Executive DBA Program Office
Tower Place 200, 3348 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326
Program website: robinson.gsu.edu/executive-doctorate-in-business
Louis J. Grabowski, MBA, DBA, Director of the Executive DBA Program
Lars Mathiassen, Ph.D., Academic Director of the Executive DBA Program
Please contact the Executive DBA Program Office for more information about this program.
Goals and Expectations
The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business is designed to transform executives with strong managerial, industry and academic experience into engaged practitioner-scholars with interdisciplinary, global perspectives on the dynamic business environment of today. This mission is accomplished by helping these executives develop general research competence in applied research (including demonstrating knowledge of relevant theory and scholarly literature) while creating new knowledge on contemporary business problems through both rigorous coursework and the writing and defense of a dissertation. Upon successful completion of the program students will have the:
- Knowledge and expertise required to identify, understand, and successfully tackle the interdisciplinary, big picture issues that characterize global business management today.
- Skills in formal social inquiry required to define and address complex issues and to disseminate knowledge in a variety of professional and public outlets to influence professional activity and public policy.
- Interdisciplinary and global systems-oriented perspective that is required to understand and address contemporary business problems.
The Executive DBA program is a 3-year degree program designed for senior executives who already possess an MBA, EMBA, or equivalent MS degree. It is offered in an executive format with students participating in four 3-day residencies (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) per semester for 6 semesters.
All Executive DBA students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of the rules and regulations concerning their studies. Moreover, students are expected to abide by generally accepted standards of conduct. The university reserves the right to exclude any student whose conduct is prejudicial or injurious to the university, faculty, or other students. Students should review the “University Code of Conduct ” in the General Information chapter of this catalog for explicit information on this topic.
Admissions: Applications, Procedures, and Criteria
Applications for the Executive DBA program are reviewed on a “rolling” basis throughout the year for once-a-year admission in the upcoming fall semester. Once approximately 24 students are accepted admission for that fall ends and admission for the next year’s fall semester begins. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure a seat in the fall semester.
The application is completed online at robinson.gsu.edu/executive-doctorate-in-business/application-process/.
Inquiries and questions may be addressed to:
Executive DBA Program Office
Georgia State University
c/o Associate Director
Tower Place 200
3348 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500,
Atlanta, GA 30326
All documents and other materials submitted by or for applicants for admission to the Executive DBA program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned. It is the responsibility of each applicant to follow the application procedures completely and correctly and to be certain that all materials have been submitted to the Executive DBA Program Office before the application can be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Admission decisions are based on a careful review of the applicant’s official transcripts, resume, required essays, and the other information submitted in support of the application. Applicants must possess an accredited MBA, EMBA, or equivalent MS degree. Applicants are not required to submit a certification of their state of health but on enrollment, must submit an immunization certification before being enrolled. The college reserves the right to investigate the health, character, and personality of each applicant. Listed below are the materials which all applicants must submit to the Executive DBA Program Office to be considered for admission. All applicants must provide proof of lawful presence.
Applicants must submit all application forms, including the narrative essay section.
An application fee of $100 must be submitted by all applicants and may be paid by credit card. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Georgia State University in U.S. currency. Do not send cash. The application fee cannot be waived, is nonrefundable, and does not apply toward registration fees.
Applicants either must request that two official copies of all transcripts be sent directly from each institution attended (even if a degree was not obtained) to the Executive DBA Program Office or submit the official transcripts unopened with the application. If the transcript is sent via E-script, it should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN: Associate Director. An applicant who has previously attended Georgia State University is permitted to submit only one copy of transcripts from each institution attended prior to entering the university; two copies are required from all institutions attended after having last been registered at Georgia State University.
A full, detailed resume should be submitted as part of the online application.
To assess the applicant’s writing skills and understand his/her goals and expectations, 3 essays of approximately 1-1.5 pages are required. The specific questions can be found on the website at robinson.gsu.edu/executive-doctorate-in-business/application-process/.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising faculty and the directors of the Executive DBA Program. If short-listed, the selection committee will request a one hour, face-to-face interview with the candidate. Based upon the submitted information and the interview the selection committee will then make a final decision as to acceptance.
International and domestic students follow the same application process. International applicants are not required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). However, they must provide proof of a F-1 or J-1 Visa.
Georgia State University reserves the right to admit only those applicants who are academically qualified and who have documented their ability to meet the financial requirements while in attendance.