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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?
This depends on the pace you take.  One of our first students completed the entire program in 4 years while employed full-time.  If you take 2 classes per semester and 1 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.
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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.  After the proposal is approved the student collects data, analyzes it, and writes a detailed report.
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What can I do with a DBA degree?
The program is designed to enhance your critical thinking and analytical skills.  It also provides a huge array of information in the management field.  This can enhance performance in your current organization or provide a stepping stone toward other career opportunities.  Some students are interested particularly in consulting work or in college-level teaching.
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Is the DBA available through distance learning?
While some courses may occasionally use some distance-learning tools, all the classes are taught here on the St. Ambrose University main campus.
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Is the St. Ambrose DBA program accredited?
St. Ambrose University is accredited to offer the degree by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.
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