Geneva Doctoral School

Geneva Doctoral School is a multidisciplinary school. It trains doctoral students in the scientific fields of Business and Social Sciences in research and through research and shares values of openness and humanism.

DBA Overview


This Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a 3-year, part-time, professional doctoral program aimed at experienced managers who want to bring impact to their organization and/or society by leveraging academic research to solve concrete organizational problems.


3 years, part-time (with both online and on-site seminars, workshops, qualifying deliverables, and a final dissertation)


Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
Master’s degree + minimum five years of professional experience
8500 euros /Year
Important dates
November, March and July

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two phases:

Module Topics

Part I: Taught Modules

  • Advancing to Doctoral Research Stage (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Converting Research into Practice (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Critical Literature Review for Doctoral Research (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Principles and Philosophy (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Visions for the Future – Theoretical Perspectives on Management (30 credits; compulsory).
  • Part II: Doctoral Thesis
  • Research Dissertation (360 credits; compulsory).

Seven reasons to do your DBA at Geneva Doctoral School

Reasons to your doctorate at one of Europe’s top research-led business schools

  1. A Reputation for Research Excellence
    Designed for those seeking to excel in applie research, this DBA has a strong reputation for academic excellence.
  2. A Program Designed for Experienced Managers
    The DBA program is designed to help students balance their academic, professional, and personal responsibilities with coursework and content delivered according to a part-time schedule in a flexible, hybrid format.
  3. Faculty Expertise / Supervision from Day 1
    Our international faculty is comprised of industry experts and is strongly engaged in producing world-class research – One of the few DBA programs to offer the support of a highly qualified, research-active supervisor from Day 1.
  4. Flexible, Hybrid Format
    The DBA is delivered in an engaging synchronous online format with two or three in-person seminars in Geneva and in Brussels. The program also includes regular live online courses, frequent contact with Supervisor, qualifying deliverables and milestones, and final dissertation.
  5. Strategic Locations
    This DBA is designed for those seeking to expand their global network. With Strategic locations in Geneva and Brussels, the program can be followed from anywhere in the world.
  6. A Global Community of Scholars
    The DBA has an active international network. The program is designed to facilitate networking and collaboration with fellow students, alumni and faculty through conferences, workshops, and publishing opportunities.
  7. Dissertation Tailored to Career Goals / Dedicated Services
    The program is centered around an impact-oriented dissertation tailored to your career goals and supported by an industry-expert supervisor. Additionally, students receive access and training in statistical and specialized software, extensive e-library services, business and social sciences databases, online scholarly and professional journals, and more.

Doctoral specialties Includes:

  • International Business Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Smart and Sustainable Development
  • Management Consulting
  • Finance & Digital Banking
  • Digital Marketing
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Economic Intelligence and Strategic Analysis
  • Logistics or Public procurement
  • Public Health

Contact Offices

Cardiff Bay Business District Falcon Drive, CF10 4RU
Tel. +44 7863094342

Nations Business Centre

Rue du Pré de la Bichette 1 · 1202 Le Petit-Saconnex