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The Differences between a DBA and a PhD in Business

When it comes to choosing the best business doctorate program for you, how do you decide between a PhD in Business or Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree? Both are doctoral programs, both are going to get you that coveted title of “Dr.,” and both can be attained online or at a traditional brick and mortar college or university.

Ultimately, your decision may boil down to where you see your business career in the future. Do you see yourself teaching at a University? Conducting research and publishing a book? Utilizing your skills and knowledge as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Your career goals are an essential part of choosing which doctoral degree you are going to pursue.

Dr. A. Lee Smith, dean of Northcentral University’s School of Business and Technology Management talks more about the difference between a DBA and PhD in Business in the video below. You’ll learn about why one is considered more of a professional doctorate, why a student may choose one degree over the other, and the answer to that age-old question: Does a DBA student have to defend their dissertation?

Sound Off: What made you decide to choose one business doctorate over the other? Let us know in the comments section below!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for this. I’ve fielded this question a lot since starting at NCU…

    June 28, 2013
  2. This may help to clarify many ideas, not just to choose one or another doctorate program, but also to consider about your professional interests BEFORE starting the studies (perhaps hasty and wrongly …)

    Very interesting info

    July 8, 2013
  3. Ian #

    This sure is helpful. Keep it up.

    August 8, 2013
  4. Really comes down into the direction your career is taking. PhD is more for the Academics and DBA is more the real world business engagement and Analysis of Data.

    August 11, 2013
  5. I have always wanted to get a PhD, but never found time so far. This material motivates me somehow :).

    September 24, 2013
  6. This is so important because most people honestly do not know the difference between a DBA and a PhD. The video was very efficient and informational thank you for posting it.

    September 24, 2013
  7. In the end it doesn’t matter which one you have – it only matters what you get from each designation and how it benefits you. If it makes you feel good to have a PHD then it is important to you. However if you don’t care about citations, and just want to earn money, then you don’t need it

    October 17, 2013
  8. This may be basic information to some but I appreciate you separating the two! Thanks

    October 18, 2013
  9. thank’s for information ..! you answer my question about PHD thank’s

    March 17, 2014
  10. Thanks for producing a blog like this. I will recycle this information for sure. There is so many people that do not know the differences between a DBA and a phD in busness.

    March 19, 2014

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