Lagos State University (LASU) is the first university in Nigeria to offer doctorate degree programmes in Business Administration (DBA) and Public Administration (DPA) degree programmes.
The Dean, Postgraduate School, Lagos State University, Prof. Joseph Olagunju has reliably informed that the University is now occupying an enviable position of being the FIRST Institution of higher learning to offer doctorate degree programmes in Business Administration (DBA) and Public Administration (DPA) respectively.
This was made known at the historic orientation programme organised by the University for the newly admitted students for both Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Public Administration on Saturday, 28th November, 2020. The event was held at the well-furnished Faculty of Management Sciences Resource Centre, Main Campus, Ojo, Lagos.
Prof. Olagunju while congratulating the first set of students admitted for these programmes narrated a brief history of the two (2) programmes, gave insightful information on registration, method of payment(s), meaningful roles and contributions of past MBA and MPA students on the programmes, general rules and regulations guiding the new programmes, and most importantly made clarification between Ph.D and DBA/DPA programmes.
He warmly appreciated the new students for taking the right decision of joining an academic institution of great repute – Lagos State University. He equally congratulated Faculty of Management Sciences for blazing the trail and for emerging as the first faculty to kick – start the programmes, noting that the faculty of education is presently at the concluding stage of hers.
However, making clarification on the difference between Ph.D and DBA, the revered Professor of Medical Biochemistry said “…although both are focused on business, a DBA degree and a Ph.D in Business Administration are quite different. A Ph.D in Business Administration is a research – oriented doctoral degree ideal for those interested in pursuing a career in academia and contributing to business scholarship, while a DBA degree focuses on theoretical knowledge that can be applied to the practice of business and business management.” Adding that a Doctor of Business Administration or DBA degree is a terminal business-focused degree that provides practical knowledge that can be directly applied in the workplace.
Prof. Olagunju also stated that DBA and DPA programmes focus on providing students with the real – world, Business oriented critical thinking and problem – solving skills. He assured the students that earning a doctorate in Business Administration/Public Administration will equip them with working knowledge based on the latest business/Administration research, theories and trends.