Doctorate in Business Administration | IE Business School

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Doctor in Business Administration (DBA)

The DBA is a four year, blended part time program aimed at outstanding managers who want to combine academic rigor and managerial relevance.

  • 48 months
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  • Doctorals
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  • Executive
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  • In English
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  • Blended

The Admission Process

Once the candidate submits the application form, the Evaluation Committee gathers to select the best candidates. It is essential to provide detailed information on relevant academic and professional achievements, together with aspirations and motivations that could support your application. The demanding nature of the DBA program requires a very strict recruitment process. Only exceptional candidates will be selected for interview.

DBA Online Application

Application Form and Documents

The application is an integral piece of the admissions process at IE. The application allows future IE students to develop in writing their personal and professional experience, as well as outline their future aspirations and goals.

The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and is also used as an informational tool within the interview and final admission decision.

To apply to the program, candidates must hold an MBA, a very high level of English is required and, at least 8 years of Management experience are necessary. Candidates will be required to submit a research proposal of 2000-3000 words explaining their research aims and interest. IE will only consider applications for which the school can provide appropriate supervision in the chosen subject.

Once the candidate submits the application form, the Evaluation Committee gathers to select only the best students. Deadline to apply to the DBA Program is 28th February

Documents required

  • Application Form
  • Academic Accreditation, Bachelors Degree or equivalent
  • Transcripts and Diploma
  • MBA Degree
  • MBA Transcripts and diploma
  • Updated CV
  • TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency Certificate or IELTS
  • TOEFL IE PhD Program: Code 0707
  • Research Proposal
  • Photo and copy of passport


The personal interaction of the interview gives us the insight into who you are, your hopes and motivation to do a DBA program. The Candidate will have to go over an interview with the Academic Director of the Program. The candidate will also, be interviewed by one or two members of our faculty. Only outstanding applicants will be called for an interview. These interviews will be done face to face or by phone or videoconference.

Final Decision

After the interviews are conducted during the month of March, it will take, roughly, 1 month for the DBA Committee to review your file and provide you with a final decision.
Admission to the DBA Program is valid, only, for the intake you are applying to.

Once enrolled, your main point of contact with all the different departments’ part of your IE experience will be the Campus Online where all announcements from the Academic Department and other departments will be posted. Once you have access, don’t forget to check it regularly!
The DBA staff will, always, be working beside you towards making your IE Experience a smoother and an altogether more enjoyable one.

DBA Department

  • María de Molina, 12- Bajo, 28006 Madrid, Spain
  • TEL +34 91 568 9733

Your personal data will be entered into a file belonging to Instituto de Empresa S.L. for the purpose of sending you information on its activities.

You consent that all communications may be made by electronic means. 

You can exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancelation and opposition in accordance with current legislation (Data Protection Act 15/1999, December 13th) by requesting to do so, in writing, addressed to Instituto de Empresa at Calle María de Molina, 13, 28006, Madrid, or by e-mail to

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