DBA, PhD or Executive MBA?

Haskayne Doctor of Business Administration

  1. DBA

    To develop practitioner scholars

  2. PhD

    To develop academic researchers

  3. Executive MBA

    To provide career choice and advancement options

  1. DBA

    Senior executives who want to advance their careers by deepening their problem solving skills through advanced critical reasoning

    • Hold an MBA or relevant post-baccalaureate degree
    • Work full-time
    • Will use the knowledge acquired to address problems and issues in contemporary business
  2. PhD

    Individuals with limited work experience who want to prepare themselves for a research career in an academic institution

    • May or may not hold a post-baccalaureate (MBA or MSc) degree
    • Typically enrolls as a full-time student
    • Seeks to position themselves for careers in academia
  3. Executive MBA

    Individuals with limited work experience who want to prepare themselves for a research career in an academic institution

  1. DBA

    Should have an MBA or equivalent business-focused Master’s degree

  2. PhD

    Master’s degree normally required

  3. Executive MBA

    Undergraduate degree, all academic backgrounds encouraged.

  1. DBA

    At least 10 years of management experience, with at least seven at the executive level; or five years of experience as a lecturer/instructor in a college or university program

  2. PhD

    Relevant work experience varies; preferred but not required

  3. Executive MBA

    Two or more years’ post-undergraduate work experience showing increasing levels of responsibility.

  1. DBA

    Three-to four-year full-time program based on multiple residencies per semester, as well as online learning.

  2. PhD

    Four-to five-year program based on full-time participation and full-time attendance

  3. Executive MBA

    Various options available, ranging from 16 to 32 months, either full-time or part-time (evening classes)

  1. DBA

    The program is set up as blended learning with required time in the classroom and online.

  2. PhD

    Students are required to be on campus during their course work for at least the first two years of their program or until they have completed their candidacy.

  3. Executive MBA

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  1. DBA

    Students are required to take eight courses, six core and two elective.

  2. PhD

    Students are required to take a minimum of 12 courses.

  3. Executive MBA

    Students are required to take 20 courses, 17 required and 3 elective courses.

  1. DBA

    • Interdisciplinary, focusing on general management, business and social issues, such as globalization and leadership
    • Application of quantitative or qualitative research methods to contemporary business problems
  2. PhD

    • Specialized studies, generally within a single, specific business discipline
    • Heavy emphasis on a variety of research methodologies and their application to develop new theories
  3. Executive MBA

    • Core courses in finance, accounting, people and organizations, supply chain, business analysis, and management studies
    • Elective courses in strategy, operations management, marketing, entrepreneurship, business and environment, management information systems, sustainable development, organizational dynamics, human resources, accounting and finance
  1. DBA

    Applied research

  2. PhD

    Theoretical research

  3. Executive MBA

    No research

  1. DBA

    Doctor of Business Administration

  2. PhD

    Doctor of Philosophy in Management

  3. Executive MBA

    Master of Business Administration

  1. DBA

    Graduates advance within their organizations to senior executive positions. Some graduates may also teach in a university setting.

  2. PhD

    Graduates aim to have careers in a university setting as full-time faculty members. Research and teaching will be their primary focus.

  3. Executive MBA

    Graduates are able to advance their existing careers, change careers, or assume leadership roles.

  1. DBA

    $30,000 per year for the first three years, $10,000 for year four. To learn more about tuition, click here.

  2. PhD

    Tuition is covered by the program.

  3. Executive MBA

    $69,000 plus general fees

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