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Doctorate in Business Administration Admission Requirements

A master's degree in a business-related field is preferred; however, applicants holding an undergraduate degree in a business area and a master's degree in a non-related area will be accepted. Applicants must have graduated from a regionally-accredited or a nationally accredited institution of higher education or an appropriately certified foreign institution approved and documented by director of DBA program. Students may be accepted into the Online Doctor of Business Administration Degree program before completing a master's degree but must have completed the degree before beginning doctorate in business administration degree program coursework.

All applications for admission to the online doctoral degree in business administration must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Interested applicants must complete the following required documentation:

Application Process

  • Complete a Graduate Application and submit application fee
  • Resume highlighting academic and professional achievements
  • A 500-700 word essay describing professional experiences and/or goals as they relate to the pursuit of the Doctor of Business Administration
  • Two letters of recommendation assessing the applicant’s academic potential. At least one letter must be from persons associated with the applicant's professional area who can provide an evaluation of the applicant’s involvement in and potential for leadership in business
  • Request that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work be sent directly from the respective institution(s) to

University of the Cumberlands
Graduate & Online Admissions

6985 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769

The transcript must include the degree and date on which it was conferred and a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in work leading to the master's degree and in any subsequent graduate study. Applicants whose graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirements may be admitted to the program conditionally if having earned a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
      Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
      IELTS: 6

Transfer and Course Credit Policy
A maximum of fifteen semester hours of credit may be transferred from an accredited graduate institution with the approval of the Program Director and the Registrar.

  • Transfer credits must be in courses equivalent to courses in the program
  • Courses that have contributed to a master’s degree (such as the MBA) will not be accepted as transfer credit toward the DBA unless these hours are in excess of the 30- or 36-hour standard for a master’s degree
  • All coursework offered for transfer credit must have been earned within the last five years prior to admission to the program
  • Grades for transfer credits accepted into the program do not count in the program GPA