The Franklin Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is an applied research doctorate designed to accompany innovative business leaders in the process of business transformation to produce lasting impact on themselves as responsible business professionals, on their organization and on the industry in which they operate. It is aimed at executives who experience the urge for innovation and implementation of responsible and ethical business practices in favor of long-term sustainable business strategies. Candidates explore the opportunities for change by combining the organizational competences and resources with the world’s environmental, societal and economic challenges leveraging on the emerging technologies, scientific discoveries and human development. Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) is accredited in the United States by MSCHE (Middle States Commission for Higher Education) and in Switzerland by AAQ (Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance).This new Executive DBA dual-degree program is just now opening in 2021. It is completed in tandem with a PhD in Business Administration from aSSIST University.

Degree Overview

To fulfill the requirements for this Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth 36 credits. Studies include 32 course credits, a thesis (4 credits), and thesis defense in Switzerland. The DBA can be completed in as little time as 2 years. The program has a modular structure and follows a four-week learning cycle. Courses are delivered mostly in Korean language on Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm.

Research Methods Core
Business Topics Core
Concentration (Choose One)
Research Colloquiums
Combined DBA and PhD Thesis Defense in Switzerland
Note: One module is comprised of total 15 hours (1 credit per module). Elective courses are subject to change without notice.

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Course Content

What will you study on the DBA Doctor of Business Administration?

This DBA is designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research in their workplace activities. The program is divided into three main phases: Year one focuses on developing research skills, year two covers general business topics, and the final step is submitting a thesis research project and passing an oral defense. During the first two phases of the program, your study is undertaken either online on in-person through study resources, discussions, interaction with course leaders, and you are supported by two academic advisors. For the third phase of the program of study, you undertake a major research project that focuses on work you are undertaking in your organization as a senior professional, typically in a change leadership role.

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The application period for studies beginning March 1st, 2021. Due date of the deadline for the DBA/PhD dual-degree with Franklin University is January 29. You are eligible to apply if you meet the criteria listed below. Start your electronic application by clicking the "apply online" button.


Masters Degree

Masters (or expected graduate) degree from an accredited college or university.

5+ Years Work Experience

More than 5 years of work experience including 3 years of professional job experience.


  • Application Form
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Certificate of Work Experience
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official English Proficiency Test Certificate (TOEIC score above 700)
  • Passport Size Photos
  • Copy of Passport
  • Document Submission Form


Application Fee

80,000 won

Enrollment Fee

800,000 won

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: 14,350,000 won per semester

Services Fee: 1,175,000 won per semester

Thesis Exam Fee

1,000,000 won

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