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DBA in International Business Communication

On-campus in French / Online in English

- Year-by-Year Breakdown - Course Description

Today, globalization is a way of life. The emergence of regional trade agreements, communication technology, and international mobility has paved the way for more opportunities than ever in such fields of international management, marketing, and finance. This phenomenal growth has also created a void for leaders with the skills to create solutions in an increasingly multicultural world where effective business communication is a must. Horizons University has the answer for meeting this need.

The DBA in International Business Communication at Horizons University is designed to help students realize their potential as experts in the field of global business communication. The program prepares future scholars and practitioners who can successfully interface the technical context of business with the complexities of an increasing diverse global environment. Through our core courses, students learn from world renowned scholars in a one-on-one active learning setting. Our elective courses allow students to become experts by developing their own applied research projects in close consultation with their mentors. Students can also increase their profiles by publishing in the Horizons University Journal of International Business Communication.

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 3000€ 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 Communication 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 choose 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”



Year-by-Year Breakdown


Year 1
DBA650 - 10 ECTS  International Business Communication
DBA658 - 10 ECTS  International Business Strategy
DBA674 - 10 ECTS  Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
DBA673 - 10 ECTS Business Research Metholodogy
Year 2
DBA661 - 10 ECTS

Multicultural Management

DBA799 - 10 ECTS

Dissertation Proposal Writing

DBA800 - 40 ECTS Dissertation Writing / Defense
DBA600 - 10 ECTS Social Media Communication
Year 3
DBA670 - 10 ECTS Global Communication
DBA780 - 20 ECTS Journal Writing
DBA800 - 40 ECTS

Dissertation Writing / Defense



DBA658 - International Business Strategy (DBA in International Management Specialization)

(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.


DBA650 - International Business Communication (DBA in International Communication Specialization)

(10ECTS/4US credits)

The course is an exploration of the cultural, social, political, historical, religious, legal, and communication influences that impact international business negotiations, consultations, transactions, and conflicts. Emphases will be placed on major world business cultures, including those in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The aim is to develop skills in applied international business communication, which is essential for participation in an increasingly globalized business world.

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.

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.

DBA780 - Journal Writing. 

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.

DBA799 - Dissertation Proposal Writing

(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.

DBA800 - Dissertation Writing / Defense

(60ECTS/24US 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
  4. 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.

DBA600 - Social Media Communicaton

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course focuses on modern trends in social media comunication and strategies in inernational business. Case studies and specific projects will allow students to grasp the essentials of this ever-growing virtual technology that needs very special attention and fine-tuned cmmunication skills.


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.


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

MBA522 - International Marketing

(10ECTS/4US credits)

This course addresses the student’s ability to conceptualize and apply effective methods of marketing research across cultures and borders. Special attention is directed to techniques of survey, interview, participant, and observational research strategies that are adapted to different international populations. Data gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting are covered to empower students to deliver profitable and accurate recommendations to marketing developers and practitioners.

MBA523 - Marketing Strategy Development

(10ECTS/4US credits)

A study of the analysis of the strategic process of researching and forecasting the external environment of the firm, assessing the present and future enterprise strengths and weaknesses, setting enterprise goals with recognition of personal and societal goals, and evaluating performance and progress toward those goals. Provides the student with an integrated view of the functional decisions and corporate strategy.


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