Online Executive DBA

Take a closer look at what this programme offers.

The Online Executive DBA programme is aimed at Senior Professionals, Chief Executive Officers or Managing Directors who want to pursue this degree as a means of building their capabilities in digital entrepreneurship, transforming higher education, energy or health industries, leadership in a public organisation, internal promotion as a C-Suite Executive, or to enhance their expertise for a career in consulting.

The American Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners in its meeting of November 2018 has awarded Business School Netherlands accreditation for its International Executive DBA and Online Executive DBA programs. Both programmes were candidacy accredited for several years and since November 2018 have now full accreditation.

Online Executive DBA Programme Structure

DBA PhasePhase IPhase IIPhase IIIViva Voce
Duration6 months28 months6 months
Type of AssignmentStart UpProposal SubmissionThesis Research (*)Internal/External Examination and Graduation
Phase I

  • Research Methodologies
  • Shaping business minds
  • Business foresight capability
  • What is Action Learning?
  • Change Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Phase II

  • Draft Proposal submitted to BSN
  • Appointment of Internal Supervisor
  • Identify, analyse and formulate a business-driven Action Learning project
  • Finalise research methodology
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the subject discipline(s) required of your thesis(*)

Phase III

  • Monthly contact with supervisor
  • Three monthly reports back to Academic Board
  • Literature Review
  • Independent Research

Viva Voce

  • Internal Evaluation
  • External Assessment
  • Academic Board Approval
  • Graduation


* Upon request Thesis can be conducted in Dutch.



Profile required for Online Executive DBA

  • Hold an MBA or a master’s qualification in a relevant area, and have at least five years’ experience;
  • be in a professional capacity with significant responsibility or
  • be in a senior management role or
  • be the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of a small and medium-sized enterprise or
  • be in an equivalent position;
  • be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Business School Netherlands, and
  • display evidence of the potential to do doctoral level work, and
  • have written and verbal fluency in English.

Should the applicant’s mother tongue not be English, TOEFL or IELTS examinations are required. The minimum score for TOEFL is 580 (paper); 237 (computer) and 91 (internet) or a 6.5 IELTS score.



Application and Start Dates of Online Executive DBA Programme

Online Start Dates
26 November 2018
25 March 2019
24 June 2019
23 September 2019
25 November 2019

Application and Selection procedures
To discuss enrolment procedures for this programme, please contact
Once all the documents and the application fee of EUR 200 have been received, the application will be processed within three weeks.

Fee Structure & BSN Scholarship

  • Application fee: EUR 200
  • Full programme fee without conferences: EUR 18,500
  • Fee with 20% BSN Scholarship (EUR 3,700): EUR 14,800
  • Optional conference fee: EUR 2,000

BSN Scholarship now available
The candidate will need to commit to BSN’s Mentorship programme for a period of two years after graduation – in lieu of the scholarship.




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‘I am sure the DBA International programme will grow in prominence. The concept of making consultants redundant is very interesting’

George Woods

DBA Alumnus, South Africa

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