DBA Admission Process

Become a Scholar-Practitioner at Texas’ Only AACSB-accredited DBA Program

The ideal DBA candidate will possess significant and substantive managerial experience and a master's degree from a recognized, regionally-accredited institution. Applicants should have at least 12 years of management experience, with at least seven years at the senior management or executive level.

Applicants should hold an MBA or other relevant, business-focused master’s degree. Exceptional applicants with a bachelor’s degree, and substantial managerial experience, will also be considered. Applicants must demonstrate strong written and verbal communications skills.

Application Steps

Step 1: Apply

Submit online application with the following:

  1. $100 application fee
  2. Current resume or C.V.
  3. Letters of recommendation from two professionals in academia or industry, with an original signature.

**Note for international applicants (visa holders): NOT OPEN TO F-1 VISA HOLDERS. All international students will need to submit a valid English-proficiency score of 105+ on the TOEFL exam if they have not earned a degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution.

Step 2: Interview

Students that meet our minimum admissions requirements will be contacted for an interview based on meeting criteria that includes:

  • Relevant managerial experience, including senior positions and demonstrated leadership skills
  • Capacity for thinking critically and for conducting applied scholarship
  • Compatibility of professional goals with the program’s objectives
  • Motivation for pursuing a DBA degree and time-commitment balance

Step 3: Preview Day

Students who have met both our admissions requirements and interview selection criteria will advance to the next round in the admissions process. These applicants will be required to attend an on-campus DBA Preview Day and personal interview at the Gupta College of Business in Irving, Texas.

2019 Cohort Preview Day: January 19, 2019

Step 4: Selection

Applications selected for admission will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business faculty.

Selected applicants for the 2018 Cohort will be notified by February 3, 2018.
Selected applicants for the 2019 Cohort will be notified by February 4, 2019.

Important Deadlines | DBA 2019 Cohort

Priority Application Deadline

192Days left
8/17/2018 

Standard Application Deadline

192Days left
10/12/2018 

Interview Invitations Issued

192Days left
10/29/2018