Apply to UF DBA



We look forward to reviewing your application and have outlined our program eligibility and the application process below. We review each application holistically, and consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills.

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Candidate Qualifications

The DBA program strives for a small, select group of: (a) experienced executives in upper-middle management to C-suite positions who hold a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university or its international equivalent, or (b) academics who are seeking a terminal degree, and are committed to pursuing a formal, rigorous program as practitioner-scholars. For experienced executives, a minimum of 10 years of experience in a managerial capacity is preferred. We encourage candidates who will advance the college’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

How to Apply

The University of Florida DBA Program utilizes a rolling admissions process and applications are considered and evaluated as they are received. However, applications are not reviewed until they are complete. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the fall term program start as early as possible.

Step 1: Pre-Apply with UF DBA Form

Complete the pre-application form before you fill out the UF Professional Application, so that we may begin the admissions review process.

Step 2: UF Professional Application

Complete a UF Professional Application and remit the $30 application fee online. Once you create your account, you can return to complete the application or manage your account from this UF Admissions page.

Contact all post-secondary institutions attended and request your official, original academic records or transcripts be submitted one of two ways:

  • Institution electronically submit transcripts via E-Scrip/Credentials Solutions, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse or Scrip-Safe to transfer admissions.
  • Mailed directly to Graduate Admissions:
    UF Office of Admissions
    PO Box 114000
    201 Criser Hall
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-4000, U.S.A.

If mailed, transcripts must be received in a sealed, signed envelope which you forward, unopened, to the UF Graduate Admissions office.

If you are an alumnus of the University of Florida, we can retrieve your official UF transcripts internally.

If admitted to the DBA program, official transcript(s) will be required before the end of your first term.

All applicants: GRE/GMAT is not required for DBA admission consideration.

International applicants: You are required to submit one of the following – TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – minimum score: 80 internet-based
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score: 6
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) – minimum score: 77
  • International applicants who took the GRE must also have scored a verbal section score of:
    • 140 or higher if test taken after August 1, 2011
    • 320 or higher if test taken before August 1, 2011

Step 3: Submit Supplemental Materials

Our Director of Professional Post Graduate Programs will send you a request with a submission link for DBA Supplemental Materials once UF Admissions has notified us that the online application is complete and has been referred for review.

Statement of Purpose Essay

Write your Academic Statement of Purpose. Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Please emphasize:

  • Why do you want to obtain your Doctorate in Business? What are your goals?
  • Explain how the University of Florida DBA Program will help you achieve your goals.
  • Explain your area or areas of research interest. Although your research interests might change after you begin the program, please consider:
    • Why you have chosen this/these particular research topics?
    • What is the depth of your interest in the research topics?
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The résumé/CV helps us get a complete picture of each applicant.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations are required. The parameters below should assist in securing appropriate LORs.

  • The LOR should be 1-2 pages long with 5-6 paragraphs.
  • Referees should start the LOR by introducing themselves and the applicant.
  • Referees should discuss how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity—professionally, academically, or personally.
    • Director supervisor
    • Other supervisor
    • Advisor/mentor
    • Colleague/peer
    • Direct report
    • Indirect report
    • Client/Customer
    • Business Partner/Investor
    • Vendor
    • Professor/Instructor
      Note: Academic references are highly desired, although we recognize for those with an MS/MBA conferred some time ago, it may be difficult/unfeasible to secure an LOR from a previous professor, instructor or academic administrator.
    • Other
  • The next paragraphs should highlight skills or qualities of the applicant, using examples as evidence, and emphasizing analytical abilities, subject knowledge, time management skills, dedication, responsibility, research abilities, etc.
  • The conclusion will sum up the qualities of the applicant, while ending with a solid recommendation to the university for accepting the application.