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 MSM DBA-degree is offered in the Netherlands and elsewhere based on the accreditation by a number of international and highly regarded accreditation bodies such as the Association of MBA’s (AMBA), based in the UK, the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), based in the USA, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), based in the USA.

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. Please note: The DBA degree is not an equivalent to a Dutch doctoral or PhD degree in terms of the Dutch law on Higher Education and Research (WHW).

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.

Click here for the Education and Examination regulations (EER) of all the MSM programs.

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 fulltime 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.