Doctor of Professional Studies in Business

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the most commonly asked questions about the Doctor of professional Studies in Business Program:

What is special about the program’s curriculum?
The program is interdisciplinary. Instead of highly specializing in a specific sector of business, it provides a top-level, integrated view of all facets of business and commerce. The Zicklin doctoral faculty designed each course in the program especially for this program.  The research methodology courses in the first year cover analytical and quantitative topics that are taught with an emphasis on how researchers apply them in practice rather on the underlying mathematics.  The second year courses were designed to focus on areas of developing interest in business rather than to be traditional courses defined by academic departments. These courses are all multi-disciplinary and integrative across functional areas of business.

Who is the program for?
This program is designed for working senior-level executives who desire to continue in their careers while earning a doctorate. Our executive students generally have more than ten years of significant work experience, seven years of management experience, and a relevant advanced degree, such as an MBA or MS. Prospective students must also exhibit excellent communication skills in the English language and demonstrate high potential for applied research skills. A comprehensive understanding of the functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, marketing, human resources management, corporate and competitive strategy, information systems, and operations management is also expected.

What is the difference between a DPS and a PhD degree?
The DPS and the PhD are different degrees targeted toward different audiences. The Zicklin DPS in Business program degree is designed for executives with extensive business and administrative experience who are faced with many complex business problems and seek sound research methods for resolving those issues while still maintaining their job in industry. Alternatively, the Zicklin PhD student in Business is engaged in full-time research and teaching in preparation for a full-time position in academia. The DPS program is designed to be completed within 3 years, while the latter more often takes 4 to 6 years.

What benefits does the executive format provide?
Our program is delivered in an executive format that is specifically designed to meet the needs of high-level executives who want to pursue advanced graduate education while they are working.  Face-to-face classes are held on three 4-day residencies for each of four semesters, and all administrative details, including course registration, classroom materials, and meals, are handled through the program for our students.

What benefits does the hybrid course delivery format provide?
Each course has about 25 credit hours of face-to-face classes, and 20 hours of distance learning. Each course integrates the distance learning before and after the classes closely with what is covered in them. DPS students have the flexibility to manage much of their study time on schedules that fit well with their professional and executive lives. 

Will I be a doctor when I complete my degree?
Yes, you will receive a doctorate upon successful completion of the program. The program leads to the award of a Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS) degree.

Can I participate in the program if I don’t live in the New York area?
Yes. Although you do not have to live in the New York area, you must attend all of the residencies.

What benefits should I expect from earning a DPS degree?
While pursuing your doctoral studies, you will have many opportunities to form valuable networking connections with other high-level executives, as well as our faculty. Individuals who earn their DPS degree can expect an updated, deeper understanding of advanced business theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This understanding will allow for career differentiation and advancement or career change. Participants’ firms can expect tangible solutions for problems, organizational development and skill-building from within, and better recruitment and retention of talent.

Are either the GMAT or GRE required?
No. You are not required to provide scores from graduate school entrance exams, as most applicants will have already taken one of these examinations as part of their MBA, MS, or other graduate program.

Is an in-person interview required?
Yes. All candidates deemed appropriate for the program are required to interview with our directors and selected faculty before matriculating in the program. Applicants who reside outside of the New York City metropolitan area may be interviewed via Skype or Zoom.

Do you accept applications from non-U.S. citizens?
Yes. International students on F-1 visas may enroll in this program. Once an offer of admission has been made, you will receive more information about the visa application process. Forms and documents regarding international students at Baruch can be found here.

For questions regarding the visa application and interview process, please contact the International Student Service Center (ISSC) be sure to identify yourself as a Zicklin DPS candidate.

If accepted, how much does it cost to reserve my place in the class?
An acceptance deposit of $2,750 is required. This amount is non-refundable, but will be credited towards your tuition.

Can my acceptance be deferred?
Yes, your acceptance can be deferred so that you may enroll in the program in the following year.

Do you accept transfer credit from other academic programs?
The DPS in Business degree is a unique cohort-based, executive-format program. The unique program design limits credit transfers or waivers. Any transfers will be evaluated by the admissions committee.

Are any fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, or grants available?
Limited tuition reimbursements may be available to full-time employees of The City University of New York (CUNY). Please consult your CUNY School’s HR department.

Are room and board during residencies included in the cost of the program?
All breakfasts, lunches, selected evening meals and refreshments are provided during residencies. Hotel costs, other meals, and transportation are not included in the program cost.

Is the cost of the program the same for in-state as for out-of-state students?
Yes, as a premium executive-level program, the program cost is the same for New York residents as for out-of-state and international students.