If you’re ready to become a thought leader in your field, deepening your business understanding with theoretical perspective, then the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) will allow you to create even greater impact.
This four-year blended doctoral programme gives you the opportunity to carry out research alongside your current role. You’ll live and learn the skills to dive deep into your chosen specialism, so you can take the leap into the academic world of research. You’ll develop the skills and approaches to re-energise your organisation with original insights and fresh perspectives.
The DBA is a four-year programme made up of two stages – a learning stage and a research stage.
The objective of the first stage is to develop your research skills. Over 18 – 24 months, you’ll take part in five week-long, campus-based modules that cover the entire research cycle. In these intensive sessions, you’ll develop the skills you need to complete your doctoral journey. You’ll be supported by our online learning platform, where you can discuss content and ideas with colleagues and submit your assignments.
You attend all five modules – and dedicate time to preparing beforehand, studying afterwards and completing assignments, papers and exams. At the end of the learning stage, you’ll take part in a formal presentation of your research proposal.
In the second stage of the programme, you put your research proposal into practice and develop your thesis. You’ll collect and analyse data, draft your results – and, with the help of your supervisors, present your work to different audiences. You’ll also need to present your research to your supervisory committee in two doctoral seminars.
At the end of this stage, you’ll take part in a PhD defence at either Ghent University or KU Leuven. You can present your thesis in different ways. It can either be made up of different papers, or be presented in book format with content for three high-level papers.
The DBA is for experienced professionals who want to:
The tuition fee for the DBA is €60,000:
The DBA is designed to be flexible and fit around your schedule – so if needed, you can have more time to complete your qualification. The fee for each extra year is €6,500.
Your fees include:
The fees do not include travel or accommodation.
To join the DBA programme, you need:
You also need to:
We accept admissions on a rolling basis – and discuss applications during our monthly doctoral committee meetings.
The DBA is a significant commitment – which is why you go through two stages before you begin the full programme. This gives you the opportunity to experience academic research before committing to the full four years.
First we assess if you meet the admissions requirements – and learn more about your ambitions.
Here’s what you need to do:
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 our academic director. We’ll also help you identify and get in touch with potential PhD supervisors. They’ll talk to you, suggest relevant academic papers for you to read – and help you to refine your research topic.
The DBA doctoral committee will then discuss your file – and if you’re eligible, you’ll be accepted onto the programme.
Once you’ve been accepted and paid your commitment fee, you can access our online resources immediately and start working on your initial research topic with your supervisors.
After the first course in September, you’ll write a paper on your research idea – and get feedback from the course leader, DBA team and your supervisors. At this point, we’ll ask you to confirm your commitment to the four-year programme – and to pay the remaining fee for the first year.
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