The world of business can be incredibly competitive, and many accomplished executives and high-level professionals are looking for a way to distinguish themselves and what they can bring to the table for an organization. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program at Salem University builds off of the knowledge and curriculum of an MBA program to give you a deeper understanding of theory, research, current practices, and professional standards. Using a combination of analytical, practical, and research-based approaches to education, the students in our practice-oriented DBA program discover how to objectively analyze quantitative or qualitative data, assess it without bias, and present findings to a wide range of stakeholders in relevant, understandable ways. We also encourage students to add to the current disciplinary body of knowledge through publications and presentations.

Salem University’s Doctor of Business Administration program is consistent with the guidelines set out by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ABCSP), with a curriculum that includes coverage of global issues; the influence of political, social, legal, environmental, and technological issues; the impact of demographic diversity on organizations; and the history and foundation of management theory and practice. All of these elements ensure that graduates are well-prepared to be effective leaders in the modern, technology-driven world.

The Doctor of Business Administration degree program at Salem University is divided into three phases: Phase 1, includes both core coursework, and a formal introduction to dissertation research and writing (MGT805). The second Phase continues the learning journey with additional coursework, as well as the identification of an original research topic, the development of a dissertation committee who will mentor and coach the DBA student through candidacy, defense, and ultimate graduation (MGT800). The DBA student will develop his or her dissertation proposal throughout the second Phase.  Phase 3 includes the final core courses, as well as the passing of the DBA comprehensive examination, and the petitioning the Institutional Review Board for the approval to conduct a study involving human subjects (MGT810). 

When the three semesters are successfully completed, the DBA Candidate will be faced with two additional courses. In the MGT820 course, the research will conduct the actual research investigation, report on the results, and formally interpret the said results. In the final course (MGT830), the future graduate will defend his or her dissertation to the Salem community and all interested parties, and he or she will complete the journey by providing completed copies to the Salem University Library. 

Finally, each year, students will participate in a DBA residency, as they journey through their DBA degree program. The Salem University Doctor of Business Administration is grounded in the specialty area of organizational leadership. 


Like our MBA program, Salem University’s Doctor of Business Administration program is available fully online, combining our long history in the field of higher education with the flexibility and ease of access of distance education. This means you can pursue your DBA degree wherever and whenever you need to without having to quit your full-time job or uproot your current life and responsibilities. We also deliver our online programs in a unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to measure their progress and focus on one section at a time, building their knowledge as they go. DBA applicants can submit a portfolio for a prior learning assessment based on relevant professional experience totaling at least five years for up to nine credits total. This includes experience in leadership positions with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


With the Doctor of Business Administration degree program, you’ll take a number of core courses, like:

Semester One – 16 weeks total – 15 total credits

  • MGT705 The Craft of Dissertation Research & Writing
  • MGT725 Current Issues in Leadership
  • MGT715 Management as a Behavior Science
  • MGT712 Program and Project Evaluation
  • MGT805 (concurrent) Introduction to Dissertation Research

Semester Two – 16 weeks total – 15 total credits

  • MGT760 Ethics
  • MGT790 Organizational Development & Change Management
  • MGT710 Research Methods
  • MGT777 Analytical Case Study Methods
  • MGT800 (concurrent) Dissertation Proposal

Semester Three – 16 weeks total – 15 total credits

  • MGT750 Economic and Financial Theory
  • MGT755 Strategy and Business Policy
  • MGT796 Leadership in Global and Multicultural Organizations
  • MGT765 Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business
  • MGT810 (concurrent) Dissertation Research 1

Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Research, Analysis, Presentation, & Defense – custom timeframe – 6 total credits

  • MGT820 – Dissertation Research 2
  • MGT830 – Dissertation Research 3


Our online DBA program prepares you for high-level executive positions, including:

  • C-suite positions like CEO, CFO, COO and CIO
  • Management or Marketing Consultant
  • Professor or Academic Researcher
  • Economist
  • Logistician


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.