Doctor of Business Administration

Get your DBA

The DBA is the highest possible postgraduate degree that can be awarded by an institution of higher education for significant professional experience at a senior level. The fully online DBA program primarily focuses on research issues and methods relevant to the professional practice and interests of its participants, their organization, and their professional field.

 The GHU welcomes suitably qualified professionals in top management and key personnel positions within business and public sector organizations who wish to apply for a DBA in order to enhance their professional capabilities by developing specialist knowledge and skills for practice-focused research in their own company, and who are looking for new career opportunities complemented by higher incomes. The DBA degree also is associated with the right to teach at a university independently and on one’s own responsibility.

Students can complete the part-time DBA study program of the GHU in their own native language. 

Students will be enrolled at the Global Humanistic University and will receive their degrees (DBA) from the Global Humanistic University. 

Experienced advisors and professors from around the world will assist students throughout the study program and help them achieve their academic goals, right through to the completion of the DBA.

Admission Requirements DBA

Extensive professional experience as  well as completion of a diploma or  master's degree (300 ECTS  or equivalent Credit Points) or other equivalent studies at a recognized tertiary educational institution. Good knowledge of English is recommended.

Subject of the Research

  • Business Administration  

  • Finance  

  • Law  

Possible Research Topics

  • Finance

  • Logistics

  • Tourism

  • Real Estate Management

  • Banking and Insurance

  • Public Administration and Management

  • Energy

  • Sports

  • Management Consulting

  • Environment

  • Communication

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Business and Taxes

  • Sustainable Management

  • Marketing Management

  • Health

  • Company Restructuring

Structure of the study

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) covers a study period of three to maximum seven years, is divided into two phases and concludes with 180 ECTS. The following services must be  provided in the course of study: 

Phase 1

Module ECTS
Research Proposal* 5
Academic Writing/Methods Skills*
Review of Professional Capability (Reflection)*
Planning an advanced Practitioner Research Programme (Exposé)
* Any order 60

Phase 2

Module ECTS
Project Report (Thesis - Dissertation)
Research Paper
Oral Presentation and Viva Voce (Defensio)

Total 180

Application Process

The doctoral study process may start with the initiative and application of the doctoral student  candidate. 

After contacting:  

  1. The applicant fills  in the forms and sends the required information (title and abstract of the  intended research). The following documents must be sent in digital form: extended curriculum  vitae, copy of passport, copies of education and degrees (i.e. academic courses, Bachelor, Master, Mag., Dipl.‐Ing., Licenciado, etc.) with the name of the corresponding institution, place, date, subject, credit points), passport photograph (in jpg  or pdf format).  

  2. GHU’s Academic Registry  office checks the entirety of the transferred documents by the applicant and declares admission (or not) to the doctoral study program within a period of four  weeks.  

  3. GHU’s office informs the applicant about the formal admission (or not) to the doctoral study program and sends the partial payment invoice of about 500 USD.  

  4. GHU looks for an appropriate  advisor for the students’ intended research and makes contact between advisor and doctoral  student.  

  5. Advisor and student then arrange a meeting (virtual) where the advisor will be doing the interview in order to determine whether he will  take responsibility for advising the intended research project of the doctoral student applicant.  If this is the case the applicant is finally admitted to the doctoral study program and the advisory agreement  between both is signed; if negative there will be a second attempt with a new advisor.  If in this second interview the new advisor will not take responsibility for instructing,  the doctoral student candidate is declined. The partial payment of 500 USD is charged for this procedure. If the student is admitted, the total amount is credited to the sum payment of 25.000 USD.

Advantages of enrollment at the prestigious Global Humanistic University Doctoral programs: 

  • Study program in your own native language 

  • About 120 esteemed advisors - professors from around the world 

  • Advisors - professors based in 40 countries 

  • Advisors - professors speaking a combined 20 languages   

  • Faculties: Business Administration – Finance – Law 

  • Study program free from time and location constraints 

  • Study from your own home 

  • All the necessary documents are available online 

  • Accredited by ASIC (UK) and AAC (Curacao)

  • Entry possible at any time


Upon completion, the Doctor of Business Administration degree of the Global Humanistic University will be awarded (DBA or Dr.).


The Doctor of Business Administration is an internationally recognized degree issued after a minimum of three years of doctoral studies at the 3rd level of the Bologna classification.  After successfully completing the DBA study course, graduates may take the title DBA or Dr.


Since only a limited number of doctoral students can be enrolled, the admission will be decided in this order: Date of the binding registration, the admission criteria, and appointment of an Advisor. 

If the application for doctoral studies is rejected, because of a lack of requirements, there are no fees or costs and the next application will be used.  


USD 25,000.-- in total


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