Hi, I'm a transitioning veteran from the US Navy. In addition to my professional experience in the Navy, I am on my last semester of an undergraduate degree in the Liberal Arts (with a concentration in management & business administration). I am also looking at getting into a one-year MBA program at several schools, in order to get my education on a fast-track pace. However, I want more than just a one-year MBA. I know that the market is slowly but surely flooding with fresh MBA grads, and I want to really stand out from the crowd. As of graduation from my bachelor's degree program, I'll have 30 months of Post 9/11 entitlement left. If things go well, I'll have that one-year MBA in exactly as much time, and still have plenty of my Post 9/11 benefits (18 months) remaining. At the moment, I'm looking at one of several options. The same college I'm looking to get my MBA at also offers dual Master's programs in other fields to be covered in an 18-month period. (FYI, all courses are full-time and condensed for faster completion). Another option is simply to complete the one-year MBA and earn an additional master's degree in another concentration of my choice. Another very tempting option is the pursuit of a DBA or a Ph.D in my preferred concentrations, following along the lines of those classes I took while pursuing my master's program. However, I'm not even sure that such a thing would work. I intend to pursue a professional career in international business management, with aspirations of being an effective and groundbreaking organizational leader at all levels of the company that I might work with in the future. In addition, I want to be a go-to expert in the realm of business negotiations as well as conflict management on a professional basis. I dealt with a taste of all of these things during my time in the Navy, and I for one want some more of that work in the private sector. I strongly feel that an MBA alone simply won't impart the skills I'll need to become an expert in these fields, though. Neither do I want to spend a long time acquiring these skills, though. While I feel that a DBA/Ph.D is a great option for those looking at executive leadership further down the line (like I am), but I'm worried that the time-consuming process of earning these degrees will prevent me from entering the workforce in earnest while I'm still relatively young. (I'm 25 years old right now, and hope to hold a DBA/Ph.D before I am 30 years old, if at all possible.) While on paper the solution might seem simple enough (complete the one-year MBA and hack it out at a two-year doctoral program), does it actually work? I am very serious about acquiring a strong and authoritative education for myself, but I also have the desire to put this education to use before I become just another old fart who's looking for a job. Are there any strong solutions to this sort of problem out there? If so, what are some good pointers on pursuing these options?