Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Notice to Prospective School of Business DBA Degree Program Students

Please note that this program is only available to members of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).  If you are not a member you can become a member at the application stage.

Note also that no program at Calwest is designed to lead to positions in a profession, occupation, trade, or career field requiring licensure in the State of California; and students are advised not rely on a Calwest degree to obtain such qualifications or credentials.

Program Admission Requirements: 

Admission to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is very competitive. Prospective candidates who wish to be evaluated for doctoral studies in Business Philosophy (i.e. the DBA program) must: be above the age of 22 and hold both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in any discipline from an accredited university (or from a government approved institution, if outside the United States); have a minimum of two years work experience; and meet the university’s English Proficiency Requirements. Upon application for enrollment, a prospective student must provide notarized copies of their degree certificates; a short resume; and a certified photo identification, for admission to the program. They must also submit a 3-4 page Essay titled, “My Objectives in Undertaking Doctoral Research”, to be evaluated if they have the skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education research environment.

English Proficiency Requirements: Applicants without appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment must obtain the following minimum scores:  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 530; the TOEFL-Internet Based Test (IBT) - 71; the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)- 6.5; the Pearson Test of English (PTE) -  50; Exams of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - B2; and ACT Compass - Level 3.

Program Objective: The main purpose of Calwest University is to provide affordable high-quality American degrees to students living in all parts of the world who deserve a quality education, but were, until recently, unable to obtain such due to both costs and the tyranny of distance. The program objective of the Doctor of Business Administration degree program is to provide business professionals an opportunity for career related research at a doctoral level, Action research is undertaken to provide an industry responsive program for senior managers. Students research a specific area of study and write a research thesis.

Program Description: Students must complete the courses listed below via Tubeclasses which includes a comprehensive Applied Research Thesis to complete their DBA degree. For the Research Thesis, an individual supervisor will be appointed to each student by Calwest University. The course consists of 60 credit hours.

Degree Awarded: Doctor of Business Administration [DBA]

Program Courses:

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Core Building Blocks
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA807Business Statistics3
DBA808Strategic Management3
DBA809International Business3
DBA810Corporate Finance3
DBA811Competitive Analysis3
DBA812Operations Management3
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0)33

Core Research to be Undertaken
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit HoursGrade
DBA801Research Methods (2 Courses Equivalent)6
DBA813Research Proposal3
DBA814Research Thesis (6 Courses Equivalent)18
Total Credit Hours (Completed 0)27

*Courses that meet minimum standards to be counted as general education credit

Credit Hours Completed:0

Credit Hours Remaining:60

This program consists of a total of 60 Credit Hours


What Will Happen when you click the “Apply Now” button?

You will first be directed to an Application page where you will fill in your enrolment details.

After your enrolment details are completed, you will be asked to confirm your details via an Enrollment Agreement; and will then be directed to a secure Bank of America site for you to pay the Registration fee of $ 200.

The fee for undertaking the assessment via Tubeclasses is $ 800 per course which will need to be paid when you are ready to undertake the course.

The fees for Research courses are $ 1,000 per course.

After looking at the individual course syllabuses you may wish to apply for Recognized Prior Learning (RPL) credit if appropriate. The fee for RPL credit is $ 200 per course to be paid when you apply for RPL credit.