drives Stephanie Shipp to travel more than 1,000 miles from Austin to Chicago once
a month to attend classes at DePaul University? It’s the opportunity to study
in DePaul’s Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a three-year, part-time
degree program where executives gain advanced research
skills for mining insights from data and leading change in their organizations.
In this Q&A, Shipp, an operations thought leader and
customer experience advocate at Dell Technologies, discusses why she entered DePaul’s
DBA and what it means for her career.
Why did you decide to pursue a DBA at DePaul?
pursuit of a DBA is aimed at my continuing quest for personal mastery and
growth, empowering me to acquire the highest level of education in business
management knowledge, research methodologies and related acumen. I specifically
selected DePaul because of the reputation of the university and the DBA
curriculum, which emphasizes the contextual alliance between the academic and
corporate disciplines. Although I am not local to the Chicagoland area, the
structure of monthly classroom residencies was a critical factor, as an online program
is not my preferred learning venue.
How does the
program help advance your career?
substance of the program has expanded my way of viewing and subsequently
solving problems. Since joining the DBA program at DePaul, I have become more
intentional in my construction and deconstruction of problems and solutions. I
now consider additional perspectives, as found in academic research literature,
to inform my path forward with evidence. My new viewpoint is considered a
value-add and is increasing sought after in a variety of forums.
How would you
describe the quality of the faculty?
a word, phenomenal. Each faculty member is well-versed in their discipline
areas, and they are extremely adept at interconnecting varying academic topics to
relevant practitioner scenarios. They create a very collegial environment where
our diverse voices, as practitioners, are an integral part of the knowledge base.
What have you
learned from working with the other professionals in your DBA cohort?
cohort experience is a significant part of the learning experience. We each
bring a different perspective, professional knowledge, capabilities and core
competencies, which enhance our discussions and projects. As a result of our
diversity of experiences, we gain a supplementary layer of knowledge from each
What value can DBA
graduates bring to their organizations?
students evolve their critical thinking and cognitive capacity in a way that is
relevant and valuable in a corporate environment. Graduates will see comparable
problems through a new lens and refined perspectives, which ultimately elevates
the outcomes for their organizations.
What advice do you
have for other professionals considering a DBA?
any professional who has a desire to pursue a terminal degree (highest degree
awarded), I would highly recommend they consider DePaul. The structure of the
program is very advantageous for someone who desires an in-class and
face-to-face learning setting vs. online. While working and pursuing a terminal
degree can be demanding in any format, the structure of this program allows for
work balance and a cohort experience that is unlike any that I have heard of. Most
importantly, the DePaul DBA offers a curriculum full of academic rigor, coupled
with a conducive structure for working executives.
more about DePaul’s Doctorate in Business Administration.