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Doctor of Business Administration


Frequently Asked Questions

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How is a DBA different from a PhD?
Both the DBA and PhD are graduate degrees in business. The exact nature of these degrees differs by institution. Generally speaking, the PhD in business is designed to prepare individuals for careers in education, with a strong emphasis on academic research. While our DBA program does include a high degree of academic rigor, we often include a more applied focus than would be found in some PhD programs.
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How long will it take to get my DBA?
That depends on the pace you take. One of our first students completed the entire program in four years while employed full-time. However, if you take two classes per semester and one in the summer, course work can be completed in about 2-1/2 years. This is followed by comprehensive exams and the design and completion of a dissertation. Have a look at the curriculum here.
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What is a dissertation?
This is the culminating research project. The student chooses an area of interest. Then, working with a faculty committee, he or she develops a detailed research proposal. If the committee approves the proposal, the student collects data, analyzes it, and writes a detailed report. You can read the descriptions of the more recent dissertations here.
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What can I do with a DBA degree?
Honestly, that's what's great about the DBA; whether you want to teach at the college level or advance in the business world, the DBA can help you attain that versatility. The SAU DBA is designed to enhance your critical thinking and analytical skills while also providing a larger breadth of career options from academia to consulting. Knowledge gained from your DBA experience can improve performance in your current organization or become a stepping stone toward other career opportunities.
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Is the DBA available through distance learning?
While some courses may occasionally use some distance-learning tools, professors teach all classes on the main campus.
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Is the St. Ambrose DBA program accredited?
Yes. St. Ambrose University is accredited to offer the degree by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities and by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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