DBA is the Crown of All Business Degrees

Executives, experienced managers, consultants and technical staff working in support of managerial functions can have their crown degree of DBA "Doctorate of Business Administration" as the highest, reputable and strategic title for their business or academic life. The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) aims for graduates to discern the emergent orientations to be applied within a company: This doctorate will assist you in acquiring and mastering the methodology of research to apply for your job.

  • LENGTH Part-time 4 years, 5 days per quarter
  • FREQUENCY Once a year
  • LANGUAGE English
  • LOCATION
    • Istanbul
    • Grenoble

Financing DBA Studies

The DBA program does not have funds to offer scholarships, financial aid, or part-time employment for prospective DBA applicants. Students very often pay for their own education because they keep on earning money during their studies and many have accumulated savings. Some companies fund DBA students when the latter use data from their employers and when their research is relevant to their companies.

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THE ONE AND ONLY DBA DEGREE in Turkey

We are the only Business School in Istanbul to offer a part-time DBA "Doctorate of Business Administration" degree delivered by Grenoble Ecole De Management, a triple-accredited business school. Your DBA degree will provide you with the expertise in Technology, Innovation, Leadership and Business Management to advance your career.

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DBA Degree From Tripple "Crown" Accredited Grenoble Ecole de Management

41 North Business School in partnership with Grenoble Ecole de Management to bring you the very best DBA in the region. Grenoble Ecole de Management is among the 1% of business schools worldwide to possess the three accreditations, EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA that distinguish the leading international business schools from the rest. These three accreditations are international recognitions of the quality of the organisation, its programs and the degrees it delivers. They provide an independent assessment for the quality of the school's organisational processes, ensuring that the content and quality of the programs delivers satisfactory education build up-on internationally established standards.  

Director Of Doctoral School, Grenoble Ecole de Management

The GEM Doctoral Knowledge Community brings together our students, alumni, mentors and researchers around our mission: changing lives and organisations through research. With more than 25 years of experience in doctoral programs, Grenoble Ecole de Management has developed a unique know-how in attracting, managing, and coaching doctoral talents. From 2019, we bring this know-how and best in-class doctoral education to Istanbul with 41 North Business School. Join us to learn what we can change for you and take advantage of 1200+ intellectual contributions by our 330+ DBA graduates.

Prof. VALÉRIE SABATIER

"I am a proven business executive and already have an MBA, why would I need a DBA?"

Intellectual challenge

Executives take part in a DBA when they are already successful in business for many years and look for a new intellectual challenge. They often have an MBA and want for further and higher education to distinguish themselves. At the same time, they are interested in management research and have a practical research question in mind - a specific problem from their work environment for instance - that they can approach in their dissertation.

Motivation for personal change

DBAs are primarily driven by a search for personal challenge. The DBA provides them this challenge which goes beyond searching for practical knowledge (MBA). The DBA challenges them to prove their capacity as potential researchers. They are in their 30s, 40s and some even older. They have a good salary, lots of ambition and motivation.

New and complementary career goal as a part-time academic

DBA graduates usually stay working in their companies and want to stay in the business world after their graduation from the DBA. However, now, the DBA qualifies them for doing research as well. They may teach as guest professors, invited or adjunct faculty occasionally and publish in practitioner or academic journals. Also, the “doctor” title may open new doors for them in the management and consulting hierarchy.

Knowledge creation

The DBAs are not required to create new theory or extend existing ones. Their contribution is the combination of research with concrete business problems. Their starting point may be a business problem from their place of work and the DBA dissertation may generate a theoretical model that explains the specific problem and at the same time abstracts from it so that the model can be applied in other contexts as well. The core idea is that in the center of a DBA dissertation is a practical problem from the business which is considered relevant from both sides; business managers and scholars.

Creative learning mode

Since the DBA students do not want to give up their work during their studies, DBA programs are designed and organized as blended-learning programs, which mix distance or online learning with residential periods. The students can communicate online with professors and their peer group and need to come together only for a few weeks per year. DBA programs offer their students a lot of flexibility and once the required coursework is over, it is up to the academic supervisor how often the DBA student needs to show-up physically.

Access to data

Central for any research is the data. One of the greatest advantages of many DBA students is their access to data in their own place of work. These data are often unique and can sometimes only be used under serious confidentiality clauses. In other cases, the DBA student may have to create a unique database by resorting to field interviews or conducting surveys with specifically defined target audience rather than the public at large.

Gaining recognition

Gaining recognition The value of the DBA also depends on the reputation of the institution where it has been achieved. The DBA gives the graduate a new recognition because it represents the pinnacle of personal and academic recognition earned from an internationally recognised academic institution.

Financing DBA studies

DBA students very often pay for their own education because they keep on earning money during their studies and many have accumulated savings. Some companies fund DBA students when they use data from their employers and when their research is relevant to their companies.

What are the main differences between the DBA and the PhD in Business?

Both the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and the PhD in Business are doctoral degrees and so have similarities. But, they also have important differences: 

DBA programs are strictly part-time spread over four years. A very large majority of PhD programs require full-time attendance for the completion of doctoral-level coursework. In some universities this period may be completed by attending evening courses. The AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA all consider the two degrees to be academically equivalent. Universities at large also consider the two degrees equivalent. Those who place a special value on business professors with real/applied experience favour the DBA.

Who qualifies for admission of a DBA ? What is the Typical Age?

DBA: Experienced (at least 5 years) business managers with a Master's degree in business, management or similar fields. PhD: Work experience is not required nor sought. Master's degree in the field is a normal requirement. But in certain countries like the USA, admission may be given to those who yet to have a Master's degree in business. These students are expected to complete a rather long list of business/management courses and earn a Master's degree first. Then, they can become PhD students. DBA: Most students cumulate more than 15 years of experience and age varies from 35 to 50 in majority. PhD: Experience is not mandatory. A Masters in Management Sciences is compulsory (or must then be attended). Age: 25-30 years old.

Differences between a PhD and a DBA program content & conduct

DBA: is a research-based doctorate. Each DBA student is assigned a personal supervisor right after admission. Participants qualify into degree candidacy after two years of part-time study in workshops during which they are trained on how to conduct academic research and write research-based academic articles. At the end of this period, they are required to defend their proposed thesis topic of research. PhD students are required a minimum of two years of course work on campus and then sit for a Qualifying Examination before they become degree candidates. Choosing a Supervisory Committee and thesis topic starts only after this stage. DBA students come into the program with an already-defined research problem because of their prior work experience.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE

WHY YOU LEARN?

TO EXCEL: Successful program participants will acquire the necessary skills to undertake innovative, rigorous and relevant research at a doctoral level. TO EMPOWER: Employers of our DBA graduates will benefit from the graduates’ abilities to solve business problems through a strong understanding of applied research. TO INSPIRE: DBA research actively connects the business and research communities to enact change and progress through original and publishable research work.

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HOW YOU LEARN?

The DBA Istanbul Cohort in partnership with Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) focuses on high-quality research to bridge the gap between business research and real world challenges. From day one, you are guided towards creating high-impact research and benefit from GEM's expertise in the management of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Programs offers the research tools you need to impact your organisation, sector and society.

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WHAT YOU LEARN?

The DBA research and thesis portion of the program consists primarily of individual research under the supervision of a qualified professor who has an international reputation in technology management, business innovation and organisational change management and provides a broad range of subject-area expertise. DBA candidates are required to show their ability to conduct original investigations; test, apply and examine their own and others’ ideas; and understand the relationship between their themes and wider fields of knowledge.

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ADMISSIONS

DBA program candidates are recruited from all over the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds—the sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Generally, they are high-level professionals, such as managers or executives with graduate degrees in business disciplines.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

DBA candidates are experienced managers from diverse sectors who display a high level of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Candidates should have proficiency in written and oral communication in English and should be open to cultural diversity.
Admission requirements:
◗Master’s degree in business, management or related field, such as MBA, MA, MSc or equivalent.
◗Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
◗ 5 years of management experience (pre- or post-master’s).

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

ACCOMODATION & FACILITIES

41 North Business School is located in the heart of the business district in Istanbul and surrounded by modern shopping malls, restaurants and hotels. The district offers a wide range of hotel choices, we picked the ones that are at the walking distance and alternatively in old town Sultanahmet, for you.

While we encourage you to book your own accommodation, you are always welcome to contact 41 North Teams in case you have difficulties to find a room. formore@41north.com.tr

Please note that reservations are subject to hotel availabilities, especially during high seasons.

You may also contact below travel agent which offers services such as flight and hotel room booking, transfer from/to airport to the hotel:
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Ms. Ruhşen DIZDAROGLU
Operation  Manager
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Phone : + 90 212 233 80 84
Mobile : +90 533 454 60 04

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Registration and Payment Terms

Grenoble Ecole de Management-DBA Program Director will issue an Acceptance Letter to each applicant who has been formally admitted to the 41 North Business School-Grenoble Ecole de Management-DBA Program. Upon receiving the Acceptance Letter, the participant must pay GEM a deposit of € 7’000. The remaining portion of the first year’s tuition, € 10’000, must be paid latest by May, 31st of the ongoing first academic year. The second year, the payment for the first tuition, € 7’000, must be made one month after the start of the second academic year of the program and the remaining amount must be paid by May 31st of the same ongoing academic year. The third and fourth years’ tuition fees amount to € 13’000 for each year. The first payment, € 5,000 must be made one month after the start of the 3rd academic year and the remaining payment, 8,000€ must be paid by May, 31st of the respective year of the program. The payment process for the fourth year is the same as for the third year (€5,000 and 8,000€). The total tuition cost of the GEM-DBA Istanbul-program amounts to € 60’000 for the 2019-2020 academic year entrants.

Payment schedule:
Y1 – 17’000 (7000 + 10000)
Y2 – 17’000 (7000 + 10000)
Y3 – 13’000 (5000 + 8000)
Y4 – 13’000 (5000 + 8000)

Students admitted to the GEM-DBA Istanbul-Hub-Cohort Program will be issued GEM Identity Cards so that they can access all physical or online GEM and 41 North Business School facilities in Grenoble and in Istanbul.

If a student wishes to withdraw from the Program prior to completion, s/he must inform the Program Director in writing of this decision. In prematurely withdrawing from the program, the student remains liable for all outstanding and unpaid tuition fees. If withdrawal from the program is due to serious unforeseen circumstances (death, incapacitating accident or serious and prolonged illness) a specific DBA Program Committee will examine the case. In case of accident or illness, a medical doctor’s certificate must be provided to the DBA Program Director.

If a student is expelled from the Program because of unsatisfactory academic performance, insufficient attendance, failing to pay tuition fees or for behavior unbecoming a graduate student, the student shall remain liable for the remaining unpaid balance of the Program’s tuition fees.

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