Talk:Doctor of Business Administration

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Professional Research Doctorate?[edit]

Not all DBA's are "professional" research doctorates. Depending on the school, some DBA's are more theoretical than Ph.D.'s, and less applied.

I removed the "professional" from "professional doctorate". A DBA is not a first professional degree.

If you get a DBA, what kind of jobs can you do? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 206.255.202.207 (talk) 11:17, 9 February 2008 (UTC)


Regarding the perspective that DBA's, as a result of the DBA research focus being on applied theory versus the development of new theory, and, as a result, DBA's are not as well applied to careers in academia as would be a PhD, Boston University's website describes the DBA practicum and program deliverable as such:

"Management education must impart the skills required to respond to technological changes, the information revolution, global competition, and constant shifts in political and social environments. Many of the management models adopted by business are outdated, and call for innovative ideas rooted in solid academic research.

Boston University’s DBA program addresses this need by training scholars to develop and sharpen management theories to enhance their contribution to management education and practice." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.114.218.86 (talk) 19:19, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

There are indeed a few schools, such as Harvard Business School and Boston University's School of Management, that issue DBAs as an approximate substitute for the Ph.D., because these schools have not come to an agreement with the Graduate School that controls Ph.D. granting at their universities. However, most D.B.A.s are granted by programs that set them apart from the Ph.D., and gear them at older, more applied students - in particular practicing executives. A good example of the demarcation is at Case-Western: /http://weatherhead.case.edu/degrees/doctor-management/.Truth or consequences-2 (talk) 14:12, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Listing of Schools offering D.B.A. degrees[edit]

I have removed a list of schools offering D.B.A. degrees from this Talk page multiple times. If someone needs to reference the list, it's in the history. But it's not appropriate for this Talk page as it is not discussion related to the improvement of the article. Our guidelines are very clear on this. It's also quite silly to take up such a ginormous amount of space in this Talk page when the same material is so easily viewed in the history where it won't clutter this page and make it very difficult to use. ElKevbo (talk) 23:17, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Fair enough. --A. Poinçot (talk) 00:37, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

D.B.A. Schools[edit]

A current list of schools offering Doctor of Business Administration degrees may be found here: DBA Schools — Preceding unsigned comment added by APoincot (talkcontribs) 01:49, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

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Business Schools offering a D.B.A. Degree[edit]

There is an unsourced alphabetized list of business schools offering a DBA degree. I removed it here, but it was reinserted here, so I am bringing it to the talk page. I think this list violates WP:NOTDIRECTORY and that it would be better served as a category. I am interested in hearing the thoughts of others. Thanks, Bahooka (talk) 19:17, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

As you can see above, I tried to do this almost five years so ago so I wholeheartedly support this action. ElKevbo (talk) 20:19, 12 December 2017 (UTC).
Please stop removing these sample schools of business. The community clearly wants this section as it keeps getting inserted except for users ElKevbo and talk.
Please be civil. This is not a violation of the WP:NOTDIRECTORY as it is not a directory or meant to be an extensive directory, which would violate the policy. It is a list of some schools that offer DBA programs and its inclusion complements the article. There are countless examples on Wikipedia of such sample collections. For example, if you look at Doctor_of_Management you will see examples of Doctoral Management Specialties. I do not see anyone claiming that to be a list or removing it. (2A02:587:450D:B00:78C7:98CF:CDDC:383 (talk) 22:52, 26 December 2017 (UTC)) Dear ElKevbo you have undone my last change without any discussion when I have not in any way violated Wikipedia policy as you are accusing me of doing. I ask that ElKevbo do not enforce your bias. Please restore my last change or provide a reasonable justification as to how this violates Wikipedia Policy. Do not direct me to a policy that you have clearly not read. (2A02:587:450D:B00:78C7:98CF:CDDC:383 (talk) 02:14, 27 December 2017 (UTC))
This is an encyclopedia article about the subject, not a guide for prospective students. If you would like to include some examples of institutions that offer this degree, please let us know what inclusion criteria and references you propose to use. ElKevbo (talk) 02:53, 27 December 2017 (UTC)