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CalSouthern’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) accredited degree provides a rich, advanced education for senior leadership roles. It’s a great opportunity for professionals with MBAs to gain business expertise at the highest academic level and distinguish themselves from other MBAs.

The DBA is designed to develop practical and highly specialized expertise to be applied to actual business challenges in our increasingly complex and technologically driven business world. The doctoral project requires students to research and analyze a business problem in their area of interest. It’s one of the richest and most rewarding academic challenges you’ll ever face, and it can establish you as an expert in your field of study.

CalSouthern's DBA gives working professionals the advanced business knowledge and practical skills they need to rise to a leadership position in their current organization, make a career change or start a business of their own. It's a great opportunity for MBAs and others to gain additional business expertise at the highest academic level and to distinguish themselves from the competition in a challenging job market.

The DBA—the Right Degree, the Right Time

Many business professionals with MBA degrees would like to pursue additional education to develop added expertise of the highest level, and to gain a competitive edge over others with the same degree. However, many assume—mistakenly—that their only option is a Ph.D., which is an academic doctorate, preparing the student more for scholarly research and publication, rather than enhanced business opportunity and success.

In fact, there’s another option. The DBA—the Doctor of Business Administration—is an applied doctorate. It’s designed to help you develop practical, specialized knowledge to compete in an increasingly complex world. CalSouthern’s online DBA degree will help you develop higher-order thinking, with an ability to survey, analyze, and synthesize the latest business or technological developments, and then apply these skills to solve problems within your business or field of practice. And our online DBA degree is extremely focused and personalized; up to 25 percent of the DBA program can be devoted to a doctoral project of your own selection and corresponding to your particular business interests and areas of expertise. In fact, upon completion of your doctoral project, you may have distinguished yourself as one of the industry’s leading experts in that particular subject area.

CalSouthern’s DBA program is online. You can complete it without compromising your family or career obligations. You’ll work with our outstanding School of Business faculty. Business leaders as well as gifted instructors, they will mentor you, one-on-one, from your first DBA class through the successful completion of your doctoral project.

The competition for business leadership positions has never been more intense. With an online DBA degree from CalSouthern, you can attain the ultimate academic degree in the field, develop the highest-level expertise in your specific subject of interest, all while gaining an undeniable competitive advantage over the competition. The DBA is truly a degree whose time has come.


The program learning outcomes of the Doctor of Business Administration degree program are:


Employ business communication skills in a variety of modalities to communicate strategic approaches to business practices and translate research findings into actionable guidelines for management.

Critical Thinking

Apply advanced critical and conceptual thinking skills in analyzing the effective handling of business problems and opportunities.

Cultural and Social Understanding

Acquire an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within communities and their impact on business theory and practices.

Information Literacy

Identify the nature and scope of the information needed in relation to accessing and evaluating scholarly materials and applying current research to business and management.

Personal Development

Integrate formal academic learning to align with personal experiences in business administration, leadership, and management so that learning is meaningful and relates to personal and/or professional goals.

Quantitative Reasoning

Apply qualitative and quantitative tools to Integrate internal and external data to support evidence-based decision making and to perform effective business analysis.

Scientific Reasoning

Utilize the requisite research skills and generate empirical evidence to apply situational analyses and evaluate the impact of managerial actions.

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues

Demonstrate ethical behavior as it relates to legal and ethical principles, professional standards of practice, social responsibility and corporate governance in business situations.


Below, please find the online doctoral courses which comprise CalSouthern’s Doctor of Business Administration online degree program. The DBA program consists of an integrated sequence of doctorate courses and a doctoral project that encompasses 60 credits beyond a master’s degree.

To facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of ideas which drive innovation in business, the doctoral program will allow electives from all graduate-level courses offered at CalSouthern in any discipline to enable and facilitate Learners to create their own designer degrees.

Required First-Year Courses
  • MGT 87500 Organizational Development and Design - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87525 Leadership, Ethics, and Corporate Governance - 3 Credits
  • MKT 87505 Consumer Behavior, Theory, and Analysis - 3 Credits
  • ACT 87530 Management Finance and Control - 3 Credits
  • BUS 87300 Advanced Measurement and Statistics for Business - 3 Credits
  • BUS 87305 Ethnography of Corporate Culture - 3 Credits
Required Second and Third Year Courses
  • MGT 87515 Information, Organization and Strategy - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87520 Business Research Methods - 3 Credits
  • IB 87516 Global Business Strategic Management - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87540 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 Credits

Elective Courses - 15 Credits (Take 5 from each elective below)

Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Consumer Psychology Electives
  • MIS 86515 Decision Support Systems and Analytics for Data Warehousing and Mining - 3 Credits
  • PSY 86523 Psychology of Learning - 3 Credits
  • SLDR 86006 Customer Service Leadership - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87524 Cognition, Emotion and Motivation - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87515 Social Psychology - 3 Credits
  • MKT 87505 Consumer Behavior, Theory, and Analysis - 3 Credits
  • MKT 86502 Marketing Management - 3 Credits
Industrial/ Organizational Psychology for Forensic Psychology Electives
  • LAW 85248 Internet Law - 3 Credits
  • LAW 85225 International Law: Policy and Conflict Resolution - 3 Credits
  • MSD 86735 Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits
  • LAW 85215 Negotiations, Theory and Practice - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87524 Cognition, Emotion and Motivation - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87515 Social Psychology - 3 Credits
  • IB 87517 International Business Law - 3 Credits
Industrial/ Organizational Psychology for Management Psychology Electives
  • PSY 87522 Consulting in Business, Education and Mental Health - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87521 Organizational Psychology - 3 Credits
  • BUS 87305 Ethnography of Corporate Culture - 3 Credits
  • MGT 86535 Management of Change - 3 Credits
  • HRM 86503 Human Resources Management - 3 Credits
Global Environmental Management Electives
  • LAW 85225 International Law: Policy and Conflict Resolution - 3 Credits
  • LAW 85126 Property Law II: Land Use - 3 Credits
  • LAW 85157 Environmental Law - 3 Credits
  • LAW 85134 Professional Responsibility - 3 Credits
  • MSD 86735 Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits
  • PSY 87515 Social Psychology - 3 Credits
  • IB 87516 Global Business Strategic Management - 3 Credits
  • IB 87517 International Business Law - 3 Credits
  • BUS 87805 Comprehensive Exam - 1 Credit
Required Doctoral Project Courses
  • MGT 87995 Doctoral Project I - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87996 Doctoral Project II - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87997 Doctoral Project III - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87998 Doctoral Project IV - 3 Credits
  • MGT 87999 Doctoral Project V - 2 Credits

Getting Started

Getting started on your Doctor of Business Administration is a quick and simple process. There are no entrance examinations and courses start monthly throughout the year; you can begin your program as soon as your schedule permits. Just complete these five steps:

  • Complete your enrollment application.
  • Submit your official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Write and submit a personal statement.
  • Pay your $75 application fee.
  • Upon acceptance, sign your enrollment agreement.

Once the signed enrollment agreement is received, you’ll be contacted by your academic support team including your academic advisor and student success advisor. They will confirm the start date for your first course and walk you through a quick, but thorough orientation process that will give you all the information you need to get started. And they will be there for you every step of the way to ensure that you successfully complete your degree program.

Previous Education Requirements

Admission to the DBA program requires a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent completed at an appropriately accredited post-secondary institution as well as a master’s degree in the field of study or related field from an appropriately accredited post-secondary institution.

If the applicant has earned a master’s degree in another field, the applicant may petition the Admissions Committee to evaluate the foundational readiness to be successful in the program. In this case, the Admissions Committee may require the completion of six prerequisite graduate-level courses for the DBA degree:

  • Business Organization and Management
  • Ethics in Business
  • Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Economics for Organizational Management
  • Marketing Management

California Southern University may accept a maximum of 30-semester credits in transfer for courses completed at an appropriately accredited institution toward the DBA degree program. The courses must be doctoral-level courses completed with a grade of B or better and the courses must be directly related to the respective degree program at California Southern University.

Program taught in:
  • English

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