Summary by James R. Martin, Ph.D., CMA
Professor Emeritus, University of South Florida
The purpose of this paper is to discuss four AACSB-accredited non-traditional doctoral programs in accounting along with the authors' experiences in the programs. The programs are at Case Western, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, and Pace.
Case Western offers a Doctor of Management with tuition of $150,000 for a three year lockstep program designed for practicing executives with 15 years of experience and a graduate degree.
Georgia State has a three-year Executive Doctorate in Business that cost $103,000 and is focused on applying research methods to real-world business problems.
Kennesaw State's three-year Doctor in Business Administration cost $90,000 and requires entering students to have at least 10 years of experience.
The program at Pace is a Doctor of Professional Studies, cost $60,000, and requires one night class per week and one Friday class per month.
|Characteristics of the Four Non-Traditional Doctoral Programs - Adapted from Table 1|
|University||Degree, Area and Tuition||Schedule|
Started in 1995 in Cleveland, OH
|D.M. - 3 year
Doctor of Management -Management - $150,000
|4 on site residencies and 2 auxiliary sessions each semester + 2 summer research residencies|
Started in 2009 in Atlanta, GA
|E.D.B. - 3 year Executive Doctorate in Business - Management - $103,000||24 days per year in 3-day weekends|
Started in 2009 in Kennesaw, GA
|D.B.A. - 3 year
Doctor of Business Administration - Accounting, Management, Marketing - $90,000
|2 to 4-day weekends per month 10 months per year|
Started in 1972 in New York, NY
|D.P.S. - 4 year
Doctor of Professional Studies in Business - 2 areas from Finance, International Business, International Economics, Management, and Marketing - $60,000
|1 Friday per month and 1 night class per week for first 3 years|
The four authors provide more information about each of these programs. The first three authors were students in the doctoral programs. Hermanson teaches in the DBA program at Kennesaw State. (CIA Link).
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