You think a DBA could be right for you? Check here what the admission requirements are and how you can start applying.


To be accepted onto our DBA programme, you need:

  • A Master degree (Belgian) or equivalent (foreign institute) with result equaling at least cum laude
  • At least 10 years of managerial experience, including a period at executive level
  • To submit a GRE/GMAT test score, not older than 5 years (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
  • To get the support from at least two supervisors, one from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration from Ghent University and one from the Faculty of Economics and Business from KU Leuven


DBA participants can start twice a year: once in Spring and once in Fall. We accept admissions on a rolling basis. We recommend you start the application as soon as you can, as the application process is quite extensive and consists of 2 stages. Applications files are discussed during the monthly DBA doctoral committee meetings.

1. Eligibility stage

We assess if you comply with all minimum requirements for the DBA programme. We also like to hear more about your motivation to start this doctoral journey.

To start, fill in the eligibility registration form. You need to upload your CV, diploma and transcripts, GMAT/GRE score report (if available), English Language Proficiency Exam score (if available) and a short essay with your research topic and motivation. Please prepare your answers in advance before you start to fill in the eligibility registration form.

For your research topic, two references to academic papers are required, which you can find using open source databases like Google scholarBing scholar, Base, Core or DOAJ.

We’ll contact you on short notice to share our initial feedback. If you’ve met the criteria – and we feel the DBA programme show a promising fit for you – we’ll invite you for an in-depth (skype) interview with the academic director.

Next, we bring your eligibility file to the DBA doctoral committee who decides upon your eligibility. If considered eligible, you can continue the application and develop your research idea.

2. Research idea stage

In this stage, we ask you to develop already a more elaborate research idea in consultation with your potential PhD supervisors.

The academic director will help you to identify and get in contact with the right supervisors to support you during your research. After a few conversations and additional suggestions of relevant academic papers, you can develop your research idea for which we have a template available. We ask for your specific research questions, suggested methodology and data analysis, relevance for the business and academic community and first academic literature analysis.

We submit your research idea and feedback from the supervisors to the DBA doctoral committee who decides upon your application. If approved, you can enrol for the DBA programme at Vlerick Business School.

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