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PhD Studies: DBA – Doctorate of Business Administration

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a post-graduate degree offered by a business school or business faculty at a university. DBA programs are research-based and equip candidates with the skills they will need to succeed in a career in academia or high-level business consulting. DBA programs are made up of a combination of coursework and independent research. Coursework is to be completed by attending classes on campus, or online, depending on the program structure. Requisite DBA courses might delve into such topics as:

  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Change in Organizations
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Advanced Research Techniques
  • Research Design
  • Theory into Practice
  • Publication and Dissemination
The coursework requirements in a Doctorate of Business Administration program are similar to a PhD in Business Administration, but the two programs differ when it comes to the independent research requirement. DBA candidates aim to make a direct contribution to modern business practices. By applying theory to real business problems, DBA students use their dissertation to introduce new ideas to the field of Business Administration. Tuition fees for Doctorate of Business Administration programs vary grandly from one school to another. The cost of completing a DBA can also depend on the location of the university and the study mode (e.g.: full-time, part-time or online). It is important to contact the business school of interest for a detailed fees schedule as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Request more information directly from business schools using the form on the program pages linked, below. Most applicants to DBA programs have already completed an MBA, MSc, or a Masters degree in a related field. Some university admissions departments also require applicants to have significant experience in managerial or supervisory positions. Familiarity with strategic leadership is seen as an advantage of successful applicants to DBA programs. Additionally, many business schools require DBA applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores and IELTS or TOEFL scores for speakers of English as a second language. Many business schools offer Online DBA programs, eliminating the requirement to commute to campus. Some schools also offer part-time programs, making it possible to continue working while earning this terminal post-graduate degree. More information about DBA study formats can be found here. Doctorate of Business Administration programs are available at top universities around the world, in the UK, the USA, Australia, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Germany, China and more. Contact business schools of interest directly today for more information about Doctorate of Business Administration programs.

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