Why pursue a DBA or a PhD
DBA or a PhD?
DBA and PhD: DBA is a doctorate degree in business management, while PhD is a doctorate degree in Philosophy.
Subject: DBA is business-orientated course, whereas PhD degree can be achieved in any field of education.
Scope: DBA is an applied program because it focuses on applying in real-world business problems. PhD program is theoretically based where novel approaches are identified through gaps from exiting literature.
Course type and duration: DBA courses can be taken either on a part-time or full-time basis while PhD programs in most of the fields are only accessible full-time. Typically DBA program takes longer duration (3-6 years) to complete compared to PhD program (4 years).
Funding and Tuition fees: Most PhD programs have funding support available while it is difficult to obtain for a DBA program. DBA course is almost three times more expensive than a PhD program.
Prerequisites: To enroll into a DBA program, prior work experience is mandatory while it is not required for admission to a PhD program. However, a master’s degree is mandatory for PhD programs and having publications in journals may be a plus while applying for a PhD program.
Career opportunities: DBA holders mostly seek for professional jobs in higher management field with the goal of eventually leading an organization as a CEO, COO or CMO. They may also pursue consulting roles. Individuals who are interested in academic or research mostly pursue PhD.
Salary: DBA holders typically earn more than PhD holders since they work in higher managerial positions.
Doctorate in Business Management
Doctor of Philosophy
Field of specialization
Any field of education
Part-time and Full-Time
Mostly Full time
3-6 years (Usually longer than PhD
Typically 4 years
May or may not be available
Three times more expensive
Less expensive than DBA
Prior work experience
No need of prior work experience but publishing papers will be an added advantage
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