Doctor of Business Administration

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October 2024
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City University of Seattle’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a terminal business degree designed for working business, non-business and STEM professionals seeking to advance their business knowledge and expertise; completing the program in as little as 3 years. Emphasis is placed on exploring multi-disciplinary topics in Leadership, Technology, Finance, Operations, Strategy, DEI, Marketing, Innovation, ESG, and Ethics. Throughout the program, you will be able to integrate your work experience by applying theory and research to define your specialization as a consultant, leader, or educator. Become an expert in a specialized area of business through our flexible and affordable program. Explore the possibilities. Inquire today!

Business Professionals

The onramp to a DBA for business professionals is an easy pathway to accentuate advanced business skills. Collaborating with a diverse cohort of professionals from various industries and geographic locations develops advanced knowledge in agile processes, practical insights, and theoretical frameworks through research. Completing the program expands a business professional’s knowledge while honing skills in critical thinking, decision-making, and the ability to drive change.

Non-Business and STEM Professionals

Individuals with broad experience in roles outside of traditional business disciplines (scientists, healthcare workers, lawyers, IT workers, engineers, artists, educators, technicians, social workers, journalists, and more) who may be looking for a career change or a way to advance their business knowledge and influence can find success in the CityU DBA program. The curriculum advances a student’s knowledge and skills through an interdisciplinary perspective, enabling a career transition into entrepreneurship, management, or leadership roles. There is an increasing demand for professionals who can bridge the gap between their non-business or STEM expertise and business, creating unique career opportunities. Leverage your skills with applied business principles, leadership agility, and strategic thinking to navigate complex business challenges, drive innovation, and shape the future of business.


Drive Organizations to Success

City University of Seattle’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed for professionals to develop advanced skills in organization interventional thinking, agile business practices, leadership, and critical thinking while developing specialized business knowledge in the area of their choice.

Through coursework, you’ll be supported through a highly interactive teaching model that includes one hour every other week of live interaction with the professor and classmates. Complete the program in as little as three years!

  • Practicality and Implementation: Gain consultative and educational skills that can be directly applied to business, education, or organizational situations.
  • Quality of Instruction: Doctoral faculty are subject-matter experts who bring course content to life by providing relevant connections with difficult-to-grasp content.
  • Relevant and Flexible: 100% online course delivery with options for in-person residences fit professionals’ schedules to provide a work/school balance.
  • Fast-Track Options: Transfer up to 12 credits into your doctoral program to shorten your completion time.

The Doctor of Business Administration will prepare you to:

  • Integrate leadership theories, business models, and ethical principles for improved operational performance.
  • Formulate business strategies that guide organizations to change and adapt to emerging global challenges.
  • Improve cultural competency, equity, diversity, and inclusion through leadership, governance, and policy.
  • Establish technology-oriented, project-based initiatives that transform organizations.
  • Demonstrate thought leadership, founded in research, that contributes to organizational and societal solutions.
  • Develop ethical leaders who incorporate social, economic, and environmental values into responsible business strategies.
  • Support: The CityU team supports you personally with small class sizes, and a dedicated Academic Advisor assigned to each student.
  • 3-Year Program Plan: Designed for the most ambitious; Work with your advisor to plan your timeline.
  • Transfer: Apply 12 graduate credits to your degree specialization, reducing time to completion.
  • Online: Engage with your professor and classmates through virtual video discussions.
  • In Person: Interactive sessions through Residency workshops develop rapport, engagement, and understanding.
  • Students in the Program: 72 (FT = 6 credits per quarter).
  • Student Retention (2023): 86.49%


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Interested in continuing your education beyond a DBA? Check out our postgraduate certificate options!



Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you will have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.