What are the advantages and disadvantages of a doctorate of business administration (a PhD in Business Administration or Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA))? I discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of a PhD in Business Administration in this post. I will also discuss a bit about executive doctoral programs in business that are quite similar. What I will try to do is be as helpful as I possibly can, such that you can be well informed about your decision in doing a doctorate. After all, that is the genesis behind the whole r3ciprocity project. There is so much to consider when you are thinking of a doctorate, no matter if it is strategy, finance, accounting, social sciences, or in the natural sciences. This decision to do a PhD is probably one of the most important decisions of your life–it was for me–and yet there is so little available on the web, or at least information that is accessible to a newbie audience. If you want, you can check out Google Scholar for academic articles on this topic. There are many, but most people are not aware of these articles as they are out of the general reading audience. By the way, this post was inspired based on my ‘thesis help’ series on YouTube where I am trying to provide helpful advice for anybody that is thinking of doing graduate school, particularly those interested in doing a masters or PhD in a business school. Here is a video about why you might want to get a DBA or a PhD degree in Business Administration: Just to give you some backdrop, I graduated with my PhD in General Management from the Ivey Business School in 2011, which seems like it was just yesterday. Before that, I received a Chemical Engineering degree and a Masters in Engineering in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. I worked a tiny little bit between these degrees, but for the most part, I went straight through to the PhD because it was something I wanted to do. My family was not all that ‘academic (i.e. I was the first to go to University),’ but that is something I very much appreciated growing up. I could not imagine being in an academic family–us academics are a strange bunch. 🙂 However, my parents were always hard working and curious. My grandpa was 93 years old when he was still working in his rather large garden. Why do I mention this? It is important to frame as I moved from one social group to another. Some of you are likely going to follow the same route, or have experienced that already. While this move is overall a positive thing, it does create other interesting feelings, such as social isolation, that others who are ‘carrying on’ the family legacy likely do not feel. But, who knows?