DBA Program Admission

Admissions to a doctoral program
  • Posted by Ken Wu on 01/14/20 1:14am

    I'm interested in applying for IE Business School DBA program (I'm also considering City University of HK, Toulouse Business School and Tilburg University). I'm 43 years old; I completed my MBA in 2003 and MS Business Analytics in 2015 (my GPA was around 3.2-3.4) from a local school in Southern California (Cal State University of Fullerton). I have over 20 years of professional experience, 15 years of management experience and 9 years in C-suite. Do I fit the mold that IE is looking for? Does scoring high on GRE or GMAT make a difference?

    • Posted by Alex Jin on 03/30/23 4:36pm

      Hi Ken, can we keep in touch? I will apply DBA in IE in 2023 or 2024. thanks. jinditiancai@sina.com

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/14/20 10:23am


    in general, I assume that your CV fits well to the IE DBA. A high GMAT score wouldn't hurt though I am not sure if IE requires it.

    SInce I did my PhD at IE and even taught DBA students there, I can connect you with the program manager Laura Maguire if you wish so. She is very nice and accessible and surely can answer your questions.

    Best regards,
    Thomas Graf

    Founder of the DBA Compass and author of the eBook Business Masters - How you find the best Master in Management or MBA.

    • Posted by Ken Wu on 01/14/20 6:20pm


      Thank you for your reply; yes, I would love to connect with the program manager. The deadline for the Fall 2020 is tomorrow, so I think I will need to wait until next year.

      Just curious, how many hours do we need to commit per week while in the program? Is DBA program more of an individual work? I remember my MBA workload was heavy in team projects.


  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/15/20 7:37am


    I sent you an email.


  • Posted by Md Sabbir Ahmed on 01/14/23 7:57pm

    I have completed mastars in accounting.now i am interested to parsue my doctor of business administration (DBA).what should I do for admission and what is the reacquirment

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 01/16/23 9:24am

    What about visiting a DBA website and reading the requirements?