DBA vs. Ph.D.

The DBA and Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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