Business School Lausanne

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)


The Doctorate of Business Administration focuses on Business Transformation, Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship. We enable your Doctoral research to have an impact on industry and to make a transformative contribution on a twofold level: the level of Business and the level of academic research.

Our DBA Program is a one-to-one research based program, which includes as key feature two optional “on campus” Doctoral Acceleration weeks per academic year. The Doctoral Acceleration weeks (DAWs’) enable our students to accelerate their research in a very entrepreneurial way.

We have adopted a personalized approach to offer flexibility and tailored supervision and support. Our students have access to a digital Resources Center and are matched with a dedicated supervisor from the very beginning to support their journey through the development of their research question and proposal. Doctoral candidates are provided with tailored advice in designing their research and in choosing appropriate methodologies based on their area of research to ensure they can efficiently progress through the phases of action research.

Our Doctoral School is comprised of accomplished academics who are leading, active and successful business practitioners. We believe that your Doctoral journey should result in the real world application of academic research and our Doctoral School Committee will help you achieve this goal!

Teaching ModePart-Time
Tuition Fees

Tuition for the DBA program is CHF 14’000.- per year, for a minimum of 3 years. An additional administrative fee of CHF 1,900.- is required to reserve a seat and is payable upon acceptance.

Length3 Years up to 6 Years
Application Deadline

BSL accepts applications to intakes one year prior to the selected intake and we always recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure a seat in the program. We currently offer four intakes a year, in September, November, February & May.

Application Procedure

You are eligible to apply for the DBA program if you have:

  • A Master’s degree in business or related fields or MBA or equivalent (case-by-case assessment is possible)
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Currently employed in a leadership position
  • Strong Proficiency in English (TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5, TOEIC 750, DUO Lingo 105 or Language CERT C1 accepted)

Complete Application Requirements:

1. DBA application form completed and signed

2. CHF 120 application fee payment.

3. Official transcripts and copy of your college/university degree(s)

4. Curriculum vitae

5. Completed Letter of Intent and Research Proposal document

6. Official English Proficiency Certificate (based on the language of instruction of your admitting degree)

7. Evidence of academic achievements (1 academic reference + master thesis) OR evidence of professional proficiency (1 general reference letter)

8. One passport photograph

9. Copy of a Government issued ID or Passport

To request additional information, the program brochure and a personal consultation, please email .