Which Doctoral Program is Right for You?

PhD in Management or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)?

Walden offers two doctoral degree options for professionals who want to become authorities in the management discipline while also increasing their credentials for career advancement.


The PhD in Management may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Transition to a career as a teacher, consultant, or organizational leader.
  • Deepen your understanding of ethics, social responsibility, and other key themes as they relate to the management of organizations.
  • Forge new ideas and perspectives on managerial approaches that can positively impact organizations and society—and contribute new knowledge to your field.
  • Conduct original academic research on a topic relevant to your own interests and expertise, as opposed to that of faculty interests.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) may be your best choice if you want to: 

  • Assume a leadership position within your current organization.
  • Influence your industry or organization as a consultant.
  • Deepen your understanding of the functional disciplines of business administration.
  • Complete a doctoral study based on a real-world project within your organization.

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