Doctor of Professional Studies

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland

Program Description

Doctor of Professional Studies

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland

Doctor of Professional Studies

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The Doctor of Professional Studies degree, D.Prof., is the pinnacle degree for the active professional manager. The purpose of the D.Prof. is to provide active managers with a flexible approach for the advanced study of a managerial problem important to their organization. Individuals pursuing this degree are interested in examining a relevant business problem from a “hands-on” practical perspective in order to derive applicable outcomes for their organization. Given the applied nature of the program it is considered an inter-disciplinary degree that focuses on the solution of real world problems to the organization. It is often pursued with the direct support of the candidate’s company due to the intrinsic value of the program to the operations of the work-place.

The degree is considered an alternative to the theoretical orientation of the D. Phil. in Business Research degree. Individuals entering this program have the intention of building upon their significant practical experience in the work-place and taking that experience to the next level. The degree is appropriate for mid-to-senior level managers who have a minimum of 5 year experience.


The D.Prof. is an internationally recognized degree equivalent to other Doctoral degrees. The successful candidate is allowed to use the title “Doctor” as is customary with the D. Phil., D.B.A. or Ph.D. degrees. The degree is also referred to as D.P.S.


Research outcome (submission) and research methodology course, over 36 month period. Full distance-learning option available.


The outcome of the D.Prof. is typically a manuscript that identifies an applied solution to a current problem facing the candidate’s organization. Due to the applied nature of this program the study outcome may also be other types of work including: a critical computer program, a policy report, a detailed marketing report, new business venture, etc.

For consistency across programs candidates are required to complete a research methodology course that assist them in perfecting the design of their study. Once completed the student enters the study phase of the program and works with his/her supervisor to produce the study outcome.  After the study outcome has been completed the student presents the final outcome of the study program to the Doctoral committee with the support of their supervisor/promoter.

The evaluation of the D.Prof. degree is 100% based on the quality of the final study outcome as presented to the committee in cooperation with the candidate’s supervisor/ promoter. Students have a limit of 60 months within which they complete the program.

Areas of Study

The Doctor of Professional Studies can relate to a number of professional or functional areas of study and include those mentioned below. Other domains not listed may also be followed on discussion with the faculty in order to determine appropriate supervision of faculty members. Also, students may, upon the collaboration with the administration, design an interdisciplinary degree which can cover two or more study domains.

•Business Ethics / Corporate Social Responsibility
•General Management
•Global / International Business
•Human Resource Management
•Health Administration
•Industrial Relations
•Information Technology / Digital Media
•Marketing / Sales
•Leadership Studies
•Organizational Behavior
•Production Management
•Real Estate Development / Management
•Tourism Studies

Entry Requirements

Program Available To
•Graduates from accredited undergraduate programs. Undergraduate students must demonstrate superior academic and personal/professional qualifications in order to be accepted directly into Doctoral studies.
•Graduates from accredited master programs.
•Graduates from Monarch Business School Master level programs.
•High level senior executives/managers that lack an undergraduate degree but may otherwise demonstrate extensive practical experience and critical knowledge of an industry.

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland Is A Registered Member Of ACBSP, ECBE and ACUNS

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Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
36 - 60 months
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Full time
20,000 EUR
Start date Feb. 2017
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Duration 36 - 60 months
Price 20,000 EUR