Executive DBA

Executive Doctor of Business Administration is a two-year research-based program for the professionals who wish to evaluate their managerial and professional background and develop their knowledge through a practical research in the different field of business administration.

The main difference between Executive DBA and DBA programs is the first year of studies. DBA has series of courses during the first year, and the students must pass the Grand Final Exam at the end of the first year to be able to start their thesis. Executive DBA has only one course which is Research and Methodology in additional to seminars and workshops in different fields of business administration.

An Executive DBA places emphasis on the novel application of theory, rather than the creation and testing of theory.

Sabi University’s Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Executive DBA) places great emphasis on highly relevant, workplace-based research by producing truly actionable knowledge, which is pertinent to the student’s field of expertise rather than narrowly defined theoretical research.

The Sabi University’s Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Executive DBA) program is designed for managers, professionals, and executives looking to develop their management skills and knowledge.



The Executive Doctor of Business Administration program takes an innovative approach, fostering learning through engagement and action. Students expand their actionable knowledge through pre-recorded lectures, flipped interactive classroom discussions, case studies, assignments, seminars, additional reading materials and through active research using appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods.

The core curriculum of the Executive DBA program consists of contemporary management topics. 

Alongside the core modules, students each writes a Doctoral Development Plan (DDP) reflecting on their development as doctoral practitioners and researchers. The DDP helps students obtain doctoral-level professional knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed for leading businesses and organizations.

Students complete their qualification with an original thesis based on a critical project undertaken in their organization. Unlike traditional academic thesis for Ph.D. research, this thesis is designed to produce new, actionable knowledge for immediate use.

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration is designed with the understanding that most senior and middle managers will change positions and organizations throughout their career. By focusing on building critical reflection, critical thinking, and doctoral-level skills, students graduate with knowledge and expertise, which they can apply to a variety of organizational and managerial settings. The program provides students with the following competencies:

  • Doctoral level awareness and understanding of multiple aspects of business, management, and leadership
  • The ability to create and integrate new theories, techniques, and information
  • An in-depth knowledge of research design, research methodology, and research management
  • Capacity to enter and work in a variety of organizational contexts and to innovate and manage 
  • The knowledge to resolve complex business management problems applying innovative and creative 
  • The ability to succinctly present scholarly research to both academic and non-academic audiences
  • Thought leadership for organizational change
  • These competencies are achieved through successful completion of the following course components.
  • The SABI University’s Doctor of Business Administration program is comprised of 120 ECTS/60 US credit hours. The program requires 104 weeks (two years) to complete.



As part of the Executive DBA program, each student will prepare a Doctoral Development Plan. The DDP is a summary of the entire dissertation project and, therefore, should not be more than 15 pages long. A successful DDP requires strong summarization skills. The DDP must include the following elements:

  • Thesis purpose: How will the dissertation add knowledge to the existing literature? Is may refute claims made by a prior research study? The goal should be clear and concise.
  • Population and sample: The DDP should describe the target population on which the study will be carried out, the sample as well as the sampling techniques that will be used in obtaining the sample
  • The methodology: the research design, data collection methods and instruments, data analysis and data reporting techniques that will be used.
  • Results/findings: a brief statement of the results expected from the data collection and analysis.



Sabi University’s DBA candidates must meet the following requirements to apply for the DBA program:

  • Proficiency in the English language*
    • IELTS Score: 6.5
    • TOEFL Score: 85
    • C1 level according to CEFR
  • Master degree
  • Transcripts from previous studies
  • At least 10 years work experience
  • Motivation Letter in English (maximum 150 words)

*Applicants from non-English speaking countries must also provide a language certificate: IELTS score of 6.5 points, TOEFL score of 85 points or take the English language test offered by Sabi University. Students can also participate in Sabi University’s Advance English program before starting their studies.




Application Fee $US 150
Registration Fee $US 150
Tuition Fee $US 18000
Graduation Fee $US 500
Total $US 18800

Sabi University online doctoral studies is ranked as one of the TOP 10 International Distance Doctoral Program - http://www.online-phd-programs.org/top-international-online-phd-programs/


Students with superior academic records may request the admission committee for allowing them to transfer their previous credits to the Sabi University. The granting of an accelerated study is wholly at the admission committee’s discretion.

To be eligible, students must provide:

  • Official transcript of their previous studies including all information about received credits
  • Their previous studies must be done in an accredited or state-recognized higher education institute

Students who believe that they meet the above requirements should inform the admission office immediately after submission of application.

If students meet all of the above conditions, they should take the following steps:

  • Pass an Evaluation Exam
  • Attend an interview with the program director or representative of the admission committee



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