To apply, visit the URI Graduate School website.  Select BusinessCAS, and then the term you are applying for. Create an account. Once your account is created, search for the University of Rhode Island and then select Professional Doctor in Business Administration program (D.B.A.).

From here, you are able to complete the personal statement, address information, pay the application fee, upload your résumé and transcripts, and ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation online. The application deadline is July 15 of the year you are applying.  

Cohorts are filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early.

D.B.A. Application Requirements

The D.B.A. Admissions Committee will review complete applications on a rolling basis. Requirements include:

    • A current résumé (review of professional experiences and achievements)
    • Previous academic experiences and achievements (review of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts)

An undergraduate degree, graduate degree, and a minimum of ten years of professional experience (with at least seven years in a management capacity) are required.

  • A personal statement that describes why you want to pursue a D.B.A. degree, goals associated with pursuit of the D.B.A./future career goals, the research problem you would like to solve (or research area), including a description of the data needed and whether or not you currently have access to this data
  • An essay that attests to your commitment of time and financial resources to successfully complete the program in three years (~15 hours per week)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can speak to your ability to thrive in an academically rigorous professional doctoral program and balance the time commitment required in the program
  • GMAT/GRE scores are not required. If your native language is not English, TOEFL scores are not required, but please note, all classes are delivered in English.

The admissions review process is rolling. Applications will be reviewed, finalists will be interviewed, and decisions will be made as submissions are received.


The total cost for the three-year program is $83,175 ($30,375 year one, $26,400 year two, and $26,400 year three) for those enrolling in Fall 2024 (Class of 2027 cohort).

The total cost includes $1,325 per credit and $6,525 in mandatory fees each academic year. The tuition and fees cover the cost of the courses; events while enrolled; books, class materials, breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodging, and snacks during the required residencies; and conference expenses over three years. Students are responsible for travel to and from the on-campus residencies.

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