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Doctor of Business Administration

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Whether you want to lead college business classes or executive board meetings, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) online degree program at South University can help you prepare for your next career move. Utilizing real-world experiences, our dedicated, qualified faculty will teach you specialized business knowledge, research skills, and techniques for communicating about complex concepts. In this online DBA program, you’ll study current business research, analyze and practice research methods, and develop your own methodologies for teaching business concepts. As an online DBA student, you’ll gain valuable experience by participating in two in-person residencies and teaching an online course under the mentorship of a South University faculty member.

Focusing on teaching, scholarship, and service, the online DBA program not only mirrors the performance criteria for faculty in higher education, but also ultimately prepares you to make important contributions within the academic and professional business communities.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Course Requirements

Doctor of Business Administration: 72 Credits
Foundation: 4 Credits
BUS7000 Introduction to the Professional Doctorate, 4 Credit Hours
BUS7001 Virtual Residency I, 0 Credit Hours


BUS7002 Virtual Residency II, 0 Credit Hours


*Residency Required for Fully Online Students Only

Major Courses: 24 Credits
BUS8000 Comprehensive Exam, 0 Credit Hours
MGT7100 Seminar in Organizational Behavior, 4 Credit Hours
MGT7105 Seminar in Group and Team Behavior, 4 Credit Hours
MGT7110 Seminar in Organizational Theory, 4 Credit Hours
MGT7115 Seminar in Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
MGT7200 Seminar in Organizational Development and Change, 4 Credit Hours
MGT7205 Seminar in Ethics and Social Responsibility, 4 Credit Hours
Research Methods/Statistics: 16 Credits
BUS7100 Research Methods I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS7105 Research Methods II, 4 Credit Hours
BUS7200 Statistics for Research Methods I, 4 Credit Hours
BUS7205 Statistics for Research Methods II, 4 Credit Hours
Teaching in Higher Education: 8 Credits
INS7115 College Teaching, 4 Credit Hours
INS7200 Instructional Design, 4 Credit Hours
Dissertation: 20+ Credits
BUS8100 Doctoral Dissertation Research Development, 4 Credit Hours

(may be repeated using course code BUS8100E 4 credit hours)

BUS8105 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal, 4 Credit Hours

(may be repeated using course code BUS8105E 4 credit hours)

BUS8110 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense, 4 Credit Hours

(may be repeated using course code BUS8110E 4 credit hours)

BUS8115 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation, 4 Credit Hours

(may be repeated using course code BUS8115E 4 credit hours)

BUS8120 Doctoral Dissertation Defense, 4 Credit Hours

(may be repeated using course code BUS8120E 4 credit hours)


*Refer to the DBA Progressions Policy

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.


Upon completing your dissertation and the entire Doctor of Business Administration Online program, you should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and apply contemporary theory within their discipline and make contributions to the business administration knowledge base.
  • Comprehend and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of researching business topics, and develop research designs using scientific investigation and systematic inquiry in an area of management. Emphasis will be placed upon directing research for peer reviewed journals, business practices, and consulting assignments.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and practice of teaching and managing courses in higher education.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication related to the academic and professional environment. Students will demonstrate these skills in their coursework, instructional activities, and the dissertation.

Career Outlook

The Doctor of Business Administration online program is built to prepare you to:

  • Seek faculty positions in academic institutions
  • Pursue advancement in positions of executive or senior management responsibility
  • Engage in business and management consulting roles

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here. 

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Jennifer Hunter Atkinson Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Bachelor of Business Administration

“South has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in steering my life into a direction I’m proud of. Through the last two years, I have gained tremendous support from my professors and I feel part of a community that challenges me to achieve personal and professional goals.”

Jefferson Reid 2012
Jefferson Reid Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Business Administration

“I wanted to stay in project management, but I knew my associate’s degree in aviation technology wouldn’t allow me to get where I wanted to be. A business degree was most relevant to the experience I had gained in the workforce. South University professors do a good job of teaching the concepts and then combining them.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”

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Lauren Elsberry Grad Alumni
Class of '12
MBA in Healthcare Administration

“This program has helped make me better. It improved my time management. It improved my organization. I think because of its accelerated pace, it created those unexpected benefits. The classes I have taken in the AMBA program are relevant to my new position. I know my degree was something they looked at. South University has a good reputation; people have heard of it.”

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Leah N. Williams Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Master of Business Administration

“A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take my career to the next level and realized that an MBA would allow me to achieve that goal. When I first showed interest in South University, I met my admissions officer, Shakeara Hudson. She made the application process as easy as possible, and then she checked on me continuously while I was a student just to make sure I was on track to complete my MBA. She even attended my graduation ceremony and spoke with me afterwards.”