New AACSB-accredited DBA

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Dr Rene, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Dr Rene

    Dr Rene Member

  2. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

  3. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    At least it's a lot more affordable than the DBAs offered by Nova, Kennesaw, and South Alabama. It does have the rather odd designation of "Executive" DBA. I wonder if they put that on the diploma.
  4. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Their "candidate profile" indicates an executive with 10 years experience who holds an MBA is the ideal. I suppose if your at that level and seeking an advanced degree then 68K might not be a big deal...I'm sure there are plenty of employers who would foot the bill...though my employer sure isn't one of them!
  5. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    I wonder why so many schools are creating DBA programs for executives? It's almost like B-schools have an allergy to offering the PhD or something. I know there's plenty of PhD programs in education, nursing, and others available by distance what's the problem with B-schools offering the PhD? Why the proliferation of DBAs?
  6. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    If this was offered when I started my PhD, I would have been all over this. It is just undr 2 hours from my house.
  7. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    NCU, Walden and Capella are more than $50 K so the price seems to be good for a credible AACSB DBA.

    I wonder if this will force NCU, Walden and Capella to low their fees.
  8. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Executive DBAs are meant to train executives and not academics. The idea behind this is to differentiate between the credential that makes you eligible to become faculty (PhD) and the one that was created to make you an executive (DBA).

    This is in theory, in practice many of the people that take executive DBAs become full time faculty. Some schools do not hire DBAs for full time faculty while others do, the field with shortages like accounting would not care much about the DBA or PhD designation as there is a lack of qualified doctors.

    In general, the PhD would still be considered the most prestigious credential by most. DBA, DM, D anything seem to be created as lighter versions of the PhD and justify shorter completion times by admitting people with more than 10 years experience.
  9. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    It is not too late, you have a PhD so why not go for a DBA? some people have both types of doctorates.
  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Of course, I totally agree with the distinctions around academic and practitioner doctorates. But I would caution that, in most cases, the DBA is an academic doctorate, normally indistinguishable from the Ph.D.
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Which say this, other than Northcentral?
  12. LadyExecutive

    LadyExecutive Member

    I think they do. Their Executive MBA programs state exactly that; that it is an "Executive" MBA degree.
  13. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Shay, Coincidence - I just sent you a PM - welcome back.
  14. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

  15. jayinpr

    jayinpr New Member

    AV8R: The proliferation of DBA programs is because they are self-funded by students and do not represent a burden on Universities unlike PhD programs that in most cases waive tuition, pay and stipend to students for their TA tasks and are funded by grants and research opportunities.

    SteveFoerster: Most B&M School's DBA programs are applied research oriented and are fit for both academia and industry. I'm on my 2nd year at Universidad del Turabo (AACSB accrdited) DBA MIS program in Puerto Rico and research is emphasized since the first course. Completing a dissertation plus getting published is a requisite for graduation. Othe hybrid academia and practice institutions are: Cleveland State and Jacksonville U. There are opportunities to pursue research and paid conference travel as well to teach at the Bachelor and Master levels depending on your background (mine is MS in IS plus CISSP, CISA, CISM certs and over 15 years of experience).

    Other University programs that don't offer PhDs but DBAs that are totally Research and Academia oriented are : Louisiana Tech , Kennesaw, Harvard, etc. On the other hand there are programs that are Executive DBA's that are more practitioner oriented but still require research and dissertation like Georgia State and Rollins.

    AACSB is the only game in town for B-Schools not only in the US but Latin America and Europe (check and most universities are trying to get accredited, example of a long established research institution that got accredites is University of Liverpool). Now in the US with even Community and Small Liberal Arts College requiring "PhD or DBA from an AACSB school preferred" and the shortage of AACSB doctoral graduates, the transition from industry to part-time or full-tine professor for AACSB DBA graduates is easier.

    When graduating from an AACSB school what really is going to impact the most is not if you are a PhD or DBA, but your publications and to a lesser degree your experience. Publication in top journals are the prove that you can research and bring prestige and funds to a University. The more you publish the more money you get. In MIS an article in a top publication equals on average a value of $6,000 and books around $8,000 to your bottom line. So one don't need to care much these days on the PhD/DBA debate, just make sure you learn the trade and art of research and writing.

    There are a hundreds of great state and private universities with PhD and DBA programs that are not AACSB accredited but graduates that publish and are indexed will have no problem finding jobs. One example is my Research Methods professor. He graduated from University of Puerto Rico (ACSBP accredited and now an AACSB candidate) with a Phd in International Management. In the last couple of years he published and got indexed on close to 3 to 7 articles annually which meant a lot of paid travel, raises, promotion to lead and coordinate the DBA program, visiting professor opportunities at top ranked Universities and a post-doc at Maastricht School of Management. Not to mention a thriving consulting business on the site.

    Bottom line, at whatever program (be Nova, NCU, Walden, Harvard, LA Tech, Grenoble or IE) you are applying or working on, make sure you make the most of it by taking advantage of the research courses and taking upon your self publishing at least one article before you graduate.

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