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Online doctoral programs in business can be found at 28 schools. Pace University's Executive Doctoral Program includes three years of coursework in addition to a dissertation. Students may also pursue one of five doctoral concentrations, in areas such as finance or marketing. City University of Seattle's Doctor of Business Administration Program includes core classes in research methods in addition to an organizational development project.

Seven non-profit, regionally accredited business schools offer online doctorate degrees in business. These programs prepare students for careers in teaching higher education as well as for those in the corporate sector.

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Schools Offering Online Doctorate Degrees in Business
School Annual Tuition Recommend Rate School Type
Argosy University Online Annual Tuition $19,892 Recommend Rate 50% (4 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Auburn University Annual Tuition $26,382 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Baker College Online Annual Tuition $8,100 Recommend Rate 67% (6 reviews) School Type Non-Profit
California Intercontinental University Annual Tuition $7,200 Recommend Rate 100% (2 reviews) School Type For-Profit
California Southern University Annual Tuition $6,300 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review) School Type For-Profit
Capella University Annual Tuition $13,338 Recommend Rate 72% (18 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online Annual Tuition $23,574 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
City University of Seattle Annual Tuition $15,192 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review) School Type Non-Profit
Colorado Technical University - Online Annual Tuition $12,622 Recommend Rate 44% (18 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,455 Recommend Rate 89% (18 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Dakota State University Annual Tuition $14,699 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $7,924 Recommend Rate 43% (7 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Hampton University Annual Tuition $9,344 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Kansas State University Annual Tuition $19,717 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Keiser University eCampus Annual Tuition $20,388 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $9,170 Recommend Rate 29% (7 reviews) School Type Non-Profit
Northcentral University Annual Tuition $14,053 Recommend Rate 44% (27 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Regent University Online Annual Tuition $1,182 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Saint Thomas University Annual Tuition $15,822 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Saybrook University Hybrid Online Annual Tuition $24,760 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
South University Online Annual Tuition $17,135 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type For-Profit
Taft University System Annual Tuition $6,550 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type For-Profit
Trident University International Annual Tuition $3,600 Recommend Rate 60% (5 reviews) School Type For-Profit
University of Phoenix Annual Tuition $13,303 - $17,753 Recommend Rate 65% (71 reviews) School Type For-Profit
University of the Rockies Online Annual Tuition Not Provided Recommend Rate Add Review School Type For-Profit
Walden University Annual Tuition $12,433 Recommend Rate 50% (12 reviews) School Type For-Profit
Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $9,160 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit
Wilmington University Annual Tuition $7,682 Recommend Rate Add Review School Type Non-Profit

Online Doctoral Programs in Business from Non-Profit, Regionally Accredited Schools

There are various types of doctorate in business administration programs, which are tailored those who wish to use their degree to go into academics as professors and those who aim to work in the practical, professional realm. The PhD programs are for students who don't necessarily have very much work experience and may be coming straight out of an undergraduate program. These PhD students aim for a career in the social sciences as a full-time professor in a business school. On the other hand, the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) online programs are for students who often have already led a strong professional career in business.

The following list contains seven online doctorate degree programs from non-profit, regionally accredited schools, which have been listed alphabetically.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Baker College offers an online doctorate in business administration (DBA) that can be completed entirely online in a three-year, 90 quarter credit system. Designed for business professionals who already have their MBA, the program focuses on solving current, real world management problems through research, teaching, and consulting, culminating in a final dissertation of original research. Students start out the program in prescribed courses and gradually gain more academic independence, finishing their final third year focused on independent research.  Students can choose from five specializations or design their own specialized field of study. Baker College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has received specialized accreditation for its DBA program from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,192
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: NWCCU

City University of Seattle offers an entirely online doctorate in business administration (DBA) designed for graduate business professionals to develop their critical thinking, leadership, business practice, and organization interventional thinking within their specialized area of work. The 91-credit program takes three to four years to complete. DBA students learn through one hour per week of lecture and professor live chat. To begin the program, students participate in an orientation of academic tutorials, quizzes, and writing exercises to prepare them for doctorate-level work. Students take a wide range of graduate business courses in management, market analysis, financial decision-making, organizational theory, culture, and trends. The research portion trains students in quantitative and qualitative methods, research fundamentals and design. The program also includes a block of four doctorate level courses specifically focused on applying coursework to an organizational development project in which they identify key leaders, analyze and make recommendations about a particular functional area within the organization. Finally, students must complete an original dissertation report to be approved by the Doctoral Chair and committee. Students are guided through the proposal, research, writing, and defense of their work through a series of residency, on-campus courses specifically dedicated to the dissertation. The program is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,344
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: SACS COC

Hampton Online offers a PhD in Business Administrations designed to fit both professionals looking to take on higher leadership roles in their careers as well as current MBA and technical students seeking to become consultants or professors. Admissions is contingent on a minimum GMAT score of 400 and former completion of nine prerequisite graduate business credits in economics, accounting, and quantitative business analysis. Professional life experience may also be accepted in the place of academic credits. Preference is given to those with a full MBA. Fall and spring semesters are dedicated to graduate coursework in their discipline of choice. Students are also required to complete two summer residencies at the university's main campus in Hampton, VA to sharpen their research skills in order to write a publishable paper at the completion of their first year. A full dissertation must be completed online within three years of the first enrollment in the dissertation seminar in order to graduate.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: SACS COC

Liberty University offers a Doctorate in Business Administration with areas of study in project management, human resources, marketing, accounting, information systems, international business, leadership, and healthcare management. Liberty University's DBA is completed online except for three one-week intensives in which students meet with faculty and classmates on the residential campus at Lynchburg, Virginia. The DBA is a total of 60 credit hours, of which up to 15 can be transferred in and 12 hours from an MBA specialization can be applied. Credit transfers will be accepted from universities with regional accreditation, such as from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or other accrediting bodies such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Instead of a traditional dissertation, Liberty University's DBA requires an applied doctoral research project, stressing the real-world applications through their coursework. Applicants must have a master's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.25, a minimum GMAT score of 470, and two professional reference letters attesting to the applicant's character. Potential students can apply for either the fall or spring cohorts. Liberty University is a Christian institution which supports the Christian wordview in all business and management decisions.

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  • Annual Tuition: $26,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: MSCHE

The Pace University Executive Doctoral Program is a part-time program specifically designed for successful executives who seek the advanced academic and research background of a doctorate-level degree while continuing their careers. Students can continue to work full-time while completing their doctorate degree in 3 to 5 years. Students attend doctoral seminars 10 Fridays per year on the New York City campus near Wall Street. Students are all accomplished professionals with at least 10 years of professional experience and an MBA from an accredited institution. Each doctoral cohort forms a tight intellectual and professional community. Professors themselves are graduates of leading universities and active in the New York business community. Coursework includes four core classes in finance, economics, management, and international business, five concentration courses in a chosen discipline, and four research courses which teach students to employ systematic analytical methods and research techniques. Electives can be studied on campus or online. Graduates apply their doctorate learning to their careers and also go on to teach at the university level or work in consulting.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The University of Charleston offers a Doctorate of Executive Leadership (DEL) entirely online with a yearly one-week residence at the campus in Charleston, West Virginia. Prospective candidates must have already completed a master's or first professional degree in any field from an accredited institution. Students take graduate courses in leadership, ethics, organizational communications, and executive decision-making. In preparation for the final dissertation, students take research courses on conduct, inquiry, data analysis and interpretation. Finally, students engage in proseminars which are designed to build their portfolios, bringing the academic framework and support to their professional workspace.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,682
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Regional Accreditation: MSCHE

Wilmington University offers an IACBE-accredited online and hybrid Doctorate in Business Adminstration (DBA) for full-time working professionals. The program requires the completion of 54 semester credit hours, including common core courses, program core courses, and dissertation or research courses. A detailed list of required courses is available on the school website, including statistics for research, organizational strategy and policy, managing innovation and change, business intelligence, executive decision-making, and planning and budgeting in higher education. Students must complete their coursework requirements and pass a comprehensive exam before embarking on the dissertation, which may take an additional year to complete. Students are given a total of 7 years to complete the program, and must meet with the program director if they which to continue beyond this period. Courses can be taken online or during weeknights at the Wilson Graduate Center.

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