Launch of a Doctorate in Business Administration

Vlerick Business School, Ghent University and KU Leuven are launching a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a unique doctoral programme for managers and executives with at least 10 years’ experience. Successful participants will receive a joint PhD degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University and from the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven.

The launch of this research programme responds to an increasing demand from experienced managers and executives seeking to pursue a PhD linked to their own business context and challenges. The main reasons for joining such a programme are personal intellectual stimulation, strengthening business knowledge with more fundamental insights, or switching career to the academic world.

Brecht Cardoen - Vlerick Business SchoolProfessor Brecht Cardoen, DBA Academic Director: “When you join our Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme, you embark on a rigorous research and learning journey. You use our close ties to the academic and business worlds to turn your action into knowledge – contributing to leading-edge, relevant research that can have a real impact on your organisation and society.”

Patrick Van Kenhove - UGentProfessor Patrick Van Kenhove, Dean Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University: "Get inspired by our researchers - who are actively engaged in the wider community - and benefit from their knowledge to transform your corporate data into a research-based business case which can be immediately implemented into your own business. Together we’ll improve your research skills and put high emphasis on fostering an international mindset, on openness to the outside world, on multiculturalism and on the societal relevance of your research."

Wilfried Lemahieu - KU LeuvenProfessor Wilfried Lemahieu, Dean,Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven: “‘Rigorous and Relevant’ is the catchphrase to describe our School’s values: we are renowned for the analytical rigour in our research and education, but always in interplay with practical relevance and high impact on the corporate world and economic policy making. Joining the Doctorate in Business Administration is therefore an excellent way to pursue these twin objectives."

The Doctorate in Business Administration programme is designed to be flexible and tailor-made. A large part of the programme is self-study – which executives can do alongside their job – and there are a few residential sessions each year. This makes the programme ideal for busy executives, both local and international.

The programme will be given in English and consists of a mix of online and campus-based modules and seminars. Each DBA participant can count on a solid and reputable group of expert faculty and researchers with strong academic backgrounds from renowned and highly ranked partner institutes to assist in the research process. For each person, we look for the right supervisors and guidance committee to assist in the doctoral journey. The doctorate is awarded upon completion of the research and a successful defence of the doctoral dissertation.

  • Stage one: Learning
    The programme starts by developing the skills and knowledge one needs to carry out innovative, ground-breaking doctoral research and to write a research thesis.
  • Stage two: Research
    This stage is focused on developing and conducting the research – which will be presented at conferences and defended in front of an examination board. 
We accept applications on a rolling basis via our online application tool – and DBA students can start from September 2018. 

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