Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

With a Master’s degree from HWZ, you may apply to our DBA program. This offers you a straightforward approach to your dissertation. Depending on the individual situation, you may be able to finish the DBA within three to four years.


Who should do a DBA?

  • Professionals seeking business careers as independent experts, consultants, heads of research centres or heads of educational institutions.
  • Individuals interested in writing research reports, academic articles, books or guidelines.
  • People interested in leading teams of researchers, academics and experts.
  • People interested in research methods, business analysis, development of new concepts, analytic modelling and Data Analysis

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor and Master degree (Master of Science, Master of Arts, EMBA, MBA).
    A MAS degree does not qualify for the DBA program
  • Five years leadership experience (project and/or line management)
  • English skills (test result or native speaker)
  • Submission of a research proposal
  • Resident in Switzerland

Please contact the course director before submitting any documents. Admission to the DBA is limited.

Next start date: November 2021

Academic Degree

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Max. 80% workload recommended


Zurich; Sihlhof (three-minute walk from Zurich’s main train station);
Paris (Campus Audencia)


Approximately 3-4 years, depending on student’s progress

Start: November



Partner Audencia Business School

Our partner Audencia offers the DBA Program to suit the lifestyle of executives wishing to combine their practical expertise with the highest level of management training. Studying on the DBA is flexible as participants can choose to take courses online or face to face at the Audencia Paris campus. Audencia’s experienced DBA faculty delivers courses and seminars at the Audencia campus in Paris over weekends. Participants have the choice to join in person or online. The taught courses enable participants to develop their skills in management research and to engage with cutting-edge research topics and themes in different management domains. Participants develop advanced management research competencies during the first part of the program through taught courses, enabling them to continue to develop the research for their doctoral thesis under the supervision of HWZ and Audencia faculty.

Accreditation and recognition

Audencia Business School is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). It is among the top 1% business school in the world to have the triple crown (Triple accreditation).


Portrait Michael Grund, Studiengangsleiter HWZ

Prof. Dr. Michael Grund, Course Director

+41 43 322 26 19

Portrait Britta Zepf

Britta Zepf, Program Operations Manager

+41 43 322 26 33

Master Office

General information on the HWZ and the Master program can be obtained from the master office.

Registration & Information

HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration
Lagerstrasse 5
CH-8021 Zürich
Phone: +41 43 322 26 88
Office: 609, 6th floor

Office hours

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8.00 – 12.00 / 13.00 – 17.00
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