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Doctorate in Business Administration

Business School Lausanne
Length: 3 years
Study pace: Part time
Education level: Doctorate / PhD
Location: Online / distance learning
Application deadline: On rolling applications

Program description

The BSL Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program gives you the opportunity to work on a global research project in the domain of business sustainability. One of the main objectives is to build a global network of scholars with experience and skills in leading change and transforming businesses into sustainable organizations.

The program offers candidates an exciting academic and professional development experience. It creates new career prospects in consulting, management and teaching, establishing students as experts in their domain of research.

What makes this program different?

International Collaboration

BSL collaborates with GOLDEN to provide research, training and advising support to its Doctorate candidates. The partnership between BSL and GOLDEN gives you the opportunity to work on a common research project, while benefiting from GOLDEN’s global network of sustainability scholars and experienced consultants in organizational change.

GOLDEN is an independent, multi-stakeholder initiative operating as a program of the Center for Research in Organization and Management of Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. It represents a global network of leading research centers, corporations and other stakeholders that provides a platform for sharing data, developing knowledge and stimulating action to navigate the challenges to creating sustainable enterprise.

Supporting Training and Development

The BSL DBA program supports you in the development of knowledge, skills and competencies.  In close collaboration with the Global Doctoral Alliance (GDA) of 50+20, a number of training workshops will be offered as webinars, summer camps and symposia.

In addition, BSL DBA candidates will be put in contact with other DBA candidates, thus allowing them to build a global network of applied sustainability scholars.

Research Approach and Methodology

The BSL DBA program takes a different approach to research. We build on the traditional model of exploring the current state of business as a starting base for incremental change by looking into what a truly sustainable organization of the future would look like and exploring the paths to get there.

The project includes a range of research approaches that are distinguished as well by the participatory engagement of stakeholders. These are often associated with large system change science, engaged scholarship and action research.

No Interruption to your Career

Designed for the working professional, our DBA is a part-time applied research program allowing candidates to research independently and in their own time.

There is no required course work, however, research methodologies are taught at our bi-annual Research Symposia and are available online. Perfect for busy professionals around the world as you only need to visit BSL once per year.

Admission requirements

Admissions criteria

  • Master's degree or equivalent:

EITHER a master’s degree in business or in a business related area, from a recognized university or institution and at least 5 years’ pre- or post-master relevant professional working experience.

OR the equivalent in terms of significant work experience (for professionals over 40 years of age) in a senior position of responsibility including management experience, adding up to a minimum total of 10 years of relevant professional experience.

  • At least 5 years’ pre or post-master’s relevant professional work experience
  • Fluency in English (TOEFL IBT Level of 100 or equivalent)
  • Two recommendation letters; CV; Motivation letter

Entry dates: September and February

Application deadline

The application process is ongoing and DBA candidates can submit their applications throughout the year.


Tuition & fees

The DBA program includes the following costs:

  • Administration fee: CHF 4,800 (admission process)
  • Year 1 CHF 12,000
  • Year 2 CHF 12,000
  • Year 3 CHF 12,000

Each additional year will be charged a set fee of CHF 12,000.

Thesis Topics

As a Doctoral student at BSL, you will join an international group of independent researchers in business sustainability and gain experience in collaborative research on a challenging topic. You will work with other doctoral candidates and will combine your skills and expertise with theirs to contribute to a global interdisciplinary research project together.

The project will provide insights on three key organizational challenges of the coming decade:

  • How to move from business-as-usual to business sustainability (based on existing research);
  • How to embrace and adapt to the new paradigm (based on emerging best practices);
  • How to make the great leap of becoming a truly sustainable organization (based input from pioneers).

Working on a joint research project allows you to build a global network of applied sustainability scholars focused on integrating sustainability and responsibility in business.

About school

Business School Lausanne

Business School Lausanne is a boutique business school located in the greater area of Lausanne, Switzerland. Founded in 1987, BSL has been providing quality business education for 25 years and building on its dedication to responsible leadership and entrepreneurship. Each year students of over 60 nationalities join our...

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J Nugent   |   2/24/2010
This was a great school and program. The professors not only had excellent academic credentials but substantial real world experience gained in senior positions. You were never a number at BSL. It was very personal. BSL made learning more familial versus institutional. It was a great way to learn and apply what was learned. I would hig...
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