Frequently Asked Questions

​​What level of education do I need in order to be considered?

We require students to have an MBA or master’s degree in a related field. Prospective students can find the program’s full list of admissions requirements here.

Do you accept applications from non-U.S. citizens?

Yes. The Doctorate in Business Administration program accepts applications from international prospective students. You can find out more about international admissions by clicking here.

 
What is the deadline for applying?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Initial admission decisions are made starting September. Students are encouraged to apply early, as the size of the cohorts are limited. Students who are not accepted for a given year, can reapply for future cohorts.

What factors are considered for admission to the program?

We are looking for determined, motivated individuals with 5 or more years of professional experience, and an MBA or master’s in a relevant program. Our DBA students have a desire to learn. The ideal candidate will seek to build on their business knowledge and understanding of high-level research to meet the complex challenges facing companies in today’s dynamic business environment.

Recommendations for admission to the program will be made based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete the program. Candidates will be admitted according to their perceived ability, promise of success and suitability to the program.

Is an interview required?

If closer consideration is necessary, the Program Director and admission committee may contact the applicant to request an in-person or skype interview (depending on geographic location of the applicant).

Are the GMAT or GRE required?

Applicants are not required to take the GMAT or GRE, as an MBA or master’s degree in a related field are part of the requirements for admission.

What will I need in order to apply?

See all of the admissions requirements for the DBA program by clicking here.

Is financial aid available for the DBA program?

The UNC Charlotte Office of Financial Aid can determine a student’s eligibility for different types of loans, grants or other aid programs. In order to apply for federal or state financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Are there concentrations within the DBA program?

There are four areas of focus built into our Doctorate in Business Administration including: marketing, management, operations management and information systems.

How much does it cost to apply?

An application to any doctoral program at UNC Charlotte requires a $75 application fee.

How much does the program cost?

Because the University of North Carolina Charlotte is a state-funded research university, we are able to offer in-state tuition, which will be approximately $84,000 for the DBA program. For out of state students, tuition will be approximately $120,000.

The cost includes books, class materials, breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the required residencies. Students are responsible for travel to and from the on-campus residences and lodging (if necessary).

What level of experience do I need in order to be considered?

We require candidates to have 5+ years of professional experience. Prospective students can find the program’s full list of admission requirements here.

What is an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration?

The Doctor of Business Administration program is a professional degree taught in an executive format. This allows you to work full-time, and to obtain a degree more quickly than a Ph.D. program.

Few options for business executive education beyond the master’s degree level currently exists. This is particularly true for professionals who choose to pursue advanced education while still fully employed. The explosion of data, complex technology, and increasing complexities of operating in a rapidly changing global environment requires abilities that exceed the MBA or executive MBA level.

With the educational background provided by the program, graduates are qualified to lead organizations as senior executives and change agents, acquire faculty positions in academic institutions and launch successful careers in management consulting.

Can I complete the program at my own pace?

The program is a cohort-based model designed to completed within three years.  

Is housing provided?

No, but our Center City campus is within walking distance of many hotels in the heart of Charlotte. You can find a list of nearby lodging here.

Do I need to travel to Charlotte to participate?

Yes. During the three-year program, courses will be delivered through a series of five weekend residencies per semester. 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 assignments and projects requiring collaboration.

Are parts of the DBA program conducted exclusively online?

No. Our program is designed to create a rich learning environment, which is developed in the classroom. While you are studying independently, the once-a-month residencies in Charlotte are necessary to allow for your cohort to exchange ideas and experiences through face-to-face meetings with our engaging and experienced faculty in the Belk College of Business.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is a cohort-based model designed to completed within three years.  In special cases, students can take up to a maximum of 8 years from the time they are admitted to complete the program.

When do DBA classes meet?

As a cohort program, students in the DBA take courses together over five, three-day weekends per semester, totalling 10 weekends per year. You can find tentative weekend residency dates here.

Is the Belk College of Business accredited?

Yes, the Belk College of Business is accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard for business education. In fact, the Belk College of Business was the first AACSB accredited school in the Charlotte region, and has held our accreditation for more than 30 years.

What makes the DBA at UNC Charlotte different than other programs?

The UNC Charlotte DBA is the only program of it’s kind in the Carolinas, supported by the region’s only urban research business school. The Belk College of Business is a vital intellectual resource to the Charlotte business community, with deep-rooted partnerships throughout the 2nd largest financial city in America.

Will I be a doctor when I complete my degree?

Yes, as a terminal degree program, you will receive a doctorate upon completing the program. Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Business Administration.

How is a DBA different from a PhD?

The DBA and PhD, while both doctoral degrees, are different in structure and purpose. Click here to learn more.

 
Who should consider a DBA degree?

The Executive DBA is designed for working professionals interested in taking their knowledge to the next level. Individuals who are attracted to the executive DBA often seek to deepen their overall business knowledge and understanding of high-level research skills in order to better address the complex challenges facing them in today’s dynamic business environment. Many pursue the executive DBA as a means of transitioning into a career in higher education or to enhance their experience for a career in consulting.