Why Stop at a Master’s? Introducing upGrad’s Doctor of Business Administration with Swiss School Business Management

Do you want to stand out among the numerous MBAs? Do you want to become a thought leader in your industry? 

DBA programs are becoming increasingly popular globally as companies are actively looking for specialized management professionals who can take on the unique challenges of their industries. Even though there’s a lot of demand for DBA professionals, there aren’t sufficient professionals with this qualification available in the market. 

If you want to advance your management career and become a sought-after expert, then it would be best for you to join our Global Doctor of Business Administration program. This article will throw more light on this program and help you understand why now is the best time to join this course:

About our Doctor of Business Administration program

Our DBA program is a 2-year online degree program. It’s designed specifically for working professionals so you wouldn’t have to interrupt your career to join this program. As it’s an online program, you can learn from anywhere at any time, making it a highly flexible course. 

You can complete this program part-time and within two years, which is a huge advantage because most doctorate programs last for 3-5 years. By the end of two years, you’d be a specialised management professional with a DBA degree from one of the most renowned business schools in the world. 

You only need to have a master’s degree (or equivalent) or 5+ years of professional work experience to be eligible for this program. You will receive one-on-one thesis supervision and international academic support during the course. 

It is suitable for working professionals who want to transition into the C-suite and senior management professionals who want to become experts in their industries. 

The program offers 12+ specialisations including: 

  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science
  • Finance
  • International Business Leadership
  • Energy Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship

The following points will provide you with additional information about our DBA program: 

About SSBM Geneva and upGrad

The Swiss School of Business Management is an innovative global school with over 30 industry partners and offers Swiss quality education and excellence. They are accredited by EduQua. 

SSBM Geneva focuses on helping their students acquire critical thinking and reflection habits so they can understand today’s society. Their faculty and collaborators offer consulting, teaching, and project-based services to over 70 international and national companies. 

upGrad has delivered more than 20 million hours of learning and has collaborated with universities across the world including IIT Madras, Deakin Business School, Duke CE, IIIT Bangalore, 

upGrad topped the LinkedIn top startups 2020 list and has been among the top online education companies in India. 

The support and infrastructure of both of these organizations ensure that you get a smooth learning experience. 

Program Structure

Our DBA program has four stages:

Research Methodology I

This phase lasts for 2-6 months after the program starts where you write a Concept Paper. The Concept Paper is a summary of a minimum of 2-3 pages and a maximum of six pages that gives a high-level idea of what you’d like to research. It aims to capture your thoughts and ideas and reveal the intended research direction.

The mentor will check the project’s feasibility and give feedback on the topic. However, keep in mind that the concept paper is not an advanced academic paper nor a research proposal. 

Research Methodology II

This phase lasts for 2-6 months after you have completed the concept paper where you write the literature review. The literature review should have a minimum of 3-4 pages and a maximum of 15 pages. It should give the theoretical justification and highlight the gap between the past academic knowledge and the existing opportunities for new research. 

Keep in mind that the literature review doesn’t necessarily have to be 100% complete at this stage. Once you have completed the literature review, the mentor will review the same. 

Research Proposal

This stage lasts for up to 1 year after you have completed the literature review. Here, you have to write the research proposal which should give details about what you will investigate, why it’s important and how you will do it.  

Your mentor will review your research proposal and send it to the Research Committee which approves it. Keep in mind that your research proposal should only use the provided template. It would have the Cover Page, Introduction, Literature Review, Research Design, and Reference List. 

Thesis Writing

This is the final stage of the DBA program which lasts up to one after you have completed the literature review. Here, you will have to complete the final thesis after the Research Committee has approved the proposal. After you have completed the dissertation project in this stage of the program, you will receive your doctorate in business management degree from the Swiss School of Business Management. 

The upGrad Advantage

When you join our doctorate in business management program, you receive multiple additional benefits. First, you will get the opportunity to network with faculty, industry experts and accomplished professionals from 75+ countries.

You will have a dedicated student success mentor who will help you with all the non-academic issues and resolve doubts about those matters. 

The program has a dedicated Q&A forum where you will timely doubt resolution by peers and industry experts. Besides, you will receive personalized feedback on all of your submissions. 


Whether you want to become a domain expert or accelerate your professional growth, it would be best for you to join the doctorate in business management program we mentioned in this article. 

Alternatively, if you know someone who’s in management and wants to enhance their career prospects, do share this article with them. It can help them transform their professional life. 

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