Drive long-term business change

The challenges facing the business world are numerous and complex, but they aren’t impossible. Through the DBA program, Concordia is preparing Christian leaders to address those problems holistically by combining quantitative and qualitative business concepts. The outcome? Actual change that translates to long-term growth and profitability.

Credits 60
Cost Per Credit $890

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the highest accredited academic business degree at Concordia University designed to address the current challenges facing companies, leaders, and teams in today’s business environment. Students will develop scholar-practitioner skills as they learn from industry experts skilled in blending applied learning with theory development. Students will leave the program equipped with the tools, experience, and knowledge to transform organizations and improve performance through grounded research methods.

This three-year, 60-credit (minimum) program features four distinct concentrations for students:

  • Financial and Economic Management: Study how the financial and economic theory impacts global and regional organizations. You'll have the opportunity to explore further either financial or economic principles allowing you to apply the concepts to organizational structure and productivity.
  • Organizational Change and Performance: Learn applied methods and theories that address organizational improvement by examining individual, team, and organizational analysis and enhancing decision-making techniques.
  • Healthcare Administration: Study the administration of global health care systems and provide graduates with the opportunity to examine technology and analytics, legal and ethical considerations, and leadership topics encountered by top industry professionals.
  • Business Sustainability: Examine multiple methods to assess environmental risks and innovate sustainable solutions in order to implement strategies that generate value and increase competitiveness through sustainability. 

Regardless of concentration, you will benefit from the unique holistic approach that the program takes in addressing and teaching both quantitative and qualitative business concepts. Throughout the coursework, you will acquire evidence-based decision-making skills to prepare them for effective leadership in business, healthcare, non-profit, education, government, and other professional industries.

The next cohort will start in January 2023 with the in-person residency January 19-21, 2023. The application is now open and closes November 1. Apply today


Have you started your doctorate but life got in the way? Completed course work, but never finished your dissertation? Our new program provides an opportunity for students who have completed all requirements for a doctorate at another institution, except their doctoral dissertation. Concordia University welcomes all applicants who have achieved this status in their graduate education. We will help you achieve your goal and set you up for success. Now is the perfect time to finish earning your doctorate. Let us help! Click here for more information. 

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Informational Webinars

Our DBA faculty and staff provide live webinars for you to learn more about this new program including an in-depth view of the DBA concentrations, what the dissertation entails and how you'll be supported throughout this doctorate program.

View our previously recorded DBA informational webinars below. In these recordings, you'll meet staff and faculty who explain the curriculum structure, concentrations, dissertation, and how this will help you reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. You'll also learn more about the admission and application process. 

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What to Expect

The DBA launched in July 2021 as a primarily online program with low residency requirements. Designed in collaboration with the School of Education, the program follows an eight-week format and includes 16 new online courses. The DBA is a perfect next educational step for students who already possess an MBA or a Master in Organizational Leadership degree, especially organizational managers seeking to advance their careers by developing an ability for advanced critical reasoning.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Compose ethical business solutions to complex organizational problems.
  2. Formulate scholar-practitioner knowledge for organizational success.
  3. Design qualitative and quantitative research projects related to business.
  4. Evaluate organizational structure and design for productivity.

Please note, this degree is offered through our Concordia University Wisconsin campus. Courses will be online, but the two, weel-long residencies will be hosted on our Mequon campus.

Planning ahead? Our next start of the DBA program (after January 2023) will begin in summer 2023 with an in-person residency July 13-15 on the Mequon campus. 

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