Doctorate in Business Administration.

The Aim of the Program

The Doctoral Program at the American Graduate School of Business aims to incrementally develop students’ higher-order business skills and competencies along with an enhanced emphasis on conducting and interpreting research. The DBA heavily emphasizes the theoretical formulation and conduct of research. Doctoral business students are typically exposed to a wider variety of readings involving journal and research articles, as opposed to predominantly textbook based material. DBA students are expected to perform at the highest level regarding the analysis and synthesis of a wide range of business material. DBA research can be ‘niche’ oriented and can involve a reasoned critique of existing theories and paradigms, and/or the formulation of theories of relevance to the scope of the thesis problem. AGSB faculty members will guide their dissertations.


  • Extend professional knowledge through research and the application of personal competencies.
  • Facilitate in-depth studies or particular areas in Business Administration.
  • Provide access to the latest academic tools and concepts.
  • Develop the ability to carry out independent research at an advanced level.


AGSB’s doctorate program is offered to professionals who wish to accomplish their managerial studies through research and applying practical aspects to learning for the future. It provides a flexible and independent alternative to traditional higher degree studies and is based on research and specialization in areas of professional practice. Our DBA students are business professionals looking to acquire additional qualifications as a researcher. Typically, they have significant business work experience and managerial knowledge, have already acquired an MBA (or a Masters in a Business discipline), and now desire to improve upon their knowledge as a business practitioner through research. Furthermore, those desirous of a career in academia or in a predominantly research function with a government/educational agency/economic think tank/other research-based agency are predominantly disposed to getting a DBA degree.


  • The student has to first terminate the research methodology module, to secure rapid progress in the completion of the program. It will provide the foundation in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Set of DBA modules, which are updated and modified each year, are offered throughout the year to support candidate’s learning objectives and successful research process.
  • Direct contact and guidance by highly qualified professors/experts to supervise the candidate’s research.
  • 75 credit hours of research methodology and modules/seminars.
  • A final Thesis report has to be submitted to the Academic counselor prior to the defense.


Entry to the doctorate program requires completion and graduation from a recognized graduate program. Graduates of non-American institutions of higher learning must be able to document that their degree is equivalent to a recognized Master’s degree. Certified translations in English are required for all records, not in English. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test is required for graduate-level applicants.  AGSB’s GMAT institution code number is 0709. The GMAT may be waived upon evaluation of an applicant’s academic and/or employment records. A request for waiver must be made in a letter addressed to the AGSB Admissions department.


  1. Application Form: Applicants must submit a completed and signed application form.
  2. Application Fee: Payment can be made by bank transfer into the American Graduate School of Business bank account at the Crédit Suisse. Please be sure that your name is included on the bank transfer notice. (CHF 250.-)
  3. Passport: Copy of your valid passport.
  4. Photographs: Six (6) passport size photographs must be included with the application form that is submitted to AGSB. Most of these photographs are required by the local authorities and for student visas.
  5. Recommendations: One (1) confidential letter of recommendation from instructors or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s past performance must be sent directly to AGSB. Certified translations must also be submitted for all letters, not in English.
  6. CV: A brief written account of the applicant’s strengths and accomplishments. Include personal details, education, work experience, other qualifications and career expectations.
  7. Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all applicable academic work done at the secondary or university-level institutions in the past five (5) years. Transcripts must be sent directly by the institutions to AGSB. Certified translations must also be submitted for all documents, not in English.
  8. Evidence of expected English level. At least 550 / 80points score in a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). AGSB code is 9756. At least 6.0 score in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


All students are required to write a personal essay in English. When the student is accepted, this essay will remain as the first component of his/her portfolio. The essay or motivation letter should be at least 500 words in length. You should tell the story of your academic development and any other work experience you have had in a first-person narrative. You should explain your reasons for applying and what is your research project, and why do you have an interest in this research.


AGSB operates on a rolling admission basis. The school, therefore, needs completed application paperwork as well as all academic records and applicable fees to be received by the admissions office within a minimum of four weeks before the start of each term. When accepted, prospective students will receive an official Letter of Acceptance and an invitation to enroll. At this time, students will also be advised with further information that would be needed in order to complete a student record file.


AGSB operates within a term based system. The academic year begins in September and ends in July with three academic terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring) offered during this period:
Fall Term:            Sept to Dec
Winter Term:      Jan to April
Spring Term:      April to July

There are 10 (10) weeks of study per term, including one week of examinations and for the fall term, one week of orientation, which makes a total of 30 scheduled weeks in the year. There are twelve (12) holiday weeks per year, 4 weeks beginning in December, 2 weeks in April and 8 weeks from the end of July. Examination periods usually occur in the middle and at the end of each term. Holiday periods vary, but there is usually one short break in December, another break in Spring as well as a longer break in July/August.

Tuition Fees

Application Fee (Non-refundable): CHF 200
Admission Fee (Non-refundable): CHF 1’500
DBA Tuition (3 years): CHF 60’000
Dissertation Fee: CHF 2’500
Graduation Fee: CHF 300

There are some expenses that are not covered by the program fees, and all students will be liable for these as appropriate:

  • Health Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Social activities/trips
  • Photocopying costs
  • Books

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