• International accreditation provided by IACBE

  • 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

PhD at Swiss School of Management

SSM Research Center offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program based on blended and online learning principles. The program is highly structured and internationally accredited by IACBE. Due to the blended learning aspects, there are no admissions deadlines. Individuals can start, pause, and finish whenever they want. Each DBA candidate receives a lot of support from a dedicated supervisor and a mentor, and access to digital libraries and live (digital) events. Joining the PhD program at SSM Research Center gets you access to our International Expert Group. In the following paragraphs, these reasons to start your PhD with SSM Research Center are explained in detail. To see the differences between a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the DBA, please read this article: PhD and DBA at Swiss School of Management.

[Last update 18th of June 2020] We are currently updating our program outline and other material to a post-Covid-19 situation.

IACBE accreditation helps to ensure that the business degree is of high-quality. IACBE-accredited programs have undergone a rigorous self-evaluation and on-site evaluation by highly-trained reviewers. In addition, the institution and its academic business unit have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in business education and are involved in a continuous quality improvement process based on the assessment of student learning outcomes. Our DBA program holds the IACBE accreditation so you can trust that the paperwork is in order.

We embraced blended and online learning principles in our academic offerings. This shows by our high-tech e-learning platform and other integrations of technology and forms of content and support. We try to minimize travel time and expenses for our DBA candidates so they can focus on a healthy work/life/study balance. With our blended and online learning approach, DBA candidates can study when and where they want. All required study material is found on the e-learning platform, we organize regular digital events for candidates to join and interact with professors, and throughout the academic year we host multi-day workshops in various parts of the world. Enrolled candidates get help with accessing multiple digital libraries to find resources for their research.

From our years of experience running DBA programs worldwide, we know that lots of candidates struggle with the academic process and employing a structure in their work. That is why we created our highly structured program combined with intensive support. Our DBA program is chopped into three phases and visualized in the 10-step program approach. From the start, enrolled candidates receive a comprehensive rubric showing them on which variables their deliverables are assessed, and we provide templates guiding our candidates through the process. Each DBA candidate gets a supervisor and a mentor appointed.

The supervisor is a highly experienced PhD holder with relevant knowledge and skills, he or she will be appointed based on the initial research proposal. Your supervisor is the second important individual during your DBA program. He or she will proactively reach out to you at least once a month to receive a progress report, he will give clear feedback on your work, he can spend a decent number of hours a year helping you, and the will guide you through the coursework.

Our mentors are dedicated individuals who help our candidates find their way around SSM Research Center. They will be in close communication with the DBA candidate and his supervisor. The mentor is something like a friend, a supporter, a motivator, an advocate, and a listener. You can use the mentor for non-essential, non-academic aspects of your doctoral journey.

At SSM Research Center, enrolled DBA candidates are the center of our business. We thrive on motivated and disciplined candidates and to help them reach the finish line, we must be flexible. One cannot control all things in life, that is why we offer the possibility to our candidates that they can tailor their learning program. There is only one hard deadline; one must finish within two years after enrollment. Applicants can start whenever they want because we do not have admissions deadlines. With this flexibility, our candidates can continue their day job earning while learning. This makes the program more affordable and accessible to those with a highly demanding day job. The flexibility is also shown in our policy regarding the research topic. We strongly advise DBA students to research something with a tight link to their daily work. In that way, students can work on their research simultaneously, reducing the additional hours required to do the work.

Embarking on a DBA-journey is a massive decision for all. It might be the very crown on one’s career or one of the hardest intellectual challenges one will face in their career. Our candidates are already successful in business before enrollment and what they all have learned is that together everyone achieves more. That is why SSM Research Center offers networking possibilities and help with personal branding throughout the process. All enrolled DBA candidates get their own section on our website, positioning themselves as an expert in their field. We also have a private LinkedIn group for all experts, supervisors, candidates, and alumni where members can share and connect with one another. Our supervisors are motivated to co-publish articles with their candidates and the mentors will train and coach candidates with digital personal branding.

As an institute for higher education, SSM wants to contribute the leaders of tomorrow that further social and economic development in their regions. Therefore, we promote a research agenda in our doctoral program. On that agenda we have a few fields that are key aspects of social and economic development, namely: competitiveness, logistics management, high performance organizations (HPO), small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship.

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10-step overview of the PhD at SSM

The PhD is designed as a part-time program for people who do not want to put their careers on hold. Using a combination of online learning, self-study, and face-to-face teaching, the Doctor of Philosophy allows you to undertake a substantial piece of research without interrupting your professional or academic working life. consists in general of three main consecutive stages: Coursework, Research lab, and Doctoral thesis. During those phases, students are guided and coached by their mentor and supervisor.

  • 3-year program, 6 semesters

  • 5,000 EURO per semester

  • Entry requirements: Master’s degree from an (inter)nationally accredited institute

  • No travel required. Online coursework and digital events

Individual study plan

The first step for applicants is drafting their initial research proposal. This is a 10-page document answering the most important aspect of the intended research. SSM Research Center supplies a template for candidates to use to speed up the process. Candidates do not have to think about structure, we have provided it already. It is wise to start with the initial research proposal as soon as possible and complete this step within two weeks after enrollment. The candidate’s supervisor will review and give feedback on it. During the application process, applicants write an essay of 1,000-2,000 words with the core of the initial research proposal.

Our Research Agenda

As an institute for higher education, SSM wants to contribute the leaders of tomorrow that further social and economic development in their regions. Therefore, we promote a research agenda in our doctoral program. On that agenda we have a few fields that are key aspects of social and economic development, namely: competitiveness, logistics management, high performance organizations (HPO), small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) an entrepreneurship & social and economic development.

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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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