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    Durham University DBA

    Hello All,

    Is there anyone on the site who has been accepted or rejected by this program? I am planning/ready to apply and would like to know how the application process went and what the outcomes might be.

    Durham is my firm first choice (there are others who are a close second third and fourth...including 2 US programs), but I have yet to encounter anyone who has applied and either been accepted or rejected.

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    I'm just finishing my first year doing a part time PhD at Durham. I initially thought about the DBA program, but decided (along w/ my adviser) that a PhD would be more appropriate.

    I absolutely love Durham and can't recommend it enough. I'm rarely on campus as I spend my time between S. Europe and the US.

    Feel free to PM me, happy to answer any and all Qs.

    Cheers,

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    @JP007 thank you thank you thank you! You have a DM!

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    JP007,

    How often are you required to visit the Durham campus for the part-time PhD program?

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    Visiting DU campus really depends on your supervisor. I've been there 1x during my 1st year and my plan is to go back towards the end of my 2nd year for a presentation I have to give. I have a fellow part time PhD friend who is required to go back 1x a month, another who has to go back 1x a qtr. I guess I was lucky as my academic interests perfectly aligned w/ my supervisor and he's on the road a lot - so skype calls are easier for him.

    I absolutely love love love Durham! Happy to answer any other questions about the program.

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    Hi,
    I got accepted to the Durham DBA for the October intake this year. Application is quite straight forward. You just need to fill up the typical application details and upload your qualification certs and a research proposal. Then your 2 referees will need to fill up the referee reports to be sent to durham. I think I got my acceptance within a few weeks. All the best to you!

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    Durham's elite in the UK, probably Ivy League equivalent, just can't get past the price tag, cannot justify $60K USD for a doctorate. If I ever do decide to pursue a more traditional doctorate more palatable in academia (currently JD/MBA , no academic doctorate in my vita, which is not the best for career advancement in the ivory towers), I'd likely go EBS H-W, if they'd admit me. If money weren't an object, it'd be Durham (if they'd admit me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTFaculty View Post
    Durham's elite in the UK, probably Ivy League equivalent, just can't get past the price tag, cannot justify $60K USD for a doctorate. If I ever do decide to pursue a more traditional doctorate more palatable in academia (currently JD/MBA, no academic doctorate in my vita, which is not the best for career advancement in the ivory towers), I'd likely go EBS H-W, if they'd admit me. If money weren't an object, it'd be Durham (if they'd admit me).
    I would think that $60K for an Ivy League-level doctorate is a fantastic bargain.
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    I would think that $60K for an Ivy League-level doctorate is a fantastic bargain.
    That's actually a pretty good deal when you compare it to what other schools are charging for their DBA degrees. University of Florida charges $104k. Creighton University charges $120k.

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    Does Durham require GMAT scores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTFaculty View Post
    Durham's elite in the UK, probably Ivy League equivalent, just can't get past the price tag, cannot justify $60K USD for a doctorate..
    How much you want to pay? Walden, Capella and NCU PhDs cost more than 60K.
    University of Toronto's MBA is more than 100K
    I think even schools like Azteca cost as much.
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    A few things...

    Yes, Durham has an middle tier Ivy League reputation in the UK / EU, and as a Uni its recognized throughout the EU as tops (the b-school has a less stellar reputation but what can you do). While the cost may seem high, if you're a EU citizen, you will pay about a qtr of the price and there is funding available to those who qualify depending on their research. I had the GMAT left over from my prev masters degree, which I submitted anyway, not sure if it was needed or not.

    For my search I looked at the top Unis in the US, UK, Spain, France, Swiss and searched which schools had part time distance PhD programs.

    I ended up getting into Cass (UK), but didn't like the supervisor nor the 4 weeks of on campus requirement. U of Manchester (UK) DBA's program loved my app but I would have had to change my topic completely as they didn't have a supervisor for my research needs and IE's (Spain) DBA misplaced my application last yr and pushed it to this year (nice job guys).

    My preference was also PhD over DBA, not an online only Uni and a Uni that's top 10 in its respective country. I've lived before in LDN so I knew of Durham.

    Happy to answer any questions about Durham!

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    I would think that $60K for an Ivy League-level doctorate is a fantastic bargain...

    How much you want to pay? Walden, Capella and NCU PhDs cost more than 60K.
    University of Toronto's MBA is more than 100K
    I think even schools like Azteca cost as much...

    That's actually a pretty good deal when you compare it to what other schools are charging for their DBA degrees. University of Florida charges $104k. Creighton University charges $120k...
    Everything that each of you say is 100% true, cannot deny it, but...just out of my pricepoint league.
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    Ivy League? Penn is 18, Brown 51, Harvard 1, Yale 15, Cornell 18, Dartmouth 158, Columbia 15, Princeton 7.

    Durham: Somewhere between 60 and 95, depending on the source. (These things vary from source-to-source and year-to-year, but you can get a basic idea.)

    Highly ranked, but not "Ivy League" high, where the median above is 16.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Douglas View Post
    Ivy League? Penn is 18, Brown 51, Harvard 1, Yale 15, Cornell 18, Dartmouth 158, Columbia 15, Princeton 7.

    Durham: Somewhere between 60 and 95, depending on the source. (These things vary from source-to-source and year-to-year, but you can get a basic idea.)

    Highly ranked, but not "Ivy League" high, where the median above is 16.5.
    Good point. It also highlights the folly of using a sports league, which is what the Ivy League actually is, as shorthand for "the best schools academically". For sentimental reasons I love Brown and Dartmouth, but I don't think anyone knowledgeable would list them if asked for the best eight universities in the U.S.
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    Obviously the person who posted DU isn't not considered 'Ivy League' hasn't lived in London or the EU. DU is absolutely a top 6 Uni in the UK, yes there is a fair amt of variance between the national & int'l rankings. However, the Uni's national ranking and the Uni's pedigree spills over into the EU broadly. You can see the UK rankings here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankin...United_Kingdom

    To someone in the UK or the EU, Durham is considered a middle tier Ivy league school.

    Obviously the int'l rankings are fairly different, but as a EU applicant I'm more concerned w/ the UK and EU reputation...If you can show me a top 20 global Uni that let's me do a distance PhD, I'm all ears....The problem is, they don't exist.

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