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. 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 Requirements

A completed application to the DBA program includes:

  1. Application for Admission (plus non-refundable application fee)
  2. Official copies of transcripts from all universities attended.
  3. Official copy of GMAT score (550 minimum; can be no more than five years old; school code: 6372)
  4. A current resume
  5. Three reference letters that address potential for success in doctoral study, mailed to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Business, Louisiana Tech University, P. O. Box 10318, Ruston, LA 71272.
  6. A statement of purpose
  7. Graduate assistantship application (if interested)

International Students

In addition to the above, international students should also submit:

  1. Official degree-posted academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Certified translations in English must accompany all documents.
  2. Official academic diplomas
  3. Completed Affidavit of Support (I-134) and a certified financial statement (not more than two months old). International students are required to submit proof of available yearly funds to cover each year of study at the University
  4. Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL scores of 550 (paper) or 80 (online) not more than two years old. (Overall IELTS score of 6.5)

All official transcripts, test scores, and admission application forms must be received in the Admissions Office at least four weeks before registration for the student’s chosen session. International students must present all official transcripts, GMAT score, TOEFL score, financial statement, and admission application form two months in advance of registration.


Applicants should have all of their materials submitted by February 1 to be admitted for the following fall. Applicants are only admitted in the fall quarter.

At the discretion of the committee, an applicant may be invited to visit campus for an oral interview prior to the committee’s final decision.  These visits normally take place during the early part of the calendar year in which a new cohort will be admitted. The marketing department admits a new cohort every two years on even calendar years (2016, 2018, etc.). While possible, it is rare that a student is admitted during an odd numbered year. Each cohort consist of 3-4 students in an attempt to build camaraderie in the cohort and allow students in the cohort to support each other through the doctoral education process.

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. Douglas Amyx
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
(318) 257-4528