Doctor of Business Administration / Industrial-Organizational Psychology
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.

Northcentral University’s Doctor of Business Administration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program provides HR, sales, and business managers with the opportunity to explore common ways individuals and groups conduct themselves in professional settings.

The DBA students have the chance to learn how to assess behaviors in order to effectively manage people and generate positive workplace results. In addition, the curriculum is designed to examine personnel administration topics, including workforce laws and regulations, union contracting, employee relations, and diversity management. 

This specialization explores the practical application of industrial and organizational psychology to the understanding of people in the world of work. In this interdisciplinary specialization, students in the DBA program also complete courses in the School of Psychology in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations.
DBA students conduct basic and applied research related to the applications of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management.
Prior to program completion, participants will have the chance to complete a final major project in which they can analyze a realistic business problem and propose a plausible action plan.


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).