2 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
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About this program

Executive DBA

The Executive DBA doctoral program in business administration will challenge you to take your thinking and performance to a new level. You will become a recognized expert and contributor to the most important business and societal challenges by making a significant contribution to both theory and practice in the field as you move toward the C-suite leadership level.

The Executive DBA is delivered in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics & Business, the University of Zagreb, Croatia that is a publicly recognized and accredited university with double world-known accreditations AACSB and EPAS.

The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is AACSB and EPAS accredited. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is known worldwide as the most highly esteemed form of accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.

As far as supervision of thesis research is concerned it is to be noted that the DBA thesis supervisor generally looks at the scientific work being prepared by the student, supervises it, and is committed to ensuring that quality standards of the work are being met. A supervisor is a person with the requisite academic qualification and experience in the chosen field of thesis research. The supervisor has expert knowledge of the field in which the student is carrying out his/her research. The Supervisor’s task is to guide the DBA student from the commencement of the research through the oral presentation and defense of the completed research work (DBA viva).

The total duration for completing the Executive DBA program is two (2) academic years or less which depends on the student’s motivation to deliver the thesis.

Admission requirements

  • Minimum five years postgraduate work experience prior to DBA study, some of this at a senior level
  • MBA (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized higher education institution.
  • A Master’s degree in management (or associated discipline)
  • A Master’s degree in a field other than management (or related discipline) but with a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Research Methodology I
  • Research Methodology II
  • Publishing Your Paper (seminar)
  • Writing Research Proposal (seminar)
  • Research Proposal (seminar)

Year 2

  • Software Citation Tools (seminar)
  • Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information.


Tuition fees: 15,000 EUR


  • Researcher education in management studies (theoretical and methodological competence)
  • Competence to design and implement a sizable research project with a practical orientation
  • A collegial network with professors and other researchers and the Executive DBA candidates
  • Competence in presenting papers in international seminars and conferences
  • Writing and defending an academic doctoral thesis and research papers/articles
  • Possibility to realize a sizable research/development project for an organization

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Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva

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Swiss School of Business and Management Geneva

Rue de Chantepoulet 10 1201 Geneva
1201 Geneva

Phone no: +41 (0)22 508 7796

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