KSU DBA Program Advantage
The KSU DBA Program blends the advantages of traditional PhD programs with the advantages of non-traditional programs to form and reshape how doctoral education is provided. Recognized by AACSB International in their inaugural Innovations That Inspire initiative and with over 100 current students and alumni, the KSU DBA Program is at the forefront of quality non-traditional doctoral education.
KSU DBA Program Advantages:
Academic research doctorate
The Program is designed to give students the skills needed to conduct advanced business research. During the two years of coursework, the Program uses content, theory, and method courses to build the foundation that students need to conduct scholarly academic research. Students also begin engaging in the dissertation stage of their studies during their second year of the program.
AACSB accredited program
A business doctorate coming from an AACSB accredited business school is of critical importance. AACSB accreditation helps to provide quality assurance that the degree meets rigorous standards. There are nearly 800 accredited business schools worldwide; however, the number of AACSB accredited business schools with doctoral programs is far fewer.
Classes taught by well-published faculty
Faculty involvement of well-published scholars is critical to developing doctoral students’ ability to publish. KSU strives to have its most published faculty members teach and mentor our doctoral students. In addition to our well-published faculty closely working with our doctoral students, we use a network of Global Scholars outside of KSU to further enhance the student learning experience.
Continue to work and study at the same time
An Advantage of the KSU DBA Program over traditional PhD programs is the ability of the students to continue their full-time jobs, while pursuing doctoral studies. In part, this is made possible by the intense once-a-month residency structure of our program, versus traditional programs that have courses taught throughout the week.
3-year cohort-based residency program (completion times vary)
The KSU DBA is designed to be completed in as little as three years. The first two years of the Program are made up of in-class residencies. The third year of the Program focuses on dissertation research and does not require in-class residencies. Students are required to present their dissertation proposal and final defense in person. Students defend their final dissertation as early as the end of their third year of study. However, students have up to five years to complete the Program (additional tuition is required if additional time beyond three years is taken).
Students in the Program are required to complete a research-based dissertation. Student complete either a longer single essay dissertation or a two-paper style dissertation. Regardless of the type of dissertation students conduct, the dissertation is a rigorous task that increases the students’ ability to publish in scholarly academic journals after completion of the Program.
Recognizing the Quality of the Program
- Established in 2008 with over 100 alumni and current students
- Recognized by AACSB International in their inaugural Innovations That Inspire initiative for Global Ingenuity, Innovation, and Creativity
- Recognized by CEO Magazine in their global listing of the top 20 premier DBA providers