DBA Application Process Checklist


EDBA Application Process Checklist

Admission Overview:

Admission to the EDBA program is competitive. Selections will be based on several factors including graduate GPA, academic background, professional experience, goals statement, writing skills, optional test scores, and letters of recommendation (optional). Additionally, selected applicants should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the information technology or cybersecurity profession.
  • Show evidence of the potential success in doctoral education.
  • Show evidence of potential success as a professional in the field of cybersecurity management.

Formal admission to the EDBA-Cyber program includes a screening process, evaluation of credentials, and interview upon request with the admissions committee. The program cohort begins every fall semester.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. 

Pre-Requisite Requirement

Students required to take Business Statistics may do so prior to the start of the program or through the completion of QUAN 5500 Fundamentals of Business Statistics in their first semester of study at UCCS.  Please contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at GSBA@uccs.edu for further guidance on how to meet this requirement.

Foundation Cybersecurity Requirements

Students admitted to the program early who do not have the Cybersecurity foundation courses may begin taking these courses through the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management.

Application Timelines & Deadlines

The EDBA-Cyber begins every fall semester.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis and take place over three rounds. The application deadlines are:

  • Round 1: November 1
  • Round 2: March 1
  • Round 3: June 1

Application Requirements
  • A student must hold a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in IT, computer science, information security, or a closely related area from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A student who is admitted without a master's degree may earn an MBA degree as a part of the EDBA studies.   Extra coursework will be required to earn both degrees.

  • A minimum of five years of managerial or consultative experience in cybersecurity, information systems, Information Technology, compliance, audit, or related field.

Application Checklist:

1. Complete and submit the Graduate School online application.

2. Pay a $60 non-refundable application fee.

3. Personal Goals Statement (Maximum 1200 words). This essay should include the following:

                 a) Discuss your reasons for pursuing this degree.

                 b) Information on your strengths and weaknesses.

                 c) Describe how you plan to balance the time commitment required for the program (about 20 hours per week) with your personal and professional responsibilities.

                 d) Elaborate on any obstacles or anticipated impediments to successfully completing the program.

4. Submit a Resume or Curricular Vitae.

5. Submit two letters of recommendation (optional).

6. Submit official GMAT or GRE test scores (optional).

7. Request official transcripts from every institution of higher education attended to be sent to UCCS.

8. International applicants:

  • At this time, UCCS does not offer student visas (F-1 Visa Holders) for the EDBA program.   Please contact GSBA@uccs.edu for more information on other graduate study options including the MBA and MS in Accounting programs.
  • Applicants with any foreign college coursework are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a member of the  National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE). 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet a minimum standard of English Proficiency for the College of Business.
Students must provide official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's or Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution before starting the EDBA program. 



Tuition Assistance:

The UCCS EDBA-Cyber program offers a competitive level of tuition. Tuition rates are set annually by the University. 

There are multiple opportunities for financial assistance including federal financial aid.  Students traveling a distance of 120+ miles or more are eligible for a travel allowance to help offset the costs of travel to Colorado Springs for the residency cohorts which will meet on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, three times per semester.

Visit the Financial Aid website to search for opportunities.

Note: Graduate students are expected to write clearly and concisely with correct punctuation and grammar.  You will also be expected to have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office including, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. If a student is deficient in any of these skills, it is their responsibility to mitigate the deficiency before enrolling in the program.