Doctorate Program

Executive DBA

Executive DBA
Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Executive DBA

The Executive DBA doctoral program in business administration will challenge you to take your thinking and performance to a new level. You will become a recognized expert and contributor to the most important business and societal challenges by making significant contribution to both theory and practice in the field as you move toward C-suite leadership level.

The Executive DBA is delivered in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia that is a publicly recognized and accredited university with a double world-known accreditations AACSB and EPAS.


The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is AACSB and EPAS accredited. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is known worldwide as the most highly esteemed form of accreditation an institution and its business programmes can earn. AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.

As far as supervision of thesis research is concerned it is to be noted that the DBA thesis supervisor generally looks at the scientific work being prepared by the student, supervises it, and is committed to ensuring that quality standards of the work are being met. The supervisor is a person with the requisite academic qualification and experience in the chosen field of the thesis research. The supervisor has expert knowledge of the field in which the student is carrying out his/her research. The Supervisor’s task is to guide the DBA student from commencement of the research through the oral presentation and defense of the completed research work (DBA viva).

Total duration for completing the Executive DBA program is two (2) academic years or less which depends on student’s motivation to deliver the thesis.

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Premium Research

Doctoral level in-depth knowledge of latest theories and methodologies in business research

C-level Career

You will learn to apply novel, innovative, and creative solutions to complex business problems leading to C-level career


Executive DBA fits with working professional busy schedule by providing flexible study structure 

Why Executive DBA ?

Why DBA?

Our Executive DBA program will enable you to be able to provide novel, innovative, and creative solutions to complex business problems and opportunities as well as thought leadership for organizational change.

Key benefits

– Researcher education in management studies (theoretical and methodological competence)
– Competence to design and implement a sizable research project with a practical orientation
– A collegial network with professors and other researchers and the Executive DBA candidates
– Competence in presenting papers in international seminars and conferences
– Writing and defending an academic doctoral thesis and research papers/articles
– Possibility to realize a sizable research/development project for an organization

Variety of possible topics

Any topic can be considered that deals with management, finance, HR or any other related themes such as:

• General management
• HR topics
• Business topics
• Supply chain
• Finance
• etc.

Competitive advantage

Executive DBA program will broaden your professional horizons enabling you to climb further up the corporate ladder.


Executive DBA was designed to fit the demanding lifestyle of executives and professionals


Executive DBA is done in partnership with the Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb that is an accredited public university.

AACSB and EPAS accredited

The Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb is AACSB and EPAS accredited. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.


Who Are SSBM DBA Students?
  • DiversityOver 50 different countries and cultures represented
  • FlexibilityYou can start anytime with possibility to attend campus based seminars
  • EngagementExperienced PhD mentors



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Executive DBA
Tuition Fees

Executive DBA

The objective of the Executive DBA doctorate in business administration is to provide participants with the opportunity to make significant contribution to both theory and practice in the field and to develop professional practice at the highest level. It is a practical and research-based doctoral program in business and industry which is designed for mid-career and senior executives aiming at moving toward C-suite leadership level.

Our mentors are coming from some of the most prestigious universities around the world.

Tuition Fees

DBA: 15.000 EUR

We offer various scholarship opportunities. We invite you to carefully check which one can apply to you.



– Minimum five years postgraduate work experience prior to DBA study, some of this at a senior level

– MBA (or equivalent qualification) from a recognized higher education institution.

– A Master’s degree in management (or associated discipline) 

– A Master’s degree in a field other than management (or related discipline) but with a minimum of 5 years professional work experience.

– Grade transcripts

– Your CV or resume

– ID or passport copy

– One photo

– Two recommendation letters


Research Methodology I
Research Methodology II
Publishing Your Paper (seminar)
Writing Research Proposal (seminar)
Research Proposal (seminar)

Software Citation Tools (seminar)

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Student Testimonials

  • I chose to study at SSBM, because it gives me flexibility to combine online and onsite learning.

  • The thing I like the most is definitely the possibility to organize studying time on my own, as well as the deadlines for all the projects. The whole program is very approachable and easy to follow.

  • SSBM truly offers high quality education. The course material allows you to apply academic theory to real-world examples from the global business world in an easy manner.

  • I am quite impressed with the program, most importantly the quality of the education and the professors. It has been wonderful and I would recommend the program. I also gained and increased my productivity as a manager

  • I chose SSBM as an excellent continuation of my education and combining my professional knowledge with theory and practice of the lectures. SSBM allows flexibility with my personal life and professional life as well as achieving my goals.


Experts in Business Education

We are “Experts in Business Education”. Our core values stand on:

  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Connectivity
  • Expertise

We offer Swiss quality through unique Experience, Exchange, Everywhere and Engagement.

SSBM Connect

How about connecting with your peers, alumni, students, professors, industry leaders and companies we work with?

SSBM enables this through our unique and innovative “SSBM Connect” platform where you can engage, interact and socialize with SSBM community!


Networking is one of our core strategic directions.

SSBM aims to provide our DBA students with new networking opportunities to connect with peers from same but also different industries as one of SSBM’s main objective is to have diverse student body.

Online Teaching Experience

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With our unique programs you will strengthen your strategic visionefficiency and leadership to manage today’s organizations.

Still Wondering Why Study at SSBM?

SSBM is a truly innovative and leading business and management school that aims at taking education to a new level!
We aim at providing a superior learning experience that will have a direct impact on your professional development.


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