Redefining Executive Education

The DBA curriculum requires candidates to apply and develop existing theories and knowledge to make a significant contribution to professional practice in their area of business. The DBA curriculum is multidisciplinary and allows candidates a great deal of choice and the flexibility they need to meet their individual career goals and professional responsibilities.

The program is truly international, offering flexible study options on five different continents and guaranteeing one of the most diverse classroom experiences. Throughout the duration of their coursework and research, students benefit from personalized, one-on-one support from ISM staff and faculty, offering an unrivaled academic experience. The degree is designed to be completed within a four to six year time frame, with accelerated options available.

All DBA candidates must write a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Director of Doctoral Research and an assigned Dissertation Adviser. Doctoral candidates write a 10-15 page dissertation proposal which is reviewed by ISM faculty members to determine the feasibility of the dissertation's focus, direction, and the potential contributions to the academic and practitioner community. Once a proposal is accepted, doctoral candidates are assigned to an adviser who is selected based on his/her academic background, experience, and credentials; the Dissertation Adviser mentors the doctoral candidate through the dissertation process until completion. Doctoral dissertations are submitted to a review committee before final approval.

DBA graduates will be able to:

  • Apply relevant theoretical knowledge to contemporary business problems.
  • Critique contemporary organizational practice in the light of relevant theory.
  • Explain the principles of and apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods frequently used in business research to solve current business management problems.
  • Critically evaluate business research studies in order to assess their quality and applicability in improving the effective handling of business management problems.
  • Acquire and utilize knowledge of behavioral, policy, and strategic issues to improve the effectiveness of their own organizations.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate internal and external environmental influences on organizations in order to develop strategic plans for the management of change and the development of their organizations.
  • Demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills relevant to business.
  • Link their educational experience directly to their own workplace experience.


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