The Doctor of Business Administration (commonly abbreviated as D.B.A., DBA, DrBA, BusD, or PHDBA) is a doctorate awarded on the basis of advanced study, examinations, project work and research in the field of business administration. The D.B.A. is a terminal degree in business administration. While the Ph.D.or D.Phil., represent the highest academic qualification in business administration, the D.B.A. is a bona fide doctorate. However, completion of a research Ph.D. or D.Phil. in business administration may be required to gain employment as a full-time, tenure-track university professor or postdoctoral researcher in the field. As with other earned doctorates, individuals with the degree are awarded the academic title doctor, which is often represented via the English honorific “Dr.” or the post-nominal letters “DBA”, or “Ph.D.”.
D.B.A. candidates submit a significant project, typically referred to as a thesis or dissertation, consisting of a body of original academic research that is in principle worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Candidates must defend this work before a panel of expert examiners called a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral committee.
The Doctor of Business Administration is recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a research degree.