STUDENTS BEFORE PROFITS: ONLINE DOCTORATE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 2019

This Online Doctorates in Business Administration Students Before Profits Award features the top 30 accredited nonprofit or public institutions featuring fully online or hybrid online DBA, Ph.D. in Business Administration, or Executive DBA programs. The SBP Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For this 2019 edition of our Online Doctorates in Business Administration award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities and have ranked the programs according to their affordability. Affordability has been determined utilizing each school’s per credit tuition rate for the individual programs. These tuition rates are run through a formula that compares the school’s tuition rate to the other schools in the list as well as to another school that offers a similar degree program at the highest possible tuition rate we can find. Based upon these comparisons, our formula converts tuition rates into a score of 1-100 and our ranking is formed accordingly. Schools whose converted tuition scores are the same are ranked according to their actual tuition rates.

The online Doctor of Business Administration is a terminal level academic degree that focuses on the theory and practice of business and is designed for individuals moving to the highest positions in business or transitioning from business to academic careers. For those seeking academic careers, it is important to keep in mind that universities will prefer candidates whose education is accredited at the program level. For DBAs this means accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

While we have included both online Ph.D. and DBA programs in this ranking, it is important to note the differences therein as these are not identical degrees. Namely, a DBA focuses on applying theory to real-world practice. Its application-based approach offers flexibility in career choice, with many career options open outside of academia and scholarly research. The Ph.D. can also serve graduates beyond academia, but its focus is on preparation for academic careers. The DBA can lead candidates to careers in academia, but many institutions are moving to prefer Ph.D. holders for full-time faculty positions, so those who know they are pursuing careers in academia would be best served by the Ph.D.

#1. INDIANA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Online Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership

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Offering a Ph.D. in Global Leadership, Indiana Tech is a comprehensive, private, not-for-profit university founded in 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Indiana Tech maintains a career oriented focus, specializing in degree programs in business, engineering, computer science, education, criminal justice and others. The school is dedicated to its mission to provide learners a professional education; prepare them for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society; and motivate them toward a life of significance and worth. Indiana Tech enrolls over 9,600 students.

Indiana Tech’s Global Leadership Ph.D. online degree program is geared toward building up globally and socially conscious, culturally sensitive leaders to take the helm of transnational organizations across all economic sectors. Students will learn to examine systems of organization in the context of complex business environments that are foundational places interaction between global business leaders and citizens. The aim of this Global Leadership program is to prepare academics for leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations in business and nonprofit sectors as well as for academic careers in higher education. Graduates will have a grasp of the varied responsibilities and roles that global leaders take on in the conservation, expansion, and transformation of business organizations and in advancing the discipline of global leadership in our increasingly global world. Some weekend residencies are required in addition to the online coursework. Residency periods take place once a semester and require students intensive participation Friday through Sunday afternoon. A minimum of 60 credits are required for completion of this online Ph.D. in business.

Accreditation: Indiana Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 100

#2. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration online, the University of South Alabama is a public research university located in Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1963, USA’s is dedicated to building a learning environment that nurtures both engaged/hands-on learning as well as research at the highest level to empower students and faculty to become leaders in their fields of expertise.  USA offers over 90 programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level through 10 colleges and enrolls over 16,000 students.

The Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama offers a Doctor of Business Administration program, with a Management Concentration that is designed for high-level business men and women as well aspiring academic faculty that require a doctorate to advance their academic careers into tenure track faculty positions at colleges and universities. The program facilitates the transition toward a new career by developing a comprehensive understanding of Business Administration. Classes meet the last weekend or the first weekend once a month beginning the Thursday evening and requiring attendance through Sunday afternoon.  Because class meetings are once a month and take place over the weekend, this program offers the same flexibility that many online programs offer and thus while it is not strictly speaking an online program, we have included it in this ranking. A minimum of 42 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of South Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 98

#3. LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration online, Liberty University is a liberal arts institution comprised of 17 academic units that offer programs in a comprehensive range of fields including religion, law, counseling, business, education, and more.   Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. Liberty is committed to fostering a Christian scholarly environment that nurtures both the mind and spirit of its student community. When including online enrollment,  Liberty University serves over 90,000 students and is thus the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and the largest Christian university in the world.

Liberty University’s Doctor of Business Administration online provides advanced training in professional management, human resources, marketing, and other business-related fields. This online DBA program is comprised of specialized courses that supply the values, knowledge, and skills needed to advance students’ careers at the highest levels of business. The degree would serve well any individual who is seeking advancement in their business admin careers beyond what their master’s-level degree can provide. This program features online instruction with three one-week intensives on Liberty’s campus in Lynchburg. Students must choose from six available concentrations in: accounting, human resources, information systems, international business, leadership, marketing, or project management. 60 total credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 98

#4. HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

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With an online Ph.D. in Business Administration, Hampton University is a private, nonprofit, historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia. Hampton University is a  progressive institution of higher education, providing a wide variety of academic and professional degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hamtpon is one of the top historically black universities in the world and features a tight-knit community of learners and scholars from across the United States and the world. Today the university enrolls over 5,000 students.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration online is designed for professionals who require an advanced business degree to advance in their careers in any number of business settings or who hope to fill faculty positions in academic settings. The program provides MBA graduate students a path to become high-level business consultants or academic faculty. Additionally, those already working in administrative positions who seek to enhance their performance in their positions or move into higher level positions, will find this program appealing. Featuring online coursework, students will be required to attend some residencies on campus. These residencies take place over the course of four weeks from mid July to mid August during the first and second year of the program. All other coursework can be completed online. A minimum of 61 credits are required for completion of the degree, but depending on the length of time required for completion of the dissertation, the program may require as many as 81 credits.

Accreditation: Hampton University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 96

#5. WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

Wilmington University

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With an online Ph.D. in Business Administration, Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university offering professional and academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The university was founded in 1968 and now enrolls a diverse student body of over 18,000. Wilmington serves traditional undergraduate, and graduate level students, but is also committed to providing accessible education for the non-traditional adult student that requires flexibility to accommodate their work schedule.  To that end, WU’s Fusion programs utilize a hybrid model which combines online learning with classroom meetings and brings students a variety of degree and certificate programs with the ability to graduate at an accelerated pace. 

The online Doctor of Business Administration program offered by Wilmington University’s College of Business is designed to enhance the competencies of its candidates, enabling them to make significant management and leadership contributions to bolster the competitive edge of their organization. The DBA online degree provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become advanced leaders in higher education or business settings. The online DBA is designed to be completed through a part-time schedule which accommodates working professionals in business and education who work in a variety of different business settings and nonprofit and academic sectors. Graduates will be qualified to provide business instruction in college and university classrooms. A minimum of 54 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Wilmington University has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#6. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN—WHITEWATER

Online Doctor of Business Administration

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

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Offering a Doctor of Business Administration online, the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater is a public university connected to the University of Wisconsin University System. The University was founded in 1868 as a Normal School for teacher training in the region and has since grown to offer 47 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs to over 12,000 students.

The University of Wisconsin Whitewater’s Doctor of Business Administration online is a professional doctoral degree that provides students opportunities to glean a deep understanding of a specific area of business that they are drawn to as well as contribute original research toward the advancement of that area. The online DBA is a 60 credit program following a cohort model with on-campus classes one weekend each month over the course of two years. Students complete dissertation work following these two years of coursework. Students engage in an online learning platform between class meetings for  discussion with faculty and fellow students. Assignments are submitted through the online platform as well as participation in a variety of other learning activities. Curriculum is geared toward the most current knowledge in the field of business so that graduates are well equipped as leaders whether working in business, nonprofit, or academic settings. DBA students in this program are equipped with the latest tools and techniques that will aid them in providing solutions to real business problems that are experienced directly by the students themselves in their places of work.

Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin Whitewater has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 94

#7. Franklin University

Online Doctor of Business Administration

Offering an online Doctor of Business Administration, Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio is one of the largest private universities in Ohio and has been a place where adult learners can finish their degrees for more than 115 years. Franklin is dedicated to its mission of making a college degree possible for all people and thrives on providing a high-quality, “for-the-real-world” education to working adults.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program at Franklin University is an applied doctorate and is a practical degree that enables both subject mastery and field application. Students will be prepared to research and communicate complex issues in order to solve organization-wide issues. Students refine technological, technical, research, leadership, and communication skills. The program consists of 58 credits including a 16-credit research core, 17 major credits, 12 credits of elective coursework and ten credits of dissertation work. All coursework for this program is completed online.

Accreditation: Franklin University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#8. BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Philosophy in Human Capital Management

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Offering a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Human Capital Management) online, Bellevue University was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Nebraska. Bellevue enrolls over 10,000 students and is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in Nebraska. The University is recognized for its dedication to preparing students for lifelong career success through affordable and accessible education. The university relentlessly pursues its mission to provide education for working adults and does so through an expansive array of online and flexible distance degree programs. 

Bellevue University’s online Ph.D. in Human Capital Management is focused on the latest knowledge and practice related to human capital creation and deployment in organizations. Curriculum for the online Ph.D. in Business Administration program is designed to equip graduates with the necessary tools to provide effective design in human capital development programs, to weigh the effectiveness of investment, and communicate with key leaders in business organizations. Four distinct Learning Modules cover definitions and data, setting Key Performance Indicators, collaborating companywide for support of your learning program, and analyzing results. Offered mostly online, requiring only two intensive residencies on Bellevue’s campus, this Ph.D. in Human Capital Management is an excellent choice for those who are seeking the benefits of a doctoral level degree, but who may have demanding work schedules that require them to have flexibility in studies.  A minimum of 66 credits is required for completion of this degree.

Accreditation: Bellevue University has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 88

#9. FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

Florida Institute of Technology

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With an online Doctor of Business Administration, Florida Institute of Technology is a private doctoral-research university well-known for its programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. FIU is Located in Melbourne, Florida and was founded in 1958. FIU enrolls over 5,000 students and is dedicated to providing high-quality education to a culturally diverse population of students toward workforce preparation, service in local communities, and for further educational opportunities. 

The Doctor of Business Administration online program at Florida Institute of Technology prepares students with advanced skills and knowledge that are required to manage increasingly complex corporate organizations. It is a professional degree that requires students to have at least five years of management experience and will equip graduates to become leaders in a range of business, government, education, healthcare and non-profit industries. Students in the online DBA program apply theory, advanced research skills, and an understanding of the challenges that affect business in order to develop their skills and research and write an original dissertation. A minimum of 42 credits are required for completion of the degree. The program follows a cohort model, with students meeting together on campus once per semester while competing coursework online throughout the rest of the semester.

Accreditation: Florida Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 85

#10. CITY UNIVERSITY OF SEATTLE

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration available online, City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit institution that was founded in 1973 to provide higher education for working adults. Based in Seattle, Washington, City University also has 27 campuses around the world and enrolls over 7,600 students. City U is dedicated to changing lives for good by offering high quality and relevant lifelong education to anyone with the desire to learn.

City University of Seattle’s online Doctor of Business Administration is designed for professionals to develop advanced business skills and knowledge in areas including business practice, organization, intervention, leadership, and critical thinking. Students will also hone a specific area of business interest throughout the program which will be self-defined. The DBA online has a flexible curricular format that allows students to customize the degree to fit their unique personal and professional goals and interests. Students can pursue the specialized concentration which provides an opportunity to hone in on any particular area of interest. With coursework delivered online, online DBA students will be supported through City U’s unique interactive teaching platform that includes one hour of lecture and live discussion per week.  Up to four graduate-level courses may be transferred into this program which requires 91 quarter credits for completion. The degree is available entirely online.

Accreditation: City University of Seattle is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 83

#11. Johnson & Wales University

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering an online Doctor of Business Administration degree, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit university enrolling over 15,000 students. Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University offers undergraduate and graduate students a wide range of educational opportunities across four campus locations in Miami, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Denver, Colorado.  An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines including arts and sciences, education, business, healthcare, design, and more. Johnson & Wales is somewhat unique in its educational approach which integrates the arts and sciences with business and industry and career ready education for entering the workforce.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program at Johnson and Wales University is designed to prepare high-level business professionals across business, healthcare, government, the military, higher education, or nonprofit sectors. Students learn to confront challenges of business through a lens of ethical decision making with critical thought and creativity guiding effective solutions. Students utilize best practice knowledge  ultimately to transform business practices for an ever evolving business landscape with an eye for both sustainability and business growth. The 54-credit program is available fully online and follows a cohort model. Students can expect to complete the degree in 3 years.

Accreditation: Johnson & Wales University is regionally accredited from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#12. Athabasca Univesity

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering an online Doctorate in Business Administration, Athabasca University is an Open University committed to removing the different barriers that limit access to higher education. Athabasca was founded in 1970 and specializes in distance education. Headquartered in Athabasca, Alberta, Athabasca is the first Canadian postsecondary institution to be regionally accredited by one of the six accrediting bodies in the United States. Athabasca enrolls over 40,700 students.

The Doctorate in Business Administration is offered by Athabasca University’s Business School as an online program of study designed to improve business management education by providing easier access to doctoral studies in the discipline to promising and motivated business professionals already working in business, nonprofit, or government positions. The online DBA emphasizes research in practical business and management issues and pursues applied research, to build knowledge, critique, and theory that directly impact management practice. It is designed for anyone who is interested in contributing to positive change in their industry, business, or community through advancing management practice. This program is a research-focused doctoral degree that will prepare graduates for the highest level of business practice and/or careers in academic settings as business faculty. A minimum of 54 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Athabasca University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#13. Concordia University–Chicago

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering an online Doctorate of Business Administration, Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, is a private Lutheran university offering more than 100 degrees. Concordia Chicago began as a teacher seminary in Milwuakee, Wisconsin and was later officially founded as Concordia in Addison, Illinois.  It is now located in River Forest, Illinois and is the oldest school within the Concordia University system. It is known as one of the most affordable private Christian universities in the United States and  has extensively developed its online programs such that many of its degree options are available at a distance.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program is built around a curriculum with courses in business analysis, financial decision making, global business, and leadership strategy. The course of study is designed to provide the highest level of business admin education and to provide aspiring and gifted leaders an advanced professional development opportunity. The program provides those who possess an MBA a pathway to the highest tier of management preparation.  Somewhat unique to Concordia’s program is that students will begin work on their dissertation starting during the very first semester of the program. This allows students to hone their original research over the entire course of the program and easily draw on course materials while doing so. The program requires 60 credits for completion. Students take nine credits of a specialization in either innovation in health care management or strategic leadership and innovation.

Accreditation: Concordia University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#14. California Baptist University

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration available online, California Baptist University is a private Christian university headquartered in Riverside, California. In addition to bachelor’s master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs offered in Riverside, and San Bernardino, CBU offers a range of programs online. CBU aspires to provide students deep understanding of and engagement with their purpose by providing a Christocentric education with an integrated approach to spiritual and social development.

The online Doctor of Business Administration at CBU is designed to develop innovative leaders who seek to maximize impact in public, private, and non-profit organizations. This 50 credit online DBA has been created for working professionals and can be completed in three years including dissertation work. The DBA program is mostly online, but students are required to visit campus for intensive residencies including a four day orientation and a dissertation defense in Riverside, California. A minimum of 50 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: California Baptist University Online is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#15. George Fox University

Online Doctor of Business Administration

George Fox University

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Offering its Doctor of Business Administration online, George Fox University is an evangelical Quaker university located in Newberg, Oregon with campuses across the State in Portland, Salem, and Redmond. Established in 1885, the university now enrolls over 3,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. GFU participates in the Richter Scholars program, which sponsors between 15-25 students a year to conduct an original research project.

George Fox University’s online Doctor of Business Administration program is designed to provide a Christocentric business doctorate designed for both educators and leaders dedicated to the pursuit and advancement of business knowledge through rigorous and disciplined academic studies that maintain an integrated Christian value system. The program equips students in a variety of business disciplines, with a unique focus on the integration of Christian faith and ethics into teaching and practice. Curriculum consists of core of advanced business coursework as well as researched focused studies that accompany the student’s dissertation, and finally a teaching core that involves a supervised practicum teaching in an academic setting or consulting in a corporate business setting. In addition, they choose an accounting, management or marketing concentration for in-depth study. The program follows a cohort model for all core classes. A minimum of 56 credits are required for graduation.

Accreditation: George Fox University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#16. SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration online, Saint Leo University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university located in Saint Leo, Florida. Founded in 1889 by a group of Benedictine monks, it is the oldest Catholic college in Florida. The university only enrolls about 3,000 students at its main campus, but enrolls approximately 16,000 worldwide, most of whom are military-related. The university operates dozens of military base education centers, 17 continuing education centers in 7 states, as well as their global online campus.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program offered through Saint Leo’s Tapia School of Business is an advanced degree program geared toward providing aspiring leaders in business with the critical thinking, research, and theory to advance the field of business through their studies. The DBA online program prepares graduates for teaching, academic administration, or business consulting careers. This program provides a flexible graduate-level course of study that is both application oriented and outcomes driven. Designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate the needs of highly mobile business professionals, this Doctor of Business Administration degree program is mostly online with some required campus visits.  A minimum of 57 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Saint Leo University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 81

#17. BAKER COLLEGE

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering a Doctor of Business Administration online, Baker College is Michigan State’s largest private nonprofit college with 13 locations statewide and an online campus. Established in 1911 in Flint Township, Michigan, Baker aims to impart job-specific training to its students while emphasizing broad academic development. Baker offers a wide variety of academic programs to help students prepare for careers that will be in demand for years to come.

Baker’s Doctor of Business Administration program provides MBA graduates with a path to gain more advanced knowledge and skills to bolster their business practice. This program is reserved for only the most motivated business practitioners who can set new standards for best practices and contribute solutions to current management and business problems through rigorous research, teaching, and consulting. The DBA online program builds competence and expertise through a coursework, applied research, intensive residencies and through the preparation of an original dissertation that contributes significantly to the field. Students will expand upon their existing foundational knowledge in business theory and will gain and ability to apply theory to innovative solutions to old and new problems. The program culminates in a research-based dissertation focused on a real problem that faces today’s business leaders and managers. A minimum of 90 quarter credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 80

#18. FELICIAN COLLEGE

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its online Doctor of Business Administration, Felician College is a private Roman Catholic college with campuses, located in the cities of Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey. It was founded as a Normal School for teacher preparation in 1923 by the Felician Sisters. It became the Immaculate Conception Junior College by 1942 and began offering four-year degree programs for teacher education in 1967. Later it was incorporated as Felician College as it began offering a wider range of degree programs at the undergraduate level. Graduate degree programs were added in 1995 and online degree programs have also become a recent addition to the school’s offerings. Felician College enrolls over 2,100 students.

Felician College’s online Doctor of Business Administration program is designed to enhance business theory and practice to prepare students to take on higher positions within their career or to make the transition into academia. The DBA format is online with a brief residency requirement and is self paced so that students can take as little or as much time as needed to complete assignments with no semester deadlines. A minimum of 61 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Felician College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 74

#19. KEISER UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Featuring an online Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Keiser University was formerly a for-profit technology institute until 2011 when it was sold by founder Arthur Keiser to Everglades College, Inc., a non-profit entity. Keiser is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was founded as a career college with a focus on professional programs in business and health care.

Keiser University‘s online Doctor of Business Administration online degree program empowers students to make significant contributions to the business profession and the business educational profession through advanced coursework and original research. Students of the online DBA select from among three specializations in Marketing, Global Management, or Global Business. The curriculum consists of seven core courses that are foundational to all specializations as well as 9 credits of research courses, 18 credits unique to the chosen specialization, and 12 credits of dissertation work. This program requires 60 credits for completion. Graduates will be prepared for careers as university researchers and teachers or for senior positions in business or government.

Accreditation: Keiser University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 73

#20. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Online Doctor of Management

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University of Maryland University College offers its Doctor of Management degree program online. UMUC came out of the University of Maryland’s evening program for adults that started in the 1920s. UMUC is an “open” university and is one of the largest distance learning universities in the world. The school serves over 90,000 students worldwide through traditional on-campus courses as well as online courses leading to a variety of degrees and certificates at all levels. UMUC has campuses located all over the world and offers face-to-face courses to deployed military at bases in Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa.

The online Doctor of Management Program at the University of Maryland—University College is a scholar-practitioner based doctorate designed for full-time, experienced, working professionals. This hybrid online/on-campus doctoral program utilizes online seminars in combination with onsite residencies. Residency requirements consist of one (two-day) intensive per semester. The program emphasizes the practical application of concepts, applied research, and knowledge to support solutions to real-world management issues. Students are prepared in vital business knowledge and skills such as theory and strategic thinking in management issues, organizational leadership and change, analysis of different methods of research, and innovation and sustainability within a global business environment. A minimum of 48 credits will be required to complete the program.

Accreditation: The University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition Score 1-100: 72

#21. CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

Creighton University

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Creighton University is home to an online Doctor of Business Administration designed for students seeking tenure track positions at colleges and universities. Founded in 1878, Creighton University is a small Jesuit university located in Omaha, Nebraska. With just over 7,000 students enrolled, Creighton is able to provide a high-level of personal attention to its students with small classes and low student/faculty ratios. This provides students a deep and customizable educational experience that larger institutions are not able to provide.  Creighton comprises nine colleges and schools and offers a variety of online programs in addition to its traditional programs on campus in Omaha.

Creighton University’s online Doctor of Business Administration is a research-based doctoral level degree in business administration designed for individuals who aspire to take on tenure-track faculty positions in higher education. As a DBA and not a Ph.D. this is a unique degree as DBAs typically feature a more applied or professional focus than research oriented Ph.D. programs.   Those seeking an analytical, research approach to business, as well as those interested in consulting, may also benefit from this degree. Students learn about innovative teaching methods and are rigorously prepared to perform at the highest level of instruction to prepare the business administrators of the future.  The 3-year, cohort-styled DBA online is designed for students who require greater flexibility to accommodate the schedules of their work while completing their doctorate. While most coursework is delivered entirely online, students will be required to attend eight weekend intensive residencies during the first two years of the program.

Accreditation: Creighton University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 70

#22. Golden Gate University

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With an online Doctor of Business Administration, Golden Gate University is a nonprofit university dedicated to helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in Accounting, Law, Taxation, Business and related areas. Located in San Francisco, California, the university has additional teaching sites in Seattle and Silicon Valley. In addition to evening and weekend classes, most courses and degrees are offered entirely online. GGU is California’s fourth oldest private university and enrolls over 5,000 students.

Golden Gate University’s online Doctor of Business Administration program equips already experienced business leaders to advance themselves as innovators in the field. Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge that are vital to evaluate, design, and execute business. Designed for business professionals who aspire to the highest levels of business leadership, the online DBA emphasizes the application of business theory towards the solution of real business problems. Graduates will have a solid foundation to move into the highest level of their careers as consultants, educators, entrepreneurs, and more. Students will be required to complete an original dissertation that contributes new knowledge to the issues of their particular field. GGU offers an accredited program that allows students to pursue their degree part-time. The degree is offered entirely online through the school’s eLearning platform, and a minimum of 60 credits will be required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Golden Gate University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 67

#23. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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The University of South Florida features an online Doctor of Business Administration degree program. USF is a public research university located in Tampa, Florida. USF is a member of the State University System of Florida and it is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1, top-tier research university. Founded in 1956, USF serves over 50,000 students and is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida. It is comprised of 14 different colleges offering over 180 undergraduate degree programs as well as a wide variety of graduate programs both on campus and online.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program offered by the University of South Florida Muma College of Business provides graduates with the skills needed to conduct rigorous application oriented research to solve real-world problems in industry. The program utilizes a hybrid model of online and face-to-face instruction. The curriculum is designed to build on business acumen and knowledge that has previously been acquired whether through formal studies or through real-world experience as business executives. Students will cover a broad variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. By allowing students the flexibility to focus more deeply on personal areas of interest during their dissertation, graduates will be well equipped for the highest levels of business leadership in their areas of interest. The program requires five face-to-face weekend (Friday/Saturday) residency intensives per semester. A minimum of 72 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: The University of South Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 64

#24. JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration degree available online, Jacksonville University is a private nonprofit university located in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 1934, JU enrolls over 3,700 students and offers over 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. JU offers more than 100 majors, minors, and programs, including degrees in Business, Marine Science, Engineering, Physics, and Nursing, as well as those in the more contemporary and specialized fields of Aviation, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Film, Animation, and Sport Business.

The Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University offers a ​​Doctor of Business Administration online hybrid program. This DBA is a rigorous academic program in which candidates use analytical tools and research methodology to solve current business challenges. Geared toward those who aspire to work in academic settings or high-level business consultants, and policy makers, this program will be attractive to students with a wide range of professional goals and interests. This online business administration doctorate degree will prepare students both for careers in corporate business and academia through its research intensive curriculum. The program is designed to prepare consultants, executives, policy makers, or academic faculty for the highest levels of business and/or research and teaching positions internationally.  The online DBA can be earned in a minimum of 3 years with the completion of 60 credits. The first two years are dedicated to completing required coursework and the final year is dedicated to dissertation work. Classes meet once a month all day Friday and Saturday. Learning takes place both on campus and via online platforms that facilitate exchanges between faculty and peers.

Accreditation: Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 60

#25. SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering an online Doctor of Business Administration, Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic university headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1963 as an independent Catholic University by Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. SHU has since grown to become the second-largest Catholic university in New England and is known as the first Catholic University in the US to be led and staffed entirely by lay people. SHU enrolls over 6,000 students and is the second largest Catholic university in New England with over 80 degree and certificate programs offered at all levels on campus and online.

The online Doctor of Business Administration in Finance  at Sacred Heart University is an applied research program designed to provide financial executives the knowledge and skills to bring their careers to the highest level. The DBA online follows a cohort model in which students will engage with their peers in experiential learning with online/face-to-face blended “executive program” style class meetings where students will be encouraged to collaborate in their learning. Students will attend weekend residencies during the first two years of the program while students complete their coursework. The final year of the program is dedicated to the preparation of an original dissertation. To accommodate the schedules of business professionals, weekend residencies are administered during five Friday/Saturdays each trimester. A minimum of 63 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition Score 1-100: 54

#26. ROLLINS COLLEGE

Online Executive Doctorate in Business Administration

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With its Executive Doctorate in Business Administration offered online, Rollins College is a private nonprofit institution of higher learning located in Orlando, Florida. Rollins was founded in 1885 and is known as the first college in Florida. Rollins enrolls over 3,100 students aspiring to educate them for engaged citizenship and meaningful lives of service and career success.

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration offered by Rollins College is an blended online program with intensive residencies. The professional doctoral program is designed for business executives who already possess a master’s degree in business or a related graduate level degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Students work closely with a faculty advisor who helps them design and focus the studies of this three year degree program which culminates in a full year of dissertation research and writing that focuses in on the business interests that students develop throughout the course of the program. DBA students are required to meet once a month for two consecutive days (Friday and Saturday). In between on-site classes, student learning is enhanced through engagement in an online education platform. An estimated 61 credits are required for completion of the program.

Accreditation: Rollins College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 51

#27. KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Online Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

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Offering an online Ph.D. in Business Administration as a leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. Comprised of 13 colleges across two campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, KSU is the third largest university in Georgia and one of the 50 largest public universities in the nation with an enrollment of nearly 40,000 students. It is classified as a doctoral research institution and is a member of the State University System of Georgia. 

The Kennesaw State University online Ph.D. in Business Administration is an innovative program that has evolved over time from a DBA into a Ph.D. in Business Administration. The Ph.D. program is known as one of the first non-traditional research-focused Ph.D. programs in the country making the most advanced level of education accessible to working professionals. The program is structured such that students should be able to finish in three years with the first two years of the program involving coursework undertaken with a cohort group. During subsequent years of the program, students enroll in dissertation work in which they complete research and writing of an original thesis and defend that work in their final semester of study. Students can pursue concentration options in Accounting, Information Systems, Management, or Marketing.

Accreditation: Kennesaw State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 50

#28. GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Online Executive Doctorate in Business Administration

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Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia State University is a public research university offering an online Executive Doctorate in Business Administration. Founded in 1913, GSU is one of four research universities making up the University System of Georgia. GU is classified as a research university conducting a Very High level of activity according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. GSU enrolls over 32,000 students and offers over 250 degree programs from the bachelor’s through the doctoral level and offers many of its programs online.

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration online program offered by the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University is designed to equip executives with knowledge and research skills that will be applicable to current business problems. Graduates of the program will be competent researchers and be able to apply their knowledge in research and business theory to real-world problems. Graduates will develop new perspectives on leadership, global change, and decision making to drive the field of business administration forward. The program also addresses the lifelong learning needs of intellectually active professional adults who possess advanced degrees in business, but aspire to take their education and careers to the highest level. Students will take online courses which are augmented through four three-day residencies per semester in which students engage with faculty and peers in intensive learning experiences. A minimum of 54 credits are required for completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Georgia State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 50

#29. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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With its Doctor of Business Administration program offered online, the University of Florida is a major research institution located in the north Florida college town of Gainesville. UF is the oldest public university in the state of Florida and with over 50,000 students enrolled is among the largest of public universities nationwide. There are 16 different colleges set on the main campus. In addition to its traditional programs of study, students can choose from a wide selection of online degree programs at the undergraduate through the doctoral levels.

Offered by the Warrington College of Business, the online Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Florida is offered as a possible track within the Ph.D. degree program. The online DBA program is built with the intention of integrating business practice with theory in order to best address current problems that are faced within business. The program emphasizes applied theory and research toward innovative solutions to real-world problems. Students in this program follow a rigorous curriculum designed to build competence in applied research through developing skills in analysis and methodology. Graduates will be equipped for high-level positions in numerous sectors including academia, private business, and consulting. The DBA Program encompasses 60 credit hours and takes approximately three years to complete. The program is a professional, non-resident program with limited visits to campus.

Accreditation: The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 49

#30. University of Dallas

Online Doctor of Business Administration

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Offering an online Doctor of Business Administration, the University of Dallas is a private Catholic institution located in Irving, Texas. UD offers a wide range of degree and certificate options at every level of study as well as continuing education programs for working adults. Students from all walks of life are drawn to UD from across the nation and all over the world. The University of Dallas enrolls over 2,500 students from across the nation and globally.

The online Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Dallas is another research-based DBA program that both equips graduates to utilize applied research in business scenarios or to enter careers as business faculty at an accredited four-year college or university.  The program is designed for experienced business professionals who hope to expand their knowledge and skills in business innovation and administrative leadership. The program requires 61 credits for completion and will prepare students to utilize best business practices to formulate effective solutions to the myriad of problems faced within global business today.  The DBA blends online learning with occasional in-class instruction. Online students are required to attend monthly weekend sessions on campus in Irving, Texas. Therefore, students should have a means of commute to and from campus. The online DBA program prepares professionals to enter academia, consulting services, or executive positions.

Accreditation: The University of Dallas is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition Score 1-100: 45

 

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