Fees and financing

A DBA is a big financial investment. Find out what’s included in your fee – and what the payment options are.



The total cost of the programme is €60,000.

  • First and second year: €20,000 per year
  • Third and fourth year: €10,000 per year

If you need more time to complete your qualification, each additional year is €6,500.

What's included?
  • Four years’ tuition fees
  • All course materials and access to the online platform 
  • A voucher towards your personal learning and research trajectory – so you can attend different programmes and conferences, at Vlerick and elsewhere, that are linked to your research 
And for the duration of the programme, you get:

  • Access to business and research databases and specialised collections
  • Use of campus facilities
  • Vlerick Alumni network membership
  • Financial Times online subscription
  • Food and drinks on campus during residential weeks
What's not included?

These costs don’t include any travel or accommodation.

How to pay?

There are two options:

  • Pay per year
    Each year, we’ll send you an invoice for that year’s fee. You’ll need to pay each invoice within 30 days.

  • Pay in instalments
    If the programme is paid by a natural person, you can opt to pay your fees in instalments each academic year. If you choose this option, you’ll need to sign a contract and pay an admin fee of €250 each year. To find out more about paying in instalments, please get in touch with Bieke Dewulf.
Funding for SMEs?


If you work at a Flemish SME, you can use the ‘KMO-portefeuille’ to fund part of your DBA. This means the Government will subsidise part of your tuition fees (but not catering costs or cost materials). Depending on the size of your company, you can apply for up to €15,000 per year for the first three years of the programme.

How to apply:
  • First register for the programme, and then apply for a subsidy. You need to apply within 14 days of starting the programme – you can apply before you get your programme invoice.
  • On your application, you need to include the number of hours of the programme.
  • To find out more, visit: www.kmo-portefeuille.be (this website is in Dutch).
    Vlerick’s approval number is: DV.O105182.


If you’re self-employed – or you work for an SME in one of the Brussels boroughs – you can apply for a subsidy from the Brussels-Capital Region. Each organisation can apply for subsidies for up to three programmes per year – of up to 50% of each programme fee (a maximum of €3,000).

How does it work:
  • Once you register for your programme, you can apply for a subsidy. You should apply before the programme starts – or at the latest, 30 days after it’s started.
  • The programme you apply for needs to cost at least €1,000.
  • More information is available on the Brussels region website (this website is in Dutch and French).

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