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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Cleveland State University



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Course info


The objective of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is to develop within each candidate an expertise in a functional area of business administration so that he or she may advance business theory and practice and enhance the contributions that business can make to the larger community.

The DBA degree prepares the student for a rewarding academic career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Alternatively, the program offers advanced training in a variety of business areas that significantly enhance the student's business career development. Regardless of the career path selected, the DBA program provides students with an intellectually challenging and rewarding experience.

The DBA program is designed to provide an academically rigorous experience to a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. The degree can be pursued while working full-time. To provide flexibility and to meet the needs of working students, course work is offered through evening and weekend classes. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships provide financial support for full-time graduate students. Students with assistantships take nine to twelve credit hours of course work each term, and are expected to devote twenty hours per week of assistance to the College of Business Administration.

Students must choose a major area of specialization and take additional course work in complementary fields. The DBA program is currently accepting students in the following majors:

Global Business
Information Systems
Operations Management

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Full Time (64 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$15,826.00 (11,85,961) per year




Monte Ahuja College of Business

Monte Ahuja Hall, Room 420,

1860 E. 18th Street,



44115, United States

Entry requirement for international students

In addition to meeting the College of Graduate Studies requirements for admission, an applicant to the DBA program should hold a master's degree in business administration (MBA or equivalent; for OSM other Master's degrees may be considered) from an accredited college or university. Non-business graduate degree holders may also be considered, but will need additional coursework before beginning the program. Applicants should also meet the following minimum standards:

At least 1,260 points based on the following formula: 200 times the graduate grade-point average plus the total score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A minimum score at the 70th percentile on the GMAT is preferred. Equivalent GRE scores are also accepted. GMAT or GRE scores must be provided from a test taken within five years prior to application to the DBA program.

Meet minimum test score requirements.

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based) score of 78 with at least 17 in each section

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based) score of 550

IELTS score of 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section

PTE (Pearsons Test of English) score of 50

Application Deadlines for International Students:

Fall - February 1

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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