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Online (DBA) - Doctor of Business Administration


Online Doctor of Business Administration



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Exceed your professional and educational goals with an online DBA from SWU.

It's time to advance! Whether you are preparing for advanced executive positions, or you want to pass on your knowledge through teaching and consulting, this is the program for you. The online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers high quality curriculum that is relevant for today's business leader.

You have your graduate degree and more than enough business experience. You are ready to teach others what you know; but want to make sure you are fully equipped with the tools, skills, and technology to do it well. Our online DBA degree will encourage, equip and empower you to live a purpose-driven life that transforms businesses and communities in a changing, global marketplace. Curious to know what the difference is between a DBA and a Ph.D.? Read this blog post by business professor Dr. Kip Pirkle!


Those who might be interested

  • Professors
  • Research Analysts
  • Product Managers
  • Business Developers
  • Business/Training Consultants
  • Accountants

Summer Residencies

DBA residencies are offered each summer. The residencies take place on the SWU campus over long weekends but may be attended virtually. Each weekend includes classes and one-on-one Applied Doctoral Project counseling with DBA faculty members.



Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Submission of a completed SWU Online application.
  • Official transcripts of all degree-conferring colleges and university-level coursework.
  • International transcripts must be approved by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) endorsed academic credentialing agency. Southern Wesleyan University recommends the World Education Services and Josef Silny but will accept evaluations from other NACES members.
  • Submission of a Statement of Purpose essay.
  • Submission of a resume documenting professional experience in business or a related field for a minimum of three (3) years.
  • All applicants must take the Peregrine Comprehensive Business Exam before registering for classes.  This must be done early enough in advance in order to take any needed academic leveling courses (ALC) if scores in quantitative disciplines are lower than 70%. The GRE, GMAT, or MAT tests are not required.
  • Submission of official English language proficiency scores if English is not the candidate’s first language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required. A minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required, or a minimum score of 115 on the Duolingo is required.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or .

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Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!