How Many Years Is A Doctorate Degree In Business Administration (PhD / DBA)?When I tell people that I am a Business Professor, they often wonder how long it actually takes to get a doctorate in business administration at a major research university? Most people got this fairly wrong (this was me when I started as well), and most of the web sites on the inter-webs are somewhat misleading in how long it actually takes. Generally, the belief is that a doctorate degree in Business Administration takes 3-4 years, which is on the short side. But, really, how many years is a doctoral degree in Business? A Doctorate Degree in Business Administration takes anywhere from 3 to 7 years to complete. A PhD in Business Administration tends to be a bit longer than a Doctorate of Business Administration degree. If you want to know some more differences between a PhD and a DBA, I have a post of these similarities and differences. But, the norm is usually around 4-5.5 years. Of those that finish their PhD, here are my estimates from my experience (and what do I know anyway 🙂 ):
- <5% complete a doctorate in business within 2 years.
- 5-20% complete a doctorate within 2-4 years.
- 20-80% complete a doctorate within 4-5 years.
- 80-90% complete a doctorate within 5-6 years.
- 90-100% complete a doctorate within 6-8 years.