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What's the difference between a PhD and a DBA?

A DBA is Doctor of Business Administration, but what makes it different from a PhD? This video gives you a quick overview. It's produced by Laureate Education and is aimed at promoting DBAs, consequently it does gloss over the advantages of a PhD. The point to remember is that for a career in academia, a PhD is probably a better option, whereas if you want to continue your work in industry then the DBA is the way forward.

The diference between a DBA and a PhD by Laureate Education

The DBA is a Professional Doctorate with the same status and challenge as a PhD. In contrast to a PhD, which requires students to make a significant contribution to knowledge and/or theory, a DBA requires the student to apply and develop existing theories/knowledge to make a significant contribution to professional practice in his or her area of business.

Most DBAs are studied part time and are split into two stages:

  • During the first two years there is formal training in research methods and other relevant disciplines. The structure will vary from one business school to another. Students will usually be expected to produce an extensive literature review relating to their area of interest and an equally detailed research proposal during this first stage.
  • In the second stage the taught element is reduced and time will be taken up with the research project and preparation of a research thesis.

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