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DBA in International Business

On-campus in French / Online in English

- Year-by-Year Breakdown - Course Description

The DBA  at Horizons University is a research doctorate, where students make a contribution to both theory and practice, with a focus on the application of research, to real life business problems. The Horizons University DBA is designed to help students reach their objectives of becoming experts in a given business field, and becoming competitive employees in the global marketplace. Students take business courses alongside their independent research in the area they want to specialize in.

Managers of today that make a difference in the market place need to have a global mindset, and have a deep knowledge in international business. The Horizons University DBA has a focus on International Business for exactly this reason. Through the core courses students learn about strategy in the international business environment, how the global economy works, and how to communicate in an international environment. The elective courses allow students to deepen their knowledge in their research topic in International Business, helping them become experts.

Duration 3 years
Credit Value 180ECTS
Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree in Business or equivalent; Master’s degree in Business or equivalent; 3+ years working experience - Options available for those without business-focused degrees or work experience
Languages English (online) or French (on-campus)
Study Options Online or On-Campus
Tuition 3450€ yearly
Registration Fee 60€ yearly
Technology Fee 80€ yearly


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The structure of a typical course will require students to read materials supplied by the university, study related materials, and perform personal research on selected topics. Confirmation of learning may be determined via papers, projects, quizzes or exams.

Career Prospects
The DBA in International Business prepares students for leadership positions in global organizations, for careers as independent consultants, and skilled researchers in business-oriented activities.

The Horizons University DBA is accredited both by an American accrediting body – ACBSP – and an European accrediting body – ECBE. Both recognize Horizons University’s commitment to continuous improvement, and focus on student learning outcomes. The accreditation distinguishes Horizons University because of its top Faculty, who meet demanding standards, and are known for their teaching excellence. The accreditation is also a guarantee that students are learning skills that are valuable in the workplace.

What our doctorate students say about the Horizons University DBA program

“Very challenging and inspiring”

“Interactive and practical”

“This program will help me in my long term plan of setting up my own
consultancy, specialised in the field of Supply Chain Management”

“I chose this program because it will enhance my career development in
International Business, General Management, and Entrepreneurship”

“I chose this program because I aim to share my knowledge, and to teach at a high level”

“I chose the program because of its flexibility, and because it gives me
the opportunity to do research in my area of interest”



DBA program is accredited by ECBE - European Council for Business Education

Year-by-Year Breakdown


Year 1
DBA658 - 10 ECTS  International Business Strategy
DBA673 - 10 ECTS  Business Research Methods
DBA674 - 10 ECTS  Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
DBA792 - 10 ECTS Dissertation Proposal

Year 2
DBA660 - 10 ECTS Global Economy
DBA661 - 10 ECTS

Multicultural Management

DBA782 - 20 ECTS

Journal Writing

DBA802 - 40 ECTS Dissertation Writing
Year 3
DBA670 - 10 ECTS Global Communication
DBA810 - 40 ECTS Dissertation Writing up and Defense
DBAxxx - 10 ECTS Elective
Elective Courses
DBA659 - 10 ECTS  International Human Research Management
DBA671 - 10 ECTS Emerging International Markets 
DBA672 - 10 ECTS E-Commerce



DBA658 - International Business Strategy 

(10ECTS/4US credits)

The International business strategy course is grounded on the fundamental principles of strategic management and focuses on strategy making in business corporations.  Emphasis is on corporate and business level strategic analysis, strategy formulation and implementation.  Strategic management emphasizes the determination and evaluation of environmental opportunities and threats in light of strengths and weaknesses in the organization’s value chain in order to enhance its core competencies and craft a sustainable competitive advantage.

DBA661 - Multicultural Management

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of effective cross-cultural management and the challenges that are likely to be faced while working internationally. The course focuses on international organizational behavior and human resource issues and practices in transnational organizations.

DBA660 -  Global Economy  

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course examines the world’s economy from a global as well as various local perspectives. Globalization has increased the interdependence of the economies of nations around the world, but this interdependence does not imply all differences in economies have vanished. The Global economy is made up of many different actors, some international such as the World Bank, IMF, WTO and large multinational firms, others national such as national governments and some local. The course is designed to exam both the overall global economy and some of its individual components.

DBA670 - Global Communication

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course is part of our DBA in International Business. Its aim is to show students the various aspects of global communication and how it is influenced by history, language and culture. The course also focuses on the issues, challenges and obstacles raised by Global Communication, especially in the context of politics, journalism, science and business.

DBA673: Business Research Methods                                             

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course focuses on the development of research skills and the design of research used for business.  Students will be introduced to various research approaches and learn what strategies, methods, and techniques are in use.  Students will be expected to design a business research proposal, formulate basic and secondary research questions, develop a strategy for data collection, develop a literature review, create a model of the expected results or outcomes and finally to formulate ways to operationalize their study with stakeholder involvement.

DBA674 -  Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

(10ECTS/4US credits)

An introduction to a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and methods of data analysis. Students will learn about and be able to distinguish between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.   Qualitative methods include including Action Research,  Appreciative Inquiry,  Focus Groups, Interviews and Narrative Data Analysis. Quantitative methods include Descriptive Research Designs, Experimental and Ex Post Facto Designs, and Descriptive  Statistics.

DBA782 - Journal Writing. 

(20ECTS/8US credits)

This course facilitates the student’s ability to write, review, edit, and format an original paper to meet the publication standards of an academic journal.  When completed, the course results in a published article in Horizons University Business Journal.

DBA792 - Dissertation Proposal

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course focuses on the development of the Dissertation Proposal under the supervision of a Doctoral Faculty member. During the course students will be guided through the completion of the Dissertation Proposal, and by the end of it will have a Research Proposal that is to be submitted to Horizons University.

DBA802 - Dissertation Writing

(40ECTS/16US credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a thesis topic
  2. Evaluate resources to assist in developing thesis proposal
  3. Write a proposal for a thesis/dissertation

DBA810 - Dissertation Writing up and Defense

(40ECTS/16US credits)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Write a proposal for a thesis/dissertation
  2. Demonstrate ability to prepare and conduct an oral presentation on thesis proposal.

DBA659 - International Human Resource Management

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course allows students to exam human resource management from a global perspective as well as from various local perspectives. Increases in international business activities require firms to implement human resource management in a variety of different political, legal, economic, social and technological environments. Therefore a deep understanding of international human resource management is essential for international organizations for successfully motivating and managing the most important of all resources, human resources.

DBA671 - Emerging International Markets

(10ECTS/4US credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students an opportunity to explore and evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with developing strategies for international emerging markets.

DBA672 - E-Commerce

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course is part of our DBA in International Business. Its aim is to show students the various aspects of E-Commerce and how it influences the consumer behavior around the world. The course also focuses on the issues, challenges and obstacles raised by E-Commerce


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