Penn State Smeal has announced the addition of a new flexible doctorate program designed primarily for senior-level executives around the globe.

The college will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2023 enrollment in the new Executive Doctorate in Business Administration. 

With an adaptable, part-time schedule, the Executive DBA is targeted at working professionals who want the knowledge to translate research into business practice, teach business at the collegiate level, or the credibility of a doctorate degree to progress within the leadership ranks of a corporation, the military, or non-profit organization. Candidates should possess at least 10 years of leadership experience in a diverse range of organizations and industries. 

“Our Executive DBA is different in that we offer core courses and concentrations that span a wide range of business disciplines,” says Brian Cameron, associate dean for professional graduate programs and executive education at Smeal. “We also offer exposure to world-class faculty whose research productivity is consistently ranked in the top 10 by the Korea University Worldwide Business Research Rankings.”

Students can choose to specialize in one of 14 concentrations, including: accounting foundations, business analytics, business architecture, business management foundations, business sustainability strategy, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, management consulting, marketing analytics, negotiation and influence, strategic leadership, supply chain management, supply chain risk management, real estate law and valuation and taxation.

During the first two years of the 54-credit program, students will attend in-person classes at University Park for three to four days at the start of each semester. They will then complete the remaining curriculum for that semester in a highly engaging remote synchronous format. The third and final year of the program consists of a culminating research project.

– Andy Elder