Taught course

Doctor in Business Administration

IE University · IE Business School
DBA by taught

Entry requirements

To apply to the program, candidates must hold an MBA, a very high level of English is required and, at least 8 years of Management experience are necessary.

Months of entry


Course content

The DBA is a blended part time program aimed at outstanding managers, who hold a masters degree, and want to enhance their professional practice combining academic rigor and managerial relevance. The goal is to contribute to the state of the art knowledge in their chosen area of study through management research within current and future work settings.

The program also offers a great variety of core and methodological courses to provide you with the most accurate tools to successfully develop your research in academia. In order for the students to gain a deeper knowledge in their area of concentration, as well as complementing their research with other seminars that might be of interest, electives are offered every year, changing according to the dominating profile of the students.

The skills that students acquire during the program include:

  • The vision to recognize important and unexplored business issues.
  • A capacity to develop research questions.
  • The ability to use a variety of research methods to collect, analyze and present data.
  • The ability to able to create knowledge that is of theoretical and practical significance.
  • An ethical attitude when designing and conducting research.
  • The networking skills required to work in collaboration with the business community.
  • The writing skills required to present the new ideas and body of knowledge in a coherent way following the standards of major management journals.
  • The presentation skills required to disseminate their work in professional conferences at national and international levels.

Information for international students

Learn more at the English language requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DBA by taught
    part time
    48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

The course is part time(blended) with 3 periods in Spain, 2 weeks each period.

Course contact details

DBA Department
+34 91 568 9733