Doctorate in Business Administration

Thought Leadership.

Next Start 7 Oct 2024
Duration 3 Years
Language English
Format Modular
(Residential and Virtual Modules)
Avg. working
23 years
Where Milano

The DBA is a 3-year part-time program aimed at business professionals who want to be Thought Leaders in their organizations by applying academic research to concrete managerial problems. 



My DBA in 60 seconds - Viktoria Beromelidze

My DBA in 60 seconds - Heather Wade








3 - 4

Virtual Modules - Residential Modules


DBA is member of the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management & Business Administration (EDAMBA)

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

What about taking the time to sit back and reflect on what your experience has taught you so far? And what about leveraging this opportunity to develop new knowledge that is both relevant to managerial practice and rigorous according to academic standards? Our DBA at SDA Bocconi is a program perfectly tailored to these needs, thanks to its vision, its structure, and its collaboration with our internationally renowned faculty.


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Giada Di Stefano

The DBA is a fascinating program that unfolds at the intersection of academia and the business practice. It provides candidates with a unique platform to engage in dialogue with the academic community, while making a tangible impact on organizations through practice-oriented research. Whilst it deals with a demanding intellectual endeavor that requires dedication and perseverance, it also offers an invaluable opportunity to address business challenges with the scientific rigor of a scholar. There is something truly special about those who decide to pursue a DBA, hence choosing to intellectually challenge their selves anew, despite having already forged excellent professional careers and attained apical positions within organizations.


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Silvia Cinque

What They Say About Us

Why did you choose to undertake the SDA Bocconi DBA?  

I wanted to update my knowledge on business administration courses and to acquire research skills while also working. This program fulfills these needs, plus it holds a triple accreditation and the university is highly ranked. I consider the state of the art campuses an added value.


How is this choice satisfying your needs?

Although it is early to judge since we only have completed the 1st residential module, the program is modern and classic, theoretical and practical, well paced, demanding but manageable, customized to individual needs even from the application process. The Professors are enthusiastic and help us grasp challenging notions, beyond the text provided. Also, I continuously receive prompt and to the point support from my thesis Advisor, she guides me on how to structure my dissertation and which papers I should focus on.


Would you recommend this program? If yes why?

Certainly, it is a development opportunity offering breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, and networking. Milan contributes to a holistic educational experience as it offers rich cultural venues, it is clean and the citizens are polite.


Your program in 3 words:

Innovative, inquisitive, personalized.

Dorina Klepetouna - Greek
DBA 2019-2022
HR Manager, Archirodon

DBA is not only an educational journey but more of an exploratory venture. The international aspect of SDA Bocconi challenges me to look at every business concept and every function through the eyes of a learner, a researcher and a scholar seeking to find opportunities for improvement.

Amadou Sow - Guinean
DBA 2017-2020
Accelerator Lab Network Specialist - Regional Advisor for Africa, UNDP

Next Steps

31 Jan 2024
Application Review Start
30 May 2024
Application Deadline
7 Oct 2024
Program Start
Dec 2027
Program End

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