What is the difference between a Professional Doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy degree?
The Ed.D. and Ph.D. EL are generally designed to prepare students for academic careers, either in leadership positions or research or both. The Ed.D. degree is based on research in addition to its application in professional practice and provides an outstanding alternative to traditional research-based Ph.D. programs. The Ed.D. program is designed for practicing professionals, who already have established themselves as leaders in their field. The Ed.D. program emphasizes the completion of research that is practitioner-oriented, students develop the skills necessary to lead and implement improvements at their work site through the application of their findings. The Ph.D. program emphasizes the development of educational theory through research that generates new, or reformulates existing, knowledge.is a traditional research-based degree, which also will help to establish students as leaders in the fields of education. A student who may want to pursue a more traditional academic career path (teaching and research within higher education) should choose a Ph.D. program.
The DBA and Ph.D. BA are generally designed to prepare students for academic careers, either in teaching or research or both. Both entail rigorous courses of study with a heavy emphasis on research.
The main difference between the two degrees is the DBA focuses on the application of theory and the Ph.D. BA focuses on the development of new theory in business fields.