Doctor of Business Administration
The information on this page applies to both the Tampa-Based regular program and the online program
Program fees are $15,000 per semester for three years, which corresponds to $1,250 per graduate credit for this 72-credit-hour program. A separate, one-time event fee of $2,500 will be charged for the DBA introductory workshop. The DBA workshop will be held each January (only for the incoming DBA cohort). New students will be provided with technology and training required for the program. The remaining balance will be pro-rated and paid in installments due at the start of each semester.
The USF Graduate School application fee is $30.
- Texts and supplies
- Course materials
- Software requirements
- Access to a large number of periodicals via the USF online library
- Continental breakfasts
- Special events and receptions
- Student IDs and parking passes
- An allowance of $6,000 for approved travel and research expenses incurred by students over the course of the program.
Choosing Between Programs
The DBA program provides a means through which working executives can acquire a terminal degree in business. It is considered a concentration of the PhD in Business Administration and, like the PhD, it focuses on research and shares the same core courses. The DBA nevertheless occupies as very different niche from the PhD, as illustrated by the table that follows:
|PhD in Business Administration
|Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
|Typical age of participants
|Mid- to Late-20s, some in 30s, also can be in 40s (particularly self-funded ones)
|Late 30s through early 60s
|Hybrid or Online (separate cohorts)
|GRE/GMAT, TOEFL for foreign students, GPA, recommendation letters, statement of
goals and objectives, CV, application form, Interview
|12 years work experience, at the least 5 at a senior management or technical level,
committee interview, application form
|Relatively low, large percentage of individuals meeting criteria are admitted.
|Admitted each year
|1-3 per concentration, depending upon availability of funding
|Ranges from 10 (online cohort) to as many as 30 (face-to-face cohort)
|Percent international students
|more than 60% typically
|~10% overall; higher for online cohort
|Support from college, university, and State of Florida
|Entirely through tuition (market rate program). No state support.
|Typically through stipends provided by the University, research grants, and tuition
waivers; students on funding are expected not to work for external organizations
|Self-funded; students are expected to continue working throughout the program. Some
organizations provide tuition support or educational benefits
|Disciplinary concentration, according to school offering program. However, students
often engage in interdisciplinary research.
|Largely individualized outside of core program requirements
|All students take same courses as a cohort
|Total Credits Required
|Transfer credits available
|Yes, from other AACSB accredited programs for a few courses and credits subject to
review and approval
|Typical amount of required coursework
|69 credits of coursework and 21 credits of dissertation
|Standard, two or three papers based on thesis committee’s discretion
|Standard, 3-paper, practice-focused book, project and white paper, portfolio
|Theory and applied research methods, writing for top scholarly publications, teaching
experience, awareness of academic culture, research methods and skills can be applied
in any setting including organizations
|Learn research methods that can be applied to organizations
|Desired program outcomes
|Placement of graduates in a tenure earning position at top-tier research universities,
and produce thought leaders
|One or more of any of the following: Applying research to practice, transition to
thought leadership role, self-actualization, transition to or advancement in academia
(normally on instructor track at research university)
|Tuition cost per credit hour
|FL Resident - $467.34 x 90 credits
Non-Resident - $913.08 x 90 credits
|$1250 x 72 credits
|Total program tuition cost*
|FL Resident - $42,060.60***
Non-Resident - $82,177.20***
- *Total program cost estimates do not include application fees, late fees, registration fees, educational resources (e.g., textbooks, etc.) or the one-time new graduate student fee.
- **Note: tuition includes all fees, books, parking, meals, etc. plus $8000 allowance for conferences and research expenses are included and cannot be separated out]
- ***Note: Not all students will be required to take 90 credits; some students may transfer credits.
Please note: The DBA is a market-rate program. With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses.
For additional information, visit: USF Tuition Waiver
Note: Some fees may vary per campus location.
For additional financial aid info, visit: https://www.usf.edu/financial-aid
Students are encouraged to explore tuition assistance programs through their employer prior to applying for federal tuition assistance. Providing educational benefits and reimbursements to employees is one way organizations are helping support the continuing education of their employees.
For those whose company does not offer financial assistance, another option is to apply for a federal education loan through USF's Financial Aid website.
Graduate students are eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. More information about these loans can be found here.
Post 9-11 GI Bill for Veterans
USF Ranked #4 in the Nation for Best Colleges for Veterans
The Post 9-11 GI Bill covers a large amount of the tuition and program fees for the DBA program. The USF Veterans Service office serves veterans, active duty service personnel and members of the Selected Reserve, as well as the dependents of veterans who are eligible for benefits. This office can also offer guidance regarding educational benefits eligibility and assistance with forms and forwarding of documentation to the VA. Find out more information on its website.