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Is an Executive Doctorate Right for Me?

Business Doctorate vs. PhD

What distinguishes an Executive DBA from a PhD or a traditional MBA program?

While both programs develop research skills, an Executive Doctor of Business Administration is directed at research that advances business practice, while a PhD is directed at research that contributes first and foremost to theory. DBA research examines critical contemporary questions within their broader organizational and economic context with a focus on practical implementation. An Executive DBA differs from our MBA programs through its focus on research: whereas our MBA programs aim to develop strong leaders through existing business knowledge, students in the DBA program will be creating new knowledge.

What are the primary benefits of an Executive Doctor in Business Administration?

Upon completion of the Executive Doctor of Business Administration program, you will have earned a terminal business degree that uniquely qualifies you in an area of expertise thereby opening up opportunities to publish, speak, consult, and transition to faculty positions at applied business schools, and you will have earned the title of doctor. An Executive DBA will develop learning agility through the practice of applied research skills and develop confidence that is rooted in defensible knowledge.

How would you describe the experience of studying for a doctorate?

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration program requires a commitment to regular study and dedication to your research project. A minimum commitment of 20 hours a week on coursework and research is recommended for success. As your study progresses, you may want to devote dedicated blocks of time for research and writing. Because this is a significant commitment, make sure you have a solid network of friends and family who will support you through the program. Your cohort can also be a great resource—be sure to lean in to your learning community.