Doctor of Business Administration

The DBA program is specifically formulated to support high achieving professionals reach their potential. The Doctor of Business Administration program focuses on developing a research based approach to managerial decision making. The program is designed for action oriented professionals looking to provide real world solutions to managerial problems. The ideal participant is a business owner, management consultant or business manager.

A Theme Based & Practice Orientation

The Doctor of Business Administration program is designed around the completion of core competencies and a Manuscript that focus on the current challenges facing business in today's integrated world. Candidates complete two tracks of study being: Coursework and Manuscript preparation. The coursework focuses on domain specific DBA knowledge while the Manuscript affords the DBA Candidate the opportunity to complete an in-depth applied research focused on a real-world managerial problem.


Participant progress is assessed through the submission of various assignments per module. The program concludes with the completion of a doctoral manuscript. There are no exams within the program.

Dual Degree (MBA / DBA)

At the successful completion of the program the candidate will be issued both the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Business Administration.

Modular Design

Candidates are able to progress through the program and develop their manuscript on a step-by-step basis providing a higher chance for completion.

Practical Application

The Doctor of Business Administration focuses on the acquisition of practical knowledge that is integrated through critical thinking to produce applied solutions to real world problems.

Doctoral Manuscript

Participants demonstrate their mastery of critical thinking by integrating theory and practice to produce actionable outcomes on a selected management problem. The manuscript is typically 175 to 200 pages in length.

3 Year Program - Fully Online - Rolling Admission


Monarch Digital Campus

Is the central hub for your studies. It is also your passport to success in your program at Monarch. As a graduate research institute technology is key to the smooth development of research. Monarch has used digital technology as a driver for research success within its various programs since its inception. From the MDC you can access the Monarch Cloud storage, the Nobilis Learning Management System and the suite of Microsoft Office 365 apps. The MDC also includes access to the Monarch Digital Library databases, access to the Dissertation Wikis, and the research database. All resources are available on mobile devices through the Google or iPhone store.


Monarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001). Monarch Business School is a member of EFMD-The Premiere European Accreditaiton Agency, ACBSP-the Association For Collegiate Business Schools & Programs, CEEMAN-The Central and Eastern European Management Association and ACUNS-The Academic Council of the United Nations System. See our accreditation page.

Francois-Aug-2015-150-175The Modular design of the Doctor of Business Administration program provides a level of flexibility that enables even the most busy professional to be a success. The program focuses on developing the necessary research skills so that evidenced based decision making can be developed within the Candidate. This is a critical skill required of all successful decision makers.

Dr. Francois Volschenk - Assistant Dean of the Faculty

BLOCK-Corrie-150-175I am a Canadian living in Dubai. I work as a Business Consultant all over the MENA region. There were only two pieces of non-negotiable criteria for me when choosing a DBA program: quality learning, and near total flexibility. I found both at Monarch. The Monarch DBA gave me high flexibility. I recommend it to any busy professional.

Dr. Corrie Block - Doctor of Business Administration Graduate, Dubai

DBA Program Candidates


Join the Monarch DBA and Take A Leadership Position In Your Organization