DBA Doctor of Business Administration

Munich Business School GmbH
Program overview
48 months
Part time
Doctorate / PhD

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
DBA Doctor of Business Administration

About this program

DBA Doctor of Business Administration

A doctoral degree is not only a very high scientific achievement and a personal milestone, but also a smart and sustainable investment in one's professional future. With the preparation at Munich Business School you can directly enter the research phase of the part-time DBA program at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). The DBA boosts your academic as well as your business career in an international and flexible setting, which doesn‘t require you to put your professional career on hold.

The DBA – Doctor of Business Administration – is a research-based doctorate ideal for those who are enthusiastic about learning and who want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.

The DBA program of Sheffield Hallam University gives you the opportunity to discuss key substantive topics that reflect research and advances in organizational and business knowledge. Furthermore, you will be guided through each step of developing, planning, and managing your doctoral research project.

Munich Business School is the only university in Germany that specifically prepares students for a DBA program at an AACSB-accredited university. The AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is one of the leading international accreditation organizations for business schools and economics faculties. Its accreditation is a recognized seal of quality for teaching and research.

Admission requirements

Munich Business School seeks to admit candidates to the DBA Doctor of Business Administration program who:

  • have successfully completed a Master's degree in business, management, or a related area
  • have minimum of 5 years of working experience, thereof 3 years of managerial experience incl. team lead, budget responsibility

Language Requirements

Since the DBA program is conducted in English, all candidates must have good command of the language. Applicants can prove their English language proficiency by one of the following options:

  • Being an English native speaker
  • Having completed a university degree entirely in English, in an English speaking country, within the last 3 years (teaching and assessment)
  • English is the official language in daily business communication in your current position and company (we require a confirmation letter from your employer)
  • IELTS: min. level of 7.0 – Academic Module
  • TOEFL iBT: min. 100 (Listening: min. 23, Reading: min. 23, Writing: min. 26, Speaking: min. 22; MBS TOEFL Institution Code: 5772).

Test results can only be accepted if achieved within the last two years. If you are unable to obtain your test results before handing in your MBS application, please advise us of your planned test date. You can hand in your test results up to four weeks prior to the program start. Submission after start of studies is not possible.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the school website.

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Program content

The structure of the DBA program reflects two objectives: the first is to present you with an opportunity to discuss key substantive topics and concepts in contemporary business and management theory; the second is to take you through the process of developing and planning a doctoral research project in a staged way, and then to the execution of the project itself.

You will begin your path to the DBA with three preparatory modules in Sheffield and Munich. Upon successful completion of these modules, you will receive a "Certificate in Business Research" from Munich Business School, which will enable you to enter the second phase of the DBA program at Sheffield Hallam University - the preparation of the actual doctoral thesis.

Modul 1: Critical Thinking in Business Administration

This module provides you with the essential academic skills to successfully complete your DBA studies. It includes an introduction to reflexivity, critical thinking and writing, as well as philosophical and ethical considerations that will underpin your research process. During this module, you will also be allocated a supervisor, and draft the introductory chapter of your thesis.

Modul 2: Contemporary Issues in Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce contemporary issues and debates in such a way that is relevant to define your research interests, and drawing boundaries around your research scope.

The content of the module includes key concepts such as diversity at the workplace, economic trends, and future technological revolutions, and challenge your thinking on how these external factors may impact your sector and research.

In addition, the module includes in-depth sessions on developing a literature review, which enables you to eventually draft your own literature review.

Modul 3: Research Approaches and Designs

During this module, your knowledge inquired in module 2 is further deepened, allowing you to gain advanced insights into general research approaches and designs with the aim to enable you to develop your research method, and align it to an underpinning research philosophy. At the end of this module, you will draft the research methods chapter of your thesis.

After successful completion of modules 1-3, you will receive a "Certificate in Business Research" from Munich Business School. This qualifies you to enter the second phase of the DBA program at Sheffield Hallam University: the preparation of your doctoral thesis.

Research Phase and Doctoral Thesis

The research phase begins with the formal preparation of a research proposal and an oral presentation. This so-called research report (RF2 report; max. 6,000 words) should include the methodology, a summary of the work done so far, and a statement of further research planned.

Once your research report has been approved by the DBA Program Assessment Board, you will be ready to write your dissertation. Throughout this process, you will receive ongoing support from both SHU and MBS, and ongoing support from your supervisors.

Once your thesis is completed, you will submit it to SHU for an oral defense (viva voce). After the successful defense you will receive the degree DBA Doctor of Business Administration.

Scholarships & funding

There are no scholarship options available. Candidates have to be employed full time.


Tuition fee: 36,000 Euro


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Munich Business School GmbH

Munich Business School (MBS) has been an accredited (FIBAA, state, German Council of Science and Humanities) private university for business studies in Munich for over 30 years. MBS offers an inspiring and international academic environment for globally minded and entrepreneurial...

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80687 Munich Bavaria

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