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Doctor in Business Administration | DBA (KS) | Graduate Degree Program

Doctor of Business Administration | DBA (KS)

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About OU's Doctor of Business Administration

Ottawa University’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program is an application-based doctoral program that combines a rigorous approach to scholarship with a focus on discovering compelling problems based in real-world practice. Through a combined framework of empirical exploration in the realm of strategy and evidence-based decision making, students learn the “science of business” and develop successful data driven strategies and solutions that can be applied to their respective organizations.

The Doctor of Business Administration degree was designed for those seeking to advance their careers in management, strategic and executive leadership, and consulting. The delivery for the 56 credit-hour degree coursework will include six, three-day, on-campus residencies each year of enrollment. Students will be able to continue their current employment while working on their doctorate. Graduates of this program will be expected to be at the forefront of strategic evidence-based management, an increasingly important skill for knowledge generation, and executives and scholar-practitioners expected to make significant contributions in business, leadership and the advancement of management practice and science.

Courses and Curriculum

The core curriculum of OU's DBA features current business and economic research. It emphasizes knowledge-based competitive strategy, communication skills, organizational development, and direct application to your current and future career goals. Coursework includes:

  • Strategic Human Capital Management
  • Informed Decision Making
  • Financial Value Generation Strategy
  • Knowledge-Based Competitive Strategy
  • Strategic Implementation Methodologies
  • 21st Century Strategy

With working professionals in mind, the 54 credit-hour doctoral degree program can be primarily online. Like all of the graduate programs offered by OU, the DBA is fast-tracked with flexible eight-week terms - six terms per year - allowing you to take courses at your pace and with the ability to take more than one course per term.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download the DBA program overview.

Program Format and Pricing

The DBA is designed to be completed with consecutive enrollment throughout the 3-year program, which consists of 9 semesters. Courses are offered every 8-weeks with 6 terms per year. New students are accepted during the Spring 1, Early Summer and Fall 1 terms.

  • Price per Semester           $5,525.00
    Semesters are considered fall, spring and summer.

Program related fees are included in the overall cost. This includes the technology fee, graduation fee, and meals provided during the on-campus weekends (i.e. Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch).

Other expenses not included in pricing:

  • Books
    Price will vary based on course.
  • Travel
    Weekend intensive is required each term; transportation, hotel, meals (most are included; many hotels offer breakfast options)

Why Choose Ottawa?

The courses in Ottawa University’s DBA program are primarily online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms. Career advancement awaits with a Doctor of Business Administration degree. Are you ready?

To learn more about our online DBA program, contact us today via email or call 785-248-2533!

Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, the ASSB will begin offering the Doctor of Business Administration degree. The following note is included with respect to this degree program:  *This program is not yet accredited by ACBSP, as a new business program, it cannot be considered for ACBSP accreditation until the programs has been in place for at least two years and has graduates.

Business Administration | DBA (KS) is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)


ARP 9001 Applied Research Project: Research Execution I
ARP 9002 Applied Research Project: Research Execution II
ARP 9003 Applied Research Project: Research Execution III
ARP 9004 Applied Research Project: Research Execution IV
ARP 9200 Applied Research Project Defense
BUS 8650 Strategic Organizational Development
BUS 8652 Informed Decision Making
BUS 8660 Financial Value Generation Strategy
BUS 8665 Strategic Human Capital Management
BUS 8670 Knowledge-based Competitive Strategy
BUS 8680 Technology-driven Organizational Challenges
BUS 8690 Strategy Implementation Methodologies
BUS 8750 Doctoral Orientation: Writing At The Doctoral Level
BUS 8760 Survey of Business Strategy
BUS 8902 Special Topics: 21st Century Strategy
BUS 9005 Doctoral Colloquium
BUS 9100 Oral Comprehensive
DRES 8651 Quantitative Research Methodology I
DRES 8653 Qualitative Research Methodology I
DRES 8751 Quantitative Research Methodology II
DRES 8753 Qualitative Research Methodology II



ARP 9005 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation I
ARP 9006 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation II
ARP 9007 Applied Research Project: Research Continuation III

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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