With MBAs becoming increasingly common in the business world, many students are taking their educations a step further by pursuing doctoral business degrees—either a PhD or a DBA (doctor of business administration). But what’s the difference between the two? It’s a question that Dr. Walter McCollum had to consider for himself when he decided to enroll in Walden’s Ph.D. program in Applied Management. “The difference between a PhD and DBA is that a PhD program is generally much broader and has different aspects from a research perspective, whereas in a DBA program, the problem statement or problem a student has to explore or investigate is related to a specific business.” Degree-seekers interested in a more academic career might consider a PhD, particularly those hoping to obtain faculty positions at a university. If it’s purely practicing business you’re interested in, though, think about a DBA Hear Dr. McCollum’s thoughts on DBA versus PhD programs.

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