Can a holder of DBA use Dr. with in his name?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Tarbuza, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Tarbuza

    Tarbuza New Member

    I know PhD can use Dr. How about DBA? Are they allowed to use Dr. ?
  2. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator


    So can;









  3. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    I concur with Bruce. A Doctor of Business Administration may be addressed as a doctor. It would be very interesting if a doctor [of business administration] were prohibited from being called a doctor. ;)

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  5. dlady

    dlady Active Member

    I actually think they have more of a right to the title than a PhD for two reasons: 1 – they are actual practitioners, 2 – I have one.
  6. JimLane

    JimLane New Member

    In non-academic situations, Dr. is usually reserved for medical types. In academic situations, whatever floats your boat. I have one, but find it, in non-professional situations, to be a bit pretentious to use it.

    Of course we all have our own ego trips.

  7. Scott Henley

    Scott Henley New Member

    I think a DBA or PhD is more a "doctor" than an M.D.... but that's a whole other topic. ;-)
  8. Han

    Han New Member

    Yes, SHE can :)
  9. back2cali

    back2cali New Member

    I see no reason one should not be referred to as "Doctor" with a DBA. I am referred to as "Doctor" and it appears to be acceptable.
  10. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    But you aren't a doctor...

    But in many states, you can't be called a doctor... You need to attend an accredited university - and that ain't Breyer State.

  11. Scott Henley

    Scott Henley New Member

    I don't know about Breyer State but certainly the school has to be RA (or equivalent) accredited, otherwise the use of "Dr." would be illegal. It would be the same as me printing off a diploma from my laser printer that says I can use the title of doctor.
  12. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Of course you are entitled to use the title of Dr after your name but not something you do outside academia. I use it when I send articles for a conference, when teaching courses and when applying to academic jobs. However, I would feel stupid to introduce my self to regular people as a Dr as most would think that I'm an MD or a DDS.
  13. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    In see people introduced as doctors in the aerospace industry and in government organizations - in science and engineering fields and occcasionally in business areas - and usually in more formal situations such as design reviews.
  14. Antz

    Antz New Member

    What is the rule for someone who has obtained their DBA/PhD from an institution outside of the U.S.? Is it legal to refer to them as Dr. in the U.S.?

  15. vadro

    vadro New Member

    In Europe the EUA (European University Association) has clearly defined the Doctoral Programmes as the third cycle in the Bologna Process, therefore if an individual has obtained a Doctoral degree from an accredited university he/she is entitle to use the prefix Dr in the different European countries.

    In my opinion, if I obtained a Doctoral degree as above I should have to right to be referred to as Dr in every country in Europe and abroad, although I may not practice my profession if my qualifications are not recognised in one particular country/continent. Does it make sense?

    If I invite Dr XY from the University of, for example, Paris to the USA for a conference as guest speaker, surely I will refer to him/her as "Doctor XY".

    On a different note, Interestingly enough the UK qualifications framework talks of doctoral requirement and makes no distinction between PhD/DBA/DProf etc

    Best regards
  16. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Well, as I was saying to my friends Dr. Martens, Doctor Julius Erving, and Doc Severinsen the other day . . .

    Until midway through the last century, in the U.S., the title "Doctor" was generally (but not exclusively) reserved for medical practitioners and holders of academic research doctorates. With a Ph.D. in history, one would have been "Nigel Smatherfoot, Ph.D." but not "Doctor Nigel Smatherfoot."

    Where people have gotten in legal trouble is using the title "Doctor" in health-related fields, where people might believe they were medical doctors. In one case, for instance, a New York audiologist with a legitimate Ph.D. was barred from calling himself "Doctor John Smith" in his advertising. "John Smith, Ph.D." would have been OK.
  17. Woho

    Woho New Member

    There is also this issue in the EU, that if you earned your doctorate outside Europe, tUS, AUS and a few "accepted" countries, you have to put the University name behind the Dr. It than reads something like Dr. (Univ. Russinsky) Name.
  18. lawrenceq

    lawrenceq Member

    My Intro to Business teacher in high school was called doctor.

    What is wrong with Breyer State? :)
  19. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    I can see the trouble with that. Advanced practice nursing is starting to go into the direction of doctorates. Would a nurse with a DNP actually expect to be called "doctor" in a health setting?? I think that would be highly confusing.
  20. BillDayson

    BillDayson New Member

    The United States is crawling with people with foreign degrees, including doctorates. They teach in universities, they get medical licences, and they get called "doctor" when that's appropriate.

    I think that in general, the word 'doctor' isn't regulated by law. So excluding a handful of states, it's legal to call yourself a doctor even if you aren't. Of course fraud statutes still apply, so misrepresenting yourself isn't necessarily legal if somebody suffers damages as a result of believing you.

    The exceptions are professions that are regulated by law. The medical and paramedical fields are the biggest examples of that, but there are others. The use of titles may be restricted in various ways. That varies from state to state and you would need to consult the relevant licensing boards.

    I don't believe that this stuff applies to DBAs though.

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