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Combining high-level business thinking with practical leadership experience

The DBA degree from Business School Netherlands and the Global Humanistic University prepares you to manage change confidently. This powerful, 36-month, online programme combines high-level business thinking with practical leadership experience.

You will have many opportunities for networking through optional in-person conferences and workshops. This will let you develop your identity as a leader in business challenges & opportunities in your field.

As part of the Doctorate, you’ll work with the innovative Action Learning method which will give you a useful framework to make decisions.

With well-respected professors and facilitators from around the world, the DBA gives you the leading edge and mentorship necessary to develop your leadership style and contribution to the body of business knowledge.

General Information about the DBA

The Global Executive DBA is a very popular choice for aspiring business leaders. The DBA is designed to develop your critical thinking, creativity, and applied research skills and enable you to combine modern business theory with effective management practice. The focus of the Executive DBA degree is on providing you with a strong theoretical grounding and understanding of research methodology.

It trains you to develop new solutions and create new value in the practice of business in the digital age.

The DBA is an excellent choice for you if you are interested in research topics relevant to Great Leadership, which include:

  • Responsible Leadership
  • Change Leadership
  • Decision-making Leadership
  • Performance Leadership

Programme structure

The programme consists of the following phases:

Module ECTS
Research Proposal* 5
Academic Writing/Methods Skills* 15
Review of Professional Capability (Reflection)* 10
Planning an advanced Practitioner Research Programme (Exposé) 30
Sub Total 60
* Any order
Module ECTS
Project Report (Thesis – Dissertation) 85
Research Paper 30
Oral Presentation and Viva Voce (Defensio) 5
Sub Total 120

Collaborative effort of GHU and BSN

The scientific and academic direction and quality is a collaborative effort of GHU and BSN. BSN arranges the courses, action learning projects and mentorship parts of the programme. BSN appoints a first advisor for the Project Report. The Project Report (Thesis/Dissertation) will contain between 42.000 – 70.000, normally written in English, but it will also be possible in the native language of a candidate. A GHU’s advisor will assess the Project Report as the second advisor.

For the Research Paper, the GHU advisor will be the first appraiser and the BSN advisor the second appraiser. The Research Paper is a summary of the Project Report (Thesis/Dissertation) and will contain about 15.000 words, normally written in English, but it will also be possible in the native language of a candidate.


Accredited by ACBSP and AAC

The Global Executive DBA has double accreditation from both the American Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP) and the Accreditation Agency of Curacao (AAC) which is recognised by the Curacao government through the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports. The Global Humanistic University is also officially recognised by the Curacao government.

The DBA’s state accreditation in Curacao results in the degree falling under the jurisdiction of the Bologna Process.

The Bologna Process is a series of ministerial meetings and agreements between European countries, as well as several non-European countries, to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher-education qualifications.

  • Business School Netherlands also has full accreditation status with the ACBSP
  • The Global Executive DBA carries 180 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) which are equivalent to 90 credits on the United States system
Who it's for

Admission requirements

Admission to the Executive Doctorate is a competitive and strict evaluation process. Due to the rigorous and practical nature of a DBA, you must meet the following mandatory requirements:

  • Hold an MBA or Master’s level qualification in a relevant field.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Be employed in a senior management capacity or similar leadership position, or in the process of making the career move into such a position.
  • Be pursuing or have pursued a career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interest of the GHU or BSN.
  • Be approved for application through a pre-application interview with BSN.
  • Have access to reliable internet and email services.

Full course fee

  • Full programme cost $US 25,000

Payment plans

Several payment plans are available.  Contact us about your payment preferences.

How to Apply

Start your application

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Step 1 (optional) : Schedule a personal consultation

During a personal consultation you will receive a detailed explanation of the programme and will have the opportunity to ask all your questions. In addition, our advisor will work with you to see whether this programme is in line with your work, ambitions and whether you qualify for exemptions.

Step 2: Fill out the online application form

It’s important to fill out the application correctly and attach all the supporting documents requested.  After a review of your application, you will be notified on the outcome by a programme advisor.


Programme advice?

Graham Booysen
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Start date
20 May 2024
20 October 2024
Registration deadline
2 weeks in advance
$25.000,- (Tax-free)28% Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scholarships are available for applicants working in SDG industries.
Duration of programme
36 months
2 days p/m
Coaching session
Number of participants
12 - 20


What others say about BSN

Business School Netherlands has been instrumental in shaping me into a proficient problem solver and pragmatic entrepreneur.

Fasili Masalu Boniphace

Business Adviser, Coaching Success & Consulting Ltd

I highly recommend this MBA for both personal and organisational growth, as it was a win-win for both myself and the company I worked for.

Gerard Mohamed

Managing Director at NanoTech Petroleum PTY Ltd

The knowledge gained on various business aspects has enriched my overall expertise and position as an HR Manager.

Jahaira Boasman

HR Manager, Social & Health Insurances

The Masterclass from Business School Netherlands has given me confidence and direction in terms of strategy, power and leadership.

Machteld Diks v/d Hoogenhoff

Machteld Diks v/d Hoogenhoff

Manager at Tax Collaboration Rivierenland

I chose BSN's MBA because it's not only theoretical but also directly applicable to the projects you undertake within your own organisation.

Marlou Mulders

Marlou Mulders

Commercial Director at Prins Petfoods

This MBA equipped me with problem-solving skills, comprehensive business knowledge, and the ability to apply it; all of which remains relevant after many years.

Renier Snyman

Group Human Resources Manager at Komati Fruit Group

The most significant advantage was the opportunity to work on real challenges presented by my employer.

Robert Koolen

Robert Koolen

Director of Sustainable Development at Heijmans.

The MBA lesson on Action Learning is an interactive session where you receive immediately applicable tools and guidance!

Vincent Schreijer

Vincent Schreijer

Manager Expertise & Logistics Roadside Assistance at ANWB
Action Learning MBA - alumnus

BSN develops great leaders who

are responsible
You demonstrate a forward-thinking approach and actively participate in identifying solutions to current challenges.
initiate change
You establishe trust with all stakeholders of the organization, encourages collaboration and diverse perspectives, and ensure organised teamwork.
make informed decisions
You demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the organization and the critical importance of the change that is suggested, and you effectively contribute to the realisation of practical improvements that generate measurable benefits.
are results-driven
Your approach prioritises real results and emphasises the achievement of sustainable development goals. Your efforts are directed towards making a measurable impact and ensuring that these goals are effectively acknowledged.

Our tutors have earned their stripes extensively in the field. In addition to their field experience, they also have a good understanding of business models and strategies, making them uniquely capable of bridging the gap between strategy and practice.

Paul Turken | Docent Strategisch en Marketing Management

Paul Turken

Strategic & Marketing Management
Susan Marcussen | Docent Financieel Management

Susan Marcussen

Financial Management & Corporate Finance
Maarten Kuiper | Docent Informatie Management

Maarten Kuiper

Information Management
BSN MBA Docent | Isolde Kolkhuis Tanke

Isolde Kolkhuis Tanke

Human Resource Management

With Action Learning, I am able to ask better questions that help me delve into the root causes of a problem and uncover the true issue at hand.

Arjan Epskamp
Environmental Manager at Rijkswaterstaat West-Netherlands North
Action Learning MBA - Arjan Epskamp

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled frequently asked questions for you. If your question is not listed, please get in touch with us.

What is the focus of the DBA programme?

The programme focuses on developing critical thinking, creativity, and applied research skills to enable candidates to combine modern business theory with effective management practice. It also trains candidates to create new value and implement innovative solutions in today’s digital business landscape.

What is the Bologna Process, and how does it relate to the DBA programme?

The DBA programme falls under the jurisdiction of the Bologna Process, a series of agreements between European and non-European countries aimed at ensuring comparable standards and quality of higher-education qualifications.

What is the Action Learning method used in the programme?

The innovative Action Learning method is an integral part of the Global Executive DBA. It provides candidates with a practical framework for decision-making and problem-solving in real-world business scenarios.

What are the research topics relevant to the DBA programme?

The programme focuses on Great Leadership, which includes research areas like Responsible Leadership, Change Leadership, Decision-making Leadership, and Performance Leadership.

Is the Global Executive DBA accredited?

Yes, the programme holds double accreditation from both the American Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Accreditation Agency of Curacao (AAC). The Global Humanistic University, awarding the DBA degree, is officially recognised by the Curacao government.

What opportunities are available for networking and collaboration during the programme?

Candidates have the chance to participate in optional in-person conferences and workshops, fostering networking opportunities and identity development as business leaders.

What can graduates expect after completing the Global Executive DBA programme?

Upon graduation, candidates become part of the BSN alumni network and may be invited to become scholars at one of the BSN Impact Leadership Centres. They can share their insights with leaders from various companies and organizations within the BSN network, further contributing to the field of business knowledge.

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