in Business Administration
The first AACSB-accredited degree of its kind in Florida, Crummer’s Executive Doctorate in Business Administration is designed for executives who have an MBA or equivalent degree who want to become thought leaders and contribute to organizational success at a significantly higher level than that afforded by the MBA.
The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) experience provides you with an impetus for career advancement and a springboard for personal and professional change. Taught by top professors with real-world experience, courses follow the “engaged scholarship” model that focuses on topics at the intersection of theory and contemporary business practice – class sessions are always mindful of how the learning can be immediately applied.
Each student works closely with a faculty advisor for the duration of the 3-year program, and the experience culminates with a year-long dissertation that addresses issues and challenges that apply directly to the executive’s business interest. EDBA students meet once a month on campus, in a Friday/Saturday format, allowing you to continue working full time. No GMAT is required.
What is an EDBA?
An Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) is a doctoral degree for executives who want a pragmatic and relevant program of study and may work full time while completing their degree. Many EDBA candidates pursue the degree to advance their careers, enhance their skills and knowledge, and to fulfill personal learning goals.
EDBA programs focus on research that can be applied directly to current business issues. EDBA students research problems or challenges they face in their industries and apply what they learn to resolve issues in their organizations.
EDBA students are inspired by lifelong learning, enjoy the academic experience, and wish to expand on their existing knowledge, both from a theoretical and analytical perspective. They are interested in bringing these high level thinking skills and newly acquired research skills back into the workplace.
More information about executive doctoral degrees can be found on the website of the EDBA Council – an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in executive doctorates worldwide.
Why the Crummer EDBA?
- Interactions among the cohort group are highly stimulating and rewarding – all students come into the program with a similar high level of experience, common goals and motivation for professional and personal advancement.
- In-class experiences are in small groups and follow a facilitated dialogue format around key areas across the business field.
- Research projects are highly applied in nature and students are encouraged to connect them to their own firm and industry.
- The research skills developed are greatly valued in today’s organizations and are not well-mastered by most managers that have not had the EDBA experience.
- EDBA students bring important new perspectives, tools, and methods back to others within their firm, thus enhancing the overall firm’s success.
- The strong bond between the student and her/his faculty advisor and collaborators can foster years of fruitful research collaboration.
EDBA vs. Ph.D.
All doctoral degrees are not the same. The EDBA differs from a Ph.D. in business in the following ways:
- Residency: While Ph.D. students attend class full time, EDBA students attend classes one weekend per month.
- Academic Profile: While Ph.D. students may or may not have any work experience or a master’s degree, EDBA students are typically executives with 10 or more years of experience with an MBA or other related master’s degree.
- Goals: Ph.D. students pursue their degree to qualify for securing a position as an assistant professor. EDBA students pursue their degree to bring high-level thinking skills and applied research skills back into the workplace.
- Research: Ph.D. research is highly specialized by micro subject area and pays much less attention to connections to business practice. EDBA research is interdisciplinary and focuses on linking theory to current business problems. EDBA students apply qualitative and quantitative methods to address contemporary business issues.
Source: EDBA Council
Benefits & Career Goals
How can earning a Rollins EDBA position you for future success?
The EDBA is well-positioned to make you a more attractive member of your organization’s leadership. The research you do in the EDBA program will be focused on what you are doing or want to be doing in business today and in the future. It will be of value to you and others in your firm and industry. Many have entered EDBA programs at other schools with a dream to move up the ladder and are finding success after they graduate. Others who have wanted to cycle into a different career track – consulting, for example – have found that they wouldn’t have been in a position to make that change if they hadn’t completed an EDBA. The research skills and experience, as well as the credentials earned, provide the capability and confidence to move into a higher level role. The key to answering this question is based largely on your own goals, passion, and the effort you put into the EDBA program.
Can you enter academia with this degree?
This will depend on the institution you are interested in and its mission. However, there are new AACSB standards that will allow individuals who have earned an EDBA to be considered qualified faculty if it fits that institution’s mission. If you are motivated to go into academia, please discuss this with us during the admissions process so that we may counsel you about your specific interests and goals. We can help you determine if this program is the right fit for you and your interest in an academic position. To set up an appointment, please call us at 407-646-2405/1-800-866-2405 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crummer Difference
Experience a Personal Approach
Interactions among the cohort group are highly stimulating and rewarding – all students come into the program with a similar high level of experience, common goals and motivation for professional and personal advancement.
Each EDBA student will have a faculty advisor for the duration of the 3-year program. The strong bond between the student and her/his faculty advisor and collaborators can foster years of fruitful research collaboration.
Research projects are highly applied in nature and students are encouraged to connect them to their own firm and industry.
From your first contact with a Crummer staff member to your interactions far beyond graduation, you will experience what makes Crummer so unique. Our staff and faculty are dedicated to providing you with the personalized attention Crummer is known for.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure space in the program is still available. If you have any questions about the deadlines or the admissions process in general, please contact our office at 407-646-2405/1-800-866-2405 or email@example.com.
EDBA APPLICATION DEADLINES
Round 1: December 10, 2020
Round 2: March 10, 2021
Round 3: May 10, 2021*
Final Deadline: July 10, 2021
*Submit an application on or before the Round 3 deadline to be eligible for a $500 enrollment incentive upon enrollment to the Fall 2021 EDBA program.
Frequently Asked Questions
An Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) is a doctoral degree unlike any other. Click on the link below to see some common questions and answers about the program.
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Renowned Centers of Excellence
Center for Management & Executive Education
The Crummer Center for Management & Executive Education specializes in management and leadership “soft skills,” serving mid- and upper-level managers in organizations of all sizes. Companies like Walt Disney World, Tupperware Brands, Dimension Data-Americas, PFM, and Orlando Health have benefitted from professional training in key areas such as critical thinking, emotional intelligence, team effectiveness, and strategic planning — all skills vital for successful managers and leaders. In addition to custom programming, we work with leaders to deliver facilitated strategy sessions, team building and executive coaching. We also offer certificate programs including the long-running Crummer Certification in Business Management — Mini-MBA™.
Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship
The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship’s objective is to educate and connect students and alumni with advanced entrepreneurs. All of the center’s faculty have started, purchased or run a successful business. A blend of entrepreneurial faculty and business owners provides students with unprecedented and regular access to learn and closely collaborate with top entrepreneurial minds.
Center for Leadership Development
The Center for Leadership Development provides quality training and experiential programming in leadership development for MBA students. It promotes leadership development as a process of self-awareness, personal growth, and relationship and skill-building. Due largely to the work of the Center for Leadership Development, Crummer has been ranked #1 master’s program in the U.S. for leadership and organizational development for the past 3 years. The recognition is part of HR.com’s prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards, which honors the world’s top leadership programs.
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The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership strengthens nonprofit and philanthropic organizations through education and management support designed to strengthen board governance, enhance the business practices of nonprofit organizations, and expand the influence of the nonprofit sector. Each year the institute offers certificate programs for nonprofit professionals in Nonprofit Management, Leadership Practice, Volunteer Management, Proposal Writing, Fundraising and Development, and more than 100 workshops and events.
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Tuition for the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) program beginning in August 2021 will be $109,058 and is guaranteed not to increase for students who remain in their entrance class. Books and supplies are not included.
Non-refundable deposit: $2,000 – If you accept our offer and enroll in the program, your non-refundable deposit will be credited to your first term tuition.
Total tuition: $109,058*
- Parking: $210 (a one-time, nonrefundable fee)
- EDBA Association: $300
- Dissertation review and filing fees
*Tuition for this program is based on students completing all degree requirements within 3 years. Students requiring more than 3 years will be charged a continuous matriculation fee until all degree requirements are met. For more information, please contact EDBA Admissions at 407-646-2405.
A variety of financial aid options are available to Crummer students, including loans, scholarships and special funding programs for veterans. Call the Rollins Financial Aid office at 407-646-2395. Our staff will help you find the best option to fund your education.
Crummer awards scholarships to admitted students based on a variety of factors including backgrounds, career interests, and academic achievement. Scholarships are awarded to students with career goals in diverse areas of interest and fields including finance, leadership, marketing, the nonprofit sector, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, math, hospitality, sports management, healthcare, etc.
To be considered for a Crummer scholarship, applicants must submit an essay addressing why and how a Crummer MBA will help them achieve their specific career goals in their chosen fields. Essays must be no longer than 500 words. Recipients must maintain good academic standing throughout the duration of the program, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
To be considered for a scholarship, candidates must submit a scholarship application form, which includes the essay referenced above, any time after submitting their program application, but no later than one week after being issued their acceptance letter/email.
Executive DBA Council
Crummer is a member of the Executive DBA council. More information here.
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