ERIC Number: EJ847704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 43
Examining the "Other" DBA: The Role of Diploma Programs in Graduate Business Education in the United Kingdom
Gump, Steven E.
International Education, v34 n2 p5-16 Spr 2005
This article considers the history and purposes of diploma schemes in Britain, specifically as the diplomas relate to the now more popular master in business administration (MBA) degree. The diploma in business administration (DBA) and MBA programs at Cardiff Business School, Wales, U.K., are used as examples in order to demonstrate differences between not only the DBA and MBA schemes, but also between MBA programs in the U.K. (and, by extension, the rest of Europe) and in the U.S. Purists may cry for further qualification, though: Indeed, "Britain" or "the U.K." could, in some places in the discussion in this article, more accurately be replaced with the more specific descriptor "England and Wales," considering the somewhat different approaches to education in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The differences on the graduate levels discussed in this article are not so great as to warrant a narrowing of semantic or geographical focus for this article. Comparisons between foreign and American graduate business programs are useful, first, for faculty and administrators who are interested in aligning their curricula with a more "international" model--or who may be developing international internships or exchange programs, still rare at the level of professional graduate studies. Second, such comparisons benefit practitioners wishing to understand better the qualifications of their international (or internationally educated) staff.
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Foreign Countries, Business Education, International Educational Exchange, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Academic Degrees, Doctoral Programs, Masters Programs, Comparative Analysis, Global Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom