and effectively communicate findings to practitioners
  • Assess management environments and develop problem concept models
  • Design and implement evidence-based solutions aligned with organizational needs
  • Assess an enterprise's analytic capabilities to develop recommendations for a stronger business intelligence climate
  • Present innovative ideas at professional conferences and submit for publication

Doctor of Business Administration Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Doctorate Courses

Introductory Course

  • DBA 600

Please note: DBA 600 is a prerequisite course necessary for admission to the doctoral program and does not count toward the 48-credit total for the Doctor of Business Administration. When you successfully complete DBA 600, you become eligible for admission to the doctoral program.

Core Courses

  • DBA 800
  • DBA 810
  • DBA 820
  • DBA 830
  • DBA 840
  • DBA 850
  • DBA 860
  • DBA 870
  • DBA 880

All courses must be taken in the order listed. 

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 

The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

About the Dissertation

Through the Doctor of Business Administration program, you'll learn how to conduct and use evidence-based research to make data-informed management decisions. Your dissertation will include a systematic review of a complex issue or problem in the workforce. Most students choose to apply the results of their dissertation research to their current work environment.

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Kuan H. Collins: "The Organizational Factors Influencing the Building of Collaborative Culture: An Examination of the Evidence"
  • Sharon Denise Biddinger Crawford: "Indecisiveness in Teamwork: A Search for Interventions to Avoid Failure-to-Decide"
  • Joseph Allen Evans: "The Influence of National Culture on the Value Creating Ability of Organizations Combined from an International Merger and Acquisition"
  • Calvin Joel Martin: "Creating and Implementing Dynamic Capabilities: An Exploration of the Senior Manager's Role"
  • Margaret Walthall: "The Leader-Follower Relationship and Follower Performance"

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management and leadership roles in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations; internal and external consulting; and higher education administration and teaching.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend supervisory management experience and a management or business background. You will need graduate-level academic reading and writing skills before entering this writing-intensive doctoral program. We recommend ASC 601 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and is based on a combination of all requirements. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

You must pass DBA 600 with a B or better to gain admission into the program.

You must submit the following materials:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official transcript indicating successful completion of a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited university or college (equivalent degrees from other accredited institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis; if you were educated abroad, you may need to meet additional requirements)
  • Up-to-date resume (outlining professional leadership and management experience) Two letters of reference, sent by the evaluator to admissions@umuc.edu, using our doctorate recommendation form
  • A personal statement (see Personal Statement Details below)
  • Two reviews of scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic research-based articles that pertain to your area of interest in management research

Please send all admissions documents to

  • U.S. Postal Mail (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DBA Admissions
    3501 University Blvd. East
    Adelphi, MD 20783
  • UPS or FedEx Packages (please use this mailing address):
    UMUC Graduate Admissions
    Attn: DBA Admissions
    1616 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774

All materials are due by the doctoral program application deadline. There is no doctoral term in the summer. Decision letters are sent 15 days after the application closing date.

Personal Statement Details

In your personal statement, you must

  • Explain how your professional managerial, supervisory, and leadership experience and academic background make you an ideal candidate for doctoral study (one page)
  • Describe your specific area of management interest, and explain how conducting research in this management area will help you fulfill your career objectives (one page)
  • Describe your future career goals upon completion of this program (one page)
  • Include in-text citations throughout your personal statement, where applicable
  • Select two articles that are from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals (find scholarly articles). Explain each article's theoretical and methodological relevance to your chosen area of management research, describing why and how the research in each article selection pertains to your area of research interest in the management field, and indicating the strengths and weaknesses of each article's research (One page per article—each article review must be submitted on a new, separate page. Each page must include the title of the article that is reviewed.)

Prerequisite Course Information

The prerequisite course DBA 600 is a pre-admission requirement that all applicants must pass with a B or better to gain admission into the Doctor of Business Administration program. The online, 11-week course allows students to both demonstrate and make an informed decision about their readiness to begin doctoral study. Please note, there is no residency in DBA 600.

The course includes analysis of the research methods of scholarly articles as well as critical thinking and writing assignments written in APA style. Along with these assignments, there are discussion conferences about the doctoral courses in the Doctor of Business Administration program, the dissertation process, and the expectations of students once admitted into the program. Students spend an average of 15 to 20 hours per week working on course assignments.

Additional Information

Residency Requirements

You will be required to attend one on-site residency each term on UMUC's campus in Adelphi, Maryland. These mandatory residencies are normally scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays and consist of two days of eight-hour, face-to-face classroom instruction. This time can include instructor-led lectures, guest lectures, cohort discussions, and presentations of class assignments. Residencies provide an excellent forum for discussion, peer support, networking, and deepened scholarship. The intensive, concentrated format leads to enhanced collegial bonds between students.

Residencies are held at The Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

  • Fall 2018: Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Winter 2019: Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Spring 2019: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2019

AACC Doctoral Discount

UMUC is pleased to offer a 25 percent doctoral tuition discount to full-time employees and staff members of American Association of Community Colleges member institutions. The discount is only available to students who are enrolled in UMUC's Doctor of Management programs and have not been awarded a UMUC scholarship. The discount does not apply to the Doctor of Management or Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration prerequisite and post-doctorate courses: DMGT 600, DMGT 860, and DMGT 899, but does apply to all 6-credit content and 4-credit dissertation courses.

To verify your employment, you must submit your most recent paystub from an eligible AACC institution for each semester you are enrolled within 10 days of the start of the semester. The paystub may be submitted to Monica Graham, academic specialist, via e-mail at monica.graham@umuc.edu or fax 240-684-2404. When you apply to UMUC, please select "Employee – CC Alliance Institute" as your special program on the electronic application. If you have completed your application and neglected to select CCAI, please e-mail the New Student Advising Office at newgrad@umuc.edu to request that your application be coded accordingly.