60 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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The Doctorate in Business Administration programme at the Vlerick Business School is a five-year, blended doctoral programme for experienced professionals with at least 10 years’ managerial experience. Upon completion of the courses, assignments, research and successful defence of the doctoral dissertation, you gain a joint PhD degree from Ghent University and from KU Leuven.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key facts:

  • The Doctorate in Business Administration programme at the Vlerick Business School  is designed to be flexible and tailored to you and your ambitions. You can organise your academic work around your schedule – and put together your own programme of self-study, residential sessions, academic conferences and events.

  • The programme is split into a learning stage and a research stage – giving you the knowledge and skills you need to carry out individual and guided thesis work. You will be supported and guided from the start by a team of supervisors.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Fleld- specific exam
  • Literature review
  • Pilot study
  • Research proposal
  • Studying organisations and individuals

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We accept admissions on a rolling basis. 





Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit an initial research topic that relates to our research expertise and is academically challenging
  • Explain your motivation for joining the programme
  • Submit a GMAT/ GRE test score from the last five years (you may be eligible for an exemption)
  • Prove you are fluent in English
  • Get support from at least two supervisors – one from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University and one from the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven. We’ll help you find them.
  • A Flemish Master’s degree or equivalent (inter)national higher education degree.
  • To have graduated with distinction.
  • At least 10 years’ managerial experience – with some experience at executive level.
Please upload your:
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • We’ll contact you as soon as we can to share our initial feedback. If you meet the criteria – and we think the programme is a good fit for you – we’ll set up an in-depth interview with the academic director.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60000 EUR for the full programme during 60 months.
  • National

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60000 EUR for the full programme during 60 months.

The total cost of the programme is €60,000.

  • First-year: €20,000 per year
  • Year two to five yea: €10,000 per year

Each additional year is €6,500.

Living costs for Gent

754 - 1205 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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