Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dual Award Programme by VERN' University & IBES

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Programme Duration
DBA from both Vern & IBES
Assessed by Assignments and Dissertation
Study Routes
“Thesis Only” or “Modules + Thesis”

Earn an European Doctorate Degree

IBES and VERN'University, Croatia are now offering Dual Awards for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)! The mode of delivery is either fully online or blended learning where some face to face classes are conducted at IBES centres outside France. For the Hong Kong Center, these programmes are delivered fully online.

Why choose the Dual Programmes

  • Affordable and competitively priced tuition for a highly recognized degree
  • Exemptions available for those with recognised qualifications and career achievement
  • Flexible, self-paced study with all modules delivered online
  • Practical business curriculum, no stressful examinations
  • The DBA degree is achievable in 2 years

About Vern’ University

VERN' University is an international, open, creative, entrepreneurial university from Zagreb, Croatia. For the last 20 years, VERN' University has been a leading private university in Croatia and the region that currently offers 10 bachelor and 7 graduate programs. International mobility is an important factor at VERN' University. Both students and staff members are encouraged to take part in mobility activities, programs and work on projects, and VERN' is a host to a number of students from around Europe and the globe.

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Route 1: Mixed Mode

The DBA has a total of 120 ECT credits and comprises of 5 regular modules at 10 ECT credits each and a Thesis at 70 credits. The modules are:

  • Managing Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Research Methodology
  • Thesis

The DBA regular modules are assessed through coursework, assignments and/or work based reports. The Thesis shall be between 20,000 and 30,000 words.

Route 2: Research Mode

Students can opt for a more extensive 'Thesis only' route (120 ECT credits). Student must undertake a Research Methodology module prior to commencing their thesis research or be exempted from it should students have already undertaken a similar or equivalent Research Methodology module prior to enrolling on to the programme.

Following the Research Methodology module, students have to submit a Thesis Proposal, and a supervisor will be assigned to a student who, under the guidance of the supervisor, shall continue to work towards completing the Final Thesis of around 40,000 - 45,000 words.


Upon successful completion of all required modules / components, the thesis and the oral defense, students will gain a dual award and be awarded a DBA from IBES as well as VERN.

Entry Requirements

  • A Master's degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution; or
  • A professional qualification equivalent to a Master degree; and
  • English language proficiency in order to participate in the programme conducted in English

Course Contents

Managing Strategy
(10 ECT credits)
Corporate Finance
(10 ECT credits)
Managing Human Resources
(10 ECT credits)
Marketing Management
(10 ECT credits)
Business Research Methodology
(10 ECT credits)
Thesis (Mixed Mode)
(70 ECT credits)
Thesis (Research Mode)
(120 ECT credits)

Admission Process

Step 1

Apply directly online now:

Step 2

Upon receiving all documents, the application will be processed and reviewed within one week.

Upon acceptance, an offer letter will be sent to you.

Step 3

Acceptance of Offer

Confirm your offer by signing the admission offer documents, paying program fees and attending a program briefing session in person or via the Internet.


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Student Support

Here are the student support services you'll receive:

  1. Personalized English Writing Mentoring Session
    Get one-on-one guidance and support for your English writing skills.
  2. Student Support Team Access
    Receive assistance with administrative matters from our dedicated support team.
  3. Academic
    Mentors: The mentors are available to provide academic support throughout your program.
  4. Program
    Induction Meeting: Attend an introductory meeting before the program begins to get acquainted with the details and requirements.


  1. Information is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.
  2. The course is a purely distance learning course and is therefore not subject to the registration requirement. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
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