Doctor of Business Administration / Financial Management
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Business and Administration (DBA) program is designed for current and potential business leaders and senior managers, in the private and public sectors to enhance their knowledge and competencies appropriate to a leadership role in business and administration. This program is a research-based degree, but unlike the PhD, the DBA is focused on a business management issue or problems. The outcome of the research is designed to provide valuable insights to an organization, in addition to contributing to the knowledge of the field of business management.

This doctoral degree concentrates on developing advanced skills needed to work with educational and financial organizations. The student will acquire skills from a broad collection of finance topics and research methods that fit both within for-profit and not-for-profit environments. The finance skills include financial statement analysis, understanding advanced business financial decision models, understanding investment selection techniques, and understanding how financial institutions generate earnings and manage risks. The methodologies studied will come from both quantitative and qualitative areas. The student who successfully completes the degree is in a position to work in an educational environment as an instructor/professor or take a variety of research or practitioner oriented positions in industry. Positions could include Economist, Financial Research Specialist, Statistician, Financial Analyst, Budget Analyst, Loan Officer, Financial Manager, Financial Planner, and Investment Banker.


Must have a conferred master's degree from an accredited academic institution. In addition, there are two options for entry:

  • Direct entry: Master’s program must be in a generalized business area such as business management or business administration OR a specialized business area (e.g., Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management) AND an undergraduate degree in business
  • Evaluation track: Individuals not meeting the direct entry requirements must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if previous coursework meets some or all of the Standard Curriculum requirements.

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).