The Doctor of Business Administration program at ISM is designed for professionals who wish to advance their career and deepen their knowledge and expertise as senior managers, as well as share their knowledge through teaching. The DBA program offers flexible study options: e-learning as well as seminars held on three different continents.
The ISM Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed to cultivate the leadership necessary to tackle the challenges of senior management on an international level. A doctoral degree with managerial relevance allows top managers to deepen their expertise, contribute to the knowledge of their profession, and prepare themselves for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management. Our program emphasizes an understanding of management as a system, understood as it operates across organizations, sectors, and cultures.
The primary objective of the program is to empower senior managers, business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, and faculty to continue to develop their respective professions through promoting advanced theories and practices. This program prepares candidates for careers in higher levels of managerial positions by encouraging intellectual contribution and the practical application of advanced business theory.
Candidates come from diverse professional backgrounds, from successful entrepreneurs to CEOs, to diplomats, consultants and a variety of other professions. DBA candidates join this program to deepen their expertise, collaborate and network with their peers and faculty members, and prepare for the complex analyses and decision-making required of senior management. DBA candidates are a passionate, diverse group of working professionals joined in their desire to share and expand experiences and qualifications, stay current in today’s best business practices, and reap the benefits of an international education.
Over a four to six year period each candidate must accumulate a total of 54 credits. This is accomplished through:
-Completion of a minimum of 21 credits of coursework. This can be done through a combination of seminars in Paris, seminars in other locations, and e-learning courses
-Completion of Professional Assessment Evaluation Case Studies I & II
-Completion of dissertation research project. This is an original piece of research relevant to the candidate’s continued career progression and which critically assesses current international business theories, practices and problems.
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 four 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.
International experience is critical for today’s executive. ISM offers candidates the opportunity to fulfill their degree requirements through a combination of seminars in one or several of our locations, and e-learning. Seminars in locations other than Paris are packaged as two-week intensive programs. This flexibility allows DBA students to gain true insight into the countries’ business policies and culture. Note: Students must complete at least 25% of their courses in the classroom at one of our locations.
ISM has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP) since 2006. .The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP) is the leading U.S. accreditation body for business schools and programs whose aim is teaching excellence.
International Student Requirements:
The ISM community includes students and alumni from all over the world. There are no additional requirements for international students.
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Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)