Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
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Realize Your Full Potential as a Leader and Innovator with a DBA Degree

Success in business relies on a spirit of innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Getting there requires an education that emphasizes these key values and offers cutting-edge research and theory with a focus on practical, real-world applications.

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Concordia University Chicago, offered both on-campus and online, delivers on all of these fronts. Designed for professionals ready to become leaders in their field and available in two specialized tracks, these online DBA programs provide the next-level tier of leadership and management preparation that goes well beyond the MBA.

  • DBA in Strategic Leadership and Innovation – Focuses on managing change and providing quality leadership that meets the needs of 21st century organizations.
  • DBA in Innovation in Health Care – Prepares professionals to lead innovation and change management in the health care industry.

All DBA programs feature:

  • Application-oriented research
  • Best practices and strategies to meet real-life business challenges
  • A synthesis of global trends, business knowledge and leadership theory to advance both theory and practice
  • Courses in quantitative research and advanced statistics

Qualified leaders are in high demand in today’s rapidly evolving, highly competitive business world and within the modern health care industry. Earning a DBA prepares graduates to excel in these roles from the moment they earn their degree.

Take the Next Step in Your Career with a DBA from Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized degrees in many industries, including health care, business, education and human services. The DBA programs with specializations in Leadership and Innovation and Innovation in Health Care are designed for professionals who wish to achieve expertise in the latest theory, research and real-life business strategies in their chosen field.

The DBA programs from Concordia University Chicago prepares students to:

  • Critically examine the literature of business, leadership and applied research
  • Conduct independent, ethical, innovative and rigorous business research
  • Design and implement innovative business solutions
  • Evaluate the efficacy of business principles to effect change in global environments
  • Master strategic marketing in a global environment
  • Apply best practices involving business analytics and financial decision-making
  • Become global leaders who understand the importance of social responsibility and ethical decision-making

All students enrolled in an online DBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago will have access to the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which offers topical and experiential programs that include a speaker series, seminars, workshops, research projects, consulting engagements and sponsored internships at innovative and entrepreneurial companies.

Degree Program Specifications

The DBA programs each require 60 credit hours of online coursework, including a six-credit dissertation in the final semester. Courses are eight weeks in duration, and students typically earn their DBA in three years. (Note: This course is also available on-campus.)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the on-campus or online DBA program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Prospective students must complete the free online application and submit all required admission materials:

  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies, personal character and potential for doctoral study. If possible, please submit one academic and one professional reference.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications and skills.
  • Writing Sample – Capture your goals and ambition for pursuing the Doctorate in Business Administration in approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using proper grammar, professional writing style, and correct paragraph composition. This is not your resume; it is an opportunity for you to present who you are, and how your academic and professional background has prepared you to pursue the DBA.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service.

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online DBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago.

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA): 60 Credit Degree Program

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Credit hours



Foundations of the Doctoral Experience


The DBA Residency Experience 1


The Global Leader: Social Responsibility and Ethical Decision Making


Research Design


Accompanying Mentor Course room 1


Accompanying Mentor Course room 2


Mentor Course room 1


Strategic Leadership Thought OR Innovative Best Practices in Health Care Management


Accompanying Mentor Course room 3


Quantitative Research


The DBA Residency Experience 2


Qualitative Research


Accompanying Mentor Course room 4


Strategy Formulation, Deployment & Innovation: A Global Perspective


Global Business Operations


Mentor Course room 2


Strategic Leadership Practice OR Health Care Analytics & Financial Applications for Healthcare Management


Accompanying Mentor Course room 5


Business Analytics & Financial Decision Making


The DBA Residency Experience 3


Mentor Course room 3


Global Concepts in Strategic Marketing


Disruptive Innovative Execution OR Governance of Health Care Systems


Accompanying Mentor Course room 6


Dissertation 1


Dissertation 2


Career Outlook for Business Leaders

Those who earn a DBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will be well prepared to take on leadership roles in business or health care organizations or to successfully launch a business of their own.

Qualified leaders are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates employment of managers and executives will grow 8% by 2026, resulting in over 800,000 new managerial jobs, including more than 190,000 in the top executive ranks.

Salaries for business managers and leaders vary widely depending on the position and location. However, BLS data reveals that the median annual pay for top executives was $183,270 as of May 2017, and the top 10% earned upwards of $208,000 per year.

DBA graduates can expect to find employment opportunities:

  • Heading large departments within an organization
  • Leading nonprofits and government agencies
  • Consulting with companies on innovation and strategic leadership
  • Teaching at the university level
  • Managing health care facilities such as hospitals, physician clinics, community centers and long-term care homes
  • Working for professional organizations

In today’s competitive, global marketplace, the need for expertise in leadership is greater than ever. The need for ethical, socially responsible leaders is just as great. The online DBA program from Concordia University Chicago will prepare you to become a highly effective leader who drives positive change and sets the standard for other professionals industry-wide.

Tuition and Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the online DBA program. Students who enroll in the program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit our website.

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Concordia University Chicago
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