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College of Doctoral Studies

Online doctorate degrees in business

Take your business career to the leadership level

Maximize your business knowledge and help give your career a competitive edge with a doctorate degree in business. In this degree program, you’ll hone your leadership skills and develop a strategic vision for positioning an organization for growth. You’ll also gain the insights to solve organizational problems and innovate across industries with creative solutions.

Designed for busy adults. All our courses are 100% online and only eight (8) weeks long, including two symposiums. That means you’ll have the flexibility to start school any time of the year and when it fits your busy schedule. It’s a convenient way for busy, working adults like you to build business skills while preparing for leadership opportunities.

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Doctoral degree program length

The doctoral degree program length can vary by program expectations. Course extensions, research proposals, and research and dissertation can all impact the duration and cost of doctoral studies. That's why our doctoral support team is here to guide you every step of the way. Review your selected program for details.

If you have questions, speak to our dedicated doctoral enrollment representative.

Topics covered by core courses in our doctorate business degrees


  • Strategic management and analysis
  • Leadership theories and principles
  • Change management and business information 
  • Problem-solving in business


  • Management, organizational development and leadership
  • Emerging issues in management and leadership
  • Developing sustainable systemsm sturctures and processes
  • Research and scholarship in management

Outlook for workers with a doctorate degree in business

BLS CATEGORY: Management


Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2022 and 2032.


  • General Manager (GM)
  • Operations Director
  • Executive Director

BLS CATEGORY: Management


Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2022 and 2032.


  • Management Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant

Master’s business degree course requirements

Doctor of Business Administration

You’ll take 18 core courses with program-specific curriculum to help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed. These core courses include topics such as Strategic Management, Marketing, Financial Management and Organizational theory and development to ensure organizations remain sustainable in a competitive environment.

Doctor of Management

You’ll take 12 core courses and 6 management and leadership electives with program-specific curriculum to help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed. The core courses cover foundational leadership competencies, while the electives help you build skills in a specialized area of organizational leadership and decision-making.

Start with one of these certificates. Then apply credits toward your degree program.

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

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Compare tuition costs and see how affordable a degree can be

Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From grants and scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid for those who qualify, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition. 

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Financial Aid

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Military or Veteran Benefits

Transfer credits

Your prior eligible credits can cover a portion of your doctoral degree to help you graduate quicker.

Transfer credits


Starting with your first course, every new qualifying student will be awarded one of our scholarships.


Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Student experience

Michael P.

“University of Phoenix provided the flexibility and strong curriculum that would change my life . My Doctorate has offered me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience. I encourage people to finish their degrees, work hard, and to remember it is not a race, but a journey.”

Michael P. 
DM, 2014


Steve F.

“Continuing my education through University of Phoenix was a natural complement to conversations of leadership development. Getting my doctorate in Organizational Leadership enabled me to understand the need for a new paradigm in these conversations, which I could now offer knowledge with my learning and practical applications.”

Steve F. 
DM, 2009


Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Use Robust Student Resources

Use Robust Student Resources

Learn Online

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How to apply for your doctorate degree in business

Once you’ve selected your doctorate degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you'll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee — no obligation!
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
Apply for your master's degree online

Meet your college deans

Our college deans focus on developing a career-relevant curriculum. They bring industry experience to the classroom and lead a faculty of academic professionals with one goal in mind—to help you earn the skills you need to pursue your career.

Hinrich Eylers, Vice Provost

Hinrich Eylers, PhD

Vice Provost of Doctoral Studies and Academic Operations

Herman Van Niekerk, Associate Dean

Herman van Niekerk, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Programmatic accreditation

Our Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Management degrees have been reaffirmed for accreditation until 2027 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ensuring the quality of your education.

What does that mean in real life? ACBSP-accredited business programs are committed to quality standards. The quality of the program is regularly benchmarked against specific criteria that prepare students for the business industry. Accreditation occurs on a 10-year cycle with regular quality reviews.

A C B S P accredited

Doctorate business degree FAQs

The approximate program length for a doctorate degree in business is 42 months, but it depends on a few factors including whether you take breaks during your program.


Having a doctorate degree in business has become an increasingly important way to gain the knowledge and critical skills today's workers need to stay competitive in business. Doctorate degree employment rates are projected to grow by 9.1%, on average, between 2021 and 2031.* So if you’re looking to build knowledge and career-relevant skills, an online doctorate degree in business could help.

*The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Yes, all our courses are available 100% online, including the symposiums. Where most colleges expect you to take several courses at once, here you’ll take one course at a time over 8 weeks in an innovative, virtual, asynchronous learning environment. You and your peers will engage in discussions, assignments and learning activities. Plus, you’ll learn curriculum from faculty who bring their own real-world experience and practice the same knowledge and skills they teach, all while learning the industry-relevant skills necessary to promote your career growth. What’s more? Throughout the course of your learning experience, our academic counselors and finance advisors are always there to support and guide your decisions from your first day to your last.

Yes, you can transfer eligible credits if the college you attended is an accredited institution.

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