Well, I've written in two other threads about my comparison of Nova's D.B.A. (Finance) vs. NCU's Ph.D. Business Administration (Finance). I applied to both and will negotiate the best packages, then decide. I expect to be accepted by both. I ran out the "all in" budgets, including tuition, inflation, travel, fees, lodging, car rentals - everything. As a Tampa, Florida resident and assuming that in each program, I'd need to take three additional prerequisite courses, NCU totals $33,000 or $553 per hour and Nova is $59,000 or $853 per hour. NCU requires only one "trip", which is graduation, while Nova would requre about 40 days per year in class. That's $26,000 more for Nova's degree. I'd have to fly down to Ft. Lauderdale 5 times, for 4-6 days at a time, plus be in class one weekend per month. If I did management, I could stay in Tampa but I'm doing Finance. Because finance is not as popular, I have to fly down for my finance courses that are one week each, for 3 courses. Nova is a hybrid, with lots of residency, and certainly not a DL program per se. I want to retire into full-time teaching in 10 years when I'll be 53. My goal is to place in a master's level regional 4-year university business school. However, if my degree purpose is restricted to access into a graduate classroom as an adjunct ONLY, then perhaps the NCU degree will suffice. It's a hole in a punch card. Any aspiration to bridge into an academic full-time appointment with the NCU credential, however, would be more difficult than if I had the Nova degree, which is well placed in academia, in a relative sense. I discount any negative perception of the D.B.A. vs. a Ph.D. from an academic's viewpoint because I'd be bringing 35 years of professional experience to the classroom. Adjunct or full time professor: I can take either path with Nova's degree. To have this enhanced degree utility, I'm looking at $26,000 minimum plus the value assigned to the disutility of travel. I'd be working on academics either way, so doing any more resident program would simply add to the time and aggravation of displacement and travel, plus constrain my personal schedule around fixed points. If NCU becomes more known and well regarded over the next 10 years, then the $26k more for Nova may be negated. I've asked, and NCU won't release any financial information so it's hard to know if they will even be around long enough for me to graduate. Their lack of financial transparency is very disturbing. Conversly, Nova has 40 year history and a $300 million+ operating budget with any number of graduates in well regarded B & M professorships all over the US. Tough call: Nova would be a pain in the butt as to residency, be a D.B.A., and be more expensive. Is the added security regarding academic placement worth it?