The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is offered as a track under the Ph.D. degree. The DBA program aims to integrate the theory and practice of business with the context of current issues that the business world faces. The DBA is a professional doctorate that emphasizes the application of theory to actual business issues. The DBA program will help candidates develop proficiency in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills. Participants who successfully complete the program will be equipped for high-level positions in numerous sectors including…

Higher Education

Completion of the DBA Program will provide graduates the necessary credentials to obtain faculty positions, become influential thought leaders at research universities, and have the opportunity to be published in the field’s highly-respected peer-reviewed journals.

Continue in Profession

Some graduates may choose to take the knowledge they attained through the DBA Program and apply that expertise to benefit their own companies and organizations. Executives with exceptional analytical skills are in demand now more than ever for their ability to guide businesses with strategies based on dependable research principles.


Some of our participants covet engaging with businesses, but yearn to escape the daily work grind. The DBA provides our candidates the opportunity to embrace both roles as a valued consultant. Equipped with a sound and innovative understanding of business theory and practice, DBA graduates can share their strategies for success and work at their pace, on their terms.

Candidate Qualifications

The DBA Program strives for a small, select group of experienced executives in senior leadership positions who hold a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university or its international equivalent and are committed to pursuing a formal, rigorous program as practitioner-scholars. A minimum of 10 years experience in a managerial capacity is preferred.

Hough Student Experience


Dr. John Kraft, former dean of the Warrington College of Business, on the strength of the faculty in the DBA Program.

Through the DBA Program, you will have exclusive access to gifted thought leaders who will pass on the strategies and practices that shape the business world.


Earning a DBA is a significant accomplishment, but where you receive that exceptional degree is just as important. For your DBA to have impact and influence, it must come from a School and University that has a stellar reputation in the academic and business community.


Dr. Joyce Bono, Professor, talks about the collaborative environment of the DBA program.


Your relationship with the Hough Graduate School of Business does not end after receiving your DBA.