Doctoral Programs

 Online Doctoral Programmes

Doctor of Business Administration


The DBA program is aimed at outstanding managers, who hold a masters degree, and want to enhance their professional practice combining academic rigor and managerial relevance. The goal is to contribute to the state of the art knowledge in their chosen area of study through management research within current and future work settings.

ANU's DBA Programme is accredited by the World Certification Institute.



Required documents to download:

Application Form

Registration Sheet for the DBA Students


EDS is the ANU's global online registration system. You can verify your student status, your diploma and you can download your Degree Thesis anywhere, anytime.

Sample EDS DBA-account (for reference only): Name:"ANOU DBA"   ID:dbaano34    password:anou



What is distinctive about the ANU Online DBA?

ANU (Alfred Nobel University) is a private higher education institution, which converges the qualification, the postgraduate course, the scientific research, the connected services and the consultation in the given specialities by the supplement.

The ANU DBA is similar (not equal) to the academic PhD, but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their workplace activities. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be highly applicable within their organisation.

It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities at an advanced level through the study of elective modules. These capabilities will feed into, and be evaluated through, the participant's research project.

Because senior professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, sometimes over many years, the DBA provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning. It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability for undertaking high-level, practice-based research within their own workplace.

At the end of the course specialized symposium & conference will be organized for the participants by our Institutions in Europe. According to our practise the ceremony of the presentation of diploma, degree certificate will be held during the symposium & conference.   

Participants' study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations.

For EDS (Educational Data System) please click here: nobeluniv.com                          


Course structure

The course is divided into two main phases: the first for a minimum of four semester (6 months) each, and the second continues for a minimum of one further years.

The first phase is exchangeable with professional experience (see below).

 Throughout the course, which is studied part time, your focus is on your professional activity in an organisational context. The DBA provides a structured framework for critically understanding your work-based activity, and equips you to operate as a reflective professional practitioner. The research project provides an opportunity for you to critically evaluate the learning you have achieved while leading significant change in the workplace, and to express this in writing in a systematic way that is both informed by and informs relevant theory.


Phase 1: Online courses - Recognition and accreditation of prior learning or professional experience (180 credits)


The conditions of the acquiration of the credits:
 - Completion of the modules 
 - Verification of the prior learning
 - Certification of the professional experience (minimum 5 years)

The subjects of  Phase 1 can be grouped in 3 modules:

  • The subjects of the first modul (Compulsory Units) are mandatory for every student.
  • The subjects of the second modul can be acceptable based on the students’ previous knowledge and educational background.
  • The Optional Units are not obligatory. Students have to choose units from this modul in a minimum of 60 Credits.

See the Curriculum in the DBA Brochure


Phase 2: Project and Thesis (60 Credits)

This module provides students with a means of applying the research skills gained during Phase 1 to a substantial project focused on their evolving role as change leaders within their organisation. The project provides a context in which the candidate will integrate and develop further their professional practitioner skills and knowledge. The project topic will be chosen in discussion with the academic adviser and the candidate's chosen consultant(s), and will have major outcomes in terms of personal professional development, organisational benefits and broader relevance to the professional community to which the candidate belongs. The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organizational issue or problem.


The conditions of the acquiration of the credits:

 - Preparing the DBA thesis
 - Supporting declarations of two reviewers
 - Thesis defence

Subject Focus

The ANU DBA recognises that professional practice is grounded in real organisations, and often in specific disciplines, and that practitioners taking the course will often belong to specific professional bodies. In order to recognise and harness the subject- and profession-specific nature of practitioners' individual practice, those taking the DBA will be encouraged to build learning relationships with other candidates working in similar spheres of activity. In addition, specialist subject and professional advice will be available from expert and highly experienced staff within the ANU’s institutions, especially in the following areas:

 - Accounting,
 - business,
 - economics,
 - enterprise,
 - finance,
 - human resource management and development,
 - law,
 - management,
 - marketing.

In addition, expertise may be drawn from other relevant areas across the ANU, including:

 - Business information systems,
 - information technologies,
 - media sciences and public realtions,
 - computer sciences,
 - knowledge management,
 - social science,
 - politics,
 - psychology,
 - development studies,
 - risk management.

International entry requirements

We accept the equivalent of the master degree qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification (UK Level 7, PGCE, PGCert, ISCED 5, MA, MSc). To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please contact us (info@anou.education

Further details and requirements of the thesis: DBA