What is the Difference Between an MBA and a DBA?

Posted on July 21, 2016  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Many seasoned professionals find themselves contemplating an advanced degree as the next step forward on their career journey. For business professionals who have completed an MBA, it may be beneficial to continue their momentum by earning a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree.

Some aspiring learners may ask, “What is the difference between an MBA and a DBA?” Use the below quick reference to compare these degree programs:

  • The MBA degree is usually utilized by ambitious business professionals seeking to advance their careers by better understanding and applying existing business theories.
  • The DBA degree allows seasoned professionals to expand their careers by developing and applying new theories and practices.

In other words, MBA learners spend much of their time learning about existing business theories and trends. Through reading existing journal articles and textbooks, they become familiar with data analysis, diversity management, globalization, technology and forecasting. Based on current business environment and trends, MBA learners emerge as expert, highly knowledgeable professionals ready to lead teams and organizations to new effectiveness, efficiency and success.

DBA learners expand the body of knowledge within their discipline by conducting their own research. Geo-political, economic, consumer, legal, political, global and demographic shifts mean that what successfully worked yesterday may not work as well tomorrow. Doctoral learners critically review publications and journals to determine whether they agree or disagree with authors’ conclusions.

Through this process, doctoral learners develop their own voices and eventually write scholarly publications based on their well-researched hypotheses. The goal is to spark new advancement that will reverberate throughout the world of business and possibly lead to new and groundbreaking changes in the way organizations work.

Evening DBA Programs for Working Professionals

Many aspiring doctoral learners find it impossible to begin their educational journey while maintaining full-time employment. GCU is now making it possible. Beginning in September 2016, the DBA will be offered as an evening cohort program, an exciting new option for those balancing full daytime schedules. DBA evening learners can expect a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Convenience – Courses meet one evening per week on GCU’s main campus
  • Small class sizes – Class enrollment limited so that learners receive individual attention
  • Face-to-face instruction – Geared toward those more comfortable with in-person feedback and collaboration
  • Networking opportunities – Connect with peers and faculty within your chosen field and start building a beneficial network for your future

Utilize evening coursework to complete the DBA degree while maintaining your busy professional schedule. This innovative doctoral program is allowing high achievers like you to enhance your career portfolio while increasing your profile as a respected thought leader.

To learn more about GCU’s DBA program as well as a variety of available MBA programs, visit our website or contact us today using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

About College of Doctoral Studies

Grand Canyon University’s innovative doctoral degree programs prepare learners for leadership roles in their professions, communities and society. Our dynamic online learning community, integrated dissertation process, wealth of resources and collaborative environment support a successful and meaningful doctoral journey. We believe earning a doctoral degree is a journey and similar to climbing a mountain—challenging, invigorating and completely rewarding when you reach the top. Our goal is to help you conquer your own mountain and succeed on your doctoral journey. Readers of The Doctoral Journey blog, presented by the College of Doctoral Studies, will find resourceful and knowledgeable posts regarding the doctoral process, research best practices and dissertation tips among other topics from GCU’s doctoral faculty.


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