The doctoral program in Business Administration at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) is an applied research-based program designed to produce innovative business leaders and responsible professionals with a sustainable impact on themselves, their organizations, and their industries. It is targeted towards executives who desire to implement responsible and ethical business practices for long-term sustainable business strategies. The program explores opportunities for change by leveraging new technologies, scientific discoveries, human development, and organizational capabilities and resources to address global environmental, social, and economic challenges.

Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in the United States and the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ) in Switzerland. The doctoral program at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) has been collaborating with aSSIST University since 2021, allowing students to obtain a dual doctoral degree in Business Administration from both Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) and aSSIST University upon successful completion of the degree requirements.

Degree Overview

To meet the requirements for the doctoral degree in Business Administration at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS), you need to complete 36 credits. This includes 32 credits for major courses in business administration, research methodology, and overseas courses, and 4 credits for dissertation guidance. The program has modular structure and follows a four-week learning cycle. The courses are mainly conducted in Korean, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Remarks : Required to complete a total of 36 credits.

1) Required Credits : 32 credits

  • Research Methodology : 22 credits
  • Major Courses in Business Administration : 12 credits
  • Dual Degree Program from overseas institutions
    : 4 credits

2) Required Credits : 4 credit

  • Research Credits (Group Seminar&Colloquium, dissertation guidance)
    : 6 credits

* Note: One module consists of a total of 15 hours (1 credit per module).
* Note: For students entering after the first semester of the 2022 academic year, it is required to complete 1 additional credit of general education course through MBS(Management Book Society) to obtain a doctoral degree at aSSIST. (Total of 37 credits, including 1 credit from MBS.)

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Course Content

The doctoral program in Business Administration at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) is designed to support students who engage in practice-based research in their professional activities. The program consists of three main stages: the first stage focuses on development of research methodology, the second stage covers the general business topics, and the final stage involves submitting a dissertation and passing an oral defense. During the first two stages of program, students engage in online learning through study materials, discussions, and interaction with course leaders, with guidance from two academic advisors.

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The doctoral program in Business Administration at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) starts in March (spring semester) and September (fall semester) every year. Application deadlines are posted on the website about 5 months prior to the start of each semester. Applicants who meet the following criteria can apply by clicking the “Online Application” button.


Masters Degree

Applicants with a master’s degree from an accredited university (including expected graduates) or with equivalent academic qualifications.

5+ Years Work Experience

Applicants with more than 5 years of work experience.


  • aSSIST University Online Application
  • Document Submission Confirmation
  • Proof of Work Experience
  • Certificate of Work Experience
  • English Proficiency Test Certificate
  • Application for Admission to an overseas institution
  • Resume in English
  • Recommendation Letter in English
  • Official Diploma or Certificate of Graduation in English
  • Official Academic Transcript in English
  • Motivation Letter
  • Copy of Passport
  • Letter of Consent: Release of Information Form


Application Fee

80,000 won

Admission Fee

800,000 won

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: 14,350,000 won per semester

Other Expenses: 1,175,000 won per semester

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