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    Application Deadline
  • 40 months
The Online Executive DBA provides an indepth study in a specialist professional area to enable the development of knowledge, critical understanding and modes of professional practice which make a significant and distinctive independant and original contribution to the advancement of the profession.  


The Online Executive DBA Programme offered by the Business School Netherlands is aimed at Senior Professionals, Chief Executive Officers or Managing Directors who want to pursue this degree as a means of building their capabilities in digital entrepreneurship, transforming higher education, energy or health industries, leadership in a public organisation, internal promotion as a C-Suite Executive, or to enhance their expertise for a career in consulting.

The Online Executive DBA programme comprises three phase, the first two phases of the programme focus on providing the candidates with the capabilities and skills required to undertaken a comprehensive research project using Aciton Learning approaches combined with critical thinking, reflection and solutions-testing. The focus is on the key emerging , current thinking and trends in management in the ditigal age. The culmination of the first two phases is the identification of a complex leadership/management issue and the presentation of the research proposal. Phase 3 focusses on the Thesis research itself.


The Online Executive DBA Programme is currently in candidacy accreditation status with the American Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 40 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
     year 1 - 35 credits, year 2 - 30 credits, year 3 - 30 credits, year 4 - 25 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Only feedback on assignments and exams, Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Phase I

  • Research Methodologies
  • Shaping Business Minds
  • Business Foresight Capability
  • What is Action Learning?
  • Change Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Phase II

  • Draft Proposal submitted to BSN
  • Appointment of Internal Supervisor
  • Identify, analyse and formulate a business-driven Action Learning Project
  • Finalise research methodology and research instruments
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the subject discipline(s) required of your thesis

Phase III

  • Monthly contact with Supervisor
  • Three monthly reports back to Academic Board
  • Literature Review
  • Independent Research

Viva Voce

  • Internal Evaluation
  • External Assessment
  • Academic Board Approval
  • Graduation


The Online Executive DBA programme targets a select group of Senior Executives who hold an MBA or equivalent Master's degree level qualification coupled with extensive senior level business experience.


Professionals from the world's leading universities and business schools, combined with leading-edge C-Suite executives of global organisations, present the latest views and trends on the digital economy. The Academic Director is an internationally acknowledged academician and business professional, who works in the field of strategic leadership and the digital economy.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Hold an MBA or a master’s qualification in a relevant area, and have at least five years’ experience;
  • be in a professional capacity with significant responsibility or
  • be in a senior management role or
  • be the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of a small and medium-sized enterprise or
  • be in an equivalent position;
  • be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Business School Netherlands, and
  • display evidence of the potential to do doctoral level work, and
  • have written and verbal fluency in English.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

At least five years experience and be in a professional capacity with significant responsibility or be in a senior management role or be the Managing Director/CEO or C-Suite Executive.

Technological Requirements

Internet and Email access

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5556 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5556 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 months.
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