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News Clips 07/16/2014
EDITORIAL: New USF degree adds DBA to the C-level alphabet soup
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal, 07/14/14
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By Marin Guta
Top level business executives now have an opportunity to earn doctoral degrees in business without interrupting their careers.
The University of South Florida College of Business launched a Doctor of Business Administration for C-suite executives, which will begin accepting applications in January.
Unlike a traditional Ph.D. or Executive MBA, the DBA is tailored to working professionals with extensive managerial experience who are seeking to transform business practice, a statement said.
The course’s flexible schedule lets students balance school with their careers. The 72-hour credit program will meet on campus for one weekend a month from August through December and February through June; the remainder of the course will be online self-directed study.
“This program has been created with that important factor in mind; careful scheduling will allow even the busiest executives to earn the degree without interrupting their careers,” Moez Limayem, dean of the USF College of Business, said in the statement.
The program's courses will tackle the interdisciplinary, big-picture issues that characterize business management today, the statement said. Candidates will also participate in a research project that leads to a dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member.
The three-year program will have 25 executives in a group who take the same classes at the same time, which “builds camaraderie over the three-year period,” said Grandon Gill, academic director for USF's DBA program.
AACSB, the international business school-accrediting agency, predicts that there will be a shortage of qualified business school leaders in the near future. USF's DBA candidates will have the necessary credentials necessary to start secondary careers in education as college professors.
“Most of the people we talk to have the notion of teaching but their primary initial motivation is what they expect to learn from the program,” Gill said.
The deadline for applications for the first cohort is Nov. 1.