Hi everyone. I have been looking at DBA Programs. I was wondering if a MBA or MSc is always a requirement? About me: I am currently a Chief Financial Officer for a small-medium sized business. I have a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting (2008) and hold a Canadian Chartered Accountant designation (2011). I am primarily motivated to study for a DBA for personal and professional growth. I have always been attracted to the idea of academic research. When I finished my undergrad, I thought about continuing on with a MSc in Accounting and PhD but the return on investment is poor. Yes, tenure track professors have a good lifestyle, but six more years of studying and making basically nothing was not appealing to me (nor to my future wife). I am not planning to make a career change but more interested in learning the research skills and helping my organization by applying those skills to specific business problems. I do enjoy teaching and giving back to my profession and might consider it as something additional on the side in the future but not my main career. I don't think having the DBA by itself will have any impact on my earning potential. However, I'm hoping that the rigour and disciplined approach to a academic research will give me a skill-set that ultimately translates to a better bottom line for my company. My company offers a Professional development budget and I am sure I can get the budget increased and for the company to sponsor me through my DBA if the total costs is ~$60,000 max over 4 -5 years. I would prefer a degree that is 100% online or max one or two face-to face sessions a year. I've been looking at University of Liverpool, Heriot Watt, and of course Athabasca University here in Canada. There are lots of others in the UK but they way over the budget such as Manchester or not the type or program I'm looking for like Middlesex University. So the question is whether or not a program will accept me with just a professional accounting designation or should I get an MBA first? I am not very interested in an MBA. It's really the qualitative and quantitative research skills that I am interesting in learning and applying.