ISM - International School of Management

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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Whether you seek a deeper understanding of your profession or simply a new personal challenge, our DBA gives you the platform to expand your knowledge and make a difference to international business practice.

Drawing on your contacts, resources and expertise gained in senior management, you will focus your research on solving a real and important problem within your profession. The results of your work will benefit the wider business community, raise your profile and take your career potential to new heights.

Our DBA is flexible, allowing you to earn a high-level business qualification without pausing your career. It is self paced, giving you up to six years to complete the requirements. And by combining in-person courses with online e-learning, you have the freedom to study wherever your career and lifestyle takes you.

ISM’s presence across the globe lends a valuable global outlook to your studies. Our Paris and New York locations allow you to work towards your DBA in two of the world’s most influential business centers. Our programs in Cape Town, New Delhi, São Paulo and Shanghai, meanwhile, give you unrivalled insight into business cultures and practices in key emerging markets.

All our DBA professors are active in the business world and are recognized leaders in their fields. They bring a balance of current academic theory and practical experience, and their high professional standards challenge and inspire you to achieve excellence. Our small class sizes allow you to form close working relationships with both our faculty and your fellow candidates.

With more than 130 nationalities represented in our student and alumni community, we offer a culturally diverse environment for your DBA studies. Working alongside some of the sharpest and most ambitious minds in global business, you will learn how different cultures interpret and approach common leadership challenges. You will also become part of our thriving alumni network, giving you access to a world of career openings and academic opportunities.

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Tuition Fees


Tuition fees include academic services in all cities of study. Any costs associated with transportation, housing, or other personal expenses are the sole responsibility of the candidate or sponsor.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss payment options and scholarship opportunities with our Director of Recruitment and Development during the initial admissions consultation. ISM works with each student to find the best payment option given individual circumstances.

BeginJanuary, April, July, and October
LengthThree to six years (self-paced)
Application Deadline

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis which gives you the flexibility to apply at your convenience. The ISM staff is available to assist you throughout the program decision and application process.

Assessment is made on the basis of your application, including not only your academic background and experience, but also your rationale for pursuing an ISM degree and how it fits with your career plan.

Application Procedure

Candidates come from diverse professional backgrounds, from successful entrepreneurs to CEOs, to diplomats, consultants and a variety of other professions. DBA candidates join this program to deepen their expertise, collaborate and network with their peers and faculty members, and prepare for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management. DBA candidates are a passionate, diverse group of working professionals joined in their desire to share and expand experiences and qualifications, stay current in today’s best business practices, and reap the benefits of an international education.

  • Educational Background - Hold a bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution and completion of a masters level program
  • Work Experience - Average of eight years of senior management experience, steady career progression with increasing professional responsibilities
  • Languages - A strong grasp of written and spoken English is compulsory
Ellen Maasdorp's DBA at ISM, Part 1
Ellen Maasdorp

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) · 2014-2019

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