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Alliant International University Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Alliant International University

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

San Diego, USA

3 Years


Full time

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USD 1,220 / per credit



If you want to reach your highest potential in business, the online and on-campus DBA degree program at the California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) in San Diego will give you the experience, expertise, and confidence to make your mark. The Doctor of Business Administration degree program delves deeply into subjects such as business practices, theories, and methodologies; research design; applied research; collaborative research; and others, all with a focus on technology and quantitative analysis. Upon graduation from the program, you'll be prepared to take a leadership position in the dynamic and multicultural world of business, no matter which industry you choose to transform.

Even if you're already an expert in your field, your doctorate degree from a reputable business school validates and confirms your status as a working professional, business leader, and subject matter expert. It can open doors to new opportunities, enhancing your skills, expanding your knowledge, and dramatically increasing your income, whether you choose to lead your own company, take the role of an executive within an organization, or strike out as an independent international business consultant.

If you want to pursue advanced studies with elite business professionals, either online or on-campus, at our university in San Diego, California, the DBA program is the perfect place to start. At Alliant, we make it easy for you to achieve the higher education you need to be among the top business leaders in the country.

Throughout the doctoral program, you'll receive hands-on training, learn valuable life skills, and experience real-world applications of business and international business principles. You'll also complete a competency practicum that we can help you secure, or if you're working, you can use your current company for this valuable work and professional experience, benefitting both you and your organization.

Program Highlights

Three-Year Program

The DBA program is focused and concentrated, and although you may choose to take longer, you can earn your doctorate degree in as few as three years. This is significantly shorter than the typical four or five years, and you’ll do this without sacrificing any of the quality you would expect from a doctoral-level program. Take the next step in your career with our business administration program.

Doctoral Dissertation Development

Classes are small to allow focused attention from your professors as you work on your doctoral dissertation. As you progress, 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 career path design. Your faculty mentor will help you through the entire dissertation process.

On-campus or Online DBA Program

Offered as an online doctorate or on campus in San Diego, California, our DBA program includes two years of coursework, with one to two years of dissertation research. All courses are scheduled in an eight-week term format with one or two focused courses per term. The online DBA degree format gives you the freedom to earn your doctoral degree on your own time.

Degree Concentrations

  • Information and Data Science
    This specialization is geared towards students with a focused interest in understanding and contributing to knowledge creation within the broad and contemporary field of the data revolution. Data science can be researched from quantitative, programming, and applied perspectives. The specialization emphasizes research in the data and information science areas from the applied perspective of impacting organizational, management, and competitive perspectives. The program will also provide experience in important, business-related data-science problems in diverse fields including ethical and societal considerations surrounding data science and its applications.
  • Management
    This specialization prepares students with broad-based foundational skills for academic research, consulting, and corporate positions in organizations. The specialization is geared towards students with an interest in understanding and contributing to knowledge creation within the fields of strategy in the context of the US as well as the global context, leadership, management, growth and competitiveness, organizational development, and theories. Students learn emerging theories and research issues to develop solutions to complex management problems.
  • Marketing
    This specialization is geared towards students with a broad range of interests including but not limited to the organizational strategy of firms, managing and growing organizations, and behavior of employees, teams, and groups, strategies for political and social influence, and organizational learning and adaptation. Doctoral candidates in this specialization will be able to create new knowledge for application in the real world to the evolving needs of complex global organizations and their management. They learn and research theory and application, leading them to impact management practices across the globe.


Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), PhD in Leadership, Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), MS in Data Analytics degree, and BS in Business Administration (BSBA) programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by the 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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