Doctor of Business AdministrationA doctoral degree is not only a very high scientific achievement and a personal milestone, but also a smart and sustainable investment in one's professional future. The DBA offered by Munich Business School in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) boosts your academic as well as your business career in an international and flexible setting, which doesn‘t require you to put your professional career on hold.
Doctor of Business Administration
The DBA – Doctor of Business Administration – is a research-based doctorate ideal for those who are enthusiastic about learning and who want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.
The DBA program of Munich Business School and Sheffield Hallam University gives you the opportunity to discuss key substantive topics that reflect research and advances in organizational and business knowledge. Furthermore, you will be guided through each step of developing, planning, and managing your doctoral research project.
The DBA program of Munich Business School is the first and only DBA program in Bavaria for which the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has officially approved the execution of study programs and conduction of university examinations according to article 86 paragraph 1 of the BayHSchG (Bavarian University Law).
Top Reasons to Study the Doctor of Business Administration
The DBA program allows you to pursue a doctoral degree without having to put your professional career on hold.
The DBA enables you to focus, and work, on real-life topics from your company’s daily business.
Establish a personal network on an academic as well as professional level, and benefit from the MBS network.
Benefit from the outstanding quality of teaching and research as well as the recognition of both MBS and SHU.
The structure of the DBA program reflects two objectives: the first is to present you with an opportunity to discuss key substantive topics and concepts in contemporary business and management theory; the second is to take you through the process of developing and planning a doctoral research project in a staged way, and then to the execution of the project itself.
To reach these objectives, the DBA program is backed up by a set of three complementary modules, all of which are taught and assessed during phase one of your DBA studies. Upon the successful completion of these modules, you will be left with the foundation of your thesis. The modules are delivered in one-week blocks, and then contextualized with the help of your supervisor.
This module provides you with the essential academic skills to successfully complete your DBA studies. It includes an introduction to reflexivity, critical thinking and writing, as well as philosophical and ethical considerations that will underpin your research process. During this module, you will also be allocated a supervisor, and draft the introductory chapter of your thesis.
The purpose of this module is to introduce contemporary issues and debates in such a way that is relevant to define your research interests, and drawing boundaries around your research scope.
The content of the module includes key concepts such as diversity at the workplace, economic trends, and future technological revolutions, and challenge your thinking on how these external factors may impact your sector and research.
In addition, the module includes in-depth sessions on developing a literature review, which enables you to eventually draft your own literature review.
During this module, your knowledge inquired in module 2 is further deepened, allowing you to gain advanced insights into general research approaches and designs with the aim to enable you to develop your research method, and align it to an underpinning research philosophy. At the end of this module, you will draft the research methods chapter of your thesis.
Once you have successfully completed all three complementary modules, and formally presented your research, followed by the approval of your research report, you will be able to progress onto the formal research phase, and the actual production of your doctoral thesis.
During this process, you receive permanent supervisory support from both SHU and MBS.
Upon completion, you submit your doctoral thesis to SHU for defense at an oral examination (viva voce). When successful, you are awarded the degree DBA Doctor of Business Administration by SHU.
Sheffield Hallam University
Munich Business School offers the part-time DBA program in collaboration with Sheffield Business School (SBS), one of the main faculties at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in Sheffield, UK. SHU is renowned for its modern facilities, dynamic approach to teaching and learning, and high levels of student support. With 34,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide and 3,000 staff members, it is one of the UK’s largest and most progressive universities.
Research at Sheffield Hallam University addresses real-world challenges that impact upon people’s lives. SHU is highly ranked for research. In fact, 72 % of their research is ranked internationally excellent or world-leading for impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Sheffield Business School (SBS), with more than 8,000 students from more than 100 countries, is one of Sheffield Hallam University's main faculties, and has a national and international reputation for delivering postgraduate and professional management development programs. With over thirty years of experience in research and teaching in business and management, SBS is involved in a diverse range of pure and applied research, covering most areas of business and management.
The DBA program of Munich Business School and Sheffield Hallam University is developed for managers and executives who:
- meet the academic requirements of the program,
- can contribute to class learning in the program and add value to the student experience,
- benefit from the learning experience and show evidence that the DBA will add value to their already successful career,
- have managerial and leadership potential, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a high degree of maturity and motivation.
An integral part of the program is the cohort, the group of students who begin the program at the same time and attend all study blocks together. Students in the cohort engage in discussions with each other during the study blocks, learning from each other. Outside of the study blocks, the discussions may continue, with students sharing ideas and experiences, and supporting each other.
In order to be admitted to a study program at Munich Business School, you must fulfill academic, linguistic, and professional requirements. The required application documents may be submitted at any time. However, due to the limited number of spots in the program, MBS recommends you to commit yourself to a specific application round. One thing always applies: the earlier you submit your application, the more likely it is that you will be admitted to the next program start.
Munich Business School seeks to admit candidates to the DBA Doctor of Business Administration program who:
- have successfully completed a Master's degree in business, management, or a related area
- have minimum of 5 years of working experience, thereof 3 years of managerial experience incl. team lead, budget responsibility
Since the DBA program is conducted in English, all candidates must have good command of the language. Applicants can prove their English language proficiency by one of the following options:
- Being an English native speaker
- Having completed a university degree entirely in English, in an English speaking country, within the last 3 years (teaching and assessment)
- English is the official language in daily business communication in your current position and company (we require a confirmation letter from your employer)
- IELTS: min. level of 7.0 – Academic Module
- TOEFL iBT: min. 100 (Listening: min. 23, Reading: min. 23, Writing: min. 26, Speaking: min. 22; MBS TOEFL Institution Code: 5772).
Test results can only be accepted if achieved within the last two years. If you are unable to obtain your test results before handing in your MBS application, please advise us of your planned test date. You can hand in your test results up to four weeks prior to the program start. Submission after start of studies is not possible.
Why do you want to pursue a DBA? Your answer should include reference to personal, professional, and educational experience, as well as the impact you expect it to have on your career.
What do you propose to research? Discuss a possible topic and research approach that interests you, and address the following:
- Reason why this possible area of business and management is important
- Identification of a clear research question
- Contextualization of the research question within a body of existing scholarly literature
- Possible methodology for the research
- Potential impacts of the research
- Relevance of the expected findings to management knowledge and practice
Please provide the following documents for your application at Munich Business School:
- Completed Application Form including Application Research Proposal (Guidelines for Research Proposal)
- Curriculum Vitae in English
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts (plus translations if not already in English or German
- 2 reference letters (academic or professional), either as completed reference form or as a normal letter of recommendation (with English translation if not already in English)
- Proof of English proficiency (test scores must still be valid, i.e., less than two years old)
- Academic papers, articles, certificates etc. (optional)
Please apply online with your complete application documents.
Please note: A processing fee of 60 euros is due upon submission of the application documents. You will receive information on this in a separate e-mail after the application process has been completed. Further processing of your application is only possible after receipt of the fee.
The interview will last approximately 45-60 minutes and is intended to help both you as well as MBS to determine whether the DBA is the right program for you. Of course, the interview will also present you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
All applicants from Germany or close enough to travel must attend a personal interview at Munich Business School with the Academic Program Director. Applicants who cannot attend a personal interview due to unreasonable travel times will be interviewed via video conference.
The Admission Office will inform you about the outcome of the application process within 10 working days. If your application has been accepted, Munich Business School will provide you with an acceptance letter as well as two copies of your study contract. One copy needs to be signed and returned within two weeks to secure your spot in the program. The other copy needs to be kept for your own records.
Tuition fees can be paid in installments. The first rate is due upon the beginning of your studies and can be paid via bank transfer or PayPal. Books, travel costs, and accommodation are not included in the overall tuition fee.
If you are registered as a taxpayer in Germany and studying part-time, you may get a tax refund of your tuition fees. Please check out the website of the German Federal Ministry of Finance for the latest information on taxes. In addition, MBS provides you with information about the financial assistance options available, whether supported by the government, foundations, or banks.