DBA Program

Our DBA-program is a four-year research program during which participants are taught the fundamentals of research methods and guided by their supervisor(s) to write their own original research theses. These theses have to be defended in front of a committee, which if successful leads to the award of the DBA-degree. The DBA-degree of the Maastricht School of Management is an example of a “professional” or practice doctorate designed for working professionals and is distinct from the academic PhD.

The DBA degree, intrinsically, is an international degree, issued by Business schools worldwide and being accredited by international accreditation bodies. In the case of MSM, its DBA program is accredited by AMBA, ACBSP, IACBE and ATHEA. In a limited number of countries, the DBA degree is also captured under the national educational laws, however this is not the case for The Netherlands, so the DBA degree as such is not recognized under Dutch educational law.

For reference, under Dutch educational laws, the Doctoral degrees of the Dutch Universities are not accredited anyhow, as compared to the Master and Bachelor degrees under the law, however Doctoral promotion procedures are governed by the Universities themselves.

Furthermore please note that a DBA degree is not equivalent to a PhD degree, reference:
DBA Compass
PhD Portal

Considering the status of the DBA degree, being accredited through international accreditation bodies, the status of the DBA degree, as a professional Doctorate, may differ for individual countries worldwide.
It is the responsibility of the students to check the particular country specific recognition requirements.

MSM’s DBA program is included in CEO Magazine’s Global DBA Listing. Only 21 DBA programs in the world made it to this listing. The Global DBA listing is based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

We are a member of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC) (see www.executivedba.org) where more information can be obtained on the nature of the DBA-degree and its difference from other doctorates.

A key component of the DBA-program is the Research Methods and Skills (RMS) course. This course can also be taken as a separate, non-degree program over a 12-week period. It is available in both full-time and blended format. Click here for more information on the RMS course.

For more information about our DBA-program please visit the webpages of our DBA-School.