DBA Degree Overview
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; 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 validates and confirms your status as a 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 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 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 experience, benefitting both you and your organization.
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The DBA program is focused and concentrated, and although you may choose to take longer, you can earn your DBA 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.
Classes are small to allow focused attention from your professors as you work on your 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
Offered online 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 degree on your own time.
Information and Data Science
This concentration is designed for students interested in understanding the complexities of the data revolution. With an abundance of information and 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.
Internship opportunities allow students to use their skills in a business setting and gain valuable resume building experience to help them get full-time employment.
A concentration in Management prepares students for work in international strategy, leadership, and human resource management. The program is designed to cultivate foundational skills 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.
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 used 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 and 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 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.
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 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 DBA degree program?
The 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. 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?
The wide-ranging curriculum of the DBA allows graduates to have a substantial amount of freedom as to what exactly that means. DBA graduates can go into financial analysis and accounting, entrepreneurship, advertising, product management, economist, organizational leadership, executive positions such as CEO, CIO, and CFO, analytics and big data, professional consulting, university-level teaching, investment banking, and others.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your higher education, and Alliant offers 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 program?
You will begin formal research and work on your dissertation in your ninth term and will complete it in your 16th. For terms 9, 10, and 11, you’ll 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 of Business Administration degree program start?
The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the Doctor in Business Administration degree program?
The DBA degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of three to four years to complete, across 18 terms.
What is the modality of this doctoral program?
DBA degree in California at our San Diego campus. You can also earn your degree online, 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.
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.
With a focus on hands-on practice, technological innovation, and a global outlook—CSML is where the world meets you in your classroom.