Teaching online with a masters vs. doctorates

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by catlin0915, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    I understand that I need 6 graduate courses in the discipline I plan to teach, but if I earn a DBA would I be able to teach anything business? I looked, but couldn't find the answer which is I'm asking.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    No, you would only be able to teach in a field in which you had 18 graduate semester-hours. This frequently trips up MBA holders, who having taken a few courses in several business areas, don't end up with enough courses in any in particular. I would think someone with a DBA would have at least amassed enough credit in Management. But still, be careful.
  3. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    That's disappointing

    So the doctorates wont open up other specializations, but it would look better then just having an MBA I would hope. Would it have that big of an in pact in landing teaching positions?

    Thank you for the honest answer, not what I wanted to hear, but needed to know. Would a second masters be more beneficial?
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    A doctorate might open up another discipline, but only if you end up with 18 semester-hours of credit in two different ones by the end of it. Finance and accounting seem to be the ones with the most vacancies.

    Either way, though, given how much competition there is and how low the pay tends to be, at this point I wouldn't do a degree program solely with the goal of adjuncting. The ROI just isn't there.
  5. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    Agree completely.

    I would've considered it at one point, but there's just too much competition to make it worth the trouble these days. I remember when online degrees were still kind of a new thing, many of the for-profits openly advertised for adjuncts. If you were a warm body with a master's degree with 18 credits in a subject, you could make some money in the biz. Things are a bit different these days.
  6. jonlevy

    jonlevy Active Member

    A doctorate could pay off over time as an adjunct or as an enhancement to your other job BUT only if you did not have to pay it in the first place and received a stipend, grants, and medical while in a doctorate program. If you are investing hard cash in anything other than a traditional doctorate with high demand like engineering or cybernetics, your ROI will be disappointing at best and a dead loss possibly in the humanities.
  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I don't believe the 18-hour thing is a hard-and-fast rule universally applied. But it is a commonly seen standard.

    We didn't have that rule at UoP, for example, but I've seen it in other places.
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    It's easy for me to believe that there's probably flexibility in that rule but it's also easy for me to believe that in regards to competitive positions (aren't they all?) 18 credit might be considered a minimum qualification and that it might not get you onto anyone's short list.

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