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The CASS Europe Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program

CASS Europe offers two pathways in its doctoral program, namely: 1. a professional pathway, and 2. a research pathway. The professional pathway is in the field of business management and has been designed with the specific objective of finding innovative ways of uniting professional practice with academic knowledge. It is aimed specifically at mid-career executives (or persons with significant managerial experience at the mid career level) and is designed to help students apply research-based thinking to business ideas while deepening and broadening their ideas of business practice. Candidates with this objective in mind are oriented towards the professional pathway in the doctoral program. Successful completion of the professional pathway in the program leads to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) qualification which is awarded by CASS Europe. It is a practical and research-based track in the doctoral program designed for mid-career executives who have already completed the MBA (or equivalent qualification) and are looking to further enhance their practical and theoretical knowledge base. As such it can be said to be a specialist qualification which is aimed at professional development in business and industry.

A candidate’s chosen field of thesis research must be compatible with the areas of supervisory capacity at CASS Europe which currently are the following:

  • International Business Management
  • Global Finance
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Change Management
  • Marketing
  • Managerial Economics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • ICT Management

Program Objectives

The overall objective of this three-year professional doctoral programme is to enable candidates make significant contribution to both theory and practice in their field and to develop professional practice at the highest level in business administration. It is aimed at developing mid career executives with managerial and applied research capability who will confidently lead their organizations in the dynamic and highly competitive global marketplace. The professional path in the doctoral programme is appropriate for candidates whose objective is to pursue professional, industry-based careers and would like to be given the opportunity to reflect on best practice rather than in pursuing an academic/research career. It aims to provide candidates with innovative approaches for integrating academic and professional knowledge. Candidates will be actively encouraged to choose a thesis topic that is related to their area of responsibility in an organization or an area they wish to focus upon in their career development following graduation from the programme.

The programme is placed on level 8 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), 2012. It corresponds to the 3rd Cycle of qualifications as defined by the Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area, (QF-EHEA), 2005.
Total duration for completing the programme on a full-time basis is three (3) years made up of courses/research seminars and workshops and doctoral thesis research. The course component of the programme amounts to 60 ECTS credit points.
Candidates start the programme with three fundamental courses in scientific research. These are:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Qualitative Research Methodology, and
  • Quantitative Research Methodology

There are 30 class contact hours in each of the modules. Following successful completion of these fundamentals of scientific research courses students then proceed to take the specialized courses in their chosen area of focus in the doctoral programme.

Apart from the courses/research seminars organized at the institution candidates in the doctoral programme are encouraged to actively participate in doctoral courses/research seminars/workshops organized at other higher education institutions in Europe and abroad so as to enable them gain a wider perspective of their chosen field of research.