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Doctor of Business Administration

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Whether you want to lead college business classes or executive board meetings, South University Savannah's Doctor of Business Administration program can help you prepare for your next step as a professional. Offered in our new Online + On Campus learning format, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside your peers while still having the capacity to meet the demands of your current career. The first week of the quarter is spent in the classroom, getting to know classmates and faculty, followed by an alternating schedule of one week online and one week on campus.

By utilizing real-world experiences, our dedicated faculty will teach you specialized business knowledge, research skills, and techniques for communicating complex concepts. This program includes studying current business research, analyzing and practicing research methods, and developing your own methodologies for teaching business concepts. You can also gain valuable experience by participating in two residencies and teaching an online course under the mentorship of a South University faculty member.

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 completion of the DBA program, students should be capable of the following:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze contemporary theory with their discipline.
  • Integrate contemporary theory into cogent paradigms.
  • Make contributions to the business administration knowledge base.
  • Comprehend and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of researching business topics for peer reviewed journals, business practices, and consulting assignments.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and practice of teaching management courses in higher education.
  • Develop research designs using scientific investigation and systematic inquiry in an area of management.
  • Provide valuable service to their academic and professional community.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication related to their field.

Career Outlook

The Doctor of Business Administration program is built to prepare you for faculty positions in academic institutions, advancement in positions of executive or senior management, and improved engagement in business and management consulting roles.
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We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our business and technology alumni and the difference they make. 

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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.”