Research course (will run subject to approval)

DBA in Corporate Social Responsiblity

Geneva Business School · Geneva Business School

Entry requirements

To participate in the DBA program you must have a master’s degree, preferably in a business-related subject. In addition you must have significant professional experience and be able to demonstrate that you are in a position to complete the program and to use it to enhance your practice at work and in your future career.

Students who have a master’s degree in another discipline can gain entry to the program if they are in a senior position within their current organisation. Students must be able to meet the demands of the program and in particular should be confident in their use of English - written and spoken. Students should include their English language certification or evidence of having used English in a recent work context when they apply for entry to the program.

Admission Criteria for Doctorate Programs (DBA)

  • Completion of Master in the relevant field.

  • IELTS 7.0 / TOEFL 85 (English Official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English speaking environment for a minimum of 3 years.

Application Process Requirements

  • Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts and academic certificates obtained

  • Photocopy of valid passport / National ID

  • Resume/CV

  • 1 reference letter

  • 5 page - Thesis Proposal

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The world is rapidly facing new environmental, economic and social challenges, and corporations more than ever need to be proactive in confronting them. Future business leaders will be called on to help solve the next great problems of the 21st century.

With that in mind, GBS has developed an online doctorate program that allows students to specialize in CSR issuesand benefit from the supervision and mentorship of Professor Michael Hopkins, one of the world’s leading experts on both the theory and practice of CSR.

The GBS DBA encourages practical implementation of the concepts learned in class. Students on the program will be invited to join an international network of CSR practitioners and researchers such as in Special emphasis will be placed on students developing their own CSR initiatives.

During years one and two, you will undertake 6 self-study courses through our innovative online learning platform. These are designed to equip you with the skills you will need for your business research project during your third and final year.

This project could focus on a real-life business situation, or a problem that you are dealing with in your current work situation. It could also be a business idea that you want to explore or focus on, or current ideas that are impacting the industry you are working in.

Throughout your time at GBS you will be supported by the DBA Program Coordinator and the program team in Barcelona. In your final year you will also receive direct support from an experienced professional who is in the same field of interest as you. Once the project is complete, you will present it to a panel of experts in your field.

Information for international students

Geneva Business School is a leading teaching-focused institution known for its innovative learning methods and commitment to the use of the latest educational technology.

Our DBA program harnesses these strengths in order to deliver a highly flexible online learning experience compatible with fulltime work. The course is designed so that you can work wherever you are - in your office, at home, on the train. All you need is a connected device and the program materials will always be ready for you.

Our academically rigorous courses will introduce you to the latest concepts in management research and help you develop the skills you need to carry out your research project.

With the support of a team of academics and business leaders located around the world, you will also benefit from our personalized mentoring approach, which will tailor the program to you and your professional circumstance. At the very beginning of your DBA journey we will take our time to get to know you, so that we can support you in the best way possible.

Fees and funding

UK students
5850 euros / semester tuition
International students
5850 euros / semester tuition

  • Application Fee: €150 (Non-refundable, paid upon application)

  • Administration Fee: € 1.900 (One-time fee, refund of 80% if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities)

  • Tuition per term*: € 3.900 (Total 3-year program / 9 terms*) (Refund of 100% if the entry visa or the residence permit is refused by the Visa Authorities)

* One year = 3 terms

Qualification and course duration


36 months

Course contact details

+34 93 481 65 06