Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree to launch in Fall 2023

The University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business is expanding educational opportunities for full-time business executives and managers to advance and enrich their careers.

Beginning Fall 2023, the college will offer the university’s first Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree—a terminal degree targeted toward working professionals that are passionate about business leadership and success.

Distinct from a PhD in Business, a DBA degree focuses on business practice and industry problems as opposed to pure theory. It provides the opportunity for an advanced professional to earn a credential that opens a door to teaching, consulting, or enhanced leadership skills while continuing their career. Professionals pursuing the degree will work towards solving a myriad of complex industry-relevant issues as a part of this program.

“We are excited to join the ranks of a select number of universities that offer this type of highly experiential and prestigious degree,” explained Audhesh Paswan, associate dean for academic affairs. “Immersing candidates in sound theory and industry-focused research problems will enable them to stand out in their field. The DBA degree will serve as a pipeline for business professionals to become future thought leaders in industry, as well as in academia.”

This 48 credit-hour program (which can be completed in three years) will be delivered in a blended format, with all face-to-face classes offered on weekends so candidates can earn their degree while simultaneously continuing to excel in their workplace.

“The DBA degree at UNT is designed for the industry professional who would like to become an expert in their domain,” said Paswan. “It will give business professionals a pathway to advance not only their career, but also the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in other areas such as strategic thinking, consulting and/or academia.”

The program will be hosted at UNT’s newest state-of-the-art facility in Frisco, Texas—perfectly situated to allow academia and industry to connect on new levels. Surrounded by dozens of corporate headquarters within the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area, it will build upon UNT’s already strong and influential corporate partnerships for added value and opportunities.