Harvard Business School’s doctoral programs are an integral part of Harvard University’s tradition of intellectual excellence and a reflection of the School’s singular place in academia. Throughout their history, our programs have continuously evolved to reflect the needs of students, respond to changes in the field, and remain true to our mission.

Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, HBS will offer an Interfaculty PhD in Business Administration, a transition from the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. This change expands the partnership between HBS and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and more accurately reflects the structure and emphasis of those programs and the rigor that has distinguished HBS doctoral students’ work for many years.

Continuing Our History of Excellence

The PhD designation brings the degree our students earn into greater alignment with the content of the programs they pursue, and embodies the interdisciplinary, collaborative spirit of Harvard University. In implementing this change, we honor the legacy and achievements of our alumni as we position the next generation of HBS doctoral students for exceptional success.