DBA Admission Requirements

Application to the DBA program at UW-Whitewater involves a rigorous, four-phase process as described below.  This 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 documents required for that phase.



We strongly encourage you to attend an information session (either online or face-to-face) 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. They are designed to enable you to make a more informed decision about joining the DBA program.

Several information sessions (online and face-to-face) have been scheduled, and you can sign up at uww.edu/cobe/dba/dbainfosessions.



Applications for the Fall 2019 cohort will be accepted starting September 1, 2018 and the application deadline will be January 30, 2019.

To apply:

  1. Complete an online application through the University of Wisconsin System at https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
    • Submit application
    • Pay UWW graduate program application fee
  2. Send academic transcripts to UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies (see address below)
  3. Submit the following materials to dba@uww.edu
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Statement of interest
    • Research overview
    • Letters of recommendation (recommenders should send letters directly to dba@uww.edu)



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.

Submit an electronic copy of your resume and cover letter to dba@uww.edu.


Applicants to the DBA program should 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 2013 UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190


Your personal and professional statement of interest should be two to three pages in length and should discuss the following:

  • Why do you want to pursue a DBA at this time?
  • What do you see as the most significant qualities or experiences that you would bring to the DBA program.
  • What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
  • How do you believe the DBA will play a role in your career development?
  • What obstacles/challenges do you anticipate having to overcome to complete your DBA within a reasonable timeframe (i.e., 3 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/challenges?
  • What concrete steps will you will take to restructure your responsibilities to be able to tackle weekend classes and 30 hours of studies weekly?

Submit an electronic copy of your statement of interest via email to dba@uww.edu.


Your research overview should be two to three pages in length and should discuss the following:

  • 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). Topics usually include specific societal or organizational issues that concern you. You will need to describe your plan to make an intellectual contribution to solve such issues.
Submit an electronic copy of your research overview 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.

Letters of recommendation should be emailed to dba@uww.edu directly by the recommenders.

Admissions Decisions

  • The Admissions Committee will review all documents listed above and make rolling admissions decisions. Because the class size is limited, you are encouraged to apply early.
  • Rolling admissions decisions will be made starting on November 1.
  • If you are offered admission, you will be invited by email to proceed to Phase 3. Because of class size limitations, not all successful candidates will be selected. Some may be asked to reconsider the program in a subsequent year.
  • If you are not selected to proceed to Phase 3, you will be notified by email.


(by Invitation Only)


You will be invited by email to attend a mandatory one-day research interest workshop at UW-Whitewater.  The Fall 2019 Cohort workshop will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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 for your doctoral program. Faculty members will discuss the various aspects of doctoral research and you will be provided with textbooks and other review materials. You will be expected to review those materials prior to starting class in September. 



Once the offer is made, candidates have 30 days to accept and pay a non-refundable deposit.  As indicated earlier, offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis starting November 1.