DBA Admission Requirements

Consideration for admission to the University DBA program requires the following documentation:

  1. The application statement with the applicants’ objectives for seeking a doctorate in business including intellectual curiosity, interest in pursuing academic research, research experience (not mandatory), and relevance of their academic or professional experience and future career;    

  2. Full transcripts showing graduation with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited degree-granting institution, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a scale of 4.0. Applicants completing prior education out of the USA should provide the transcripts with notarized English translation (if not originally printed in English), and may be required to conduct the transcripts evaluation;    

  3. Three letters of recommendation (this requirement is waived for students having received Lincoln University MBA degree): the letters should evaluate the applicant’s capacity to do research and successfully complete the requirements of the DBA program;

  4. A GMAT (550 minimum score) or GRE (1000 minimum score) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants having a master’s degree with a GPA 3.3 or above;    

  5. Applicants from schools where English is not an official educational language should provide results of TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or equivalent results of other recognized English language tests, or earn proper results of the English test on campus (see page 13).

Conditional admission to the Lincoln University Doctor of Business Administration program may be granted to an applicant who shows high promise but does not satisfy the requirements 3, 4, or 5 stated above at the time of application. Determination of high promise can be made by the Program Director and is based on the applicant’s personal statement, letters of recommendation, GMAT or GRE scores, or review of his/her prior academic transcripts. Deficiencies in all requirements should be removed during the first term of study and after that, the conditional status will be removed. Otherwise the student is subject to dismissal after that term of enrollment. Students missing a GMAT or GRE minimum score necessary for full acceptance and not having a GPA 3.3 in the master’s degree are required to (1) achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above during their first term (9 units minimum) of the program, or (2) achieve at least a GPA 3.3 during the first term of the program and submit a required result (see 4 stated above) of GMAT or GRE.