What exactly is the DBA degree?

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a three-year doctoral degree that is designed for working senior-level professionals who desire to achieve a doctoral degree in business while continuing their work responsibilities and careers. The DBA represents the highest level of academic achievement in business education and will prepare you with the advanced knowledge necessary to manage complex organizational environments and solve real-world problems via the conduct of applied research in all areas of business.  It is a terminal degree.

Whom is the DBA degree for?

The Doctorate in Business Administration is designed for working senior-level executives who desire to continue their careers while obtaining a doctorate. Our students generally have more than 10 years of significant work experience; seven years of management experience; and a relevant advanced degree, such as an MBA or M.S. Prospective students must exhibit excellent communication skills in the English language and demonstrate high potential for applied research skills. A comprehensive understanding of the functional areas of business, including accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, corporate and competitive strategy, information systems and operations management, is also expected.

What are the benefits I can expect from obtaining a Doctorate in Business Administration?

During the pursuit of your DBA degree, you will make valuable networking connections and develop long-term relationships with other senior-level executives as well as our world-class research faculty. Individuals who successfully obtain the DBA degree possess and demonstrate high-level, deep understanding of advanced business knowledge and applied research skills. Such advanced understanding sets the stage and creates a clear path toward career advancement, differentiation, or change. Organizations that employ individuals holding this terminal degree can expect an employee capable of crafting tangible and creative solutions for complex problems as well as  a leader in organizational development initiatives and skill-building from within.

Will I be a doctor when I complete my degree?

Yes! Because this is terminal degree, you will receive a doctorate awarded by the College of Business upon successful completion of your studies.

What kinds of careers can I expect as a DBA?

DBA programs offer rigorous, hands-on training in various fields of specialization and career interests. The career paths you can pursue with a DBA are numerous, but here are some of the most notable:

Management analyst

Also referred to as “management consultants,” management analysts advise managers on how to improve the bottom line through cost reduction and increased revenue generation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for this position from 2016 to 2026 is 14%, which is faster than average.

C-level executive

High-level executives oversee the operational direction of an organization. They design policies and strategies to make sure their companies meet their business objectives.

Data from Indeed.com shows that the average annual salary for CEOs in the U.S. is $107,000.

Market research analyst

This profession explores which products or services people are looking for and at what price. Salary.com pegs the median annual salary for market research directors at $152,000.


If you’re looking to pursue a career in academia, the postsecondary teaching profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026.


Economists conduct research, monitor economic trends, and perform data analysis to understand how society distributes resources. According to an analysis of past and present job ads on Indeed.com, the average annual salary for an economist in the U.S. is $97,000.

And many other top DBA job opportunities……

Is an interview required?

If closer consideration is necessary, the Program Director and admission committee may contact the applicant to request an in-person or skype interview (depending on geographic location of the applicant).

What factors are taken into account when an applicant reviews your program?

Many factors are taken into account and each applicant is judged on their merit and accomplishments. Generally, the applicant’s work and management experience, educational background, content of application materials, personal statement, and interview results are used in the selection process.

Is GMAT, GRE, or other standardized entrance exam required for admission?

Generally not. As most of the applicants have already taken the exam to complete the MBA, MSc. Or another graduate program. We do not require a standardized entrance test.

This can only be requested if the applicant does not possess the required level in advance

Who should consider a DBA/Master degree?

Our Programs are designed for working professionals interested in taking their knowledge to the next level. Individuals who are attracted to the executive DBA often seek to deepen their overall business knowledge and understanding of high-level research skills in order to better address the complex challenges facing them in today’s dynamic business environment. Many pursue the executive DBA as a means of transitioning into a career in higher education or to enhance their experience for a career in consulting.

How much does it cost to apply?

Submitting an application to any doctoral / Master program at The Belgian Academy of Research and Vocational Qualification is of charge

Can my acceptance be deferred?

Yes, we can defer acceptance if necessary.

Do you accept applications from non-Belgium citizens?

Yes. The Doctorate/Master in Business Administration program accepts applications from international prospective students. You can find out more about international admissions by clicking here.

What the difference between a DBA and MBA Program?

Offered in Business & Management subjects Offered in Business & Management subjects
Is a professional doctorate (NQF level 8) Is a Masters degree (NQF level 7)
Consists of taught modules, followed by extensive research towards a doctoral thesis Consists of taught modules, followed by a practical project, placement or other Masters dissertation task
Is usually studied part-time, by distance learning May be studied full-time or part-time


An MBA may be a better option for you if you are more interested in doing business than in business theory, or if you want to complete your degree more quickly.

It is always possible to return to study DBA later. In fact, some business schools actually allow progression from MBA to DBA within the same program (candidates usually extend their study period as they move to PhD research)

What is the difference between DBA and PHD?

Offered in Business & Management subjects Offered in all subjects where academic research is carried out
Is a professional doctorate Is an academic research doctorate
Mixes taught units & independent research Primarily consists of independent research
Is usually studied part-time, by distance learning Can be studied full-time, part-time or otherwise



Executive DBA Ph.D.
Program length and structure 3 years, part-time: Three on-site residencies per semester with an online component between residencies. 4-5 years, full-time: Immersion as a full-time student.
Profile Senior managers who want to advance in their careers by learning to solve business problems through advanced critical reasoning. Individuals who want to prepare themselves for a research career in an academic institution.
Post-graduation path Graduates advance within their organizations to senior executive positions. Some graduates may also teach in a university setting. Graduates will have careers in a university setting as full-time faculty members. Research and teaching will be their primary focus.
Previous work experience At least 12 years of management experience, with at least 7 at the executive level. Relevant work experience varies; preferred but not required.
Previous education Should have an MBA or equivalent business-focused Master’s. May have a graduate degree, but not required.
Curricular emphasis General business focus, leveraging Fox strengths such as globalization, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Core skills in business research such as quantitative and qualitative research methods and the application of theory to new problems and issues. Students specialize in an area of study, such as accounting, marketing, or management information systems. Focus on new theory development with a much heavier emphasis on a variety of research methodologies.
Degree Awarded Doctor of Business Administration Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration


What types of support do students receive from BARVQ?


Students receive academic guidance from individual mentors and course professors. Upon joining the program, an individual mentor is assigned. Following coursework, at the dissertation proposal stage, each student has a direct supervisor and a supervisory committee. Reference librarians at BARVQ are available, if needed. During coursework, professors facilitate online seminars, and provide feedback, guidance, and encouragement.


Each student receives free support from BARVQ Help Desk Analysts who are available weekdays, evenings, and Sundays to assist with any technical problems related to the program.


Upon admission to the program, students are assigned a Student Services Coordinator who handles course registrations and all other administrative matters involved in supporting completion of the DBA program

Is attendance mandatory for all sessions?

Yeah. All scheduled are required. Additionally, enrolment at this level assumes dedication and commitment to all scheduled online sessions and faculty counselling

How often are information sessions conducted?

DBA program information sessions are held several times throughout the year online.