Application & Requirements

The decision to pursue your DBA degree is a significant step and we congratulate you on your decision to move forward.

We review each application holistically, and consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills. The admissions process for the DBA program is very selective. As such, there are no guaranteed admissions even if the minimum requirements are met.

For additional information or questions, please contact Matt Cacciaguida at 305.779.7964 or


To be eligible for consideration to our Doctorate in Business Administration program you must:

  • Have a minimum of 10 years of work experience, seven of which must have been in a documented managerial role (managing people, budgets, projects).
  • Be in good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities.
  • Have an MBA degree, a relevant business-focused master’s degree, or other master's degree from an accredited college or universit.

Application Process

Students seeking admission to the DBA program must submit an application and attach their resume in order to determine whether applicants have the skills and interests essential to succeed in the program.


Once qualified to proceed with the application to the DBA, you will be required to submit additional documents, including:

• Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities
• Current Resume
• Statement of Purpose
• Two Letters of Recommendation from employers, faculty or professional associates
• Citizenship and immigration documents

Upon receipt of the documents, a formal interview with the DBA academic director will be scheduled by the program manager. View a detailed list of the supporting documents below.

Application Deadline

The program admits students every Spring and Fall term. Applications and supporting documents should be sent as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.

Our Doctorate in Business Administration program can only admit domestic applicants for the Spring (January) start term. International applicants can apply to our Doctorate in Business Administration program for the Fall (August) start term.

Please see deadlines below:

All supporting credentialsNovember 1**July 1*

*After July 1, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

**After November 1, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

  • Application Documents

    Submit your completed application and all supporting documentation to:

    FIU - DBA Program
    Chapman Graduate School of Business
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, CBC 200
    Miami, Florida 33199

    1. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. Transcripts must be sent directly to:

      • If the official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be evaluated by an official translation agency and sent to our mailing address above. Visit the University Graduate School’s website for more information.

      • Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcript

    2. Current Resume - should detail your chronological professional experience, reflect 5 years of management experience and degrees earned

    3. Statement of Purpose - document of no more than two pages outlining your objectives for pursuing this graduate degree program

    4. Two Recommendation Letters from employers, faculty or professional associates

    5. Formal interview with executive leadership, to be scheduled by admissions manager

    6. Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency by taking either:

      • Duolingo (minimum score is 110)
      • TOEFL (minimum scores are: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, and 80 internet-based)
      • IELTS (minimum score is 6.5)

      Test scores are considered official when sent by the testing center directly to our school. When requesting the official scores, please refer to the Florida International University Institution code 5206.

    7. Citizenship and immigration document as outlined below:

      Type of Citizenship/Residency Status

      Documentation Required

      Native-born U.S. Citizen

      No residency documents required

      Naturalized U.S. Citizen

      Copy of passport

      Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident

      Copy of permanent resident card

      Resident or Citizen of any other Country

      This program meets the requirements for international student visa guidelines and can accommodate students who require an F-1 Visa. Additional documents are required. Please contact our office for details.

    Florida Residents: Two proofs of residency. Documents must be dated one year prior to the term you are seeking admissions. For a list of acceptable documents please visit the Florida Residency for Tuition page.

    International Student Requirements

    Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the University Graduate School and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. You are responsible for compliance with any and all University requirements. For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please visit the State Department website.

    International applications who require an F-1 Visa will be required to submit these additional documents to complete their application package:

    1. Bank Letter

    2. Sponsor Letter (Waived if applicant is sponsoring self)

    3. DCF form The Declaration and Certification of Finances must be completed and returned to Graduate Admissions. Students with Internet access can complete the DCF form online. Once completed please print it and return it.

    4. F1 Transfer Form (If needed) F-1 students transferring from another institution in the United States must provide a copy of the F-1 Student Transfer Form with a suitable release date from his/her current institution.

    5. Proof of Medical Insurance By Board of Trustees and university rule, all international students at FIU in F-1 and J-1 status are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at University Health Services. Students will NOT be allowed to register for classes without complying with the medical insurance requirement, and will receive a hold on their registration.

      • By purchasing the University-approved policy
      • By submitting an International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by your current insurance company and approved by UHS

      The cost of this insurance is not covered by the program’s tuition and fees. For information on program coverage and alternate compliance, please visit the University Health Services Medical Insurance Policy for International Students page.

    A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University and the Declaration and Certification of Finances has been approved.

    The University is required by immigration authorities to check carefully the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. Therefore, it is important that you be aware of the cost of participating in the program and have the necessary support and funding for your period of enrollment. The total funds available for the entire program must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses for the duration of the program. Estimate of USD $76,100 in available funds (if you are claiming dependents, an additional USD$6,000 for spouse and USD $4,000 per child is required). Please complete your Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) by logging into the MyFIU portal. On The “To Do List” on the right-hand side of the portal, you will be able to submit your DCF form. You should select the “Declaration Certification of Finances (DCF) Activity Guide” for this.