Westcliff University

Westcliff University

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


16715 Von Karman Ave.


Irvine, CA 92606

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed for candidates who, having already completed a Masters program, are looking to further develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of the principles that govern global business. The WU DBA program emphasizes advanced decision making and leadership skills as well as in-depth knowledge of theory and applied research. Students have the opportunity to explore challenges facing business today, including corporate social responsibility, globalization, and managing change. In keeping with our commitment to working adult professionals, we have one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that allows students to complete their doctoral studies in a hybrid or online format. The performance outcomes which are required for the completion of the program include: class participation, response to discussion questions, writing research papers, group assignments, case study analyses, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations (Comprehensive Learning Assessments), and a Doctoral Final Project/ Dissertation.


DBA Program Objectives:

Westcliff University wants to produce capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment. The master’s degree in business administration requires both academic and personal growth of its students, contributing their success as classroom teachers.  The program’s educational objectives are to:

  •     Assess and interpret the foundational material for communications in a manner that supports the accuracy of the messages (Communication)
  •     Critique how a broader understanding of cultural differences results in personal competencies that positively impact business strategies (Diversity)
  •     Formulate how transformational leadership can improve the implementation of business objectives no matter the location of the business (Team)
  •     Evaluate how the relationship between vision and tactics can result in meaningful and successful strategies in a complex business environment (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)
  •     Judge and measure how the internal and external criteria for an organization may be used to maximize both efficiency and effectiveness of a business operation (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)
  •     Justify the ethical choices related to societal issues, so as to optimize organization effectiveness in a global setting (Ethics)
  •     Evaluate the essence of business knowledge in existing literature to produce new, meaningful ideas that have practical application (Research)


WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 60 credits (3 years)

Classification: Unknown

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