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DBA in Finance

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance prepares you to conduct applied research in specific business disciplines, allowing you to pursue an advanced career in corporations, banks, government agencies, and research-oriented consulting positions.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program offers you a collaborative atmosphere centered on industry-relevant applied research. This advanced graduate program crosses traditional boundaries and provides you the opportunity, under the guidance of Washington University faculty, for structured course work along with focused, independent scholarly reading and research on important issues relating to business.

The Olin DBA is a 72-credit-hour doctoral degree designed for individuals with a serious interest in research who wish to pursue graduate study either on a part-time or full-time basis. A Doctor in Business Administration is an advanced graduate degree that differs from a traditional PhD and extends beyond the fundamental foundation of a master’s degree to develop the necessary skills to conduct applied research. The DBA differs from a master’s degree and a PhD in a number of ways, including the scope of study, the approach to research and essentially the definitive outcome.

The Olin DBA is a practitioner’s doctoral degree designed to meet the needs of the researching professional, rather than the professional researcher. While a PhD is intended for those who wish to pursue research careers in academia, the DBA is extended graduate study beyond a master’s degree for those who wish to pursue careers in corporations, consulting firms, or government agencies that can benefit from advanced research skills in analyzing business problems. The research capabilities developed in the DBA program are of a more applied nature, with more immediate real-world applicability than typical research pursued in the PhD program. Unlike the PhD program, the DBA program is aimed at those who are working in industry and may continue to work during their enrollment in the DBA program.

To apply for the DBA in Finance, you must first create a user account, and choose “PhD in Business as your Program of Interest. Then, log in and choose “PhD in Business” as your Program and “DBA in Finance” as your Program Option. If you have questions, please contact dbainfo@olin.wustl.edu.

Anjan Thakor

A Message from the Director

In today’s unpredictable business environment, the ability to conduct and interpret applied research is crucial for corporations to address problems and spur growth. Olin’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance was created for individuals who want to pursue a career at the highest levels of research, create new knowledge and impact the direction of an organization.

Anjan Thakor, Director of Doctoral Programs and John E. Simon Professor of Finance