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Executive Doctorate in
Business Administration (DBA)

The Difference Between a DBA and Ph.D.

A DBA and a Ph.D. are similar, but have significant differences. So, what are the differences between them, and the advantages of a DBA?

Executive MBA
Program Focus
Application of business theories and practices to real-world problems. Advancement of knowledge in a specific field, aimed at producing new insights and theories that contribute to that field’s body of knowledge. Program is usually tailored to address the unique challenges faced by senior executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Program Structure
Typically shorter and more practical in nature, with a focus on real-world case studies and projects. Longer and more intensive, with a focus on independent research and the development of new theories. Typically have a more flexible schedule and offer classes during evenings, weekends, or online, making it easier for students to balance their work and study.
Length of Study
Three years to complete coursework, research, and a doctoral thesis. Four to six years to complete coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. Most programs are completed within two years.
Career Track
Senior management positions in various industries (including consulting, finance, and healthcare) or careers as entrepreneurs or business consultants. Academia, research, government institutions, or industry, with a primary focus on conducting research and advancing knowledge in their field. Senior executives, business owners, or entrepreneurs.