Doctor Of Business Administration DBA Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credits of the degree
Next Start Date
May 11, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Prepare to Lead with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree from Liberty University

Industry leader? Thought leader? Executive leader? What kind of leader will you become with a Doctor of Business Administration online degree?

In Liberty University’s DBA online degree, you’ll not only take courses that will prepare you for management at the highest levels of the corporate world but you’ll also be mentored by respected business professionals. These mentors will teach you how to expand your influence and further your career with excellence and integrity.

What is a DBA Degree?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a practical, advanced business program that is designed to augment your business experience and training to help you overcome challenges and solve problems at a higher level. Whether you are managing a multi-million dollar enterprise or building up a global non-profit, you will need to apply sound business principles and leadership methods on a broader and more complex scale. The Doctor of Business Administration is designed to help you develop key higher-order abilities in leadership and management while also gaining specialized skills in your respective field.

What Can I Do With a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration?

With specialized skills beyond the MBA, you can use your business knowledge and management abilities to pursue leadership roles in any industry. Here are some examples of career options you might pursue after earning your DBA degree:

  • Executive management
  • Corporate consultant
  • Entrepreneurship and sole proprietorship
  • Education administration
  • Higher education faculty/professorship
  • Government business or policy consultant

Through our 100% online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, you’ll benefit from advanced training in professional management, human resources, marketing, and other important fields of business. You’ll also focus on a specialized skill path that will prepare you to lead as an expert in your profession. In your online DBA program, you’ll be able to choose a specialization in one of our many areas of study from healthcare management to international business.

You’ll not only combine knowledge about research methods with the understanding of how to properly use them in our DBA degree program, but you’ll also have the opportunity to make practical, real-world applications. By earning your Doctor of Business Administration degree from Liberty, you will gain the ability to evaluate business programs in order to determine the most effective industry practices.

Liberty University’s mission of Training Champions for Christ means that the skills and practices you learn in our online DBA program are based on a biblical foundation. This foundation in biblical principles offers valuable wisdom for both business and management decisions.*

DBA vs. Ph.D. in Business Administration

Liberty’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) differs from a Ph.D. in Business Administration by focusing more on practical application than on broader theory. Ph.D. programs tend to focus more closely on researching new models or gathering and interpreting data.

DBA programs, like the graduate-level Master of Business Administration (MBA), are focused on how business principles apply to higher levels of business leadership and management. If you want to develop your ability to approach larger business problems from a top-down, expert level, then the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is for you.

*Review the Doctor of Business Administration Handbook for details on the DBA degree program’s mission and foundational values. 

Why Choose Liberty University’s Doctor of Business Administration Degree?

Are you pursuing an online DBA degree to cultivate new career opportunities or become even more competitive in today’s labor market? You can be confident that Liberty’s Doctor of Business Administration degree programs online will help you get the knowledge and training you need.

Because our DBA program allows you to focus on a specialized area of study, you will further your expertise through research, examination, and application of theoretical knowledge to real-world business problems. You’ll also learn how to become an essential contributor in your field and the kind of leader who inspires others. Your major applied doctoral research project for the online DBA degree will even further prepare you for success by giving you the proper tools to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research that boosts business.

Job Outlooks for Online DBA Program Graduates

Before you start a new degree, you want to know what the job market looks like. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for executives in 2018 was $104,980 and job opportunities in this area are expected to grow 8% by 2026*. Looking at specific industries and roles, further BLS data can give you a preview of what you can expect in your new career.

Below are some examples of job growth in popular industries:

Accountants and Auditors

In May 2018, the median wage was $70,500. The job market is expected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026 (BLS*).

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers

The median wage in May 2018 was between $117,130 and $134,290. The job outlook is growing faster than average at 10% from 2016 to 2026 (BLS*).

Human Resource Managers

In May 2018, the median wage was $113,000. The job market is expected to grow 9% between 2016 and 2026 (BLS*).

Logistics Analysts

The median wage in May 2018 was $74,600. The job market is expected to grow 7% between 2016 and 2026 (BLS*).


Public Relations Managers

The median wage in May 2018 was $114,800. The expected growth of the job market is 10% between 2016 and 2026 (BLS*).

Sales Managers

In May 2018, the median wage was $124,220. The job market is expected to grow 7% between 2016 and 2026 (BLS*).

Benefits of a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree

  • You’ll have access to an increased number of job opportunities.
  • You’ll gain specialized knowledge in accounting, finance, healthcare management, leadership, and many other related areas.
  • The challenging and rewarding DBA online program curriculum will help set you apart from others.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (viewed online June 20, 2019). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

What Will You Learn in Our Online DBA Program?

Liberty University’s Doctor of Business Administration online degree program is designed to be the pinnacle of your business education. This program will build on your previous experience with critical topics such as human resource management, strategic research methods, and employee coaching. Our online DBA degree offers several areas of study to tailor your program to your career goals. For more information on each specialization, please see the descriptions below.

What Professional Skills Could I Learn?

Through the DBA program, you will develop many marketable skills that will help you conduct business in any industry, including:

  • Management and leadership skills to excel in any administration role
  • Problem solving and critical decision making to handle business challenges
  • Critical thinking, communication, and research skills so you can stay on top of how to connect with your market
  • Logistical and business knowledge that will help you create effective and efficient systems for your industry

Featured Courses

The specific courses included in your degree plan will depend on which area of study you choose, but each track provides core content such as:

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Our Online Doctorate of Business Administration 

A regionally or nationally accredited MBA with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

If you have further questions about admissions requirements, please contact the School of Business:

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

Specializations for Our Doctor of Business Administration Degree

Students in the Doctor of Business Administration degree are required to choose a specialization. Discover more information about each of our specializations below.



Healthcare Management

Human Resources

Information Systems

International Business



Non-Profit Leadership and Management

Project Management

Real Estate Management

Strategic Management

Strategic Media and Digital Content

Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Online Doctorate of Business Administration Degree Information

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Our Online DBA Degree Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online Doctor of Business Administration degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.
  • You will be granted access to a wide variety of online resources through our library’s search portal while you pursue your online DBA degree.
  • You can complete our Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program online in 4 years or less.