Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


The online Doctor of Business Administration program is a practical, directed independent study program which emphasizes coursework in business leadership and management. It requires no classroom or seminar attendance. The Program is of particular interest to mid and senior managers who desire high-level education in the theoretical and practical aspects of operating a business. It focuses on how business is conducted in the United States but is open to students from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East who wish to operate a business in the United States or conduct business with U.S. firms and would benefit from a better understanding of U.S. business operations. Though leadership skills are subject to cultural differences, the fundamentals apply all over the world for business managers who wish to emulate the successful U.S. business models. The objectives of the Program are:

  1. To offer a program of coursework and practical exercises in business administration, leadership, management and sound operational practices that will enhance the professional and personal lives of its students;
  2. To prepare professionals to serve in upper-level management and entrepreneurial objectives with a background of sound practices backed by current research and theory.
  3. To employ faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.

Successful graduates of the Program will demonstrate:

  • application of advanced knowledge in the legal, theoretical, and practical aspects of operating a business.
  • the ability to evaluate complex business ethical issues and related legal issues and make appropriate decisions and recommendations based on sound reasoning and analysis.
  • appreciation for making socially responsible and environmentally sustainable choices when designing and implementing business strategy.
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of modalities.
  • effective management of individuals and teams in the business environment through the application of contemporary leadership theories and concepts.
  • how to author a properly formatted and presented Dissertation or major practical project that represents a substantive research topic of original work or project that ties together the learning objectives of the coursework in a way that benefits an organization.

The University acts to fulfill the purposes of the DBA program through appropriate coursework, coupled with continuing direction, evaluation of student progress, and regular assessment of student learning outcomes, supervised and administered by qualified faculty.


The University's Directed Independent Study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers. The Program’s Faculty members support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process in one-on-one interaction. Our faculty members recognize individual learning styles and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual's situation. Each course in the online DBA program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments which are submitted for faculty evaluation. All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance. The first three courses in the curriculum are known as qualifying courses. A student must take and pass a Qualifying Examination before a student can earn academic credit for a core course. The Qualifying Examination is a three hour proctored test that covers material covered in the qualifying courses. It consists of a combination of objective and subjective questions.

Admission Policies and Requirements

A master’s degree from an accredited institution is generally required for admission. In the context of this statement, “accredited” for institutions within the United States requires they be a member of an accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. An applicant may be conditionally admitted into the Program based on a completed Application for Admission, receipt of the $75.00 Application Fee, student copies of transcripts reflecting the applicant’s highest relevant degree, documentation of the applicant’s professional work experience, and the receipt of two completed Doctoral Applicant Reference Forms. Official copies of all relevant college-level credits received directly from the institution of origin will be required within 60 days of enrollment. While professional work experience is not a condition of admission to the Program, applicants need to provide evidence of any previous professional work experience prior to formal admission. The vast majority of the institution’s applicants are mature adults working in a variety of professional settings. Many have not attended college for several years. Consequently, prior class rank and grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process. Should additional information be required the applicant will be contacted. All payments must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® or personal/business check.

Foreign Applicants and Applicants with International Credentials

It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants who do not possess a degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) or 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS).

Transfer Credit

The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Transfer credit toward the Program may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses were completed within the last seven years and are found to meet the standards and learning objectives of the specific course for which credit is sought. The courses considered for transfer must be equivalent in both content and degree level. Transfer credit must be from an accredited institution and is limited to 15% of the total doctoral credits required to complete the degree (9 units). No credit may be awarded for experiential learning (Portfolio Credit) in this program. Financial Information Tuition is billed at the rate of $420.00 per month during the term of enrollment. The obligation of students to pay tuition shall continue until the earliest of the following events: a. satisfaction of all degree requirements;
b. 48 billing months (four years);
c. withdrawal from the Program;
d. academic dismissal from the Program. The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased at local colleges, retail bookstores, directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $150.00 per course. Students are provided with a mail or Internet source for acquiring all required materials.

How to Enroll

If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 1st day of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® or personal/business check. Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.

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