The American College to offer PhD in financial literacy and retirement planning

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Dr Rene, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Dr Rene

    Dr Rene Member

  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Looks interesting.
  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    In the article they call it both a "Professional Doctorate" and a Ph.D. It can't be both. According to the college's website, it is a Ph.D. But in what, really? I wonder if "Financial Services and Retirement Planning" can be considered an academic discipline at all? What are the theoretical foundations for THAT? The curriculum sure looks practitioner-based and not at all scholarly.

    They have only three full-time faculty listed with academic doctorates (two Ph.D.'s and a DBA). They also have adjuncts listed. So where is this Ph.D. coming from again?

    This school has always had a great reputation in the financial services industry. But an academic doctorate? Based on what? Not the field--it isn't academic. Not the curricular content--it's applied practice. Not the faculty. Not the scholarship being produced now by the faculty. What?

    Good school. Ought not to award the Ph.D. Perhaps an applied doctorate with a title similar to its master's degree in this field would have been more appropriate.

    I think they got the "Professional Doctorate" right and the "Ph.D." wrong. Way wrong.

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