Doctor of Professional Studies

The Doctor of Professional Studies program is designed to meet the requirements of high performing working professionals who wish to influence professional practice and contribute to new knowledge. The innovative program is offered in three streams: 1. By Published Works; 2. By Work-Based Learning, and 3. Executive Coaching. The Doctor of Professional Studies program is open to all professional areas. The focus of the program is unique as it is tailored to the context of the candidate’s professional work environment and activities in combination with their own specific area of interest and expertise. During the program candidates will critically review their own contributions to knowledge made to establish further learning.

  • The program focuses on the candidate’s professional working environment and activities and places the candidate at the center of its unique and personalized study.
  • The program recognizes the candidate’s contributions to, and influence made in their professional work environment, the creation of knowledge and applied practice of doctoral level activities.
  • During the program candidates will perform a comprehensive individual critique of any prior published works, develop new works, and derive further learning from the knowledge outcomes by placing their professional knowledge in a wider context.
  • The program is completed online via the Monarch Digital Campus. There is no requirement to attend campus.

Program Delivery

During the program you will be in close contact with your program professor who will advise you on how to structure your research proposal, manuscript and prepare you for the presentation to meet the doctoral criteria. Your course professor will be your primary support during your stay in the program. The program is completed online using the Monarch Executive Institute’s Learning Management System known as Nobilis365, enabling candidates to continue working during the program. During the program you will have access to the learning materials and resources available on the Monarch Digital Campus. Due to the fully digitalized learning environment, there is no requirement to attend campus.

PROGRAM STREAMS

Candidates may choose the stream that best suits their professional situation and research goals. The focus of the program is unique as it is tailored to the context of the candidate’s professional work environment and activities in combination with their own specific area of interest and expertise. The program is primarily concerned with knowledge that is generated and used in your practice.

Published Works

Includes traditional written form like books and book chapters, scholarly works, edited texts, specialist reports prepared for government departments. Published works must be available in the public domain and not be self-published. Candidate may publish additional scholarly articles while registered in the program. The body of work may not include any material older than ten years.

Download The DProf-PW Brochure

Work-Based Learning

The Doctor of Professional Studies by Work-Based Learning is designed for working professionals who are committed to their field of professional practice. Candidates are interested to develop and build-out their skills to identify and drive opportunities for innovation in their working environment. The program is primarily concerned with knowledge that is generated and used in the working environment.

Download The DProf-WBL Borchure

Professional Coaching

Designed to meet the requirements of high performing professionals working in a professional context which has a strong focus on executive coaching and who are looking for advanced personal development. You will undertake a critical reflection upon your professional coaching practice and design  a doctoral level practice–based research project within your own organization or workplace.

Download The DProf-Coaching Brochure

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.

Certification

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.

Program Structure

Research Skills

In the Research skills module you will develop the skills and qualifications required to perform critical review of your published works.

Research Proposal

You will develop a 10 to 15 page detailed research proposal which will serve as the basis for your manuscript. The proposal includes a critical review of your own published works and critique of your contributions to knowledge.

Manuscript

You will compose a 20,000 – 25,000 word manuscript, excluding the published works, which considers a review of the published works resulting in managerial key takeaways for application in your professional work environment.

Presentation

You will present your research to an expert panel. With the successful completion of the examination, you will be awarded the Doctorate in Professional Studies by Published Works.

The Doctor of Professional Studies by Published Works is an unique program that recognizes the important contribution of working professionals within industry. Many professionals already have a portfolio of work that has made a contribution to the knowledge in their industry and can be officially recognized as such within academics. The DProf program enables the practitioner to highlight their contribution and place it within an academic setting thereby obtaining the recognition of their peers. This program opens up a pathway for recognition for many professionals which has remained unavailable in the past. It truly is an unique opportunity.
Dr. Ostende - Director of the Doctor of Professional Studies Program

The Monarch Doctor of Professional Studies program enabled me to take my body of research work in neuroscience and management and place it into a coherent whole for presentation for a higher degree. I had already been working for several years in the field both in industry and academia and had publishing many books and conference proceedings. Monarch enabled me to take that body of work, create an academic coherency around it and have it recognized as a substantial contribution. I am proud to be a graduate of the Monarch DProf program.
Dr. Justin Kennedy - Doctor of Professional Studies Graduate - South Africa

Program Duration & Entry Requirements

Admission

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Since these programs are professionally oriented your work experience will be the determining factor for registration.  Entry to the Published Works stream will be assessed on the quality and the coherence of your publications and your intended research focus. When the application is successful, a program professor will be assigned to you at the start of your program.

Duration

The DProf-PW has a variable duration of between 1 and 3 years depending on the number of acceptable published works brought into the program. The standard duration for the DProf-WBL and the DProf-Coaching is 36 months. The DProf-PW may be extended to 4 years. The DProf-WBL and DProf-Coaching may be extended to 5 years.

Award

Doctor of Professional Studies will be awarded by Monarch Business School Switzerland.

Tuition Fees - Published Works

Tuition fee is for 15,000 Euros and covers the 24 months period and can be paid in installments: Tuition fees in the first year are 10,000 Euros; second year of study tuition fees are 5,000 Euros. Extension beyond the second year incurs an annual fee of 5,000 Euros. Candidates have a maximum of 4 years to complete the program.

Tuition Fees - Work-Based Learning

Tuition fee is for 25,000 Euros and covers the 36 months period and can be paid in installments: Tuition fees in the first year are 10,000 Euros; second year of study tuition fees are 10,000 Euros; third year of studies tuition fees are 5,000 Euros. Extension beyond the thord year incurs an annual fee of 5,000 Euros. Candidates have a maximum of 5 years to complete the program.

Tuition Fees - Executive Coaching

Tuition fee is for 25,000 Euros and covers the 36 months period and can be paid in installments: Tuition fees in the first year are 10,000 Euros; second year of study tuition fees are 10,000 Euros; third year of studies tuition fees are 5,000 Euros. Extension beyond the thord year incurs an annual fee of 5,000 Euros. Candidates have a maximum of 5 years to complete the program.

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