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As with most DBA programs, DePaul's
doctorate differs from traditional PhD programs in its residency-based delivery
format that seeks to accommodate working professionals' full-time
It is also important to note that
DePaul's DBA program has been developed within the context of a shifting
approach to business doctoral education.
The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier international
accreditation body of business schools, recently released a report of its Doctoral
Education Task Force that found that, "skills refined through doctoral
education, such as problem framing and data analysis, are increasingly valued
in certain professional roles and industry circles."
As a consequence, AACSB has
encouraged its members to develop innovative doctoral programs that support one
or more of four relatively distinct career tracks:
DePaul's DBA is designed to help
professionals pursue the third and/or fourth career tracks. As a professional
doctorate, DePaul's DBA program emphasizes applied research to strengthen the
intersection of theory and practice, thereby facilitating executive careers
inside organizations or within academia such as clinical or adjunct faculty
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business program also is registered as a member of
the EDBA Council, an international organization of leading institutions that
offer executive doctoral degrees.
know there are options in the market for mostly online executive doctorate
degrees. Our belief is that learning at this level is best done in a more
traditional format where students and faculty can engage in face-to-face
discussion, debate and skill practice. In between residencies, students will be
completing assignments and working virtually with faculty and peers.