Doctor of Business Administration

Online Programs


February September




3 years / 9 terms


100% in English

During years one and two of your Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), you will undertake six self-study courses through our innovative online learning platform. These are designed to equip you with the skills you will need for your business research project during your third and final year.

Your project could focus on a real-life business situation or a problem that you are dealing with in your current work situation. It could also be a business idea that you want to explore or focus on or current ideas that are impacting the industry you are working in.

Application deadline: 1 February 2021
Classes begin: 22 February 2021

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Our Flexible Doctorate Program

Geneva Business School is a leading teaching-focused institution known for its innovative learning methods and commitment to the use of the latest educational technology.

Our DBA program harnesses these strengths in order to deliver a highly flexible online learning experience compatible with full-time work. The course is designed so that you can work wherever you are – in your office, at home, on the train.  All you need is a connected device and the program materials will always be ready for you.

Our academically rigorous courses will introduce you to the latest concepts in management research and help you develop the skills you need to carry out your research project.

With the support of a team of academics and business leaders located around the world, you will also benefit from our personalized mentoring approach, which will tailor the program to you and your professional circumstance. At the very beginning of your DBA journey we will take our time to get to know you, so that we can support you in the best way possible.

Dr. Oliver Elliott

DBA Program Manager

DBA Testimonials

“This Program is that it is designed for working people, which means that you can maintain your professional life, family responsibilities while being an almost full-time doctoral student. The modules are designed so that you have normal live classes with professors every 3-month period, constant online homework occupation, and the continuous support of your DBA Program Director and supervisor. This is more than enough to immerse yourself in the research world without giving up your main professional occupation and sacrificing your work-life balance. I am very grateful to Geneva Business School for designing this format of DBA Program, which became a very natural continuation of my professional and personal development process.”
“My wish was to work and grow in an international environment and thanks to Geneva Business School, the knowledge and experience I acquired gave me self confidence. It has assisted me in my career development. With my present job, I enjoy taking part in international negotiation. I am so thankful to my lecturers who provided me with the best and accurate information. I am fortunate to be able to use this knowledge in my daily work life.”
“At Geneva Business School I appreciated the opportunity to commence the entire research study on small & medium-size enterprises in Switzerland, parallel with my everyday responsibilities. Working with Dr. Dominique Xardel, as a supervisor, was a great privilege. Dr. Xardel provided me with many ideas and was always available to help our discussions. The study sharpened my analytical and academic skills. Moreover, it broadened my personal perception.”

Why should I study a DBA?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Geneva Business School will help you solve a current business issue and make a tangible contribution to the field in which you work. Aimed at individuals who are looking for an opportunity to deep dive into a problem or idea that requires research, analysis, and guidance from industry experts to develop recommendations and solutions.

By developing your quantitative and qualitative skills, you will be able to apply this deep knowledge and hands-on experience to the business industry and make an impact on business management, policy, or strategy.

If you have considerable business experience and need a flexible yet intensive program to drive your business or career to the next level, the DBA is your vehicle. Study 100% in English with access to a diverse stable of sector specialists, exclusive mentors, and a dedicated supervisor. Attend and learn from in-depth webinars and online conferences.

Work around your own schedule and benefit from our flexible tuition payment plan, which covers essential learning materials, and attendance at exclusive conferences. With limited scholarships also available, the DBA is within reach for any ambitious student.

DBA Study Plan

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Year 1

Academic Credit

Core Courses
6 core courses worth 15 ECTS each
2 check-ins worth 5 ECTS each
Final Project
A Business Research project
140 ECTS
240 ECTS

Year 2

Year 3

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