Program Information

DBA Program Designs

Common Characteristics of DBA Programs Common Characteristics of DBA Programs (6 min.)

In choosing a DBA program, it is important to ensure that the design of the program matches your objectives. Nearly all programs have a research methods component near the start, and a dissertation/project requirement at the end. With respect to coursework, there are four basic design philosophies that we commonly see:

  1. Doctorate by publication: Very little course work, with a degree being awarded almost entirely based on the dissertation. Popular in Europe, not in the United States.
  2. Disciplinary: Resembles a traditional PhD with substantial coursework focusing on a single function
  3. Multi-Disciplinary: Resembles an MBA in structure, with survey courses on the research in each business function
  4. Interdisciplinary: Course work focuses on topics that cross the business functions, such as analytics, innovation, creativity, strategy, systems theory and sustainability.

DBA Program Types DBA Program Types (6 min.)

Key features of our program

  • Multi-disciplinary course offerings include both research methods and areas of strategic focus for the USF Muma College of Business
  • Publication courses provide students with structured opportunities to publish different types of research
  • Topics for "issues courses" later in the program are selected by students from a list of course proposals
  • Students may propose issues courses and even design and co-teach them under faculty direction
  • Dissertation requirements are rigorous but also flexible; may be fulfilled with a traditional thesis, book, major research project, or with a portfolio of research-driven activities
  • Tuition of $30,000 per year for three years includes:
    • A Windows Tablet PC at start of the program that has been tested for compatibility with program activities and required applications
    • Meals, required books, and course materials.
    • A $6,000 budget for approved student research and travel expenses