The University of Florida Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is offered as a track under the Ph.D. degree. It is a professional doctorate that aims to integrate the theory and practice of business with the context of current issues faced by the business world. The UF DBA program will help candidates develop proficiency in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills while working alongside standout faculty at the UF Warrington College of Business.

DBA or Ph.D.?

Do you want to earn a DBA or Ph.D.? Here’s how you can decide:

You want a DBA if…

  • You have 10+ years of management experience
  • You want to continue working while earning another degree
  • You want a 3-year program
  • You have a master’s degree
  • You want a program focused on applied theory

You want a Ph.D. if…

  • You do not want to work while in school
  • You are interested in a 5-7 year program
  • You are straight out of school with your bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • You want to focus on development of theory


There are many things to consider when selecting a DBA program. With the backing of the University of Florida and the Warrington College of Business, the UF DBA program stands out because of its:


With an accreditation by AACSB, you are receiving an elite educational experience. The UF DBA program has this accreditation, ensuring that we are hiring the highest-quality faculty, delivering relevant and challenging curriculum, and providing educational and career opportunities that are not found at business schools without this accreditation.


UF DBA has the backing of a top 5 public university and the flagship university in the state of Florida. As part of a business school with high-ranking academic departments, you’ll learn from the brightest minds in all fields. You’ll also become part of The Gator Nation, a powerful network of more than 435,000 Gators spread across all 50 states and 135 countries.

Format and fit

With two weekend residencies per semester, the UF DBA program allows you to maintain your personal and professional responsibilities. You’ll meet like-minded professionals who average 17 years of management experience from diverse backgrounds. The program lasts for three years and is designed for working executives and academics.

How UF DBA benefits you

UF DBA alumni are equipped for high-level positions in numerous sectors including:

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.

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.