DBA Objectives

The DBA is a program, designed to allow flexible learning to those having a full-time occupation. The DBA program at Beirut Arab University will enable you to:

  • Enhance the quality of your decision-making.
  • Learn research techniques for advanced managerial analysis.
  • Apply state-of-the-art knowledge to specific issues in management, accounting and economics.
  • Acquire consultancy and research competencies to solve practical problems in business and management.
  • Contribute to knowledge through original research.


The DBA program is for executives engaged in major corporate projects. It provides an opportunity for senior managers and practitioners to gain understanding of the latest research techniques applied to advanced managerial enquiry. The program is of particular relevance to management practitioners, consultants, and management educators.

Admission Requirements

  • Official university transcript(s) – All levels
  • A Master’s degree a minimum CGPA of “3.00” for credit-hour system students and “Very Good” for academic year system students
  • Minimum five years of relevant postgraduate work experience
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL 550 or IELTS:6)
  • Application form

Academic Staff

The DBA courses are taught by internationally-renowned senior faculty members and practitioners with a thorough and extensive experience in teaching doctoral courses and supervising doctoral research. The doctoral dissertation has on its examining committees internal and external examiners with solid academic background from top universities of the region and worldwide.


The DBA is a 3-year cohort-based program that consists of 12 in-class courses over 4 semesters (2 years) followed by a doctoral dissertation over a 2-semester period (1 year).


The minimum credit hours required to earn a DBA is 54 credit hours. The program comprises six semesters divided in two sequential phases:

Phase I: Coursework: during phase I, students are to complete 36 Cr. Hrs. consisting of 12 courses in Management, Accounting, Finance and in Methodology, 3 Cr. Hrs each (3 courses per semester).

Noting :

  • Contemporary Global Management
  • Organizations in Action
  • Global Economic Systems and Issues
  • Leadership to create Human Value
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Management
  • Quantitative Decision Making for Business Analysis
  • Corporate Finance and Firms Valuations
  • Strategy Formulation and Implementation
  • Accounting Information for Business Decisions
  • Research Methodology I
  • Laboratory for Business-Driven Research
  • Research Methodology II

Phase II: The Doctoral Dissertation: 18 Cr. Hrs. over a 2-semester period.

Doctoral Dissertation

Participants are to produce and defend a doctoral dissertation and publish 2 papers in a peer-reviewed journal. Students will need to develop and pass a research proposal that tackles relevant business problems and apply relevant research techniques to provide solutions. The process involves the use of relevant interdisciplinary theories and a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods as well as data collection and analysis.

Classes Organization

Courses are taught on a residency basis. The residencies include in-class teaching sessions and networking events.