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  • High quality, intensive supervision and digital support

  • Blended learning principles as a standard

  • Focus on Business and Academical trajectories

International accreditation IACBE
High quality, intensive supervision and digital support
Blended learning principles as a standard
Focus on Business and Academical trajectories

FAQ

DBA, full-time or part-time? How many hours do I have to spend?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at SSM Research Center is designed as a twoyear program based on full-time studies. But, what does that mean? In this article, we try to explain how the study load works. 

To complete the program, the candidate must write an initial research proposal, a definitive research proposal and a doctoral thesis. To conclude the DBA, the student must pass an oral exam. The nice part of a DBA program is the opportunity to combine the tasks from you day job, with the research you are doing for the DBA. We see that many students link their research topic to their current job. In that way, the determination of how many hours one will spend to complete the DBA is hard. Using the information found below, we tried to explain this more in-depth.  

Technically, a freshly enrolled DBA student starts with coursework to collect ECTS credits. Following the European Quality Framework regulations, a doctoral graduate has collected a total of 300 ECTS credits. One ECTS stands for 28 hours of study. Usually, a bachelor’s degree is 180 ECTS or 240 ECTS, and a master’s degree is 60, 90 or 120 ECTS.  

Phase 1: Coursework
To make sure all our DBA students are equipped with the right tools to conduct research on the doctoral level, we offer our students in the first phase coursework. That phase takes six months and is awarded with 30 ECTS credits. The courses are on research methods, quantitative methods & techniques, and qualitative methods & techniques. This first phase has a study load of 840 hours (30 ECTS x 28 hours), divide that by 26 weeks, totals 32 hours a week.  

An example week looks like this: 

Monday to Friday – study 3 hours a day
Saturday and Sunday – study 8 hours a day 

We do not recommend our students to read the books from cover to cover but see the first six months as an iterative process to come to an approved research proposal. Only study the aspects that are relevant to the research topic and work with your supervisor to determine those aspects.  

Phase 2: Research lab 
This phase is dedicated to data collection and analysis. Here you will work closely with your supervisor and work on the execution of your research proposal. The study load depends heavily on the way you manage your time. On average, students take 12 months for data collection and analysis.  

Phase 3: Doctoral thesis 
Writing the thesis usually takes three to five months to complete. After the final version of the thesis is ready and approved, it takes about two months for the Board of Examiners to assess and plan the oral exam. 

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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

At SSM Research Center you will find a variety of DBA programs. DBA Studies are one of the most challenging and highest rewarding levels in Higher Education. SSM Research Center has developed an outstanding Doctor of Business Administration Programs. These programs have unique features, which add significant values to graduates beyond the rewarding Doctor Degree.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

At SSM Research Center you will find a variety of PhD programs. A PhD is the highest university degree that is conferred after a course of study by universities in most English-speaking countries. PhDs are awarded for programs across the whole breadth of academic fields.

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