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    “The faculty mentors were very knowledgeable, and available when you needed assistance. The academic advisor was very helpful and ensured that I stayed on track throughout the entire process. Attending this University was a great experience!”

    Geneva N., DBA Program, 2020



    Doctor of Business Administration

    The online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program is designed to help transform mature learners into leaders. Doctoral candidates study advanced decision making techniques, while also working to develop research and writing skills that accompany high level responsibility in the academic and business environments.

    Business executives are expected to be able to perform in a dynamic environment where market expansion is global, competition presents ever-changing decision-making challenges, and change is the norm. Excellence in leadership, strategic management, and organizational change management are essential to develop effective corporate executives and hence organizational viability.

    The online doctorate program is designed to provide learners with knowledge and skills necessary for growth in their professional career in business management and business administration.

    Quick Facts

    • Credits Required: 60
    • Cost Per Credit: $645*
    • Program Length: 4 Years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 30

    * Effective for new learners enrolling June 1, 2024 and after.

    Degree Requirements

    • Core Courses: 30 Credits
    • Concentration/Electives: 15 Credits
    • Comprehensive Essay Exam: 1 Credit
    • Doctoral Project Courses: 14 Credits

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    Find out how we create a collaborative, engaging online learning experience designed to help you learn, understand and apply course material to your personal and professional life.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?

    Your Degree
    on Your Time

    Our online programs allow you to learn and study when it's convenient for you. And monthly course starts enable you to take courses at your own pace.

    Courses Mentored by Business Professionals

    Our business and management programs are centered around experience-based curriculum and are taught by experienced faculty mentors who are actively working in the field.


    Backed by 40 Years of Experience

    We've embraced remote learning from the beginning, and we've been perfecting our craft ever since. We have proven that a quality education does not require four walls.

    Teresa Crosier Dean of Business and Management


    Dr. Teresa Crosier, PhD

    Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Teresa Crosier oversees curriculum strategies and new course development for undergraduate and graduate business programs. Driven and resourceful, she develops plans to enhance the student learning experience and increase business acumen for the workplace, integrating cutting-edge tools.

    Teresa’s 25-year career in higher education includes roles as Campus President for Keiser University, Campus President for Kaplan University and Director of MBA Programs at St. Ambrose University in Iowa.



    Can I transfer my credits?

    We accept most course credits awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what may qualify for transfer1.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams are available to assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.

    Mark P

    “The educational experience at CalSouthern changed the way I look at a business problem, its deconstruction, and subsequent reconstruction. The experience gives me the confidence to articulate solutions. I am now an informed skeptic and a Doctor of Business Administration. Since earning my degree at CalSouthern, I have started a private equity firm that develops major master-planned communities.”

    - Mark P., DBA Program, 2022

    1Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

    California Southern University is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    CalSouthern’s Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Business Administration degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. Not all programs are available to residents of all jurisdictions. CalSouthern does not accept applications from residents of Massachusetts, New York, and certain foreign countries.
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