Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

Top-level executives and leaders seeking an educational challenge that will afford them tremendous personal and professional growth should look no further than a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Saint Mary’s rich learning environment encourages collaboration and in-depth conversations with your peers and you’ll have the opportunity to explore your passions through research and reflection alongside highly regarded scholar-practitioners.

Regardless of your background—business, government, nonprofit, military, higher education, or something else—you’ll find significant value in the breadth of perspectives represented and the skills that you build that can be immediately applied to your workplace. When you graduate with a doctorate from Saint Mary’s you’ll feel well-prepared to advance in your field and use your expertise to positively impact organizational goals.

All Saint Mary’s doctoral candidates in Business Administration enter with a master’s degree and are encouraged to research their interests as they align with one of two specialization tracks: Management and Strategy or Business Economics and Finance. Each specialization track offers unique courses and degree requirements.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) in as little as three years.
  • Cohorts begin every fall.

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Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed master degree, bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as  World Education ServicesEducational Credential EvaluatorsEducational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability and,

A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.


This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

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James Callinan, M.A.

Director of Admission, SGPP

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH120

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5158

James Callinan M.A.


Brian (Raj) Beekie, M.A., Ed.D.

Doctor of Business Administration Program - Core Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH239

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5187

Meet Brian (Raj) Beekie
Richard Callaway, MBA, Ph.D.

Program Director, Doctor of Business Administration

Brother Louis Hall, BLH240

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5149

Meet Richard Callaway
Matthew Nowakowski, MBA, Ed.D.

Doctor of Business Administration Program - Core Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH249

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5142

Meet Matthew Nowakowski
Antar Salim, M.B.A., D.B.A.

Doctor of Business Administration Program - Core Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH239

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4536

Meet Antar Salim
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