Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Program Availability

We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 cohort.

The research-oriented Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Creighton University’s AACSB–accredited Heider College of Business helps you gain the research skills needed to analyze business-related questions identified throughout your career.

These research skills can be used for advancement in professional corporations, to bolster consulting skills, as well as provide a pathway to transition into full-time tenure track or practitioner faculty positions at a variety of universities and colleges. 

What are our program’s competitive advantages?

  • Earn your doctorate from an AACSB-accredited business school, recognized for its online graduate programs.
  • Specialize in a variety of functional areas. Our students have the opportunity to focus in areas such as marketing, accounting, finance, analytics and IT, organizational behavior, and strategy.
  • Work under mentorship from research-active faculty on your own applied dissertation research.
  • Continue working and residing wherever you are. Our part-time, three year, hybrid DBA is designed for busy people from around the country. The hybrid model combines online instruction and fourteen total residencies over the course of the program. This includes seven residencies per academic year for the first two years, with one residency per year typically held at a sister Jesuit University outside of Omaha. Residencies are not required in the third and final year of the program. You can find exact dates of the DBA residency schedules under the “Important Dates & Deadlines” section below.
  • Teaching mentorship courses are provided for formation as a possible teaching professional in the next stage of your career.
  • Grounded in our Jesuit heritage, being individuals “for and with others,” is reinforced in your professional formation, including research, teaching, and service.

Comparison of Creighton DBA and traditional PhDs

View the 2021-2022 Residency calendar

What You'll Learn

Creighton’s DBA offers content breadth across disciplines, with students specializing through their dissertation article research, their teaching mentors and first-hand teaching experience. You’ll learn:

  • Interdisciplinary, practice-oriented, analytical approaches to applied business research
  • How to publish in applied research journals
  • How Ignatian values can inform your teaching, research and service
  • Cutting-edge teaching techniques such as flipped classroom, personalized learning, and online and hybrid course delivery

Program Learning Goals (PLG) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)


54 credits, 22 courses (16 & 6 courses)

One cohort start per year each fall semester.

DBA Course Catalog

Click here to view the DBA course list. The DBA directors will work with each student to determine the right mix of courses based on the student’s research interests and teaching background, as well as the DBA graduation requirements.

View the typical DBA course sequencing.


Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928. In addition, Creighton’s Heider College of Business is AACSB accredited; top 2% of business schools in the world to be accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International. The DBA program falls under the Heider College of Business’s umbrella of AACSB accreditation.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must possess at least one of the following:

  1.  MBA or other relevant advanced degree from an accredited university, plus 5+ years of professional and/or managerial experience*
  2. Business relevant undergraduate business degree from an accredited university, plus 10+ years of professional and/or managerial experience* 
  3. CPA, CFA, or other relevant professional certification, plus 5+ years professional and/or managerial experience*
    *If less than the minimum, please explain in a cover letter to your resume how other experiences and/or qualifications may compensate


Application Materials

The DBA admissions committee will consider all the materials listed below in their decision for admittance. 
Applicants must submit:

  • Current resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from each college or university from which you earned a degree, including undergraduate. Transcripts from non-degree earning institutions that reflect relevant coursework should also be submitted.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professionals in academia or industry that can directly address your ability to think critically, ability to conduct research, propensity to lead, and potential for completing advanced academic studies. These must be submitted by each recommender directly through Creighton’s Online Application System.
  • Evidence of competency in statistics and quantitative reasoning is recommended. This could be fulfilled by providing one or more of the following: a written statement outlining applicant’s empirical background as highlighted by course transcripts and/or work experience, a written research paper, evidence of statistical tutorial completion, GRE scores, GMAT scores, and/or other competency exam results.
  • Two essays:

  1. ​Statement of Interest (2-3 pages double-spaced): Address the following:
    - Why do you want to pursue a DBA?
    - How will a DBA help you achieve your career aspirations?
    - What challenges do you anticipate in balancing work, personal commitments, and approximately 20-30 hours of weekly DBA studies? What steps will you take to address these challenges to complete your degree within 3 years?
  2. Statement of Research Interests (2-3 pages double-spaced): Address the following:
    - What area of business is your intended focused area of research (e.g. Finance, Accounting, Economics, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Business Analytics/Info Systems)?
    - What topics within this focus might be potential research avenues of interest? Although we recognize that your research question will change and evolve during the program, please describe current research questions that interest you and how you believe finding answers to your research questions will serve to benefit the greater good of individuals, firms, and/or society.
    - How will you leverage your work experience and knowledge in your research agenda?


The application review committee considers the following:

  • Completeness of the application materials
  • Background knowledge and experience in the applicant’s business area of focus
  • Demonstrated leadership and track record of professional/academic/personal achievement and development
  • Proficiency in communication skills 
  • Compatibility of individual’s professional goals with the DBA program’s learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to balance time commitments
  • Capacity for conducting applied research
  • Community engagement/service a plus


Get additional information on attendance, virtual sessions, withdrawal policy and technology requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships

This 3-year program costs includes all tuition, class materials, software, textbooks, hotel (max 2 nights/residency) and meals during residencies, University fee and University technology fee.
You can continue working while completing your doctorate. Most of your coursework is online with scheduled on-campus residencies to build networking opportunities and receive hands-on guidance. 

Financial Aid

To help make your DBA studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

  • Step 1: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Step 2: The Financial Aid office will contact you if verification is required
  • Step 3: You’ll receive a financial aid award notification
  • Step 4: Accept your aid offer


Learn more:

Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
For questions about financial aid, contact: gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402.280.2731

current dba faculty

Creighton Faculty

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Kristie N. Briggs, PhD, DBA Program Faculty Director
Andrew Bunton, M.Ed, Special Faculty
Jay Carney, PhD, Associate Professor
Cynthia Corritore, PhD, Professor
Mary Ann Danielson PhD, Professor
Lee M. Dunham, PhD, Professor
Andrew B. Gustafson, PhD, Professor
Eric Neuman, PhD, Associate Professor
Nicholas Santos, SJ, PhD, Associate Professor
Sarah Walker, PhD, Associate Professor

Special Faculty - Jesuit Partnership

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Paul Buller, PhD, Professor
Myles Gartland, PhD, Professor
Matt Hoag,PhD, CPA, Assistant Professor
Daniel Law, PhD, Professor
Mina Lee, PhD, Associate Professor
Tim Olsen, PhD, Assistant Professor
Vivek Patil, PhD, Professor
Sudhakar Raju, PhD, Assistant Professor
Bobby Waldrup, PhD, Professor

Additional Creighton and Jesuit Partnership faculty serve as mentors and advisors.

Important Dates & Deadlines

April 1: Application deadline
June: Statistical knowledge exam
June-July: Stats Bootcamp for students scoring <80% on stats knowledge exam: 
August: Fall semester start 

See residency schedule below for fall semester start date and residency dates

Residency Schedules