• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Start your journey to future success with our cutting-edge Doctorate program. Doctor of Business Administration program offered by Geneva Business School aims to deliver a highly flexible online learning experience compatible with fulltime work. The course is designed so that you can work wherever you are - in your office, at home, on the train. 


Geneva Business School is an innovative institution providing Swiss quality education through a global campus network. 

By studying at GBS you will be giving yourself the opportunity to propel your career to new heights. This will be possible by means of our applied approach to learning and the fact that a large part of your learning will be online. 

So, your learning can be flexible, you can study whenever and wherever you want. In addition, our faculty is all professionally active, dedicated to giving you the time and attention you need to be successful.

Our academically rigorous courses will introduce you to the latest concepts in management research and help you develop the skills you need to carry out your research project. 

With the support of a team of academics and business leaders located around the world, you will also benefit from our personalized mentoring approach, which will tailor the program to you and your professional circumstance. At the very beginning of your Doctor of Business Administration journey, we will take our time to get to know you, so that we can support you in the best way possible.

During years one and two, you will undertake 6 self-study courses through our innovative online learning platform. These are designed to equip you with the skills you will need for your business research project during your third and final year. 

This project could focus on a real-life business situation or a problem that you are dealing with in your current work situation. It could also be a business idea that you want to explore or focus on our current ideas that are impacting the industry you are working in. 

Throughout your time at GBS you will be supported by the DBA Program Coordinator and the program team in Barcelona. In your final year, you will also receive direct support from an experienced professional who is in the same field of interest as you.


Accredited by IACBE, EDUQUA, UNESCO.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Student interaction
      No interaction at all
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The program requires the successful completion of 240 credits (which represent roughly 2400 hours of work). The program consists of 6 courses (15 ECTS), 2 ´check in´ assessments (5 ECTS) and the final thesis (140 ECTS). The six courses are:

  • Management Research Perspectives
  • Developing Business Intelligence
  • Problem Solving Using Qualitative Research Methods
  • Problem Solving Using Quantatitive Research Methods
  • Contemporary Issues in Business- Reflecting on Business Practice

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

Academic Requirements

Admission Criteria for Doctorate Programs (DBA)

  • Completion of Master in the relevant field.

  • IELTS 7.0 / TOEFL 85 (English Official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English speaking environment for a minimum of 3 years.

Application Process Requirements

  • Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts and academic certificates obtained

  • Photocopy of valid passport / National ID

  • Resume/CV

  • 1 reference letter

  • 5 page - Thesis Proposal

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5850 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    11700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5850 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    • Application Fee: €150 (One-time fee)

    • Administration Fee: € 1.900 (One-time fee)

    • Tuition per term*: € 3.900 (Total 3-year program / 9 terms*)

    * One year = 3 terms


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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