DBA or PhD: What’s the difference?While PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programs generally prepare students only for academic careers even in the field of business administration, DBA programs consider a little broader career paths including consulting and management. ICS offers a DBA degree that provides the theoretical and scientific foundation required for an academic career, while assigning a similar level of importance to business-related problem-solving and practical implications.
The DBA faculty, trained at many of the world’s top institutions, bring a wide range of deep expertise to the program through teaching and advising.
|AKUTSU, Satoshi (Toshi)
DBA Program Director, Thought Leadership Director
DBA Program Associate Director, Thought Leadership Assistant Director
Thought Leadership Associate Director
|HATTORI, Masazumi (Masa)
FIC Finance, FIC Career Services Office
FIC Admissions & YLP, Bai Xian Scholarship
MBA Program Director
Is a DBA right for you?
Each year, the DBA program accepts a small but diverse group of both full-time and part-time students who reflect a diversity of professional backgrounds:
- Full-time students typically come straight from a related master’s program (business administration, management science, psychology, economics, sociology, neuroscience, and others).
- Part-time students normally include (1) business practitioners who currently teach at business schools and wish to earn a doctoral degree; most continue to work as they pursue their DBAs, and (2) business practitioners planning to move into academia.
- We also welcome business executives who are strongly motivated to contribute to the business community through means such as writing, lecturing, and consulting.
Individual endeavor in a supportive learning community
The DBA program is a tutorial program that revolves around guidance in writing the DBA thesis. ICS offers a supportive learning environment with formal coursework and interaction with other DBA students and faculty, while the student engages in his or her own individual research initiatives.