DBA Programmes

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Online Executive DBA

Transforming higher education and building capabilities in digital entrepreneurship

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.

Characteristics of BSN’s Online Executive DBA
  • English language
  • Unique Action Learning methodology
  • Part-time (online) study
  • Inspired by international and valued peers from various business backgrounds
  • Renowned international faculty
  • Maximum 8 participants per group
  • Coaching, in small groups and individually
What are the benefits?
  • Accredited DBA degree by the ACBSP
  • Direct high return on investment
  • A contribution to theory and the practice of management
  • Capability of undertaking rigorous research in the field of business and management
  • Ability to critically assess your own thinking and impact as a manager and become more effective in your work interactions
We look for Senior Professionals, CEO’s or MD’s, who would like to
  • Become a reflective practitioner with a scientific approach to management and organisational problems;
  • Develop an acute understanding of your speciality within the broader context of organisational and managerial action;
  • Develope a broad understanding from multiple perspectives of business and management issues;
  • Recognise the strengths of group effort and develop strong cooperative work habits.
Why choose BSN?
  • One of the oldest and largest business schools in The Netherlands
  • Active for more than 30 years in developing and offering MBA and DBA Programmes
  • Thousands of Action Learning Projects have been implemented worldwide
  • A worldwide dynamic alumni network
  • Experienced coaches and tutors from various industries
You are admitted to the Online Executive DBA if you
  • 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.
Programme overview
DBA PhasePhase IPhase IIPhase IIIViva Voce
Duration6 months28 months6 months
Type of AssignmentStart UpProposal SubmissionThesis Research (*)Internal/External Examination and Graduation
Phase 1 Start up:
  • Research Methodologies
  • Shaping business minds
  • Business foresight capability
  • What is Action Learning?
  • Change Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
Phase 2 (6 months):
  • 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 ( upon request Thesis can be conducted in Dutch)
Phase 3 (28 months):
  • Monthly contact with supervisor
  • Three monthly reports back to Academic Board
  • Literature Review
  • Independent Research
Viva Voce (6 months):
  • Internal Evaluation
  • External Assessment
  • Academic Board Approval
  • Graduation

* Upon request Thesis can be conducted in Dutch.

Online start dates

24 June 2019
23 September 2019
25 November 2019

Study costs

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

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BSN Scholarship

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

‘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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