Doctorate in Business Administration with Major in Finance (DBAF)


Doctorate in Business Administration with Major in Finance (DBAF)

The DBA program is designed to develop professionals, researchers and academics in the discipline of finance with an interest in developing skills related to practical and financial consulting. Consider the economic and financial events ethically and within an interdisciplinary team. Highlight the knowledge of theories and practices in maintaining financial discipline proactive, objective and sensitive.

DBA (Finance) Program Philosophy is based on the following statement: Higher education, with emphasis on research that links modern theories in finance with current practice enables graduates to perform the work with excellence and leadership, to ensure its best performance in the society.

Lcdo. Fredrick Vega Lozada – Decano

Admission Requirements


The student, as a minimum, must:

  1. Have a reasonable command of the English and Spanish languages.
  2. Have completed with a passing grade by the University (?) within the last five years preceding the date of requested admission, one of the following tests required for admission of the specific program:
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Admission Test Graduate Studies (EXADEP).
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  1. Have sent three letters of recommendation
  2. Be interviewed by the Admissions Committee of the program and be recommended by this.



Students interested in requesting admission to this Program must:

  1. Have a Master in Business Administration or an equivalent degree, if it presents evidence of experience in this field.
  2. Have approved courses at the graduate level, with a minimum grade of B, in: accounting, management, financial management (6 credits), investments, quantitative methods, and managerial economics.
  3. Have a minimum general average of 3.00.
  4. Demonstrate, by means of a test in the area of finance, your mastery of the subject and your capability to express yourself correctly in writing in Spanish or English.
DBAF Objective

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (FCEA) in Metro Campus of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, through its graduate programs, provides education and research that are at the forefront of technological and business disciplines.

The FCEA is dedicated faculty of entrepreneurial, business and administrative disciplines of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It is a continuous learning community which emphasizes the development of new academic research initiatives that contributes to the intellectual development and critical thinking of students. Thus, it helps students overcome the challenges of a global world.

The faculty of the Doctorate in Business Administration with major in Finance responds to the challenges in the areas related to the (local and international) economic development. Designed particularly to enrichment of the competencies related to the finance practices and consultancies.



  1. Provides opportunities for higher education and research in Finance, which contributes to the development of academics, researchers and professionals to contribute to the advancement of the discipline of finance linking financial theories to business practices.
  2. Contributes to the development of managers and leaders with skills in financial theory and practice to perform the functions within companies innovatively and have the necessary tools to contribute to human knowledge, particularly in the discipline of finances.
  3. Responds appropriately to the needs and interests of current and emerging Puerto Rican society and geographic areas of greatest relevance, the United States, the Caribbean and Central and South America.



The objectives of the DBAF Program are designed within the framework of the mission and goals of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. The DBAF Program Objectives are:

  1. Strengthen conceptual and methodological skills required to plan, manage and lead creative and original scientific research in the practical areas of finance.
  2. Offer a modern trend curricular content, and global human while encouraging the development of analytical, reflective and critical thinking.
  3. Promote and sponsor research aimed to achieve the levels of efficiency and productivity that contribute to economic growth, to reduce the unemployment rate, the fair distribution of wealth and the general welfare of our society.
  4. Contribute to the training of highly skilled persons in the individual, group, participatory and collaborative status show leadership, dedication and continued commitment in finding innovative and creative solutions to the problems of greatest relevance in the field of finance, at the local and global levels.
  5. Promote the active participation of students and teachers of the program in solving development problems, economic and social conditions in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
  6. Expose students and the community to various trends of knowledge, practice and philosophies in the field of finance.
  7. Promote the use of language proficiency in oral and written communication in their professional field in Spanish and English.
Graduation Requirements

The student must meet the following graduation requirements:

  1. Approve the forty-eight (48) credits of the program.
  2. Complete the DBAF Program credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  3. Have passed the comprehensive examinations in accordance with the requirements of the Program.
  4. Approve the defense of doctoral dissertation.
  5. The student must meet the requirements for the degree within a period of eight (8) years. The Graduate Committee may recommend to the relevant authorities to extend the term for a period not exceeding two (2) years exceptionally meritorious.


A student who meets all the requirements of the proposed program will be conferred the degree of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with a major in Finance.

Curriculum Design
Curriculum Sequence

Ahmad Jumah

Economy School Profesor – DBAF Cordinator
Felix Cué

Economy School Profesor – DBAF Cordinator
Antonio Llorens