New DBA Ranking

Admissions to a doctoral program
  • Posted by AnnikaP on 10/21/12 5:59pm

    Hello Thomas,

    you are mentioning on quite a few occasions on your website that no DBA rankings still exist - however, there is a quite good one now out there, which you might like to check out as I found it to be very useful and objective:

    dbastudies.com - they seem to focus also on more quality driven programs only, as I think some of of the DBA programs you mention in your database are in fact of institutions without a good reputation. It's in fact scary to see them promoted here...

    Thus, this new ranking is probably also a help to all other readers to your website so I post this in your forum so everyone can learn about this ranking - would be good though if you promote it further on your homepage I guess.

    Anyway, great job you've done and keep going!

    Best wishes from Hanau/Germany,

    Annika

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/23/12 2:27pm

      Hi Annika,

      thank you for your feedback.

      **As for the rankings**
      I have seen that dbastudies ranking but was unable to understand how they received or measured information such as "student support", "international mindset" etc.

      The accreditation is a valid criterion and I have it in my [accreditation article](http://www.dba-compass.com/Knowledge/Accreditations-for-Doctor-of-Business-Administration-DBA-programs) as well.

      But for the other criteria the right methodology would be an analysis of all DBA programs worldwide. I can't see that however in the ranking.

      **As for the quality of DBA programs**
      Please understand that the goal of the DBA COMPASS is to provide an overview of all existing DBA programs worldwide and include them in a database. It is up to the user to find out about the quality of the program and in our articles we give some **[guidelines](http://www.dba-compass.com/Knowledge/Finding-a-quality-doctor-of-business-administration-program-guidelines)** (e.g. on rankings and on accreditations).

      Thank you again for your feedback and best wishes
      Best wishes,
      Thomas

      By [Thomas Graf](https://www.dba-compass.com/Static/About)
      Founder DBA Compass
      Author of the [DBA Survey](https://www.dba-compass.com/survey)

      • Posted by AnnikaP on 10/24/12 11:52pm

        Hi Thomas,

        thanks for your quick comment - have to say: to me the ranking background is well explained and it gives me more figures than the small ranking shown on your page. BUT I do feel you take my improvement ideas very personal (it was not meant as critique and you should know that I am a 26 year old BWL-student studying in Frankfurt and currently looking for a job, unfortunately not having one...), so the way you write is a bit disappointing and sad - thought you were interested in quality and your visitors thoughts. Well, good luck...

        Annika

    • Posted by trixish on 11/08/12 1:54pm

      Hello Thomas,

      I read your guideline and ranking articles, tx a lot for that. I wonder however how important the number of publication of a faculty really is for me as dba student. As you pointed out the dba is for business people. Of course I may teach from time to time (though I am not sure about this at the moment) - but it is clear for me that I'll stay in business after the dba. So why should I care so much about the faculty and its publications?

      Tx for a great website!!!
      Cheers
      Trixi

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 11/08/12 3:18pm

        Hi Trixi,

        thank you for your question. I think it all depends on your goals and motivation to do a DBA.

        If you are not interested in research and if you are only looking for the **title** then the faculty quality may not be important to you. But if that's the case you may want to ask yourself whether a DBA really is the right choice for you.

        If you are interested in **learning** (and learning within a DBA is about research), in **writing a relevant dissertation** that provides value for instance for your employer, and eventually in **generating research knowledge** (e.g. publishing) also after the DBA program - as a business person who has learnt to bridge both the academic and the business world... then the source of your learning might be very important for you. And one measure of that quality may be the number of high quality publications.

        By the way, let me emphasize again that it is not only the **number** but primarily the **quality** of a faculty's publications that counts. Publishing is not difficult - publishing in so-called A-Journals (with a high impact factor) is...

        Does my answer make sense?

        Best wishes,
        Thomas

        By [Thomas Graf](https://www.dba-compass.com/Static/About)
        Founder DBA Compass
        Author of the [DBA Survey](https://www.dba-compass.com/survey)