EIM - European Institute of Management

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


What is the Doctor of Business Administration?

  • The Doctor of Business Administration is a 36 months program focused on applied research and prepares for a Doctor degree at the highest European Qualification Framework level 8. The program is built on a total of 12 modules.
  • This program is unique as it will assist you right from the start with the identification and development of the central doctoral research and international publications in renowned international journals. During the program, you will work in small groups and you will get advice on your specific research topic on an individual basis. During the twelve program modules the students will be guided step for step through their doctoral research project. This allows you to publish various scientific articles and finalize your study within the set timeframe.
  • DBA students can write their dissertations about topics within their companies and industries, or subject areas like for example International Business, Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Human Resource Management, Marketing, (Information) Technology Management, Data Analytics, Consulting, Counseling / Training, Interim Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Change Management, Leadership / Management, Health Care, Automotive, Tourism.
  • The learning method is based on an Oxbridge tutorial where you will work in small groups on weekly assignments that directly feed into their research work. Besides the tutorial sessions, each student will receive individualized advice and coaching. The professors guiding you on the program have extensive professional experience and a vast experience in lecturing and guiding doctoral programs and students at renowned Universities in the United States of America and Europe.

Who will benefit from it?

  • The DBA program is designed for executives and professionals who want to take their career to a new level by enhancing their professional and academic knowledge, skills and competences, and contribute to the expansion of academic and professional knowledge.

What are my career perspectives?

  • This program can lead directly to career advancement for executives, general managers, project managers, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers in all kinds of organizations.
  • After successful completion of the Doctor of Business Administration, you may also continue your academic training with the PGCert in Academic Research and Publication and the PGCert in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. DBAs with both PGCerts will be recognized as Lecturers in Higher Education. This will allow you to teach and to do research at Higher Education Institutions.

Still unsure?

  • Just enroll in the first module “Introduction to Doctoral Research” to better understand how you can integrate your studies in your personal and professional life before you commit yourself to the full programme.

Teaching ModePart-Time
Tuition Fees

EUR 1’000 per month (please check our scholarship support)

BeginQuarterly intakes (January, April, July, and October)
Length36-72 months
Application Deadline

Submit your application at least one month before your preferred start date

Application Procedure

Application requirements

Candidates that want to participate in the Doctoral degree courses are selected on the basis of the following criteria

  • MQF/EQF Level 7 qualification or Master Degree
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • Proficient working level of English in understanding and speaking, reading and writing
  • Basic digital competencies to work with the institutions´ digital learning platform
  • Excellent personal motivation
  • Excellent team work
  • Applicants that do not comply with indicated requirements can request for a of Recognition of Prior Learning

Application procedure

Send your application to . Your application should include a transcript of your MQF/EQF Level 7 qualification or Master Degree, a CV, and a motivation letter with your contact data.