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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
study flexible alongside your job!

Degree: Doctor of Business Administration

Applications open for summer 2024

  • 3 years duration of study
  • Study flexible while working
  • Strong practical orientation
  • Internationally recognised doctorate (PhD / Dr.) Level 8 MQF
  • Career advancement and permanently higher salary
  • Flexible online elements
  • Renowned professors & lecturers from the industry
  • Fair Pricing


Do you have an MBA or another master’s degree in management and some professional experience? Do you now want to really take off and crown your professional career with a doctorate?

Our doctoral program offers you the opportunity for a further career step and a management position in the private sector. You can complete the Doctor of Business Administration while working thanks to our virtual study concept (a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning).

Enroll now at Triagon Academy for the brand new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)!

Overview of the Doctor of Business Administration

Degree: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Duration: 6 Semesters (3 Years)
Study Model: Full-Time – Flexible mode
Full-Time – Flexible mode:
  • Online study programme via e-learning and webinars through our learning platform
  • Virtual face-to-face live attendance periods usually on weekends
Service Study Centers Locations: Malta, Germany: Ismaning (near Munich), Berlin, Unna (near Cologne); Switzerland: Berne; Austria: Vienna
Accreditation: Internationally accredited by the MFHEA (Malta Further and Higher Education Authority)
Price: €18,600 (introductory price)

Doctor of Business Administration: What is it about?

For your doctorate, we offer you the Triagon “Doctor of Business Administration” (DBA ).

This doctoral program is aimed at master’s graduates from the management field who can already demonstrate several years of professional experience.

You obtain the respective doctorate by means of an independent research and innovation project (doctoral thesis) in the subject areas of management, leadership, innovation or a topic related to your work. Your focus is on application-oriented research to provide direct answers for your entrepreneurial activities.

You can therefore continue your career without interruption and acquire an internationally recognized doctoral degree alongside your job, and use the “Dr.” title in front of your name.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is an internationally recognized degree after at least three years of doctoral studies at the 3rd level of the Bologna Classification.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) ist ein international anerkannter Abschluss nach einem mindestens dreijährigen Promotionsstudium auf der 3. Ebene der Bologna-Klassifikation (Level 8 MQF).

Expert Opinion

“Our study concepts are geared to the special requirements of working practitioners and managers. Students’ personal development is promoted through the application of theoretical knowledge and methods in their own professional practice. This is complemented by elements of modern management development such as the use of selected learning and reflection techniques. The degree program at the School of Management & Law stands for managerial education at an internationally high level.”
Amadeus Werner, B.A., M.Ed. international management and education management
Head of School Management & Law


Expert Opinion

“Our study concepts are geared to the special requirements of working practitioners and managers. Students’ personal development is promoted through the application of theoretical knowledge and methods in their own professional practice. This is complemented by elements of modern management development such as the use of selected learning and reflection techniques. The degree program at the School of Management & Law stands for managerial education at an internationally high level.”
Amadeus Werner, B.A., M.Ed. international management and education management
Head of School Management & Law

Recognition and Accreditation of the Study Programme

Triagon is a Higher Education Institution with international accreditation. Our institution meets the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).

This has been confirmed by the distinguished German accreditation agency ACQUIN, which is a full member of EQAR. The programme accreditation and the institutional accreditation were granted in full and without any conditions.

In addition, all degree programmes are accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA), at levels 6 (Bachelor), 7 (Master) and 8 (Doctorate) of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) respectively.

All Triagon degrees are internationally recognised and strictly adhere to the standards and requirements for higher education laid out in the Bologna Process. All study programmes offered by Triagon enable students to pursue further studies (e.g. a Master's degree or a doctorate) on an international level.

Three-Year Flexible Doctoral Programme – Online 

This awaits you:

  • Online learning platform for your self-study
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Virtual live doctoral seminars on weekends
  • Expert workshops
  • Case study-based learning
  • Own project work

Do you have any questions? Then get in touch with our student advisory service – we’ll be happy to help you!

You can therefore complete our doctoral programme while working.

​Perhaps you think the doctoral program in three years and work on the side is not possible? Yes it is possible! Our flexible, location and time-independent blended learning model and combines high-quality didactic and multimedia study materials for self-study with few classroom seminars.

The Triagon study concept considers the special requirements of modern management development. A large part of the practice-oriented study achievements is aimed at the application of theoretical knowledge and methods in your professional practice. Your personal development is stimulated by the targeted use of learning and reflection techniques, the exchange with your fellow students and the individual tutorial support with supervision and study coaching.

Virtual classrooms are offered for all modules via the learning platform. In the additional face-to-face seminars (usually on weekends), key competencies are trained through workshops, group work, challenges and other interactive teaching methods, and valuable content is deepened.

You can arrange individual appointments with your tutors for the supervision of your project work or personal coaching at any time.

The study program is flexible and brings you immediate added value for your professional activity.

Content & Design

The Dr. of Business Administration (DBA) lasts a minimum of 6 semesters. In the doctoral program you will deal intensively with scientific methods. The management program is strongly application-oriented and provides you with methodological competencies for practice as well as research. You will complete the program with a doctoral thesis worth 120 ECTS credits.

The DBA program is designed for three years and can also be studied in English. An advanced degree completed in English is particularly suitable for people who are not native-speakers, yet want to get started in the field of international management.

The doctoral program (DBA) allows our doctoral students to discuss current topics in management theory. Furthermore, you will improve your skills in research, methodology and analysis by critically reviewing and systematically applying appropriate theories and conducting research.

Competent faculty will guide you at all times: from the step-by-step planning and development of your research project to the final implementation of your dissertation.

Your modules in the Doctor of Business Administration are:

  • Practice-based Research
    Assessment: 50% Seminar presentation and discussion, 50% Written account identifying context for research
  • Research Methods Toolkit
    Assessment: Coursework (5000 words)
  • Organizational Analysis and Research
    Assessment: 30% A critical review of a particular perspective in the literature, 70% Student paper with presentation at a Triagon conference, an academic conference or in class.
  • Reflexivity in Action
    Assessment: 30% Reflexive account of progress, 70% Pilot Study
  • Doctoral Thesis
    Assessment: Doctoral Thesis

Overall Course Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Design and implement a research project to a standard acceptable at level 8 with an immediate relevance to business and management;
  • Develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the chosen area of research to enhance management practice in organisations;
  • Gain the ability to apply key problem solving skills to achieve a set of objectives subject to a number of constraints;
  • Discuss confidently from an informed position the use and contribution of research within different business contexts as a vehicle for policy improvement;
  • Create and interpret knowledge through original research that extends the forefront of the discipline and is of a quality that satisfies peer review and merits publication.
  • Enhance individual performance as a reflective practitioner and enhance professional skills and practic

Service Study locations

Triagon delivery model is based on virtual face-to-face approach. Despite its remote teaching and learning methods, Triagon Academy offers academic and student support services in a number of its Service Study Centers. These locations locations are strategically distributed throughout the GAS region and thus enable optimal access to student support regardless of where you live. The main Service Study Center is in Malta; however there are a number of other centers in Germany, Bavaria, namely: North Rhine-Westphalia; Berlin, Hamburg; Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.

Our Study Service Centers have free WiFi , modern multimedia equipment , bright tutorial rooms for individual or small to medium-sized group tutorials, and some have their own catering and accommodation options.

Target group and personal requirements

Our DBA program is designed for executives and professionals with a good or very good MBA degree or Master’s degree in management who want to take their career to a new level by enhancing their professional knowledge and skills and contribute to the expansion of academic and professional knowledge.

The Triagon Academy offers you a flexible study model that takes many life situations into account. For example:

In particular, these include:

  • Managers at various levels in companies and organizations
  • Senior experts in companies and organizations
  • Executives or managers with personnel responsibility


Helpful qualities for the study program are:

  • Master or Diploma (e.g. MBA, BWL Master etc.)
  • Access with missing BWL knowledge by preliminary courses or further degrees is possible
  • Bachelor or comparable access to Master (MQF Level 6 or equivalent)
  • Proof of English language skills (min. level B2)
  • If applying for the Germany cohort, proof of German language skills (min. level C1)
  • Professional experience (management or related)
  • Exposé (Initial research outline) + Interview

Admission requirements

Candidates must have the ability and opportunity to carry out detailed research activity in one or more organisations. Candidates will normally have already gained an MBA or other business-related master’s degree, together with 2-3 years of business and management experience. Candidates are required to submit a 3000 word proposal and successfully pass a panel interview. They have to demonstrate the capability for doing independent research at level 8 MQF.

Students must produce evidence of English language proficiency at IELTS:6.0 or equivalents with a minimum of 5 in each component or English B2 referred to CEFR.

If you are unsure whether your degree and professional experience are sufficient for admission, you are welcome to consult our specialists.

Tuition Fees and Financing

The entire study has a price of €18,600 (introductory price), well below the cost of other private universities.

The Tuition Fees can be paid on a monthly or semester basis.
There are many ways to finance a degree course. The simplest variant of the study financing is the extra-occupational study. Here you work beside the study and earn money to finance the tuition fees. In addition, a range of public and private financing options can be used.
We are happy to advise you on the topic of student finance