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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Maastricht School of Management - MSM
Length: 4 years
Study pace: Full time/part time
Education level: Doctorate / PhD
Study allowances: Yes
Location: Maastricht
Language: English
Application deadline: August/ December

Program Description

Program Description

Earn a DBA in the Netherlands

MsM’s DBA program, accredited by the Association of MBAs, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, is growing in demand.

With more than 150 doctoral students from across the world tackling the immense challenges and opportunities facing business leaders, Maastricht School of Management is in an eminent position to fulfill a global leadership position in the development of innovative business solutions to these challenges and opportunities.

A doctoral degree stands at the pinnacle of education in business and management. The mission of MsM’s doctorate program is to provide its graduates with the skills to become recognized leaders, managers and innovators in the practice and scholarship of business, in particular in rising to the challenges and opportunities that emerging and developing economies face in a globalizing world.

Through the development of research competencies, analytical skills, independent and creative thinking and problem-solving within ethical parameters, MsM's DBA aims to equip candidates with a life-long advantage in consulting, management practice or in the academic field.

In accordance with MsM's research approach, doctoral students take a theme-based, multi-disciplinary approach to their studies. Instead of taking a traditional subject approach, doctorate students at MsM focus on solving a very specific problem. Within the DBA, these problems (or opportunities) are often organization or project related, with a major concern on the implications for management practice.

The DBA degree arms graduates to find creative solutions at the very frontier of management challenges. The content of the degree – coursework in the first year and applied fieldwork/ research in the remaining three years – is based on applied research and research in application. As such, it draws upon practical business administration issues and challenges on the organizational level. The DBA emphasizes interdisciplinary understanding, problem-solving skills and intellectual leadership – resulting in MsM’s graduates obtaining a lifelong advantage in management practice.

DBA Overview

The core part of the Doctor of Business Administration begins with coursework and literature review seminars in two common research areas:

  • Research Methods I & II
  • Quantitative Methods I & II
  • Academic Writing in English

The student practices and increases his or her writing skills throughout the first year. The modules, delivered in the months September and October, consist of 36 contact hours, and can be spread over two consecutive years.

A large part of the literature review in support of the field of research, is done through individual reading under the guidance of the appointed advisor. It is from this field of research that the participant draws the research proposal, which is presented and defended in a seminar after the coursework has been successfully completed. The research proposal seminar is the final step toward the MPhil Degree award. This is also the moment for the research committee to decide on the student’s capabilities for further studies within the DBA.

Field Research, Data Analysis, Dissertation write-up and Defense

After receiving permission to proceed with the field research, the DBA participant gathers and analyses all the data and information from relevant sources, be it interviews, literature, surveys, or company-specific information. The outcome of the dissertation research is a book-length manuscript (ideally consisting of a combination of international scientific journal publications), representing an original contribution to one of the numerous facets in the broad fields of management.

Originality is demonstrated through the discovery of new facets, the discovery of a new conceptual framework, or the creative application of existing analytical concepts and tools to address contemporary issues in industry. Such a contribution should ensure that the dissertation can withstand the independent critical scrutiny of experts in that field. The DBA participant is therefore required to defend the dissertation in front of a dissertation defense (examination) committee, consisting of both faculty as well as external experts in the field of research.

Admission requirements

DBA/PhD program:

  • Certified translated scanned copy MA degree/diploma
  • Certified translated scanned copy MA transcript/grades
  • CV/Resume in English
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy valid passport
  • Five-page preliminary research proposal outline indicating the general area of interest for the research

Degree & diploma

Doctoral degree

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Founded in 1952, Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is one of the oldest and most international business schools in the Netherlands. MSM offers research-driven and internationally accredited programs in management, and (Executive) MBA, Master and Doctorate degree programs. MSM’s MBA is...

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