Program Overview

Three-Year Executive Track To A Doctorate

UNC Charlotte's national reputation and connection to America's second-largest financial city attract professors and students from all over the world.

The Doctor of Business Administration program is a professional degree taught in an executive format. This allows you to work full-time, and to obtain a degree more quickly than a Ph.D. program. Our DBA will give graduates an advanced level of knowledge in marketing, management, operations management and information systems.

The DBA is a three-year (six-semester) program consisting of 18, three-credit courses taught over one weekend per month. The curriculum has three major components: Research Methodology, Seminars in Applied Research and Dissertation.

Why get a DBA at UNC Charlotte?

The Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte is well-positioned to help you take a momentous step in your career and education. The Doctorate in Business Administration is a unique program in the UNC system and the first program of its type in the region, created for professionals who want to become professors, enhance their expertise, boost their consulting credentials, or take their knowledge back to the C-suite. In 2021, the program was ranked in the "Global DBA Listing" by CEO Magazine based on its accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing,

The Doctorate in Business Administration complements the wealth of graduate programs in the Belk College, including nationally-ranked MBA, mathematical finance, accounting, economics programs and more. UNC Charlotte’s Doctorate in Business Administration fosters a concentrated network of powerful businesspeople, creating an elite group at the forefront of business.