Business Administration

doctor of Business Administration

DBA Formats

Wilmington University is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals by providing high quality programs, affordable tuition, and formats that fit busy lifestyles. In order to achieve this commitment, the DBA program offers two formats in which students can progress through the program: the hybrid weeknight format and a 100% online format.

In order to provide a seamless program for our students, your choice of enrollment will be the same for the entire program. We will make adjustments for a student for a student who faces challenges or job requirements.


The first format for DBA students is the hybrid weeknight format. Hybrid classes include a mixture of face-to-face and online learning in each course. Hybrid weeknight classes follow a 7 week block schedule, with 7 face-to-face meetings over the 7 weeks. A student in this format will take one class in Block 1 and then another in Block 2, both on the same weeknight. This format is geared towards the working professional from the surrounding area. All classes take place at the Wilson Graduate Center.


Wilmington University is now offering a fully online format to incoming students. The online program will be identical to the hybrid program with respect to courses, expectations, tuition, and instructors. The essence of Wilmington University’s DBA program is fostering a highly participative learning community. Peer interaction and support are key elements of the learning and discovery process. Accordingly, all of the online courses will utilize interactive webinars or similar communication tools. These virtual meetings will be scheduled as needed by course requirements at times most appropriate for the instructor and students in the course. The webinars will include short lectures, discussions, debates, and student presentations. All online students are expected to participate actively in these webinars. In addition to the webinars, various online learning experiences will be used, including discussion boards and videos.

Online classes will run for 7 week blocks, similar to the hybrid weeknight format. The typical load will be two classes per semester. Including spring, summer, and fall semesters, a student taking two courses per semester would complete six classes per year.

One residency is required for online DBA students. This residency will take place toward the end of the content courses and will be scheduled to follow the completion of RES 7111, Research Design. It is anticipated that the residency will be four days in length, and it will consist of workshops and consultation with faculty members designed to develop a solid plan for the student’s dissertation process.

Click here to obtain general information about required and elective courses and the application procedure. 

For more specific information about the online or hybrid Doctor of Business Administration program, contact the University Information Center at (302) 356-INFO (4636).

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.