DBA Admission Requirements

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

  1. The application statement with the applicant’s 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. Three letters of recommendation (the 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.

  3. 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, and may be required to conduct the transcripts evaluation.

  4. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 550 or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 1000 is required. This requirement is waived for applicants having a master’s degree with a GPA 3.3 or above, or for conditionally enrolled students with a GPA 3.5 or above during their first semester of the program.

  5. Applicants from schools where English is not an official educational language should provide results of TOEFL at the minimum of 550 (paper-based) or equivalent results of other recognized English language tests, or earn proper results of the university English test (see International Student Admission).

Conditional admission to the Lincoln University Doctor of Business Administration program may be granted to an applicant who shows high promise but does not meet all of the requirements necessary for full acceptance. Determination of high promise can be made by the Program Director and is based on the applicant’s GMAT or GRE scores, application personal statement, letters of recommendation, or review of his/her prior academic transcripts. Applicants who receive a conditional admission are required to achieve at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 in the first nine units of work undertaken in the DBA program. Students achieving this academic record will have the conditional status removed. Otherwise the student is subject to dismissal after the first term of enrollment.

All applicants have to meet the University's general admission requirements, as well as the above degree admission requirements.  In addition, international applicants need to meet the international admission requirements.