DBA Admissions Process

Application

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020.

The RBS DBA is a unique two-year doctoral degree program with classes held mostly on weekends to accommodate the schedules of executives, professionals, and academics seeking a terminal degree. After a review of the application materials required to be filed, qualified applicants will also be interviewed by the Director of the DBA program, and possibly by other faculty members as well.

Admission to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program will be highly selective. A Master's degree, preferably an MBA or EMBA, with 10+ years of academic, business or technical experience, working in senior executive or technical positions will be preferred.

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and with strong substantial experience in business-related areas at senior levels will also be considered. Candidates will have to demonstrate interest and talent for research. International applicants who have not had English as their primary language of instruction must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

The anticipated timeline for completion of the program is as follows:

Year 1  
Fall and Spring Semester Completion of coursework for the program
Early Summer Comprehensive examination (after which a candidate is deemed to be at the ABD (All-But-Dissertation) stage
Late Summer/Early Fall Defense of a doctoral dissertation proposal

 

Year 2  
Fall Semester Work on the dissertation
Spring Semester Formal defense of doctoral dissertation
Month of May Expected graduation and award of DBA degree to successful candidates

Students who are unable to keep to this schedule can continue in the program for up to four years. Candidates for the degree in the third and fourth years will have to register and pay the annual DBA program and tuition fees for those years.

Tuition

Subject to final approval by the Rutgers University, it is expected that the all-inclusive fees for the DBA program to be approximately USD 100,000 if completed on schedule in 2 years. Students continuing beyond 2 years, and are in the dissertation stage, will have to pay the annual DBA program and tuition fees for those years to continue to be registered in the program. The maximum allowed period for completion is 4 years. After that students have to re-apply to be re-admitted to the DBA program.

Application Checklist

In addition to the application form the following items are needed for applicants:

Application fee (non-refundable) of $70

This can be paid online via a credit card in the online application.

Transcripts

To expedite the review process, applicants should upload unofficial transcripts to the online application. Upon being accepted and committing to the program, applicants must mail in an official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score if your native language is not English. This is not required of students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S. or other English speaking countries (Canada, England, etc...); or have been working in the U.S. for at least three years.

TOEFL code: Institution Code B355

IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below). Please upload a copy of your IELTS test report in the application if possible.

You must provide two letters of reference

Letters of reference can be submitted through the online application.

Submit your current resume

This can be done through the online application.

Personal Statement

You must submit a personal statement in less than 900 words as to why you wish to enroll in the Rutgers Business School DBA Program and provide reasons as to how this would lead to achieving your personal goals and objectives. The personal statement should describe your qualifications, identify special interest areas of study, and describe how you are qualified to pursue pure or applied research in the area of your choice.

You are encouraged to identify a precise research question that you plan to investigate during the course of the DBA. This statement will be carefully read and evaluated by professors in the appropriate field and by the DBA admissions office. The personal statement should be submitted along with your online application.

Questions?

For questions about the program, please contact the DBA Office at 973-353-1002 or dba@business.rutgers.edu.

You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.