Class Profile

Our diverse Penn State Smeal Executive DBA cohort comprises of exceptional individuals hailing from various U.S. states, including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, and boasts an average age of 47 and an impressive 22 years of work experience. We take pride in our 28% representation of underrepresented minorities, 22% women, 15% international students, and 20% veterans. Representing a wide range of industries such as automotive, construction, consulting, financial services, food & beverage, government/military, healthcare, insurance, and technology, our students contribute unique perspectives and insights to classroom discussions and collaborative projects. With research focus areas in Management & Leadership (50%), Supply Chain (20%), Entrepreneurship (12%), Information Systems/Technology (12%), and Accounting (6%), our program offers a comprehensive curriculum that caters to a variety of professional interests and aspirations. Contact us at to learn more about the program.

Penn State Smeal Executive DBA students benefit from our dynamic community, where the power of collaboration, exchange of ideas, and exposure to diverse viewpoints amplify the learning experience and pave the way for profound personal and professional growth.

Profile of DBA Class of 2026
Number of Students 24
Average Age 46
Average Work Experience 22 years
Percentage of Women 29%
Percentage of Veterans 21%
U.S. States Represented California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Industries Represented Automotive, Construction, Consulting, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Government/Military, Healthcare, Insurance, Technology
Research Focus Area
Management & Leadership 50%
Supply Chain 20%
Entrepreneurship 12%
Information Systems/Technology 12%
Accounting 6%