doctor of business administration (dba)

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dba degree overview


if you’re going to lead the next generation of global business, then our san diego doctor of business administration degree program offered by the california school of management and leadership (csml) will arm you with the experience and expertise you need to become a prominent member in that business community. from advanced statistics to collaborative research, and a focus on technology and quantitative analysis, csml’s dba program will prepare you to make an impact in the dynamic world of business, no matter which industry you chose to transform.

if you want to surround yourself with elite business professionals at an established university in california, our doctor of business administration program is the perfect place to start. at alliant international university, we make it easy for you to achieve the higher education needed to be among the top business leaders in the country. with our online or san diego doctorate in business, you'll receive hands-on experience, learn valuable life skills, and be taught real-world applications by top faculty members that prepare you for future success. take the next step in your career with our business administration program.

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degree highlights


3-year program

csml’s doctor of business administration program can be completed in as little as 3 years. this is significantly shorter than the typical 4 or 5 years it takes to receive a doctoral degree, and we do this without sacrificing any of the quality of the education you would expect to receive from a doctoral-level program.


dissertation development

csml keeps the san diego doctoral classroom size small because your dissertation deserves the same attention from your professors as it gets from you. as you develop your dissertation, you will be paired with a faculty mentor who will advise and guide you from the prospectus stage through the final defense of your dissertation and your career path design. your faculty mentor will help you through the entire dissertation process.


on-campus or online

offered online or on our san diego campus, our doctoral business degree program works as follows: two years of coursework, with one to two years of dissertation research. all courses are scheduled in an 8-week term format with students taking 1-2 courses per term, reducing the need to balance multiple subjects at once. our doctor of business administration online program gives you the freedom to earn your degree on your own time.

“in this program, our internships have given us a chance to get involved in the community, explore ourselves, and do a project with our company which helped to teach me to more and allowed me to explore myself within the community.”
saritha a.
dba student

degree concentrations

  • information and data science

    this concentration is designed for students who are interested in understanding the complexities of the data revolution. with an abundance of information and a plethora of uses for data science, this core area of focus will be highly useful in a variety of industries.

    students will learn how to contribute to the field of data science through quantitative, programming, and applied perspectives.

    an emphasis on research methods in data and information sciences will be heavily outlined in the coursework for this program. ethical and societal considerations for data science information and it's uses will also be examined.

    available internship opportunities allow students to use their skills in a business setting and gain valuable resume building experience. 

  • management

    a concentration in management prepares students for work in international strategy, leadership, and human resource management. the program is designed to cultivate a foundational skill set for students interested in academic research, consulting, and corporate positions in large organizations.

    coursework will focus on organizational development and theories. the curriculum will provide students with the knowledge to help organizations stay competitive and grow.

    students will gain knowledge in emerging management theories, research issues, and developing solutions to complex managerial problems.

    internships provide students with a hands-on learning environment to sharpen their management skills, develop business relationships within their communities, and gain real world knowledge that can be applied in a corporate setting. 

    internships provide students with real world learning opportunities to utilize their skills. the internship programs focus on student involvement in learning outcomes. gaining real life experience in management is an excellent way to capitalize on using acquired knowledge to bulk up resumes and showcase skills to potential future employers. 

  • marketing

    a specialization in marketing supplies students with a broad knowledge of how marketing is used in a variety of arenas.

    students will gain an understanding of how marketing is utilized in organizational strategy for business and politics. the curriculum will include courses in managing growing organizations, human behavior, political strategy, social influencing, and organizational learning/adaptation.

    doctoral candidates will become versed in best practices for creating new applications for the evolving needs of complex global organizations.

    coursework in research, theory, and application will provide students with the skills to impact management practices in corporations, non-profits, and politics.

    internship opportunities are a large focus in the program and contribute to the professional growth of students. the internships put students in career roles with prospective future employers and add practical value to student resumes to help them get full-time employment.


degree information



alliant international university’s california school of management and leadership (csml) is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the accreditation council for business schools and programs (acbsp) for its phd in leadership, doctorate in business administration (dba), mba, bs in business administration (bsba) and ms in data analytics degree programs.

acbsp accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within csml’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. acbsp’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.

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frequently asked questions

  • what is the career outlook for graduates of the doctor in business administration degree program?

    the doctor in business administration degree program affords its graduates a wide range of career options, with a commensurate range of career outlooks. two of the most popular careers dba graduates go in to are financial analysis and accounting—both of which show promising growth rates into 2026, with respective 11% and 10% growth, as demand for both of these positions grows with overall economic activity, which is continually bolstered by the sustained strength of the western economies, and the emergence of the major eastern economies in the last few decades. simply put, as long as there are strong economies, there is need for both of these positions—as well as many others that a dba can afford you.

  • what kind of job can i expect to get with this degree?

    graduates of the doctor in business administration degree program will mostly end up working in the financial sector. however, the wide-ranging curriculum of the dba allows this program’s graduates to have a substantial amount of freedom as to what exactly that means. as mentioned above, dba graduates can go into financial analysis and accounting, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. other job options include: entrepreneurship, advertising, product management, economist, executive positions such as ceo, cio, and cfo, analytics and big data, professional consulting, university-level teaching, investment banking, and host of other options for those with a dba.

  • what scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. alliant international university is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. learn more in our financial options guide.

  • what are the steps to completing my dissertation in the doctor of business administration degree program?

    you will begin formal research and work on your dissertation in your 9th term and will complete it in your 16th. for terms 9, 10, and 11, you will work on your dissertation while simultaneously finishing your specialization courses and completing your final competency project. starting with term 12, you will work solely on your dissertation until it’s completion. the dissertation comprises 12 of the 60 credits required to receive your dba, along with approval of your dissertation by an academic board.

  • when does the doctor in business administration degree program start?

    the dba degree program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. you can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • how long does it take to complete the doctor in business administration degree program?

    the doctor in business administration degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of 3-4 years to complete, across 16 terms.

  • what is the modality of this program?

    you can earn your doctor of business administration (dba) degree online or on-campus, offering you an educational experience that is both customizable and tailored to your schedule.


campus locations offering the dba program in california

the dba program is offered both at our san diego campus and online. click an image below to learn more about each campus and what each one has to offer.


why alliant

at alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. our vision is an inclusive world empowered by alliant alumni.


why csml

with a focus on hands-on practice, technological innovation, and a global outlook—csml is where the world meets you in your classroom.


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