Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctor of Business Administration at Louisiana Tech University is a full-time, in-residence program of study. The program prepares graduates for careers in colleges and schools of business that emphasize outstanding teaching and research relevant to private and public organizations. 

Areas of study include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, and Management. Not all concentrations are available to applicants at all times. Each cohort consist of 3-4 students in an attempt to build camaraderie in the cohort and allow students to support each other through the doctoral education process. Currently, the DBA program is not accepting students in finance or accounting concentrations.

Program Objectives

Our DBA program is designed to meet four learning goals. We graduate students to possess:

  1. The necessary skills to become effective teachers.
  2. The necessary communication skills to be successful in academic positions.
  3. The tools necessary to be proficient in conceptualizing and conducting original research.
  4. The comprehensive knowledge of leading edge theory and methods used in their chosen field. 

Admission Procedures

  1. Contact the College of Business to determine if your area of interest is accepting students in this particular year. Some programs accept students biannually.
  2. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A minimum GMAT score of 550 is required for admission to the program. Request that your test score be sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, College of Business (code 6372), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272. 
  3. Complete a Graduate School application online and pay application fee. Along with your application, you will be asked to provide three references and their contact information.
  4. Request official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities be sent to the Graduate School.
  5. After your application is completed, you may be invited to participate in an interview with selected doctoral faculty. The admission decision will be made by the DBA Admissions Committee after this interview. All of an applicant’s credentials will be used in making this decision.

International Students

Please review the information found on the Graduate School’s International Student page for requirements in addition to those listed above.


Please contact the Graduate School for current application deadlines. 

Program of Study Requirements

DBA Concentrations

Incoming students will work with the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and their departmental doctoral faculty to develop a personalized plan of study in one of five areas of concentration:

  1. Major concentrations (minimum of 18 hours) include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, and Management. Not all concentrations are available to applicants at all times. DBA concentrations are only offered where faculty resources and research activities are sufficient to serve DBA students adequately. Contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for available concentrations each academic year. Currently, the DBA program is not accepting students in finance or accounting concentrations.
  2. Twenty-four hours of business core course work to acquaint the student with the functional areas of business. These courses can be waived if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent graduate level course work at an AACSB-accredited school of business.
  3. Two elective areas of at least nine hours each, one of which must be Quantitative Analysis (statistics). These supporting areas offer students considerable latitude in identifying a course of study that can be tailored to the individual’s interests and goals. Electives are available in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Management. Other electives are available, with prior approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.
  4. Three hours of BUSN 600, which is taught only in the fall quarter. This course offers students an overview of current topics in teaching.
  5. Dissertation (minimum 15 hours of BUSN 651).

The program of study requirements listed above are independent of each other, meaning that courses taken to satisfy one requirement may not be used to satisfy any other requirement. Any previous graduate work taken prior to admission to the Louisiana Tech DBA program may be used to satisfy these requirements if approved by the student’s program committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.

For more information on the DBA curriculum, click the link below.

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Residency Requirement

The DBA program also requires its students to complete a residency. To satisfy the residency requirement, a student must complete at least three consecutive quarters and a minimum of 24 semester credit hours (exclusive of research and dissertation credit) beyond the master’s degree or its equivalent on the Louisiana Tech campus.

Grade Requirement

To receive a graduate degree, a student must have an average of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 on all work pursued for graduate credit at Louisiana Tech.


For more information on the program and admissions requirements, contact:

Dr. Selwyn Ellis
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
(318) 257-2026

College of Business Graduate Programs Office 
(318) 257-4529

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Mailing Address:
College of Business
503 W. Texas Ave.
P.O. Box 10318
Ruston, LA 71272

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