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Why is our Doctor of Business Administration Special?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctoral degree aimed at experienced managerial professionals who want to bring impact to their organization and/or society by leveraging applied academic research to solve concrete organisational problems.


Introducing your degree

Advance your career by studying online for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with us. This DBA will give you access to the latest ideas in your sector and enable you to apply them to real-world problems within your organisation.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctoral degree designed to enhance business leadership and professional practice. Its strong emphasis on rigorous applied business research will help you take your critical and analytical skills to a new level to enhance your professional credentials and career goals!

Five reasons to study your doctorate at one of Europe’s leading research business schools:


A doctorate thesis tailored to your career goals. Work and study at the same time.


Tuition fees and funding.


Our DBA programme is accredited by MFHEA (Malta)

Practical Information

Programme Duration

3 years full-time and 4-6 years part-time.

Entry Requirements

MBA or master’s degree (business related), with a good command of English, plus a minimum of five years of professional experience

Important Dates:

Rolling applications from February to October.

Degree Level

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) issued by SBS Swiss Business School, Malta (SBSM). The DBA degree is fully accredited by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (MFHEA).

Programme Structure

DBA Student Journey (MQF-Level 8).


Year 1-2


Year 3-6

Taught Modules:

  1. Management Research Perspectives
  2. Information Technologies for Business Research
  3. Advanced Statistics and Data Analysis
  4. Global Environments and Management Trends
  5. Critical Analysis of Research
  6. Contemporary Management
  7. Research Methods in Business & Management
  8. Writing for Academic Publication
  9. Preparation & Presentation of a Research Proposal

Supervised Modules:


Critical Literature Review


Empirical Research


Case Study


Oral Presentation & Defence (viva)

Teaching and assessment


Teaching will be delivered in an online learning format during years one and two of your DBA programme. You will engage in online teaching and learning, and selfdirected study.

There will be an emphasis on active learning, using participatory approaches, such as interactive workshops, seminars, group work, guest-speaker events, one-to-one supervision (in the thesis stage), and web conferences.

The DBA has been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to further progress as ‘reflective practitioners’ within your setting.


Each of the 8 taught modules includes subject-specific components to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the module topics. This is achieved through a range of methods and appropriate techniques, including:

-written coursework
-blog entries and wikis
-individual presentations

You are also expected to develop core programme skills throughout your studies and some of these, including digital literacy, critical and creative thinking, communication skills, and collaboration skills. These skills are tested across all modules.

The professional doctorate thesis is the culmination of the DBA programme in years three to six of the programme. It tests your intellectual skills, creativity, problemsolving, and ability to manage a complex and challenging piece of work.

Career Outcomes

The DBA has been developed to address the needs of industry and employers – producing graduates with industry experience, problem-solving and data analysis skills, and the ability to undertake applied research. DBA holders will have a wide range of career opportunities in industries internationally. This may include roles in upper management, management consultant, or academia. Employers recognise the advanced degree and acknowledge higher salary requirements as DBA holders bring increased value to an organisation.

Tuition fees

As you consider pursuing higher education, it’s essential to understand the concept of tuition fees. Tuition fees represent the cost of instruction and services provided by our institution, ensuring you receive the best possible learning experience. Whether you’re exploring financial aid options or planning your budget, we’re committed to helping you navigate the complexities of tuition fees so you can focus on achieving your academic goals. Contact us for more details.

How to Apply:

Apply today and unleash your unstoppable career.