How much work experience??? Please help

Admissions to a doctoral program
  • Posted by ranjanMAR on 10/08/12 3:47am

    Hello Thomas,

    first of all: Congrats for an excellent website. I was looking for something like that for a long time and use your database a lot.

    My question is: Is there a minimum work experience required for DBA programs? My impression is that the schools have very different requirements regarding work experience.

    Also I would be interested if there is an optimal number of years of work experience for doing a DBA.

    Thank you very much and good luck!

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/12/12 1:32am

      Hi Rang,

      thank you for your kind words. Though most DBA programs require work experience the number of years required indeed differs.

      The **IE Business School Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)** for instance requires a minimum of 8 years. The **Manchester Business School** requires six years of "relevant management experience".

      The only common thing appears to be that most DBA programs address **experienced professionals** as opposed to young professionals, people with leadership experience ideally. But you need to visit the schools' sites to get the specific number of years.

      The **optimal timing** is when you have a career trajectory already behind you, when you have established yourself as a manager, and when you look for new challenges. You may even have the MBA and now look for a new intellectual challenge.

      Best wishes,

      By [Thomas Graf](
      Founder DBA Compass
      Author of the [DBA Survey](