Origins and trend of DBA programs in North America

General questions
  • Posted by Peter Gregory on 01/28/19 3:53pm

    I am interested in the origins and evolution of the DBA degree in the United States.
    There doesn't seem to be a history to be found online regarding the inauguration of the degree - first recognized program, profile of increase of DBA programs in the US/North America, general health of the industry for DBA programs.
    Any help appreciated,
    Peter

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/29/19 10:20am

    Hi Peter,

    thank you for this interesting question. I am not sure about it. In fact, I always thought that Harvard University was the first institution to offer a DBA program.

    Now, first I don't know if this is true; and second, the Harvard DBA is not a typical DBA but rather a PhD. The fact, that this program grants a DBA after graduation merely has to do with internal policies.

    I just sent an email to Harvard University asking to bring me in contact with someone who may know more about the history of DBA programs. Will keep you updated.

    Best wishes,
    Thomas

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