Dr. Chantal Epie, DBA 2008
Dr. Chantal Epie graduated with her DBA from BSL in 2008. A French national residing in Nigeria, Dr. Epie chose the BSL DBA for the flexibility it offered, allowing her to continue with her job and to do most of the DBA work in her home country. The BSL DBA also suited her as she was not looking for a purely academic degree, or one with extensive course work.
Her motivation for undertaking a DBA was to reach her potential as a University Lecturer and since her completion of the DBA she has realized this goal. “The research undertaken in the course of the DBA has helped me to be perceived as an authority in my area in the academic and professional community in Nigeria,” explains Epie, “moreover, I learned a lot from my very experienced advisor; he had even spent years of his professional life in an international firm in Nigeria!”
Dr. Epie advises you as a future DBA applicant to choose a topic that you are deeply interested in. She adds that you also need a great deal of self-motivation and self-discipline to dedicate to the work that a DBA requires. “You need to keep your advisor informed of your progress and of the difficulties you encounter, so you can get the necessary feedback and feel confident that your work is advancing in the right direction.”
I did not want a purely academic degree, neither did I want extensive course work.