Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at International University in Geneva

Doctorate Programs

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA)




Doctoral Symposium: 26th September 2015


If you're ready to take the next step in your career development, DBA or DPA could be just what you're looking for (entry date: 1st October)


The cohort based Doctorate programs are collaboration between Plymouth University ( and IUG ( and are specifically designed so that participants can study while continuing to work full-time. The DBA and DPA degree is awarded by Plymouth University, one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The Sunday Times Guide 2011 has named Plymouth as one of the top three modern universities in the UK. IUG is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education and is ranked among the top ten universities in Switzerland.

Why DBA and DPA?

DBA and DPAs are part time research based programs in business and public administration with the aim to prepare business managers and future leaders. These degrees are academically rigorous and provide practical professional qualification. They are designed to enable participants to synthesize and develop professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability.


Furthermore, participants will enhance their personal and professional development by fueling their research curiosity, learn the importance of critical thinking and decision making and prepare themselves to address the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s business and public policy environment.


Many of the students work full time while pursuing the DBA or DPA. These degrees whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate to advance professional practice.


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The Program has two phases:

Phase 1: Theory and Research techniques (18-24 months)

Students will complete 6 compulsory modules, along with 6 assignments. Each module is delivered through a seminar. Five of these are held at IUG and one at Plymouth University. These seminars cover interaction between theory and practice, reflexive and reflective methodological approaches, data collection methods, competing paradigms of inquiry and data analysis techniques to conducting, writing up and publishing research to doctoral standards.


Each seminar is of 3 days duration (from Friday to Sunday). Attendance for the seminars is compulsory.


The successful completion of the 6 modules, with the help of assigned supervisors, will lead to the research proposal.


Phase 2: DBA/DPA research and thesis completion (24 months)

Participants who successfully complete Phase 1 will be to promoted to candidacy status and continue with their research, finally producing a thesis. This will be done under the guidance of assigned supervisors at Plymouth University. Attendance of conferences and doctoral symposia, where students can present their work and findings and receive support from faculty and fellow DBA candidates, will be encouraged.


Minimum Requirement

  • MA/MBA degree


Entry Date

1st October (there is only one intake per year in October).


Tuition Breakdown



  Home / EU (per year) International & Islands (per year)
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) years 1 and 2 UK£ 10'050 UK£ 10'050
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA years 3, 4 and 5) and Doctor of Public Administration (DPA years 3 and 4) UK£ 4'150 UK£ 4'150



The normal duration of the doctoral degrees is 4 years and for the DBA is 5 years..

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the DBA or DPA program must submit the following documents (ALL TOGETHER):

• A completed application form

Research proposal using the Harvard referencing system

• Scanned copies of transcripts and official degree certificates in English

• Scanned copies of reference letters

• English proficiency test: either IELTS (min score 6.5) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number is 0130

• CV

• Copy of valid passport

• Two passport size photos

• Proof of sponsorship (if appropriate)


A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 200.-  download here


For further information please contact Professor Surabhi Aggarwal: or


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