Doctorate in Business Administration

Course Details
Course Name

Doctorate in Business Administration

Course Type


Course Sector

Business & Management

Course Duration

3 Years, Part-Time

Entry Points Per Year


Next Starting Date(s)


Degree or Qualification

DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) awarded by Audencia Business School


Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Paris, Nantes & Online

Tuition Fee

€35,000 (excl. yearly 1 week travel & lodging)
Wittenborg Graduate Fund: reduction of €5,000 on tuition fee for Wittenborg MBA/MBM Graduates holding EU citizenship/residency

A DBA with Audencia - In collaboration with Wittenborg

The DBA is a 3-year, part-time programme designed to suit the lifestyles both of executives who wish to combine their practical expertise with the highest level of management education, and early career business and management academics aiming to take their applied research skills to a higher level. This programme is delivered in a hybrid format, with 1 week of face-to-face teaching each year and the remainder taught online. The first year in-person course takes place at Wittenborg in the Netherlands, while the second and third years are delivered at the Audencia Paris/Nantes campuses. 

The DBA courses enable participants to develop their skills in management, research and to engage with cutting-edge research topics and themes across management sectors. Through course work in the first 12-24 months of the programme, participants develop advanced management research competencies, enabling them to develop the research for their doctoral thesis under the supervision of the joint faculty of Audencia and Wittenborg. Through conducting this large-scale research project within their professional organisations or sectors, participants gain in-depth knowledge and enriched leadership experience.

DBA participants become part of the Audencia research community, attending online research seminars, networking with other management researchers at conferences and workshops, and engaging in the research life at Audencia.

About Audencia and Wittenborg

About Audenicia
Founded in Nantes in 1900, Audencia – from the Latin audientia, meaning “listening”, and audacia, meaning “daring” – was first accredited by EQUIS in 1998 and is ranked amongst the top European business schools.

In 2020, Audencia was awarded reaccreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA for the maximum period of five years and has become one of the 30 schools in the world included in the Positive Impact Rating. 

About Wittenborg 
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is currently the most international business school in the Netherlands. With over 1,500 students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities, it's main campus in Apeldoorn and a location in Amsterdam, Wittenborg is the ideal partner for Audencia.

Wittenborg's BBA, MSc and MBA programmes are double accredited by NVAO and FIBAA.

The DBA Programme Structure *subject to change

DBA Programme Structure

Participant Profiles & Career Development

Originating from different countries and education sectors, DBA participants have a wide range of industry experience and managerial backgrounds. Group sizes are small and enable close interaction between participants and faculty members. 

Doctoral development and career workshops during the programme support DBA candidates in choosing the right career path following their DBA studies. Many DBA participants aim to fast-track their management career with a doctorate degree. DBA candidates may also seek to become 
consultant experts in a particular business and management domain through the completion of their DBA studies. 

Other DBA candidates may consider enhancing their career in the academic world following the successful completion of their thesis. Possibilities for gaining lecturing experience and writing publishable academic journal articles exist in parallel to DBA studies at Audencia. 

Doctoral development/career seminars are delivered throughout the programme.


  • 32 Average age 
  • 10+ Nationalities 
  • 42% Women 
  • 12 Average years of professional experience

Key Information

Degree earned: Doctorate of Business Administration (under French law)
Enrolment/Formal Registration: DBA student at Audencia (France)
Language of Instruction: English  
Duration: 3-years, part-time  
Tuition Fee: €35,000 (exc. yearly 1 week travel and lodging)

Hybrid format:  
The DBA is a 3-year, part-time programme delivered in a hybrid format, with 1 week of face-to-face teaching each year and the remainder taught online. The first year in-person course takes place at Wittenborg in the Netherlands, while the second and third years are delivered at the Audencia Paris/Nantes campuses.

Graduation Ceremony: in Nantes (France)


  • MBA or master's degree  
  • 5 years of professional experience, including managerial responsibilities  
  • Minimum 25 years of age  
  • Proficiency in English


Scholarships may be available for candidates with exceptional professional profiles and/or research and publication experience at the discretion of the Audencia-Wittenborg DBA Advisor.

Scholarship applications should be in the form of a report highlighting the research, academic publication and professional experience of the applicant, demonstrating how their experience has prepared them for doctoral studies.

Application Information

Apply online at

The application should include a research proposal of minimum 3 pages in length, including the title of the proposed research, an introduction to the topic, the research question to be investigated, a brief literature review, and reference list.  

The research proposal will be considered by the DBA Programme Director as part of the application process. Candidates under consideration will then be invited to attend an interview.

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