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Doctor of Business Administration - Self-Designed

Walden University's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program with a Self-Designed specialization offers studies in business essentials as well as the option to customize curriculum with courses chosen from several business specializations. Read more about this online doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Business Administration with a specialization in Self-Designed

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those interested in earning this doctorate should have current experience in a business environment, hold a master's degree in a business-related field and have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Organizational leadership practices, business strategy development, and business research methodologies are among the main focuses of Walden University's online Doctor of Business Administration with a specialization in Self-Designed program. Students have the opportunity to expand their skills in areas of critical thinking and analysis while studying leadership styles and theories, business implementation practices, and organizational strategies. The Self-Designed specialization allows students to choose seminar courses from other DBA specializations, such as those in accounting, finance, leadership, marketing, IT management, and healthcare management. Two face-to-face residencies and a doctoral study process in which students work with a mentor and complete a portfolio are also part of the curriculum.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

49 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Business Administration with a specialization in Self-Designed:

In addition to a minimum 19 credits in a doctoral study process, students of this DBA program must complete a total of nine credits in foundation and core coursework, 12 credits in research courses, and nine credits in the specialization.

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Courses (3 credits)

  • Business Essentials
  • Contemporary Challenges in Business

Core and Business Strategy Courses (6 credits)

  • Organizational Leadership: Doctoral Theory and Practice
  • Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage

Research Method Courses (12 credits)

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology for Applied Business Research
  • Qualitative and Case Study Methodology for Business Analysis Research
  • Quantitative Business Data Analysis Using SPSS

Specialization Courses: Self-Designed (9 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Three seminars from any DBA specialization
    • Apply Transfer of Credit from prior doctorate-level management or business courses

Doctoral Study (19 credits)

  • Doctoral Mentoring
  • Doctoral Study Writing Courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After successful completion of the Self-Designed Doctor of Business Administration program at Walden University, graduates could apply their studies of business analysis and research to directorial or consulting positions in large or small businesses or consulting firms. They might also pursue careers in postsecondary academics or their own business venture.

Careers that graduates could consider include:

  • Business analyst
  • Logistician
  • Management consultant
  • Professor of business
  • Human resources director

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