Doctor of Business Administration


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Program Overview

  • Ranked #1for working professionals by Washington Monthly

  • WASC/WESaccredited & recognized

  • 36 monthsProgram Duration

  • 30 September, 2022Next Start Date

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the highest qualification in the field of Business and Management. The DBA program is designed for working professionals who want to further their career with a doctorate. Its primary objective is to produce graduates who will advance their professions and expand knowledge and awareness of contemporary strategic issues and practices. Our curriculum has a three-tiered focus.

Students examine current theories, practices, and issues in business; train in research methods; and study the relationships between business, social and global issues. Students benefit from personalized instruction from University mentors and additional content and live session support from upGrad to finish their dissertation. The DBA is an interdisciplinary professional practice which emphasizes research into real business and managerial issues and is equal in status and rigor to the more theoretical PhD.

EligibilityGGU's admissions committee will review the professional and academic profile of applicants. Work experience, professional achievements, and other skills will be considered. While most applicants have a masters’ degree in a business-related field, applicants with five years' work experience and the capacity for disciplined scholarly investigation are welcome to apply.
Mode of Teaching & ExamsLive online with optional Immersion
Medium of InstructionEnglish
Scholarship AvailabilityYes—70% of program fee for qualified applicants
Duration36 months
Total Credits56

$100 Million in Scholarship Opportunities

Golden Gate University (GGU) is partnering with upGrad to help you achieve your educational goals. Our high-quality, practice-based degree programs, taught by teacher practitioners from the heart of San Francisco’s financial and high-tech district, are now affordable and accessible to students around the world. Up to 5,000 eligible students may receive a 70% scholarship toward their tuition.

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Program Benefits

    Learn from San Francisco’s business professionals

    1:1 thesis supervision with senior academic advisors

    Gain effective decision-making skills for complex environments

    Prepares future executives for leadership excellence

    Two academic on-campus immersions annually

    International academic support


  • Foundation (12 Credits)

    Doctoral Research and Writing

    Quantitative Research Methods

    Qualitative Research

  • Choose any 1 specialization (12 Credits)


    Logistics and Supply Chain Management


    Business Analytics



  • Dissertation (32 Credits)


  1. 36Months Completion Time

  2. 1:1Thesis Supervision

  3. 56Credits Required

Placement Support

  • Access to upGrad’s career center and GGU’s student account
  • High performance career coaching
  • Resume and profile building tools enabled
  • Interview preparation support provided
  • 1:1 mentorship sessions and personalized industry group sessions

Accreditations and Partners

  • wasc
  • aba
  • the state bar of california
  • association of american law schools


  • college factual
  • best graduate school
  • best online college for roi
  • sr education group
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