• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Doctorate in Business Administration  at Geneva Business School is designed for you to use research to enhance your business practice.The primary goal of the DBA is to make a direct contribution to the practice of business management, policy or strategy. The program is developed to equip you with the skills you will need for your business research project during your third and final year.
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Overview

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, or current ideas that are impacting the industry you are working in.  

Throughout your time at Geneva Business School you will be supported by the DBA Program Manager and the program team. You will also receive direct support from an experienced professional who is in the same field of interest as you. Once the project is complete, you will present it to a panel of experts in your field.

Accreditation

Accredited by IACBE, EDUQUA, UNESCO.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • 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

  • Minimum required score:

    85

    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:

    7

    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

  • Exceptional admissions conditions – COVID-19

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Business School Board of Management has decided that it will accept students even if they are unable to obtain their TOEFL/ IELTS English exam results due to the pandemic. 

    During the application interviews, we will apply the same level of rigorous assessment as well as thoroughly evaluate the candidate’s level of comprehension in English to ensure that everyone has the capacity to participate in class. 

    Candidates accepted to Geneva Business School without TOEFL/IELTS or high school examination results will be afforded one additional academic year, from the time they join our school, to provide the missing documents. 

    Applicants may submit the Duolingo English Test (DET), which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place with internet access.

Technological Requirements

    • Completion of master’s in a relevant field.

    • IELTS 7.0 / TOEFL 85 / DET 115-120 (official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 3 years

    • A scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts, and academic certificates

    • Students should have at least 2 years of work experience after gaining a master’s-level qualification

    • Photocopy of valid passport / national ID

    • Resume/CV

    • Reference letters from their former academic institution and from their current employer (if applicable)

    Completion of the Thesis Proposal form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    11700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5850 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Application Fee: €150 (Non-refundable, paid upon application)

Administration Fee: € 1.900 (One time fee, refund of 80% if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities)

Tuition per term*: € 3.900 (Total 3 year program / 9 terms*) (Refund of 100% if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities)

* One year = 3 terms  

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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