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 deepen your business skills and enhance leadership qualities.

  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 business-focused degree
    • Currently working 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
    • Enrolls as a full-time student
    • Seeks to position themselves for careers in academia
  3. Executive MBA

    Senior professionals who are looking to advance their career as a leader.

  1. DBA

    A Master’s degree such as an MBA or a relevant business-focused Master’s degree.

  2. PhD

    Master’s degree normally required.

  3. Executive MBA

    All academic backgrounds encouraged.

  1. DBA

    At least 10 years of senior management experience, including at least seven at the executive level; or at least five years experience as a full time lecturer/instructor in a relevant field in a college or university.

  2. PhD

    Relevant research experience preferred but not required.

  3. Executive MBA

    At least 7+ years of progressive work experience.

  1. DBA

    Full-time program with in-person and blended pre- and post-course work. Students are required to complete their course work and defend a dissertation in four years, maximum six year duration.

  2. PhD

    Four-to six-year program.

  3. Executive MBA

    20 months, each semester starts with a block week (Monday to Saturday) and shifts to two-day weekends every second week.

  1. DBA

    This is a blended program with required time in the classroom and online.

  2. PhD

    Full time, in-person for the duration of the program.

  3. Executive MBA

    In-person, two-day weekends every second week. There is a block week (Monday to Saturday) at the start of each semester. The program kicks off with a block week in the mountains and culminates with a 10-day international study tour.

  1. DBA

    Students are required to take eight courses with additional learning opportunities available.  

  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, hr, marketing, strategy, leadership, global business and more
    • Past electives have included business analytics, negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, sustainable development and more
  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

    Approximately $100,000.00 plus fees. As a professional doctorate program there are very few funding opportunities. Applicants must be prepared to self-fund the program. To learn more about tuition, click here.

  2. PhD

    Tuition is covered by the program.

  3. Executive MBA

    For up-to-date information on program tuition and fees, please click here

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