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DBA Admission Requirements - FALL 2015 Cohort

Application to the UW-Whitewater program involves a rigorous four phase process.  This application process is necessary to determine whether applicants have the skills and interests necessary to succeed in the program. The DBA program committee will strive to identify candidates who have the highest likelihood of succeeding in the program. Admission decisions for each phase are made only after receipt of the required documents for that phase.



We strongly encourage you to attend an information session before applying to the program. The information session will provide you with extensive detail on the program and what it will take to succeed.  These sessions will also provide you with the ability to meet and interact with program faculty and leadership. The information sessions are designed to enable you to make a more informed decision. Two information sessions have been planned for Fall 2014.  Dates will be announced during the summer 2014.


Application Deadline for Fall 2015 cohort:  January 20th, 2015.

Material Required: Resume, Cover Letter, Application, Academic Transcripts, Statement of Interest, Letters of Recommendation, and UWW Graduate Application Fee.


Your resume should document your professional experience. In your cover letter, please explain how your experience meets the following preferred qualifications:

  • A minimum of six years of significant professional and/or senior level management experience with high levels of responsibility and expertise in the concentration area you choose. If you do not have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, please explain why your other experience or qualifications (e.g., your industry experience, consulting experience or teaching experience) compensate for an absence of professional experience. 
  • Evidence of active contributions to your field of expertise beyond your academic work through making presentations or preparing written contributions and leading major projects.
  • A track record of other significant professional achievements and personal and professional development.

These should be sent via email to dba@uww.edu.


Applicants to the DBA program should typically have a master's degree, preferably in business or a related topic from an appropriately accredited institution. You should request that official transcripts from each institution attended (of all previous college work) be sent directly to:

School of Graduate Studies
Roseman 2015 UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190


Your Personal and Professional Statement of Interest should be 2-3 pages in length and should discuss the following:

  • Why do you want to pursue a DBA at this time?
  • What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
  • What general areas of business are you interested in studying in the DBA program (e.g., accounting, management, finance, information technology, human resources, supply chain management or marketing)?
  • What specific topics in that area interest you? (For instance, you may wish to learn more about how firms choose particular international markets to enter or how firms design business ethics program).
  • What obstacles/challenges do you anticipate having to overcome to complete your DBA within a reasonable time frame (i.e., 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/challenges?

Submit one electronic copy of your Personal and Professional Statement of Interest.  These should be sent via email to dba@uww.edu.


Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:

  • Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
  • How you have contributed to enhancing the competitive position of the organization and development of colleagues.
  • Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for advanced academic work.
  • If you have been an academic staff, your personal and professional contribution to your university and or department.  Letters should include an evaluation of your teaching and service to the university.

These should be sent via email to dba@uww.edu by the recommenders.

The Admission Committee will review all documents listed above, and, if selected, you will be invited by email to proceed to PHASE 2. If you are not selected to proceed to PHASE 2, you will be notified as well.


(by Invitation Only)


You will be invited by email to attend a one-day research interest workshop at UW-Whitewater. This is an important opportunity for you to meet other prospective students, learn more about the opportunity and challenges of doctoral level research, and begin preparation of your research interest overview.


Attendance in the workshop is required, and your Research Interest Overview will be a key factor in the admission decision.

After completing the workshop, you will prepare a 12-15 page Research Proposal. This proposal is the most critical component of your application.


(by Invitation Only)


If you are invited for an interview, you will be expected to complete the interview with the DBA Program Director and faculty members.

If you live within a reasonable driving distance of UW-W, please plan to attend the interview in person. However, if you live a greater distance away, the admission committee will conduct a WEBEX/Skype video interview.

The Admission Committee will evaluate your interview, and, if successful, you will be invited by email to proceed to PHASE 4. If you are not qualified to proceed to PHASE 4, you will be notified as well.



Because of class size limitations, not all successful candidates will be selected. Some may be asked to reconsider the program in a subsequent year.

Once the offer is made, candidates have 30 days to accept and pay a non-refundable deposit.

After admittance, new students will attend a Friday evening reception/icebreaker and an orientation Summer 2015.  Classes begin in September 2015.


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