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Doctor of Business Administration Business Administration.

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
The DBA is a post-graduate, research-based, terminal degree intended as a professional doctorate. The DBA is distinct from the PhD program in that it facilitates applied research of relevance to contemporary business problems and is intended for business professionals with extensive management experience who wish to apply academic methods to answer questions that will enhance professional practice. DBA candidates will have at least 10 years work experience with 7 at the senior management level.

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

  • Program Type Doctoral
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission, the program requires:

  1. At least 10 years of management experience, including seven years at the senior management or executive level, or at least five years' experience as lecturer/instructor in a relevant field in a college or university program.
  2. A post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., MBA or relevant business-focused Master's degree) from a recognized institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale. Students presenting credentials in an area other than business may be required to complete a qualifying period to gain a general business background before beginning the regular doctoral course requirements.
  3. Students who do not present an MBA or other master's degree from a recognized postsecondary institution may be considered for admission. Exceptional candidates with a four-year bachelor's degree (i.e., a GPA of 3.50 or higher) who have substantial managerial experience will also be considered. Consult the DBA Program Director for further information.
  4. For those students required to prove proficiency in English, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based test), or 105 (Internet-based test), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS, academic version) score of 7.5, or a Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) score of 86, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 75. This requirement can also be met by completing Tier III of the International Foundations Program with a minimum grade of "A" on Academic Writing & Grammar III, "A" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency III, and "A" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency III.
  5. Current CV.
  6. Three reference letters from professionals or academics who are knowledgeable about the applicant's career. References from personal friends or relatives will not be accepted.
  7. A personal statement outlining objectives, intent and commitment to a research program (2 pages).
  8. Availability of a research-active supervisor and resources for the area in which the student wishes to study.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $31,836.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $4,878.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,226.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated August 29, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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