Doctorate Program

Doctorate of Business

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program exposes the learner to cutting edge business and management concepts and theory as they apply these to real-world business problems. The students enhance their analytical and critical thinking skills while contributing to the body of professional business knowledge through their own research project (i.e., the dissertation).

Our DBA balances the rigor of academic research, with the practical focus of working professionals. Dissertation topics are applied in nature, i.e., the student will focus their research to solving real issues confronting their organization.

This program is designed for individuals with significant business experience who strive to increase their stature in the business community, either through the pursuit of executive leadership positions or applied business research employments. Certain academic career options are also open.

Key Facts

Doctorate of Business Administration course is an online degree.
MQF level Equivalency 8


Minimum Study Period


Government Accredited


Program Credits

Program Objectives

  • Providing relevant business knowledge and advanced tools for critical assessment and application to experienced business professionals.
  • Offering opportunities for significant personal development. In the duration of the program, participants will be able to achieve increased professional efficiency.
  • Providing relevant opportunities to examine and study epistemologies and methodologies in the field of management and business research.
  • Encouraging and helping professionals to perform substantial focused research on a consistent basis so as to create fresh knowledge that can be easily applied in their specific field.
  • Providing opportunities to research associates for integrating theoretical knowledge and practical application by performing research that produces fruitful results for professionals in business management and related fields.


SMC focuses on helping you become an exceptional

leader in your profession. This means that every course we offer is designed with enterprise,

 leadership, and your success in mind.

The following documentation and information is requested:

  • A completed online application
  • Official Transcripts from your most recent undergraduate and graduate universities. To initiate the application process, a scanned transcript must be uploaded with your online application. If the transcript is not in English it must be translated by a certified translation service.
  • Certified graduate and undergraduate degree diplomas in case the transcripts do not show the date of graduation or degrees conferred.
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL: paper min. 550, iBT min. 71, IELTS 6.0, other). Not needed for students graduating from an English-speaking school.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum four years’ relevant work experience in an executive/ leadership/ managerial position
  • 3 Names and contact details of references (past professors, employers, etc.)
  • Transfer students: a maximum of a half of the course credits may be transferred from another accredited university. The Registrar’s Office of SMC Business School will assess the acceptability of the requested transfer-of-credit based on the submitted transcripts and the feedback from the relevant SMC Department Head. Cases are reviewed individually. In some instances, the reviewers may request course syllabi and other course materials or test the competency of the student.

Tuition Fees

Our online Doctorate in Business Administration program can be paid either through a single one-time payment or three yearly installments.



The tuition can be settled via online payment or by bank transfer

  • Save €4,000 compared to the installment plan when choosing the single payment option
  • Allowances are granted to those affected by Covid 19, unemployment, financial- and health related challenges.



The tuition can be settled via online payment or by bank transfer in three annual payments

  • pay €8,500 annually (three times)
  • Allowances are granted to those affected by Covid 19, unemployment, financial- and health related challenges.

Course Outline & Sequence