30 months
38000 USD/year
38000 USD/year
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The Doctorate in Business Administration at Hult International Business School is a new kind of DBA that aims to empower a new generation of senior business leaders and create new answers to new questions.

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You’ll take part in online sessions approximately once every two weeks and convene with your peers three times a year on a Hult campus. After 2.5 years (or 30 months), you’ll graduate with a US accredited doctorate degree and the skills to improve business practice around the world. Hult’s DBA is your path to career advancement or a transition to a career in teaching or consulting.

A DBA with a difference

Relevance is at the center of every aspect of academic study in this DBA. You’ll focus on problems within strategy or leadership from your own professional experience and create new tools to help your company—and others like it—solve these problems.

You’ll begin your journey by identifying a major business challenge that is directly relevant to you and is not currently addressed by contemporary theories. Your research will lead you to create novel, rigorous tools to address that problem and improve the practice of management long term. In addition to writing three publishable papers, you’ll also conduct two workshops, called practicums. These practicums will guide students, clients, or peers from your own company in recognizing, and solving, the business problem.


Hult is recognized by business education’s three most prestigious international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), Association of MBAs (AMBA), and EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System). We are the first business school in the US to achieve this triple accreditation, which is held by just 1% of business schools worldwide.

Programme Structure

The Hult DBA is a 30-month (2.5 year) program with a combination of on-campus residencies at our campuses around the world and structured online learning that can be completed anywhere.

Defining your research: Your program starts with the identification of a problem that is directly relevant to your everyday business practice. These should be complex challenges that directly and materially impact company performance. Through the collection of original data, you’ll learn and conduct different types of quantitative analyses, which you’ll then use to create novel insights and tools to help you—and managers like you—solve the issue.

Residencies: You’ll travel to one of Hult's campuses in London, San Francisco, and Dubai three times each year to work face-to-face with your peers and professors. You’ll also meet once every two weeks for online sessions to learn new skills and maintain momentum for your academic studies.

Outputs: By the conclusion of the program, you will have written three publishable academic papers, led two workshops to guide students, clients, or peers from your company through the application of your solution, and produced your final dissertation. Finally, you will defend this dissertation in front of a panel of academic scholars.


"We are looking for DBA candidates who are curious. People who want to develop research skills that can have an impact not just on the development of theory, but to help solve real problems. They also need an appetite for learning in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative business school." — Dr. Vicki Culpin, Professor of Organizational Behavior


Faculty at Hult are focused on helping students apply tools and theories to solve major, contemporary business problems. The faculty selected to teach in the Doctorate in Business Administration are prolific, award-winning researchers in both academic and practitioner-related channels.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 8-10 years’ work experience, and/or significant business maturity
  • Master's degree or equivalent experience
  • Proof of proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 95000 USD for the full programme during 30 months.
  • National

    38000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 95000 USD for the full programme during 30 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


We recognize that your DBA is an important investment and will work closely with you during the application process to find the best options to fund your program.

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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