Doctorate of Business Administration

Key information

Level: Graduate
Duration: 12 - 36 months
Enrolment status: Full/Part time
Intakes: January, April and September
Scholarships: Available
Payment plans: Upon request
Internship: Available, required
Dual degree: Available

Develop and learn new skills required to operate at the highest level in global corporates. Top up your strategic thinking and be able to help solve contemporary global issues.

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Program overview

The Doctoral Program at the American Graduate School of Business aims to incrementally develop students’ higher order business skills and competencies along with an enhanced emphasis on conducting and interpreting research. This program is differentiated from AGSB’s Masters in International Business (MIBA) degree which emphasizes professional business management with a global scope. While both the DBA and the MIBA continue to inculcate in students managerial training and competencies, the DBA further includes a higher emphasis on theoretical formulation and on conducting and interpreting research. In keeping with the latter objective, doctoral business students are typically exposed to a wider variety of readings involving journal and research articles, as opposed to predominantly textbook based material. Further, the DBA students are expected to perform at an incrementally higher level in regards to the analysis and synthesis of a wide range of business material.

Our DBA students are business professionals looking to acquire additional qualifications as a researcher. Typically they have significant business work experience and managerial knowledge, have already acquired an MBA (or a Masters in a Business discipline), and now desire to complement their knowledge as a business practitioner by becoming a more knowledgeable scholar and researcher. Their aspiration is to broaden their profile of capabilities, rather than just incrementally deepen their existing knowledge base as a business practitioner. In particular, those desirous of a career in academe or in a predominantly research function with a government/educational agency/economic think tank/other research-based agency are predominantly disposed to getting a DBA degree.

Although both MIBA and DBA students are required to successfully complete and defend a thesis, the DBA theses tend to involve more in-depth research and analysis. Furthermore, DBA research can be more ‘niche’ oriented and can involve a reasoned critique of existing theories and paradigms, and/or the formulation of theories of relevance to the particular scope of the thesis problem. Our DBA students will be working with competent and skilled AGSB faculty members who will guide their dissertations.


  • To provide a high quality doctorate in the area of Business Administration.
  • To extend professional knowledge through research and the application of personal competencies.
  • To facilitate in-depth studies in particular areas of Business Administration.
  • To Provide access to the latest academic tools and concepts.
  • To develop the ability to carry out independent research at an advanced level.

Program requirements

Generally, entry to the master’s program requires completion and graduation from a recognized undergraduate program. The university may require students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or who are academically challenged to take additional undergraduate level courses.

Graduates of non-American institutions of higher learning must be able to document that their degree is equivalent to a recognised Bachelor’s degree. Certified translations in English are required for all records not in English.

A minimum of six months full-time or one-year part-time work experience is required before entering the graduate program and one of the recommendation letters must come from an employer or supervisor.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test is required for graduate level applicants.  AGSB’s GMAT institution code number is 0709. The GMAT may be waived upon evaluation of an applicant’s academic and/or employment records when deemed to be exceptional. A requests for waiver must be made in a letter addressed to the AGSB Admissions.


  1. Copy of a valid passport;
  2. Completed and signed application form;
  3. Six (6) passport size (3,5 x 4,5) photos;
  4. Curriculum vitae;
  5. Masters degree & official transcript;
  6. Evidence of English language proficiency;
  7. Two letters of recommendation;
  8. A letter of personal motivation.


  1. Copy of a valid Visa;
  2. Visa application form;
  3. Six (6) passport size (3,5 x 4,5) photos;
  4. Curriculum Vitae;
  5. Written and signed proof of intention to leave Switzerland upon completion of studies;
  6. Evidence of sufficient financial means to cover the cost of the desired course;
  7. Confirmation of paid tuition fees
    (if required by the embassy);
  8. A letter of personal motivation.
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