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DBA – Doctor of Business Administration

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DBA – Doctor of Business Administration


The program leading to the award of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) has a primary purpose of developing expert specialty skills, knowledge and research acumen to practicing professionals as well as students who seek to make a contribution to the knowledge of management, business and commerce. The DBA program provides opportunities for well qualified applicants to study in-depth, the changing business and management frontiers in the 21st century. During this three to five year program, DBA students will explore new dimensions in this field and make their own unique contribution to new trends and knowledge in this domain. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary understanding, creative problem-solving and the identification and research of a unique business/management topic.

The MBU Doctor Program is expected to be completed within 3 to 5 years of part-time study; the program must be completed within a five year period.

Program DetailsResearch AreasAdmissions & Tuition Fees

Program Details


Program Structure
The core of the program begins with a Research Methods and Project Design course which provides the necessary skills and understanding to launch the process of developing a thesis idea, and carry out relevant research using solid qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Throughout the program, each DBA candidate is supported by a Thesis Advisor who serves as a mentor and expert in the selected content area. The research methods course includes a focus on academic writing through a series of practical exercises that will provide the essential skills for successful written communication during the writing of the DBA thesis.

Program Outline
The program consists in the following stages

  • MBU Research Methodology and Project Design Course
    Following admission to the MBU Doctor Program, within the first year, candidates will be asked to attend sessions of the MBU Research Methodology and Project Design course, mentioned above, to ensure that candidates are well-versed in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the philosophical approaches in research as well as begin with the design of their research project. This course is in two parts, the first is to be undertaken during the first year of the DBA program (a one-week session). During the second year, an additional one-week session is required (these sessions represent 30 hours of instruction annually). Students should expect to do extensive reading on research methods in general and specifically on the topic of their research.In addition to the Research Methodology and Project Design course, students may be required to take complementary courses from the master’s list depending on their previous academic background.
  • Thesis Proposal
    Candidates are required to submit a Research Proposal of 2’000 words explaining the motivation behind the research, its context, the hypothesis, initial research plan and potential contribution to business and management research to the Dean, who will then appoint a thesis advisor.
  • Appointment of Thesis Advisor
    Each candidate will be assigned a highly qualified faculty member as Thesis Advisor who is available for direct contact and guidance for up to 50 hours throughout the DBA research study. This is an essential component of the DBA since the Thesis Advisor is the essential coach and support for the DBA candidate. Thesis Advisors are appointed on the basis of their expertise in the chosen field of the research and in addition, on their skill in coaching and guiding DBA candidates through the research process.
  • Knowledge Contribution
    The following are the essential criteria for the completion of the DBA:

    • DBA candidates will have submitted work that contributes to the knowledge of business and management by engaging issues and questions that are original, or by making original arguments and claims relative to on-going debates or questions. Creativity and novelty are therefore paramount;
    • DBA candidates will have submitted work that contributes to the enhancement of the professional practice of management in general and in particular by adopting the role of or acting as consultant or problem solver relatively to their professional situation;
    • DBA candidates will have submitted work that enhances the imparting and sharing of management knowledge by devising original educational systems and training methods to this effect.

Program Coordinator


Doctor Program: LindaStoddart
Linda Stoddart is the DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) Program Coordinator at MBU. She was formerly the Academic Director of the Master of Science program in Information and Knowledge Strategy of Columbia University. Previously, she held the position of Director of Knowledge Management at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and was the Director of the Bureau of Information Services of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in Geneva. From 1992 to 1999, as Director of Information Systems at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva and later in Zimbabwe, she lead the implementation of a global knowledge management strategy in field delegations and Red Cross national societies worldwide. She also worked at IMD, (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, as Director of Information Services. She has a Ph.D from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is the author of a number of articles and other publications on knowledge strategy issues and other related topics.

Research Areas


At MBU there are three broad areas of research:
  • Business and management knowledge: At MBU, faculty and students are keen on critically reviewing current organizational and business knowledge so as to explore and formulate new paradigms, concepts, and theories and put them to the test;
  • Business and management practice: MBA candidates may focus on realistic cases and problems in the business and management field to study the root causes and propose innovative solutions. In connection with this approach, candidates may collaborate with existing businesses so as to help the latter better understand their problems or difficulties so as to imagine and implement solutions to provide ideas for more effective approaches or services;
  • Business and management education: the exploration and identification of best business education teaching practices and the relevance of teaching materials to the business world.

Admissions & Tuition Fees


How to apply?
To enroll with the MBU Doctor of Business Administration Program, candidates are expected to have satisfactorily completed a Master’s program from recognized universities and have a minimum of 4-5 years professional experience. Applicants whose first language is not English or who hold degrees in other languages must show evidence of English language proficiency. Candidates who do not have an academic background in business will be considered if they can demonstrate in-depth professional and business acumen and extensive business experience.

In addition to an interview in person or by Skype, candidates need to submit to the MBU Office of Admissions, all academic transcripts, other documents and admissions forms required as for other MBU graduate programs.

Please contact us directly for more information: info@mbuniversity.ch

Tuition Fees
The total cost for the DBA program at MBU is 38’000 CHF covering course work and supervision.

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