Program Details

A DBA is similar to a business-related PhD with an increased focus on the application of theory to business practice.
Athabasca, Canada
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Business Administration & Management

Program Overview

Program Description:

As the first online doctorate in business administration offered by a Canadian University, the AU online DBA fills an important niche role in management education by increasing access to doctoral-level studies for highly motivated management professionals in business, government and not-for-profits.

Direct impact on organizations 
The Doctorate in Business Administration focuses on researching practical business and managerial issues through knowledge building, critique, and the systematic application of relevant theories and research to management practice.  It is designed for those who want to make direct impact on their organizations, industry and communities through improved management practice.  It is a research-based qualification with the same level of rigor and scholarship expected of any doctoral program.

Collaborative, 24 hour online learning
The Centre for Innovative Management's proven online learning platform, using Lotus Notes groupware, will be employed as the primary technology to deliver courses and to supervise dissertations. Students, faculty and staff are all connected, creating a dynamic, interactive learning environment while giving students the support and service they need.

Leading edge research, exceptional management talent
The DBA supports leading edge research in management thinking and practice by students and faculty who bring real world experience, knowledge and workplace context to the table.  It helps build highly qualified management talent who will foster innovation and competitive advantage for business and government, world-wide.

Additional Program Information

Athabasca University is a fully accredited member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and a member of the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools. In the United States, AU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
A strong base of experience and education is necessary for doctoral studies with an emphasis on applied research. To be admitted to the AU Doctorate in Business Administration program, you should have significant prior knowledge and experience in the area of management research you intend to pursue. All applicants are carefully evaluated to assess ability to handle the requirements of the DBA program. We ask for a wide range of information in order to assess your suitability for doctoral studies, and to match your expectations, learning, and experience with the capacities and goals of our program. The DBA demands that you be committed to your studies and able to balance the demands of education, work and family.

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