What is the Executive DBA?

The Executive DBA is a three-year, part-time doctoral program that prepares senior managers and executives to rigorously discover, describe, study, and solve the practical problems they face every day in their careers. The program gives participants the skills they need to break down complex issues and discover new knowledge through analytical reasoning and inquiry.


Who should consider the Executive DBA?

The Executive DBA is designed for working professionals in senior leadership positions in their organizations. Candidates should have at least 12 years of management experience, 7 of which should be at the senior management or executive level.


What level of previous education should I have?

Candidates should hold an MBA or relevant business-focused Master’s degree. Exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree but with substantial managerial experience will also be considered.


How much does the program cost?

The three year cost of the program, which includes tuition, lodging,  and most meals is $124,200 for the Fall 2017 cohort. In addition, students are responsible for travel to and from the required on-campus residences as well as additional University fees. University fees are based on a variety of factors; for more information on the breakdown please visit: Bursar’s Website.

Year Cost
Year One $48,300
Year Two $48,300
Year Three $27,600
Total $124,200

How much does it cost to apply?

The application fee is $100. The fee is non-refundable


What do I need to include in my application?

You should include academic transcripts, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, admission essays and the $100 application fee. You may also submit GMAT or GRE test scores.


Is the GMAT or GRE required?

No, GMAT and/or GRE scores are not a required part of the Executive DBA application, but test scores can be sent at your own discretion.


Do I need to travel to Philadelphia to participate?

Yes. During the first two years, the program will be delivered through a series of six on-campus residencies per academic year that will take place over three day weekends. During these weekend residencies (Friday through Sunday), there will be face-to-face classroom instruction, seminars and networking events. In-between residencies there will be online class sessions and collaboration.


How long is the program?

The Executive DBA program is a three year, part-time program.


Can I complete the program at my own pace?

No. This is a three-year cohorted program.


Is the Fox School AACSB-accredited?

Yes, the Fox School is accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.


Do you accept applications from non-US citizens?

Yes, there are currently multiple non-US citizens enrolled in the program.


What degree will I be awarded?

Upon completion of the degree requirements you will be awarded a Doctor of Business Administration.