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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 application
  • An earned master's degree in business or a related field from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. A Masters in related field must be approved by the School of Business Graduate Review Committee.
  • Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
  • A statement of purpose essay.
  • Official reports of satisfactory test scores no older than five years from the date of application. These may be either GRE, GMAT, or MAT.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Submission of two professional references with one of the references from current supervisor
  • Resume
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in business or a related field.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 83 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
  • Although you do not need to take a GRE or GMAT exam to be admitted, we do require that you take the Peregrine Comprehensive Business Exam within ten days after admissionThis is simply to help pinpoint any business areas that may need to be strengthened. If an area is indicated, we strongly recommend you take any suggested Peregrine self-paced courses to ensure you will thrive in your graduate classes. Your advisor will provide you with details.

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!