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Business Administration, D.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Lausanne, Switzerland
The BSL DBA in Sustainable Business is an equally challenging and fulfilling experience that will enable you to dive deep in rigorous exploration of topics that matter to you, while also reflecting on your personal journey as an individual and professional who wants to make a difference.
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You will build expertise in sustainability action research through your participation in a collaborative research project with an international group of participants. Through the project, you will develop insights in three key domains: moving from business-as-usual to business sustainability (based on existing research); adapting to the new paradigm (based on emerging best practices); and becoming a truly sustainable organization (based on input from pioneers).

The programme

You will acquire new research methodologies for tackling complex business and societal issues and will develop skills in leading change, consulting transforming organizations, and integrating sustainability and responsibility in business. You will advance your knowledge in sustainability and will combine it a deeper understanding of responsible leadership practices.

You will build a global network of applied sustainability scholars and will become part of a community of experienced business professionals or teaching scholars who are at the forefront of developing practical applications for integrating sustainability to business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Research Approach & MethodologyThe collaborative activities include:

  • Analysis of the current situation:
  • Conceptual research to determine the vision and establish the gap between the current and required future paradigm
  • Collaborative in-company field experiments:

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

You are eligible to apply for the MBA program if you have:

  • Masters degree in business or related fields or MBA or equivalent (case-by-case assessment possible)
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Currently employed in a leadership function
  • Fluency in English (TOEFL IBT Level of 100 or equivalent)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    51 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
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The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration (EDBA) costs CHF 58,000.

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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