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


To join the DBA, you need a Belgian Master's degree or an equivalent higher education degree. You need to have graduated with distinction.

You’ll also have at least 10 years’ managerial experience – and some experience at executive level.

To apply, you need to:
  • Submit a GMAT/ GRE test score from the last five years (you may be eligible for an exemption)
  • Prove you are fluent in English
  • Explain your motivation for joining the programme
  • Submit an initial research idea that relates to our research expertise and is academically challenging
  • 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.


We accept admissions on a rolling basis. We discuss applications during our monthly doctoral committee meetings. If accepted, you can start in October.

Please give yourself plenty of time to complete your application.
There are two stages:

  • Eligibility
  • Research idea

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1. Eligibility stage

At this stage, we assess if you meet the admissions requirements and learn more about your ambitions.

First, you need to fill in the registration form online.

Please upload your:
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE report (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency Exam score (if applicable)

You also need to write a short essay with your research title, topic and reasons for choosing it.

You’ll need to include two references to academic papers – you can find these on open source databases like:

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 skype interview with the academic director.

The DBA doctoral committee will then discuss your file – and if you’re eligible, you can progress to the second stage.

2. Research idea stage

If you progress from stage one, you’ll need to develop your research topic into a research idea.

We’ll 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 write up your initial research idea. We have a template you can use to do this.

You’ll need to include:
  • Your specific research questions
  • Your objectives
  • Suggested methodology and data analysis
  • How it’s relevant to the business and academic community
  • Links to existing academic literature

We’ll submit your idea and feedback from the supervisors to the committee. If they approve your application, you can enrol on the DBA programme.

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