Summit the leadership peak with
Doctor of Business Administration

A flexible online programme that earns
you the title of ‘Doctor’ in 3 years

5 days immersion at the Paris (France) campus

CAMPUS: Online

DURATION:36 Months


About Doctor of Business Administration

The Rushford DBA is a 180 ECTS credits doctoral programme designed to equip business students, managers, practitioners, and leaders with high-level knowledge, research, and analytical skills so that they can apply these personal and professional attributes to solve the most complex business problems. The DBA programme focuses on the application of theory to real-world business challenges. Students are expected to go through a transformative learning process that enhances their research skills, so they view business situations differently with an emphasis on applying research methods and finding solutions that lead to organisational efficiency, growth and long-term sustainability.

This is a flexible though rigorous programme that can be completed 100% online. Students define the pace at which they complete the programme. Most students are expected to achieve the qualification within 3 years of joining the programme. However, the research pathway can lead to a qualification in less than 3 years.

The Rushford DBA in International Business programme focuses on applied research so that executives, managers, and practitioners can start applying what they learn in the programme in their organisations in real time. Rushford focuses on ensuring that the students develop a very high level of expertise in all areas of international business. The coursework will also focus on the enhancement of research skills, writing skills, presentation skills, critical and analytical thinking skills, and change management skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the programme, students should be able to:
  • Apply research methodologies to study business situations and address business challenges.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research to understand business challenges.
  • Apply a deep understanding of international business fundamentals and practices to predict outcomes.
  • Develop a high level of command over business communications.
  • Articulate complex ideas, strategies, plans, and tactics in a clear and effective manner.
  • Develop a high level of proficiency in creating meaningful reports that use data collection, data cleaning, data interpretation and engaging reporting with the use of data visualisation.
  • Engage in academic and professional research activities that may lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Develop high-level proficiency in applying robust research methodologies, study design and study conduct in producing a thesis at the end of the programme as part of the requirement for the conferring of the doctorate qualification.

Key Programme Information

Cohort Commencement

01 March 2024

Last Date for Application Submission

22 Feb 2024

Mode of Delivery

Blended(Online with 5 days On Campus Immersion)


12-15 hrs per week for the first year

Programme Highlights

Internationally recognized degree

A Doctorate in Business Administration is the pinnacle qualification for professionals. Though not formally available in India, a DBA is globally recognized, permitting the use of "Dr." upon program completion.

Rushford Alumni Status

Upon completing the programme, receive the same DBA degree and alumni status as Rushford's traditional on-campus students.

5 Days On-Campus Immersion Session

Leverage the opportunity to meet and interact with your fellow coursemates and Rushford faculty and also experience Rushford’s modern campus at Paris, France during the 5 day on-campus immersion.

1:1 Thesis Mentorship

Candidates of the DBA Programme will be assigned Mentors who will guide and support you as you work through the course materials, complete the assignments and embark on your research journey. The Mentors will assist with every step along the way.

Live sessions with Faculty

The primary study format is self-paced in the DBA program. Additionally, live sessions and guest lectures are incorporated for extra learning and engagement. These sessions, typically optional, are scheduled at convenient times for most participants.

Choose from 8 Specialisations

Candidates on the coursework pathway can select from 8 specializations, such as International Business, Finance, Healthcare Management, HRM, Marketing, SCM, Data Science, and Big Data. These choices represent an exceptionally broad range, making our DBA program stand out.


Business Management Track - 30 ECTS

  • International Business Environment
  • Managerial Economics
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting
  • Managerial Skills
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise
  • Cutting Edge Leadership

Specialization Track (Choose any 1 Specialization track) - 30 ECTS

Specialization Option 1 - International Business

  • Global Strategies
  • International Business Policy
  • International Marketing
  • International Finance
  • Emerging Market Multinationals
  • Open Innovation and its Impact on Business and Society

Specialization Option 2 - Finance

  • Investments
  • International Banking
  • Securities Analysis
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Private Equity and VC
  • Fintech

Specialization Option 3 – Healthcare Management

  • Global Population Health
  • Globalisation and Healthcare
  • Digitisation in Healthcare (e-health)
  • Econometrics for Healthcare (Data Envelopment Analysis)
  • Big Data and Machine Learning in Health Economics
  • Financial Management and Decision making in Healthcare

Specialization Option 4 – Human Resource Management

  • Leadership Management
  • Negotiation & Bargaining
  • Change Management
  • Managing people
  • Business Ethics
  • Talent Management

Specialization Option 5 - Marketing

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Global Branding Strategies
  • Role of A Salesperson
  • Pricing
  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Behaviour

Specialization Option 6 – Supply Chain Management

  • Fundamentals of Logistics and Supply Chain
  • International Logistics
  • Risk analysis and assessment
  • Distribution and freight logistics
  • Supply Chain Modelling and Design
  • Procurement Management

Specialization Option 7 – Data Science

  • Foundations Python
  • Business forecasting and projections
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Predictive Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Mathematics for Machine Learning

Specialization Option 8 – Big Data

  • Foundations Python
  • Business forecasting and projections
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Predictive Analysis
  • Big Data Foundation
  • Applications of Big Data

Research Track - 30 ECTS

  • Introduction to Academic Research
  • The Landscape of Literature Review
  • Research Design
  • Business Statistics
  • Designing a Quantitative Research Methodology
  • Designing a Qualitative Research Methodology

Written Proposal Defence (5000 words) – 20 ECTS

Doctoral Residency – 10 ECTS

Reflection & Minutes of the Meeting with Supervisor – 10 ECTS

Report Writing – 10 ECTS

Written Dissertation & Oral Defence (20000 to 25000 words) – 40 ECTS



  • Master’s or an equivalent academic title from a recognized College/University OR Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent academic title in any discipline from a recognized College/University with a minimum of 3 years of professional work experience.
  • English Proficiency - Medium of instruction in during school and graduation should be English

Application Process

  • Speak to our academic counsellors to gain a deeper understanding of the program and how it could contribute to your career aspirations.
  • Ensure that your documents, specifically pertaining to educational qualifications and professional work experience, are validated by our counsellors and ascertain your scholarship eligibility.
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • Confirm your Admission by making a Down Payment or remitting the applicable program fee. Making a Down Payment allows you to confirm your offer acceptance while you seek financial assistance from loan partners.


TOTAL PROGRAM FEE – USD 8500 (INR 6.99 Lacs all Inclusive)
Call +91 81300 38548 to know more about Scholarship offers up to INR 1.00 Lac that you may be eligible for!

Fee Includes

  • Live Sessions by Faculty, as applicable
  • 1:1 Thesis supervision
  • 5 Days On-Campus Immersion sessions at Paris, France

Fee Does Not Include

  • Cost of travel, lodging and boarding at Paris, France for the 5 day On-Campus Immersion


OPTION - 1 Balance Fee OPTION - 2 OPTION - 3
Make a downpayment of Rs.25,000 and avail loan/financial assistance for the remaining fee amount. If Down Payment has already been made, pay the balance Fee of Rs.5,74,000. Make upfront fee payment of the full Fee amount of Rs.5,99,000. Pay Year 1 fees of Rs.2,99,000. (Year 2 and Year 3 Fee will be Rs.2,00,000 each) Scholarship Benefit will NOT apply if you choose to pay through the annual fee option.



Upon successful completion of the evaluation requirements of the program, candidates will be conferred with “Doctor of Business Administration’ by Rushford Business School.

Accreditations & Memberships

EduQua Certified

Rushford is certified by EduQua, which is an agency of the Swiss government that monitors the quality of higher education institutions in Switzerland.

AACSB Member

AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality

5 Star QS Rating

Rushford has received an overall rating of 4 stars in the QS Stars rating system, with 5 stars in online learning and teaching.

UN PRME Member

PRME equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.

Member of Accreditation Council for Business Schools & programmes

Member of Business Graduates Association

Educational Member of International Accreditation Council for Business Education

My mentor helped me see new perspectives in solving business problems and rightly guided me all along until the completion of my program.

Santosh Shreshta
MBA Finance

The experience, training and knowledge I gained was key to improving my personal skills and enriching my professional and training project.

Sol Vega Maria Farfan
MBA Real Est. Mgmt.

Half of my learning was a result of my mentor helping me to see the contrasts and similarities between what I was studying in class versus what happened in the real world.

Giridhara N.
MBA - Real Est. Mgmt.

I am working as joint managing director in Aquatek Sanitary Fittings Pvt Ltd. I have learnt a lot about the market flow and it helps me to understand the need of the market.

Deepak Kumar
MBA - Marketing

The contents and curriculum are at par with the global reputed universities like Oxford and Cambridge. Joining Rushford was the best decision for me.

Rohit Panish


Career Support

All students at Rushford Business School are provided career support in the form of resume development, interview preparation, job search guidance etc.

Application Tracking

Kindly submit your application using our online application portal. You will be able to track the various stages of your application.


Rushford Business School is an EduQua certified business school in Switzerland. The b-school houses students from over 45 countries across its 2 campuses. Founded with a vision to truly partner with students in their learning journey, Rushford has adopted three key strategies to enable its vision: modern governance, contemporary and research-oriented education, and skill building. The school’s main language of instruction in English, with regional language taught to help integrate learners in local workforce. With its modern infrastructure, strategic campus locations and pragmatic outlook, the School is committed to build socially responsible and creative future leaders with global mindset and internationally employable future skillsets.


The admissions are purely based on merit substantiated by the transcripts of a Bachelor’s and /or a Master’s degree and there are no entrance exams to qualify for admission into the DBA programme.

  • Copy of highest qualification (e.g., degree certificate)
  • Copy of transcripts/marks sheets
  • Copy of Experience Certificates as Applicable
  • Statement of Purpose (SoP) / Motivation
  • Proof of identity/citizenship, e.g., copy of passport or national ID card
  • Scanned passport-size photo
  • English language test results (if applicable)

The certificate awarded only will mention the programme of study and is of similar content and format as the certificate being awarded to the regular on-campus students.

Study time differs from candidate to candidate, depending upon the individual’s academic ability and learning style. As a general guide, it is recommended to provide about 12 to 15 hours of study per week, especially in the first year which involves coursework. Students who develop an effective learning style may require less effort to complete the prescribed curriculum. In the subsequent years, the effort requirement would be commensurate with the extent of research being pursued.

Candidates will be provided access to the learning management system where all relevant study materials, tests and assignments will be posted. In addition, based on the chosen programme of study, additional resources may be available.

To participate in our online learning programme, all you need is a smart device with an internet connection such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet. As long as you have access to the internet, you can log in to our platform from anywhere and participate in the course material at your own pace.

The program fee includes your academic content and delivery including all live and synchronous sessions, online learning materials, videos, case studies, class exercises, simulations and assessment charges, 1:1 Thesis supervision and the 5 Days On-Campus Immersion at Paris, France.

5 days of on-campus immersion is an integral part of this programme. While the academic component including related sessions and activities are included in the program fee, the actual travel-related expense as well as the lodging and boarding charges during your period of stay as applicable, will need to be borne by you.

You may choose to opt out of this programme and request a refund at any time before commencement via email. Your refund will be processed after deduction of processing charges. No refund request will be considered or processed, once the cohort commences and any amount paid will be forfeited.