Why a Doctorate in Business Administration?

Do you seek an intellectual challenge? Are you keen to dive deep into your specialist topic? Are you ready to move between the corporate and academic worlds and share your expertise? Then this relevant, rigorous research programme from three of Belgium’s top institutions is designed for you.


A Doctorate in Business Administration is the ideal next step for senior professionals who want to rigorously explore and develop their area of interest.

Whatever your reasons for choosing a Doctorate in Business Administration, this programme will stimulate your analytical skills and critical thinking – allowing you to further develop your expertise and knowledge.


Vlerick Business School, Ghent University and KU Leuven have joined forces to create a unique joint doctoral programme for experienced professionals.

A triple-accredited, international business school, Vlerick brings together the academic excellence, rigorous research approach and robust business expertise you need to succeed.

The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, part of Ghent University - a top ranked institution worldwide and one the main universities in Belgium - has built up a strong scientific reputation and is acknowledged as an international top player in research.

Research at the EQUIS accredited Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven – also one of the top universities worldwide - has a long history, with a large number of top international refereed academic journal articles and a focus on high policy relevance and/or visibility in the corporate world and government.

We are also member of the Executive DBA Council, joining 45 DBA programmes across 14 countries, working continuously to innovate in the fields of executive doctoral education, action research, and engaged management.
You’ll join a diverse community of international scholars and professionals from industries all over the world – giving you plenty of opportunities to build connections and advance your research.

When you carry out your research with us, you tap into our vast academic and business networks – and take part in our leading research and business events. And of course, you’ll have the knowledge and support of our expert faculty at your fingertips – who all have strong academic backgrounds. Learn more about our faculty at VlerickGhent University and KU Leuven.

As a participant in the DBA programme, you become a member of our vast network, Vlerick Alumni. This gives you an invaluable opportunity to connect with thousands of graduates in every sector and industry across more than 100 countries. Find out more.


What makes this Doctorate in Business Administration stand out? Our dedicated faculty, chosen to fit your research needs, a vibrant academic community – and peers who share your challenges and inspire you. It’s a rewarding journey to a joint PhD degree that creates value on so many levels.

Prof Dr Brecht Cardoen, Academic Director, DBA Programme

& Rankings

Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times