Did Nova Southeastern kill its DBA program?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by AV8R, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    I just noticed that Nova's Huizenga School of Business no longer lists the DBA as a degree option. It only lists undergrad, master's, and graduate certificate programs. Did they kill it or am I just overlooking it?

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  2. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    If you click over to NSU Huizenga's "Our Programs" page, there are two blue buttons under the picture, labeled "Bachelor's" and "Master's". There appears to be room for a third button further to the right, but there's only a blank space there.

    Now compare with this archived view of the same page, dated October 20, 2013. At that time, there was a third button under the picture, labeled "Doctoral". The "Doctoral" button led to another archived page entitled "Doctoral Program Overview".

    So the "Doctoral" button and the associated "Doctoral Program Overview" page were definitely present earlier this year. But they apparently disappeared from the NSU website sometime after October 20.
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  3. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    In 2011-12, NSU Huizenga issued a total of 1,611 business degrees. This total included 293 bachelor's degrees and 1,299 master's degrees, but only 19 doctoral degrees (numbers from College Navigator).

    Maybe the doctoral program just wasn't large enough to be worthwhile for them.
  4. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    Hard to say what's going on. The NSU DBA used to be a huge program but then they cut way back on the number of DBA students (presumably to help them earn AACSB accreditation). And now it's gone. I just sent the Huizenga school an e-mail to see what happened. I'll update when I get a response.
  5. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

    I agree that it may not be worthwhile, not with this economy!
  6. NMTTD

    NMTTD Member

    What does one do with a DBA? I've heard of them but I don't know what the actual use is for it.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Database Administration....teaching, consulting, some jobs require DBA or other Doctorates that will not require numbers of years in the field.
  8. distancedoc2007

    distancedoc2007 New Member

    Its main use is to edge out the person next to you in line who only has an MBA. Sorry to be blunt, but there it is. It also shows you can do research and qualifies you to supervise students to the masters and possibly the DBA level. It is also a chance to hone your expertise and reputation in a specific area, which makes it easier to get certain kinds of gigs.
  9. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    You can teach with it. One of my colleagues is pursuing a DBA at Anderson University.
  10. NMTTD

    NMTTD Member

    Got it. Thanks!! :)
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    The DBA that's a Doctor of Business Administration has nothing to do with the DBA that's a database administrator.
  12. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    It was a joke! I love how some Database Administrator put DBA after their name.
  13. kog

    kog New Member

    Disappearance of DBA info from Nova website?

    It might be that having an existing DBA or PhD business program prior to AACSB initial accreditation greatly complicates the approval process. AACSB is for "major league" business schools, and I would expect that Nova really wants their accreditation.
  14. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    I finally got a response back from Nova.

    Short and to the point, I guess.
  15. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    It is just a guess but I think that the market for distance doctorates in business without AACSB accreditation is shrinking, most new DBA students prospects would go with a school like the University of Liverpool that has the accreditation and it is fully online. The Nova program might just not be so profitable anymore.
  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Well, without the DBA, Nova is now worthless to me.
  17. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    I can't help but wonder whether they temporarily suspended it until they land AACSB accreditation. I'm not sure why such a move would help. Perhaps they think (rightfully so, I think) that more people would be interested in a Nova business doctorate once they land that coveted accreditation.
  18. kog

    kog New Member

    I seem to remember that before one of the "for profit" universities was granted regional accreditation, it dropped some if not all of its PhD programs. That institution is now regionally accredited and is once again offering PhDs.

    The institutional resources that are required by AACSB to support doctoral programs are likely much greater than those required for schools that only offer masters and/or bachelors programs. The resources needed to support doctoral studies would probably include significant library research materials, demonstrated ongoing quality faculty research, the hiring of more full-time faculty, etc.

    Once a school gains AACSB accreditation based on its bachelor and/or masters programs, it can then justify the added expense of the required resources for doctoral programs. That is a safer bet than adding the resources for the doctoral programs and then hoping to gain accreditation at some unknown time in the future
  19. INeedHelp

    INeedHelp New Member

    I actually am a DBA (the database one...lol) that might consider pursuing a DBA (the doctor one...)

    The potential for laughs is quite high with that one...
  20. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    So you are a DBA pursuing a DBA...:headbang:

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