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)

November 2023

Degree or Qualification

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


Amsterdam, Paris, Nantes & Online

Tuition Fee

€32,000 (full course fee, exclusive 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 developed to suit the lifestyle of executives who wish to combine their practical expertise with the highest level of management training. This flexible programme is delivered in hybrid format, with online and face-to-face courses, which take place in Amsterdam and Apeldoorn at Wittenborg’s campus, and once in Paris or Nantes, France, during year 1, and over weekends online and on the Audencia Paris/Nantes campus from year 2. 

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 the DBA with Audencia with 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. Learn more about Audencia’s quality: 


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 

Founded in 1987, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is currently the most international business school in the Netherlands. Over 1,400 students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities, with campuses in Apeldoorn and Amsterdam, makes Wittenborg the right partner for Audencia.

Its BBA, MSc and MBA programmes are double accredited by NVAO and FIBAA

The DBA Programme Structure *subject to change









Year 1 & Year 2

Year 1

Year 2 & Year 3

Year 3


Research in Management 

(Year 1 – Apeldoorn/Amsterdam/Paris/Nantes)

• Research proposal development workshop  

• Submission and individual assessment  

• Research proposals (end of year 1)  

• Research proposals presentation (in Apeldoorn/Amsterdam) 

• Appointment of supervisors

• Literature review, theoretical framework and methodology  

• Thesis development under supervision

• Thesis completion workshop  

• Submission of thesis  

• Appointment of examiners  

• Examination of thesis/ ‘Viva Voce’

• Introduction to research methodology and research ethics 

• Literature, data collection & data analysis  

• Research design, (mixed) methodology 

• Applied research methodology, design research and action research




MODULE 2 Responsible Business Strategy 

(Year 2 – Paris/Nantes/Online)




• Responsible investment  

• Responsible risk management




MODULE 3 Leadership, Innovation and Change 

(Year 2 – Paris/Nantes/Online)




• Leading change in organisations 

• Responsible leadership  

• Sustainable purchasing & supply chain innovation




Transversal doctoral development/career seminars delivered throughout the programme





Participant Profiles & Career Development

Originating from different countries and business 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 changing career direction towards an academic career 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: €32,000 (whole programme, exclusive travel/lodging)

Hybrid format:  

  • First-year courses are delivered in person in Apeldoorn/Amsterdam and Paris/Nantes.
  • Second-year courses are delivered online and in person, with  2 weeks of face-to-face learning taking place in Paris/Nantes. Remaining courses are delivered online over the duration of the programme, with most being delivered in a span of 2-3 days in the first 2 years.  
  • Third year 1-day mentoring session with supervisor, either online or in person, in Nantes.

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
  • EU citizenship/residency 


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. Students being considered will then be invited to attend an interview. 

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