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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:44 pm 
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PhD & DBA programs

Universities have been offering doctorates in business related subjects as PhDs for some time. In the last few years another type of doctorate has been offered. This is the DBA or doctorate of business administration. Both courses take the academic principles of the masters degree to a higher level, but the PhD is more research focused, while the DBA couples research to a core taught programme.

In academic circles the PhD is still considered to be the more "serious" qualification, but more most managers seeking a higher level qualification the DBA is likely to be the more useful route to take. Both involve a serious piece of academic research, however and participants on a DBA are likely to feel stretched.

One of the big questions is whether the time investment in an even higher level qualification for the busy manager is a worthwhile investment. Looking at it in pure ROI terms then the answer is currently a "no". In the same way that the market is awash with low-paid PhDs the value attached to a DBA currently seems less than its cost. One of the main values in the qualification is in developing an area of expertise and in an ability to differentiate between those areas of business which are often labelled as "business myths" and those which have a real foundation in fact.

This is still an early stage in the development of the DBA in the UK and it is still too early to judge its real value, however a number of universities in the UK now offer it on both a full time and part time basis (PhDs are still primarily offered as full time 3 year programmes). Universities which currently offer DBAs include: Hull, Kingston and Cranfield. PhDs can be studied at most business schools but are often only available as full-time, three year courses which means they mainly appeal to those who want an academic position. Schools offering full time PhDs include Imperial, LBS and Warwick.

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