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Doctorate in Business Administration, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gent, Belgium
A four-year, part-time doctoral programme for experienced professionals  that gives the opportunity to carry out in-depth research that with true impact – either in the own organisation or across the sector or even society.
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  • Although our PhD students work under the daily supervision of Vlerick faculty, the doctoral programme itself is organised through our parent universities (our preferred partners for PhD degrees). This implies doctoral candidates graduate at one of the parent universities when they successfully completed their doctoral study programme.
  •  This programme consists of different activities: qualifying course work, presenting research results, attending doctoral seminars, and active participation in international conferences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity 16 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      5 modules of 5 consecutive days spread over maximum 2 years

  • Credits
    60 ECTS

    DBA participants need to earn 60 credits (60 ECTS) through a combination of truncus communis (mandatory parts) and supplementary part (elective parts).

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

  • The part-time Doctorate in Business Administration is a four-year programme split into a learning stage and a research stage – giving you the tools and skills you need to carry out individual and guided thesis work.
  • It is designed to be flexible. A large part of the programme is self-study – which you can do alongside your professional activities – and there are a few residential sessions each year. You’ll develop a close working partnership with your supervisors – and you’ll be supported by a guidance and doctoral committee.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    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

To be accepted onto our DBA programme, you need:

  • A Master degree (Belgian) or equivalent (foreign institute) with honours (to be proofed with certified copies of diplomas or transcripts). Eligibility will be checked with Ghent University/KU Leuven requirements
  • At least 10 years of managerial experience, including a period at executive level
  • To proof the necessary intellectual capability to engage in a doctoral journey. A GMAT/GRE is required (exemptions are possible) 
  • To proof fluency in English
  • To show your motivation for a doctoral track
  • To submit an initial research idea that fits our research expertise

Work Experience

At least 10 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 60000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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The total cost of the programme is €60,000.

  • First and second year: €20,000 per year
  • Third and fourth year: €10,000 per year

Each additional year is €6,500.

Living costs for Gent

  • 754 - 1210 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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