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

What impressed me most is the academic rigour of the professors, their passion for the area of expertise as well as their availability and willingness to support. And, thanks to DBA, I have made friends for life: the colleagues on the program!

Franco Valletta - Maltese
DBA 2017-2020
Group Chief Officer - Organisation Development & HR, Corinthia Hotels

Why did you choose to undertake the SDA Bocconi DBA?

I chose the SDA Bocconi DBA because of its motto "Thought Leadership", which is not only important in doing business, but also beneficial in achieving a certain level of happiness.


How is this choice satisfying your needs?

I am very satisfied by my selection, as I found valuable the learning experience in the courses Organization, Logic, and Innovation by the Profs Foss, Grandori, and Fosfuri, respectively.


Would you recommend this program? if yes why?

I could happily recommend this Doctoral program because of the aforementioned reasons, the great 2019 rankings of the BU/SDAB by the FT, and the magnificent new campus.


Your program in 3 words:

"Futuristic Thought Leadership"

Chris Finengman - English
DBA 2018-2021
Founder, BusiTech

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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