Robinson’s Doctor of Business Administration is a 3-year, cohort-based, part-time doctoral degree program designed for senior-level decision-makers. Upon graduation, you will be able to apply research methodology and business theory to practical problems, and develop new perspectives on leadership, global change, and decision making. Through this rigorous and intellectually stimulating process, you will be transformed on a personal and professional level.
This mission is accomplished by helping executives develop general competence in applied research (including demonstrating knowledge of relevant theory and scholarly literature) while creating new knowledge on contemporary business problems through rigorous, hands-on coursework as well as the writing and defense of a dissertation.
Choose a Unique Program Design
To help students graduate in 3 years, the Georgia State DBA program use a unique design that consists of two major parts.
- First, in semesters 1-3 we provide students with the knowledge and experiences they need to develop a dissertation. This includes courses where students learn qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as a group research project in which students experience a full research cycle from real-world problem to publication.
- Second, in semesters 4-6 students gbuild on this theoretical and practical foundation to develop and defend their individual dissertations in close collaboration with their advisor and dissertation committee.
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DBA vs. Ph.D.
A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Ph.D. are similar in a few ways, but also differ in terms of program length, structure, candidate profile, curriculum, and expected outcomes. DBA students are typically looking to evolve business practices, develop new perspectives through applied research, and create flexibility for future career change (including academia). Ph.D. students, in contrast, typically pursue full-time, research-focused careers in academia.
The research focus also differs between the two terminal degree programs. DBA students learn research methods and business theory through applied research and address real-world issues within their dissertations. Ph.D. research is typically theory-based and addresses broad, discipline-specific topics.
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