• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Doctor of Business Administration degree offered by Munich Business School in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) boosts your academic as well as your business career in an international and flexible setting, which doesn‘t require you to put your professional career on hold.
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The DBA – Doctor of Business Administration – from Munich Business School is a research-based doctorate ideal for those who are enthusiastic about learning and who want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.

The Program

The DBA program of Munich Business School and Sheffield Hallam University gives you the opportunity to discuss key substantive topics that reflect research and advances in organizational and business knowledge. Furthermore, you will be guided through each step of developing, planning, and managing your doctoral research project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Program Structure and Goals

  • The structure of the DBA program reflects two objectives: the first is to present you with an opportunity to discuss key substantive topics and concepts in contemporary business and management theory; the second is to take you through the process of developing and planning a doctoral research project in a staged way, and then to the execution of the project itself.
  • To reach these objectives, the DBA program is backed up by a set of three complementary modules, all of which are taught and assessed during phase one of your DBA studies. Upon the successful completion of these modules, you will be left with the foundation of your thesis. The modules are delivered in one-week blocks, and then contextualized with the help of your supervisor. 
  • Module 1 (SHU): Critical Thinking in Business Administration
  • Module 2 (MBS): Contemporary Issues in Business and Management
  • Module 3 (MBS): Research Approaches and Designs

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed Application Form including Application Research Proposal (Guidelines for Research Proposal)
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts (plus translations if not already in English or German
  • 2 reference letters (academic or professional), either as completed reference form or as a normal letter of recommendation (with English translation if not already in English)
  • Proof of English proficiency (test scores must still be valid, i.e., less than two years old)
  • Academic papers, articles, certificates etc. (optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for München

  • 1078 - 1690 EUR/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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