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DBA Doctorate in Business Administration

About this course

The PGS DBA provides senior executives and managers with the opportunity to achieve the highest academic degree while remaining in full-time employment.

Equivalent to a PhD, the DBA is ideal for those who would like a doctoral level qualification whilst remaining in their chosen professional career  

Focus on situational issues from your own workplace, whilst continuing your employment

Enhance not only your ability to develop new knowledge, but also the ability to apply that knowledge to a professional context

Gain the necessary skills to carry out rigorous research

Carry out individual projects that impact on your organisation and industry

Undertake your research amongst a carefully-selected, highly diverse group of professionals, drawn from a wide range of nationalities, industries, cultures and backgrounds

Develop your skills and meet your supervisors at a number of residential workshops in Paris  


Join a cohort of senior professionals and apply your research directly to the needs of your business, driving forward organisational progress without putting your learning or your business on hold. You will contribute to commercial and academic knowledge and, on graduation, will possess a specialist range of problem solving and decision making strategies that will take you to the next level of success. The DBA at Paris Graduate School is unique in its design and structure and the level of support it provides to the candidates. It has been running successfully for 10 years.

The programme will be of particular benefit to experienced business professionals. A DBA will enhance professional capability and credibility, enable you to develop networks, and provide a firm foundation for further career development or a major career move. Employers benefit from supporting candidates for the DBA by attracting, developing and retaining key talent and building knowledge for competitive advantage.

The DBA will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen are of research into business and management.  By learning research techniques for advanced academic and management enquiry you will be able to carry out your own original research. In becoming a reflective practitioner you will enhance your professional practice, as well as contribute to theory and practice in business and management. In contrast to a PhD, a DBA requires a contribution to both theory and practice. Candidates on the DBA are therefore required to demonstrate that they make an impact on the development of a profession and/or an organisation. 

This impact can be demonstrated within the organisation the candidate is employed in or in another organisation, including professional bodies or policy. This close link to industry and practice can be highly beneficial for the employer too, with many previous DBA research projects resulting in large financial savings for organisations that candidates implemented them in. 

As part of the course, you will benefit from the following:

Workshops (year 1 – 3 only)

  • 4 residential workshops each 5 days long at Paris Graduate School
  • Catering throughout the day
  • Accommodation for 4 nights including breakfast at the hotel for each workshop
  • Networking event during each workshop (includes catering)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Supervision throughout the duration of your doctoral studies by two qualified DBA supervisors

Course modules 

Discover the building blocks of your programme

 Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

The design is based on two principles:

·         Allow full-time professionals from all over the world to undertake doctoral studies part-time.

·         Provide the full-time professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to undertake high quality research on a doctoral level and contributing to their professional practice.

Based on these two principles we’ve designed the following structure:

 Year 1

Two residential workshops (taught elements) each 5 days long will take place in paris. These workshops focus on the planning process of the research, on refining the topic and basic research methods. 

Year 2 and 3

One 5-day residential workshops, will take place in Paris. These workshops focus on the execution of the research, i.e. data collection and analysis, but also on a dissemination and impact strategy, as well as academic writing and viva preparation. 

Year 4 – 7

Our experience shows that DBA candidates typically take four years to complete their thesis, whereas the maximum duration of the programme is seven years. During year 4 – 7 no residential workshops take place. The thesis can be submitted any time during year 4 – 7. 


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