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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is designed to meet the demand for doctoral business education that is the next step in individual professional development. The program, one of the top DBA programs in Chicago, provides a further tier of leadership and management preparation beyond the master’s level. The DBA creates an opportunity for students and faculty to further cultivate the global perspectives, knowledge, and networks already established through the College’s expanding global presence. The curriculum, residencies, specializations, and the Mentor interface are innovative by design and delivery. A unique feature of Concordia-Chicago's DBA program is that the dissertation process begins immediately with students choosing a preliminary topic at the beginning of their program of study.


The Concordia-Chicago Doctorate in Business Administration has been designed for professionals who seek professional enrichment and want to focus on real-life business challenges while developing application-oriented research. Seasoned business professionals know that they must blend research with their management practice. They must know how to assess current global trends in business, leadership, and management that affect their organizations. The DBA program is committed to scholarly business research, and qualified candidates will have research interests that align with one of the two specializations offered. Those who earn a DBA degree will be prepared to advance in their profession and to use their research expertise to positively impact organizational goals.

Delivery Method

Hybrid - classes at Grayslake campus, online, and some at main campus in River Forest

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA*

  • A completed Doctoral Application for Admission

  • Submission of rationale statement. 

  • Transcripts: Submission of official transcripts of all degrees conferred.

  • 2 Letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for success in a doctorate program:

  • 1 professional recommendation

  • 1 academic recommendation

  • Past experience: 5 years of professional experience is recommended.

  • Resume

Transfer Policy

n/a

Special Characteristics

Four DBA specializations are offered, Innovation in Health Care Management, Innovations in Human Resources, Strategic Leadership and Innovation and Marketing Innovations.