Education for the higher educated

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

SBS Swiss Business School

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About the Program

The DBA is an integrated work and research program for management practitioners and professionals, who are oriented towards making a significant contribution to practice and policy. DBA students will have a diverse range of interests. Consequently there will be scope for requisite specialization within a general organizational and management framework. Graduates from the program are expected to make a key contribution to practice, so program work will relate to leadership, change and process management as well as research methodologies.


The world of business and management is undergoing rapid and profound changes. Theories, practices and strategies which seemingly worked yesterday are failing today. Institutional leaders, policy makers and managers everywhere are increasingly confronted by novel situations without historical precedent, precipitating the need for new knowledge.

SBS' DBA program takes places on Saturdays and Sundays, all three months. The DBA comprises a total of 108 units and can be completed in a minimum of 2.5 years part-time / next to the job study. The Program is taught in a classroom format based on the use of intensive workshops. It includes the following two components:

Coursework Phase

Doctoral Program Seminars and Workshops (50%)

Research Phase

Supervision Workshops (50%).


The program can be completed in a minimum period of time of 2.5 years and maximum over 6 years.

Course Curriculum

The program is designed to advance the professional development of senior practicing managers and professionals in the business arena by extending their management knowledge and equipping them with broad research and process management skills, enabling them to make a key leadership contribution to their chosen fields. Graduates of the program will have: extended knowledge of emerging business and management ideas and deeper understanding of their relevance to applied business settings;

  • conceptual frameworks of practice knowledge and innovative approaches for business and management application;
  • extensive familiarity with the literature of selective specialist applied areas within the business and management field;
  • ability to link and integrate applied research to learning as a precursor to the formulation of vision, strategy and process leadership for corporate and business enterprise;
  • skills in applied research methodologies including literature searches, field research design, data analysis and the communication of research findings.

The DBA is offered in face-to-face delivery. Candidates are required to attend 7 courses and 4 research seminars, resulting in 11 intensive sessions over 2.5 years. The sessions are offered over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 18:00) to accommodate working professionals.

First Year

Semester 1

Course Units
Management Research Perspectives 4.5
Information Technologies for Business Research 4.5
Global Environments and Management Trends 9.0
Critique Analysis of Research 9.0

Semester 2

Course Units
Contemporary Management 9.0
Research Methods in Business & Management 4.5
Management Research Design & Methodologies 9.0
Preparation and Presentation of a Research Proposal 4.5

Second Year

Semester 1

Course Units
Doctoral Research Project Proposal 9.0
Literature Review 9.0

Semester 2

Course Units
Doctoral Research Paper 1 18.0

Third Year

Semester 1

Course Units
Doctoral Research Paper 2 18.0

Level University
Form Part-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 30 months
Location Kloten-Zurich, Switzerland
Costs €33281
Class location type At the institute
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country Switzerland
Completion Diploma