Doctoral Degree Exploration

Doctoral Degrees in the Marketplace

The first step in choosing a doctoral program is to be aware of the major types of programs in the market. Business doctoral programs can be divided into both traditional programs and non-traditional programs. Two non-traditional doctoral degree programs include the executive doctorate and the research doctor of business administration. The research doctorate provided by Kennesaw State is the only doctoral degree program offered in the Coles College of Business.

Pursue the best fit for you. Types of programs available in the market include:

  • A Traditional PhD program typically consists of the following:

    • 4-5 years, full time
    • High opportunity costs as students are rarely allowed to have outside employment
    • Limited opportunities for experienced professionals
    • Provides a research doctorate that, when conducted by an AACSB accredited business school, prepares graduates for research and teaching responsibilities as “Scholarly Academic” faculty at AACSB schools
    • Vast majority of graduates regularly placed in faculty positions
  • An Executive Doctorate program typically consists of the following:

    • 3 years, part time
    • Research targeted towards addressing issues and challenges of contemporary business
    • Focused on experienced professionals
    • Focus on producing advanced leaders for industry and consulting positions
  • A Research Doctor of Business Administration from KSU consists of the following:
    • 3-4 years with residencies built for working professionals
    • Provides a research doctorate by an AACSB accredited business school that prepares graduates for research and teaching responsibilities as “Scholarly Academic” faculty at AACSB schools
    • Dissertation research targeted to academic journals with focus on application and relevancy
    • Graduates placed in faculty positions and in advanced industry and consulting positions
    • Vast majority pursue faculty or leadership positions at AACSB accredited business schools

    The research doctorate provided by Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business is designed to develop within individuals an expertise in a functional area of business that enables them to advance practice and theory, as well as make a contribution to organizational effectiveness. The research doctorate is a unique opportunity to pursue an applied research project and at the same time earn a doctoral degree. Individuals earning a research doctorate degree are adding to their career flexibility and choice by preparing themselves for expanded roles within academia and industry.

 

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