Executive Doctorate in Business

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of commonly asked questions in the Executive Doctorate in Business program.

What exactly is an EDB?
The Executive Doctorate in Business (EDB) is a three-year doctoral degree that seeks to create an active, relevant link between education and the practice of business. 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. It is the highest university degree available in business.

Who is the EDB for?
The Executive Doctorate in Business Program is designed for working senior-level executives who desire to continue their career while earning a doctorate. Our executives 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 PhD and an EDB?
The EDB and PhD are different degrees targeted at different audiences. The Zicklin EDB is designed for executives with extensive business and administrative experience who are faced with many complex business problems and seek a sound research method of 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 former degree is designed to be finished within 3 years, while the latter more often takes 4 to 6 years.

Will I be a doctor when I complete my degree?
Yes, you will receive a doctorate upon successful completion of the program.

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 the residencies.

What benefits should I expect from obtaining an EDB?
While pursuing your EDB, you will have the opportunity to make valuable networking connections with other high-level executives, as well as our faculty. Individuals who earn their EDB 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.

When does the application process start for entry in Fall 2018?
Our final deadline for application submission is when the class is full. Since we admit on a rolling basis starting in September of each year, it is in the applicant’s best interest to submit an application as early as possible.

Do all of my application materials have to be sent at the same time?
No. Application materials may be sent in as many shipments or submissions as necessary.

Is 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 the exam as part of their MBA, MS, or other graduate program.

Is an interview required?
Yes. All candidates deemed appropriate for the program are required to interview with our directors and select faculty before being able to matriculate into the program.

Do you accept applications from non-U.S. citizens?
Yes. The Executive Doctorate in Business program is able to sponsor international students on F-1 visas. 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 Executive Doctorate in Business candidate.

If accepted, how much does it cost to reserve my place in the class?
A 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.

Must I have an MBA or business-related Master’s degree to apply to the program?
No. Though MBAs are the most common advanced degree, any relevant advanced degree is acceptable for application to the program. If some MBA courses are needed in preparation for the EDB, separate arrangements can be made to enroll in MBA classes. (Tuition for these courses is not included in the EDB program cost).

Do you accept transfer credit from other academic programs?
The EDB program 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?
At present, some reductions in cost may be available to full-time employees of CUNY (consult your School’s HR department).

Are room and board during residencies included with the cost of the program?
All breakfasts, lunches, selected evening meals and snacks are provided during residencies. Hotel costs and other meals are not included in the program cost. More information on special hotel discounts will be provided to you when you enroll.

Is the cost of the program the same for in-state as it is 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.

How often are information sessions conducted?
Both on-campus and virtual information sessions are held throughout the year. You can find the exact dates of upcoming information sessions on our homepage.

We hold information sessions both online and in-person at the Zicklin School of Business.

What are the benefits of attending an information session?
The best way to get to know the program is through an information session, where you will have the opportunity to meet with program directors, staff, and other prospective students. All the details of the program will be thoroughly explained by our program directors. An information session is also the best way to connect with the program directors to ask questions and find out if the program is right for you.