The DBA and PhD are different degrees, intended for different types of students.
The Executive DBA is the more business-applicable degree, designed for experienced professionals who want to influence the future of business as consultants and professors, while continuing to work full-time. The PhD in Business Administration is a full-time, research-oriented program designed to prepare graduates for academic teaching and research careers.
The two programs each have a unique research focus, as well.
The table below compares the two programs.
|Doctor in Business Administration at UNC Charlotte||Ph.D in Business Administration in full-time programs|
Program length and structure
|3 years, with five Charlotte residencies per semester for the first two years||4-7 years, full-time, year-round|
|Profile||Experienced professionals who want to open doors into consulting and teaching, by examining relevant business problems||Individuals who want to prepare themselves for a research career in academia|
|Previous work experience||At least 5 years of professional experience||No business experience required, most often only academic requirements|
|Previous education||Should have an MBA or relevant master’s||A bachelor’s is sufficient, but a master's is often required|
|Curricular emphasis||Core courses cover multiple business disciplines, business theory and research methodology. Program concludes with a dissertation.||Core courses cover one business discipline, business theory and research methodology. Program concludes with a dissertation.|
|Degree Awarded||Doctor of Business Administration||Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration|