Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

A Doctorate of Business Administration is a widely recognized, professional, terminal business-focused degree in Business and Management that provides practical knowledge that can be directly applied in the workplace. This education not only identifies you as an expert in your field, but results in a tangible set of management and decision-making skills that may qualify you for senior-level leadership positions and new career opportunities. It also prepares you with advanced skills that are necessary for conducting real-world quantitative and qualitative research and publishing in research publications.


Many DBA students choose a concentration for their degree. A DBA concentration requires core courses in curriculum which are tailored to the field of business the student has worked in already or intends to work in after completing their studies.The concentration will be the area of focus for the student’s doctoral project.

  • Business Administration (CIP Code: 52.0201) | A general DBA is designed to give you a broad look at the different aspects of what it takes to work in many areas of the business field. Courses will give you the chance to study foundation business concepts, such as ethics and business research.
  • Behavioral Science (CIP Code: 30.1701) | The DBA with a concentration in Behavioral Science understands the psychological aspects of human behavior in organizations. It explores the cognitive processes, especially decision-making and communication, through systematic analysis of human behavior. Unlike social scientists, behavioral scientists collect empirical data and use experimental methods, including testing, controls and manipulated settings.
  • Management Science (CIP Code: 52.1301) | The DBA with a concentration in Management Science is an interdisciplinary study of problem solving and decision-making in human organizations. Due to its links to economics, engineering, mathematics, statistics and other sciences, management science employs various scientific research-based principles, strategies and advanced analytical methods to build rigorous and systematic models. The main purpose of applying the management science approach is to improve an organization’s ability to make rational and meaningful management decisions. 


OCU requires an earned bachelor degree and master degree or the equivalent from a combination of educational and professional experiences.  At least one degree must be in business, management, administration, or related discipline.  Education must be completed from recognized institutions of higher education.

Transfer Credit

OCU will award a maximum of 75% of graduate semester units earned at another institution as transfer credit. Transfer credits must be from recognized institutions of higher education.


42 semester hours

RequirementSemester Hours
Business Administration ModuleBehavior Science ModuleManagement Science Module9
The General Module requirement can be fulfilled by receiving credit for any graduate management courses (500+) that are not already a requirement.BSC 500 Social TheoryMGS 600 Management Science3
BSC 505 Social PsychologyMGS 610 Strategy Analytics3
BSC 510 Social ProblemsMGS 640 Systems Engineering3
Research Module | 3 courses9
RSC 900 Doctoral Research Methods3
RSC 810 Literature Review3
Choose 1RSC 905 Quantitative Analysis3
RSC 910 Qualitative Analysis3
Comprehensive Exam Module | 2 courses9
DOC 901 Comprehensive Examination4.5
DOC 902 Comprehensive Examination4.5
Project Module | 4 courses15
DOC 910 Prospectus4.5
DOC 911 Proposal4.5
DOC 912 Project4.5
DOC 913 Project Defense1.5
Total Semester Hours42

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