The Executive DBA doctoral program in business administration will challenge you to take your thinking and performance to a new level. You will become a recognized expert and contributor to the most important business and societal challenges by making a significant contribution to both theory and practice in the field as you move toward the C-suite leadership level.
The Executive DBA is delivered in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics & Business, the University of Zagreb, Croatia that is a publicly recognized and accredited university with double world-known accreditations AACSB and EPAS.
The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is AACSB and EPAS accredited. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is known worldwide as the most highly esteemed form of accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.
As far as supervision of thesis research is concerned it is to be noted that the DBA thesis supervisor generally looks at the scientific work being prepared by the student, supervises it, and is committed to ensuring that quality standards of the work are being met. A supervisor is a person with the requisite academic qualification and experience in the chosen field of thesis research. The supervisor has expert knowledge of the field in which the student is carrying out his/her research. The Supervisor’s task is to guide the DBA student from the commencement of the research through the oral presentation and defense of the completed research work (DBA viva).
The total duration for completing the Executive DBA program is two (2) academic years or less which depends on the student’s motivation to deliver the thesis.
Why Executive DBA?
Our Executive DBA program will enable you to be able to provide novel, innovative, and creative solutions to complex business problems and opportunities as well as thought leadership for organizational change.
Researcher education in management studies (theoretical and methodological competence)
Competence to design and implement a sizable research project with a practical orientation
A collegial network with professors and other researchers and the Executive DBA candidates
Competence in presenting papers in international seminars and conferences
Writing and defending an academic doctoral thesis and research papers/articles
Possibility to realize a sizable research/development project for an organization
Variety of Possible Topics
Any topic can be considered that deals with management, finance, HR, or any other related themes such as:
Executive DBA program will broaden your professional horizons enabling you to climb further up the corporate ladder.
Executive DBA was designed to fit the demanding lifestyle of executives and professionals
Executive DBA is done in partnership with the Faculty of Economics & Business, the University of Zagreb that is an accredited public university.
AACSB and EPAS Accredited
The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is AACSB and EPAS accredited. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.
The objective of the Executive DBA doctorate in business administration is to provide participants with the opportunity to make significant contributions to both theory and practice in the field and to develop a professional practice at the highest level. It is a practical and research-based doctoral program in business and industry that is designed for mid-career and senior executives aiming at moving toward C-suite leadership level.
Our mentors are coming from some of the most prestigious universities around the world.
Minimum five years postgraduate work experience prior to DBA study, some of this at a senior level
MBA (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized higher education institution.
A Master’s degree in management (or associated discipline)
A Master’s degree in a field other than management (or related discipline) but with a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience.
Your CV or resume
ID or passport copy
Applications to the doctoral program will be reviewed by members of the Doctorate Admissions Committee who will make recommendations and decisions (accept/reject) regarding offers of admission to the DBA program. Upon receipt of the documents, a formal interview with the DBA Academic Director may be scheduled with some candidates.
Research Methodology I
Research Methodology II
Publishing Your Paper (seminar)
Writing Research Proposal (seminar)
Research Proposal (seminar)
Software Citation Tools (seminar)
Experts in Business Education
We are “Experts in Business Education”. Our core values stand on:
We offer Swiss quality through unique Experience, Exchange, Everywhere, and Engagement.
How about connecting with your peers, alumni, students, professors, industry leaders, and companies we work with?
SSBM enables this through our unique and innovative “SSBM Connect” platform where you can engage, interact and socialize with the SSBM community!
Networking is one of our core strategic directions.
SSBM aims to provide our DBA students with new networking opportunities to connect with peers from the same but also different industries as one of SSBM’s main objectives is to have a diverse student body.
Still Wondering Why Study at SSBM?
SSBM is a truly innovative and leading business and management school that aims at taking education to a new level!
The Application Process
Applications go through the SSBM’s admissions website.
The admissions team looks for evidence of academic ability as well as indications of past performance and future potential.
Documents to prepare:
Prepare Your CV/Resume: Professional Resume (in pdf format)
Your Photo (in jpg/pdf format)
ID document: Passport/ID document or driver’s license (jpg or pdf format)
Grades transcript: Most recent transcript or diploma (pdf format only)
Things To Know First
The Common Application is required for students applying to any of SSBM’s programs.
For some of the degrees you have to fulfill some minimum requirements:
To attend our MBA program you must have at least 180 ECTS from your previous degree.
Our doctoral degree is open to anyone who already holds a Master's/MBA degree or has extensive professional experience. You must have at least 180 ECTS from your previous degree.
Our Certificate programs do not have any strict requirements and can be taken by anyone who has acquired or is in the progress of receiving a bachelor's degree.
When To Apply?
You can join our program at any moment once the Admission Committee’s reviews your application. Be certain that you have the necessary qualification for each of our programs. SSBM will review your qualifications during the course of your studies. SSBM reserves the right not to award you a degree if the admission criteria are not met.
What s Next?
After being admitted to our programs, you will receive a letter of admission. Having processed the payment, you will receive an email with your login credentials and will be granted access to our Learn Management System.