Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

DBA Enrollment

The DBA is a program, designed to allow flexible learning to those having a full-time occupation. The DBA program at Beirut Arab University will enable you to:

  • Enhance the quality of your decision-making
  • Learn research techniques for advanced managerial analysis
  • Apply state-of-the-art knowledge to specific issues in management, accounting and economics
  • Acquire consultancy and research competencies to solve practical problems in business and management
  • Contribute to knowledge through original research.


The DBA program is for executives engaged in major corporate projects. It provides an opportunity for senior managers and practitioners to gain understanding of the latest research techniques applied to advanced managerial enquiry. The program is of particular relevance to management practitioners, consultants, and management educators.


The DBA is a 3-year cohort-based program that consists of 12 in-class courses over 4 semesters (2 years) followed by a doctoral dissertation over a 2-semester period (1 year).

Academic Staff

The DBA courses are taught by internationally-renowned senior faculty members and practitioners with a thorough and extensive experience in teaching doctoral courses and supervising doctoral research. The doctoral dissertation has on its examining committees internal and external examiners with solid academic background from top universities of the region and worldwide.


The minimum credit hours required to earn a DBA is 54 credit hours. The program comprises six semesters divided in two sequential phases:

Phase I: Coursework: during phase I, students are to complete 36 Cr. Hrs. consisting of 12 courses, 3 Cr. Hrs each (3 courses per semester).

Phase II: The Doctoral Dissertation: 18 Cr. Hrs. over a 2-semester period.

Doctoral Dissertation

Participants are to produce and defend a doctoral dissertation and publish 2 papers in a peer-reviewed journal. Students will need to develop and pass a research proposal that tackles relevant business problems and apply relevant research techniques to provide solutions. The process involves the use of relevant interdisciplinary theories and a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as data collection and analysis

Classes Organization

Courses are taught on a residency basis. The residencies include in-class teaching sessions and networking events.

Apply to DBA

The admission requirements of the DBA program are:

  • A Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) or a Master in a related discipline.
  • Evidence of a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience after Bachelor.
  • Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL: 520 or IELTS: 5.5).
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An interview with the DBA Committee about the applicant’s professional and experience.

International Guest Lecturers

  • Prof Sasa Petar: Professor of Global Economics at the University FHS St. Gallen, Switzerland Course Taught: DBA703: Global Economics Issues.  Display CV
  • Prof Daniel Friel: Associate Prof of Strategic Management at the Universidad de SanAndres, Argentina Course Taught: DBA701: Contemporary Global Management.  Display CV
  • Prof Sherif Delawar: Professor of Organizations in Actions, International freelance speaker, Egypt Course Taught: DBA702: Organizations in Action.
  • Prof Lukas Scherer: Head of the Institute for quality management and applied business administration, Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences St.Gallen, Switzerland.
    Course Taught: DBA704: Leadership to Create Human Value.  Display CV


Second DBA Cohort: Applications Now Open

The Faculty of Business Administration has opened applications for the DBA program for the Spring Semester 2018 on Nov 27, 2017. The application process will remain open until Dec 15, 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in January 2018.

Successful Start of the Doctorate of Business Administration DBA Program

In collaboration with the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC), the Faculty of Business Administration launched its new Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). With its creation, a long-time awaited program has been realized. The first residency workshop covering the course...  Read more...

DBA Curriculum

First Semester

Course Code Course Title Number of Credits
DBA701 Contemporary Global Management 3
DBA702 Organizations in Action 3
DBA703 Global Economic Systems and Issues 3

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title Number of Credits
DBA704 Leadership to create Human Value 3
DBA705 Contemporary Issues in Marketing Management 3
DBA706 Quantitative Decision Making for Business Analysis 3

Third Semester

Course Code Course Title Number of Credits
DBA707 Corporate Finance and Firms Valuations 3
DBA708 Strategy Formulation and Implementation 3
DBA709 Research Methodology I 3

Fourth Semester

Course Code Course Title Number of Credits
DBA710 Accounting Information for Business Decisions 3
DBA711 Laboratory for Business-Driven Research 3
DBA712 Research Methodology II 3

Fifth & Sixth Semesters

Course Code Course Title Number of Credits
DBA713 Doctoral Dissertation 24


Abdallah Nassereddine, PhD and Program Director

Tel:+961 1 300110 Ext: 2309

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Graduate Studies Office

Tel:+961 1 300110 Ext: 2605