The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate that emphasizes the application of theory to actual business issues. The DBA program helps candidates develop proficiency in applied research by improving their methodological and analytical skills. A guidance committee assists doctoral students in planning a rigorous program of multidisciplinary study. Courses span major areas of business administration, including accounting, information systems, finance, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, organizational behavior, human resource management, leadership, operations management, strategic management, and research methodology for examining business problems empirically. Courses provide an interdisciplinary perspective and the focus is on practitioner engagement through research, creative scholarship, and production of works for publication in reputable professional and academic journals.

DBA Faculty

As a member of the University of Missouri-St Louis DBA program, you will have the opportunity to work with some of our finest faculty as mentors and colleagues. DBA faculty are committed to educating practitioner-scholars who connect business theory to practice. They will guide you through the program and help you develop and focus research ideas to satisfy your intellectual curiosity. During your program, you will be challenged to review the body of literature relevant to your interests, develop research questions, undertake original, applied research and present and publish your findings.

Dr. Bindu Arya

Dr. Bindu Arya

Professor of Management
DBA | Strategic Business
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Dr. Gerald Yong Gao

Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Affairs
Professor of Marketing
DBA | Contemporary Marketing Intelligence and Decision Making

Dr. John P. Meriac

Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management
DBA | Quantitative Research Methods I
DBA | Quantitative Research Methods II


Dr. Stephanie Merritt

Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
DBA | Qualitative Research Methods I

Dr. Dinesh A. Mirchandani

Professor and Information Systems Department Chair
DBA | Scientific Inquiry in Business
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Dr. Stephen R. Moehrle

Professor and Accounting Department Chair
DBA | Statistical Modeling
DBA | The Role of Accounting Information in Firms and Markets


Dr. Ekin Pellegrini

Associate Dean | Graduate Business Programs
Founding Director | Doctor of Business Administration
DBA | Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage
DBA | Doctoral Foundations Seminar

Dr. Joseph Rottman

Chair | Strategic Planning & Innovation Committee
Director | International Business Institute
DBA | Qualitative Research Methods II

Dr. Christopher Schott

Dr. Christopher Schott

Assistant Teaching Professor of English
DBA | Dissertation Lab: Creating and Writing Research Proposals