Doctor of Business Administration - DBA

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers senior executives a professional doctorate or a Business and Management equivalent of a Doctor of Laws or Doctor of Medicine degree. It is the highest level of professional and academic knowledge, coupled with the capacity to apply that knowledge to generating and evaluating novel solutions to important problems. The Swiss School of Management is an internationally accredited Business School with its main campus being in Rome, Italy.


Why choose to do a DBA?

DBA Studies are one of the most challenging and highest rewarding levels in Higher Education. The Swiss School of Management (SSM) has developed outstanding Doctor Programs. These programs have unique features, which add significant values to Graduates beyond the rewarding Doctor's Degree.

Our Doctor candidates are supported on an individual base by both SSM Professors and visiting Professors from a wide variety of international universities.

How does it work?

You will join the DBA with a specific business challenge requiring a practical solution: e.g. how to design a fast, adaptable organization; how to employ behavioral science to improve strategic decision making; how to deploy talent management to build an army of entrepreneurs.

The DBA is structured to support you in developing your thinking, framing the challenge, and implementing, evaluating and communicating solutions, which have a real, practical impact.


The DBA has a duration of 4 semesters (2 years) and requires the acquisition of 120 ECTS, divided up as follows:

  • 30 ECTS credits through the fulfillment of 5 Research Methods modules (6 ECTS credits per module)
  • 90 ECTS credits through the Doctoral’s thesis

Starting date

SSM offers an open enrolment policy, which means that you don’t need to wait for intake in order to access a DBA program, but you can start the moment in which you make the decision.

Mode of Study

The DBA program is based on a practice-oriented and part-time study model. On-site study, web-based learning, blended learning, distance learning are all combined with work-based study, which is supported by methodical coaching or supervised by faculty and teaching staff.


  • Research Methods
  • Leadership 360 Degrees
  • Quantitative Methods & Survey Design
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Essential Tools
  • Thesis


Entry Requirements

Completed Master’s degree (or equivalent) or long-term professional experience (work-based entry route) and evidence of particular competences on an individual case; evidence of English and/or German language proficiency.


"I am a working person and I joined SSM as an adult student because I wanted to pursue a business administrative carrier. SSM is providing the kind of training I need. Classes are held in small groups in a family atmosphere where students and lecturers interact with ease. I must thank the lecturers for the attention dedicated to each one of us in class. This has helped build my self-confidence. I look forward to continuing my professional development at SSM."
Jazzi F. G
SSM DBA Student

"The BA (Hons) program at the Swiss School of Management is excellent. The instructors impart all the necessary knowledge and share their experiences that are needed to successfully work in a competitive environment. If you study hard in the classroom while in your free time you continually apply for interesting jobs, you will not have any difficulties finding employment. I was offered two positions during my studies. I have decided to accept a new challenge in the UK. Despite changing the country, I continue studying at the Swiss School of Management, Rome through distance learning. I would recommend the BA (Hons) Degree program at SSM."
Ricardo Gotthilf
SSM BA student

"I went to the Swiss School of Management in Rome for the BBA dual award program and I’m sure glad I did! The class sizes were great, the teachers helpful and I got employed even before I graduated. Now I’m in a career I love and couldn’t be happier."
Joan Chemiron
HRM Consultant at the World Food Program – SSM Graduate

"As a student who studied in America for a long time, I noticed that there are a lot of students who can do what I do already. SSM is giving me that extra step forward in my life and my career that I could not ask for anywhere else!"
Masaharu Kakumoto
SSM BA (Hons) student

Please submit your application or any queries you have to the following email address: You may download our application form and find the complete application procedures on our website at

Other Information

  • Start date: Open Enrollment
  • End date: After completion (2 years approximately)
  • Application deadline: None
  • Campus: Same as others (Rome, Italy)
  • Language: English
  • Study type: Combined
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Offered Full-time and Part-time
  • Tuition fee: € 25000
Program taught in:
  • English
Swiss School of Management, Rome Italy
Last updated October 9, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Open Enrollment
2 years
25,000 EUR
By locations
By date
Start Date
Open Enrollment
End Date
Application deadline

Open Enrollment

Application deadline
End Date