Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Program Description

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The mission of the institution is to educate individuals who will contribute to the management and leadership of global organizations.

Welcome from the Academic Dean

Many now hold to the proposition that the DBA is to the 21st century what the MBA was to the latter half of the 20th century. Without engaging in that debate it is certainly the case that work environments face challenges without historical precedent. Business and government leaders everywhere are confronted by novel situations for which past theories, practices, and strategies do not seem to provide the answers. Change continues to accelerate and the impacts of globalization, at once profound and subtle, affect all institutions and organizations. No longer can leaders be contented simply to apply knowledge, they must lead the generation of knowledge in their own organizations that inform practice and policy peculiar to their circumstances. In other words, business leaders today must be able to lead the conduct of work-related research. This DBA is designed to equip candidates with this capability.

The SBS International Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers an option for organizations and individuals looking to improve their business performance through the development of a superior capacity to investigate and resolve organisationally based while designing and carrying out original research.

It equips senior managers with the skills to apply current research methodology to issues of corporate concern and enhances candidates’ research and consultancy skills.

We invite you to consider the many benefits the SBS DBA part-time program will provide for your career.

Bert Wolfs, Ph.D.

Academic Dean

DBA vs PhD

The DBA differs from a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) through its focus on practice, policy or strategy, within the context of the individual’s workplace. Both doctorates involve the development of substantial original work. However, a professional doctorate such as the DBA requires a different type of research development from that of the Ph.D. For a Ph.D., research needs to make a significant contribution to an area of knowledge. For the DBA, research needs to make a significant contribution to practice, policy or strategy. The research involved in the DBA is applicable to business issue(s) and is carried out in the context of professional practice.

Features of our DBA


The Doctor of Business Administration program attempts to bring theory and practice to bear on decision making in complex organizations in order to help these institutions adapt to change and lay the foundations for long-term survival.


In the DBA program, industry and academic professionals build upon the master’s level core skills and knowledge to develop a higher level of competence in conducting applied research, incomprehension of theoretical and applied literature in a chosen business discipline, and in the attributes essential to university teaching. The DBA graduate will have developed critical knowledge and skills for success in college and university teaching, in service to the profession and the community, in future professional development, and in attaining credentials and skills essential to business consulting and management.

The DBA degree program is designed to meet the special requirements of working academic and business professionals who have the motivation to expand their knowledge and skills to meet the changing needs of modern organizations. The program is designed to serve the needs of capable students, regardless of their concentration.

Doctoral studies are designed to permit busy professionals to balance the demands of career and family. Students meet the program’s requirements by completing courses, during weekends, and online work.

key reasons why you should consider the SBS DBA

There could be many reasons why you are contemplating taking on an international DBA program. Perhaps it has always been your dream to reach the pinnacle of tertiary education. It could be the challenge of conducting in-depth research in an area you are passionate about, plus the satisfaction of contributing to the world of knowledge and professional practice. Perhaps your quest is for personal development and career advancement.

Whatever your reasons, taking on the challenge of a world-class doctorate program is possibly one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Here are several key reasons why the SBS International DBA is a winning program.

SBS’s reputation

SBS has a reputation for excellence in management and business education. The DBA program at SBS is double accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), recognized by the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Our professors are leaders in research and practice, allowing our participants to excel in the various topic areas.

SBS has strong links with industry through its collaborative research links.

Effective Learning Resources

A key ingredient for successful learning at Doctoral level is the availability and access to information. SBS’s extensive learning package consists of textbooks, electronic readings, research papers, and guidebooks. In addition, you can make full use of SBS’s vast library resources including its massive online databases for instant access to thousands of full-text journals, research papers, abstracts, conference proceedings and news articles. These online resources facilities are reputed to be among the world’s best.

Impressive Learning Outcomes

The end result of going through this rigorous DBA means you develop not only cutting-edge knowledge and expertise, but you could also establish sound capabilities in management consulting, in-company action research as well as, academic research leading to the publication of work in internationally acclaimed refereed journals. Candidates are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% research work.


The program can take a minimum of 2.5 years to complete but a maximum duration of up to six years may be allowed. With coursework delivered over weekends, you can continue to work in a full-time job. Course workshops are timetabled in advance every two months. So you can schedule them on your calendar. Time flexibility – a vital feature that busy professionals truly appreciate.

Program Structure

The Doctor of Business Administration is an integrated coursework and research program that may be completed in a minimum of two and a half years.

The coursework component consists of the first year. Courses are conducted in the classroom in an intensive workshop model with face-to-face contact. All courses are assessed by written assignment. The transition between the coursework phase and the research phase is by the candidate satisfactorily completing the set of assessed Research Proposals (one for each research project).

On satisfactory completion of the coursework units that are scheduled over the first year, candidates enter the research phase where they undertake individual, supervised research projects. The output of each research project is a research paper of publishable style and quality.The portfolio of research papers is submitted for external examination.

DBA Admissions Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the DBA program shall normally hold:

  • An MBA degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or equivalent;


Where other masters degree level qualifications are held, applicants may be asked to complete a prescribed bridging program (normally designated courses from an MBA program);


an appropriate honors degree or bachelor degree with honors of at least 2A standard from an approved university or equivalent higher education institution;


  • Substantial (no less than five years) experience at executive/management level. All DBA candidates must be able to demonstrate their education and/or professional performance to undertake research at a doctoral level. They should be able to show success in their career to date and document how the DBA program fits into their personal or career plans for the future.
  • All DBA applicants must submit a 1,000-word outline of their proposed research topic/ idea as part of their admission application submission.
  • All DBA candidates must have a sound command of English language, spoken & written, as evidenced by the criteria: Having completed a Masters degree in English;


Submit proof of having achieved a TOEFL score of minimum 90.

The final decision concerning the eligibility, acceptability of qualifications and research areas for the DBA Program rest with SBS Swiss Business School. All applicants must have Email/ Internet access throughout the program.


Last updated Feb 2018

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