Doctor of Business Administration Triple Crown Award

Doctor of Business Administration Triple Crown Award with VERN' University and the Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Body OTHMThe Triple Crown Award is a program with a minimum of 3 independent accreditations and at least 3 partner recognitions of the results and certification

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in one of 17 majors in management and business program focuses on knowledge-intensive research in management and business administration. It has 2 stages (1) the learning phase and research in-depth issues of the organization; and (2) research phase and form a career-oriented applied doctoral dissertation.

The Triple Crown program is a distinguish and globally recognized initiative that combines three independent accreditation systems with certification and diploma issuance from three organizations. Meeting challenges Triple Crown Award criteria, SIMI’s programs not only ensure maximum quality but also optimize opportunities for students upon graduation, with a minimum of three universities from partner institutions.

Through the process of study and research, students not only acquire applied research competency (a mandatory competency at the Doctoral level) but also develop profound and in-depth knowledge within every facet of business operations. This forms the foundation for conducting in-depth research and teaching within their passionate fields and industries.

Unlike the PhD in Management program, the DBA program focuses on highly applied and deeply specialized research within the candidate’s field of interest. Doctoral candidates can select the DBA majors (according to the list) upon graduation. Majors are shown right on the qualifications and transcript.

Upon graduation, students will receive: 

  • Doctor of Business Administration from VERN’ University to affirm your management capabilities.
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Majors from SIMI Swiss to enhance your specialized industry expertise.
  • OTHM Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice to demonstrate expert competency in the context of workforce transitions.

Triple Crown Award:

The Triple Crown Award is a group of honors programs that meet strict accreditation standards from three independent educational bodies and earn at least three partner recognitions for their results and learning outcomes.

The DBA Triple Crown program offers joint recognition and qualifications, consolidating your professional skills in various aspects of business management:

  • Doctor of Business Administration from VERN’ University, which validates your management skills and leadership acumen.
  • Doctor of Business Administration in Majors from SIMI Swiss, each program tailored to enhance your specialized management skills within the industry.
  • The OTHM Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, demonstrating expert competency in the context of workforce transitions.

SIMI Swiss, VERN’ University and OTHM are all organizations that have achieved reputation recognition and accreditation from the Programmatic to the Institutional levels.

Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of SIMI Swiss:

Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of VERN’ University:

Guidelines of how to check the recognition of OTHM:

Learning Model:

SIMI programs offer a Fully Online or Hybrid learning model (conditionally applied), allowing students to study with original programs from Switzerland and partner countries. This enables students to achieve qualifications equivalent to those of full-time international students without the need to live in or attend on-site activities. The Broadcast classes with SIMI’s Lecturers on scheduled days are perfect for those with busy work lives or limited time during the week.

The following video will provide learners with a direct and comprehensive overview of enrolling in online classes at SIMI Swiss.

Supporting Systems:

We understand that pursuing a postgraduate accredited program can be both exciting and challenging, especially for busy adult learners. To assist in overcoming challenges, we’ve developed the SIMI Swiss Supporting Systems, designed to help navigate any difficulties during learners studies.

For a comprehensive overview of our support, please watch our informative videos for assistance at every step of your academic journey.

Effective SIMI Pedagogy:

At SIMI, we pay special attention to the effectiveness of our programs. As for our exclusive teaching method specifically designed for busy learners, we strongly believe that this method will allow learners to seamlessly integrate foundational theory and professional knowledge into the context of real life and career.

The following video will help you understand this method more deeply.

Research Support Systems:

We understand that internationally standardized research at the doctorate level necessitates close coordination between doctoral students and their supervising faculty. Observing many failures in PhD programs due to unclear research plans and insufficient guidance, SIMI, under its Smart University Strategy, has developed a rigorous and unique support system for researchers. This system enhances the efforts of our doctoral students, backed by their supervisors and our research management system, ensuring that their research not only meets international standards but is also publishable in ISI/SCOPUS-indexed journals.

This video will help you understand how the SIMI research support systems work:

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Triple Crown Award consists of 8 modules and a Doctor’s Dissertation, totaling 240 UK credits, lasting a minimum of 2.5 years and a maximum of 3 years.

Mandatory modules:

  • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Potential (20 UK credits)
  • Managing Strategic Change (20 UK credits)
  • Project Development, Planning and Management (20 UK credits)
  • Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (40 UK credits)
  • Developing Research Capability (20 UK credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management (20 UK credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 UK credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 UK credits)

Doctor’s Dissertation Stage (60 UK credits): 

  • Dissertation and Defend

Lists of majors: 

  • DBA in International Business
  • DBA in Hospitality Management
  • DBA in Public Administration
  • DBA in Hospital Management
  • DBA in Pharmaceutical Management
  • DBA in Healthcare Management
  • DBA in Human Resources Management
  • DBA in Finance & Banking
  • DBA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • DBA in Tourism Management
  • DBA in Luxury Management
  • DBA in Engineer Management
  • DBA in Technical Management
  • DBA in Construction Management
  • DBA in Design Management
  • DBA in Information Technology Management
  • And other majors based on the Doctoral dissertation.

Graduating from the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Triple Crown program, the learner could:

  • Developing critical thinking, in-depth research capabilities, and specialized knowledge for each business environment area (through specialized management courses at the Doctoral level).
  • Applying research findings into their own organization and industry.
  • Filtering and generating new applications and/or deeply applied applications for teaching purposes if the researcher is a lecturer.
  • Mastering scientific research methods as a foundation for developing studies for their organization and industry.

Assessment and Confirmation of Academic Results:

All modules and doctoral dissertations in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Triple Crown program are evaluated by SIMI Swiss, the accreditation system, OTHM UK  and one of the best university in Croatia – VERN’ University. Learners must demonstrate mastery of knowledge and attain the competencies detailed in the program Syllabus.

In addition to the entry requirements, candidates applying to the program are also assessed for their suitability by the admissions committee before joining the program to ensure that they can acquire and benefit from the program.

Entry requirements:

To enroll the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Triple Crown Award, the learner must possess one of the criteria below:

  • Learners must be over 24 years old;
  • A Master’s qualification in Majors from accredited universities; or
  • A Level 7 EQF diploma or equivalent. Level 7 Diploma must be from organizations that are authorized to issue qualifications and have been accredited.

English requirements:

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent;
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note: SIMI reserves the right to make admissions decisions based on the requirements of recognized agencies and the global quotas of the program.

Seminar and Networking Abroad:

As part of the Doctoral program, emphasis is placed not only on acquiring knowledge but also on expanding relationships and staying abreast of the latest developments from scientists. This is not only considered a crucial requirement but also a mandatory aspect of the SIMI Swiss Doctoral program.

SIMI Swiss collaborates with partner universities to organize seminars, which are mandatory for students to attend. The program does not award credits but evaluates participants based on must-have activities.

Upon completion of the seminar abroad, students are engaged in Networking activities to establish connections within the academic and professional community.

SIMI Swiss collaborates with the National University of Malaysia (UKM) – UNESCO Chair in the organization of training and scientific research:

SIMI Swiss collaborates with the Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST) in the organization of seminars and networking activities:

Because the programs and qualifications offered are rigorously accredited by reputable organizations, upon graduation, students have the confidence to enter the job market, pursue further studies, and smoothly transition to other prestigious and equivalently reputable educational systems.

SIMI SWISS is the pioneering higher education institution with accreditation at both the programmatic and institutional levels:

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) at the highest level (Premier Institution);
  • A full member of SVEB (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning);
  • Accreditation of the management system compatible with the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, awarded by the HEAD – Higher Education Accreditation Division;
  • Achieve ISO 21001:2018, complying with the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and the Quality Assurance in the Higher Education Area Requirements (EGS);
  • Programs is recognized by Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Bodies;
  • Learning outcomes are mapped to the UK national occupational standards.

|| See more information about the accreditation and recognition of SIMI Swiss HERE ||

Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of SIMI Swiss:

VERN’ University Croatia achieved: 

  • One of the top universities in Croatia (QUDAL);
  • Government-recognized university by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Croatia;
  • University accredited by the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE Croatia);
  • Programs aligned with European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG);
  • Internationally recognized university within the International Association of Universities (IAU) system;
  • Member university recognized by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD);
  • Recipient of the national education brand in Croatia (Superbrands Croatia);
  • Recognized by the European Union under the Erasmus+ system.

|| See more information about the accreditation and recognition of VERN’ University – Croatia HERE ||

Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of VERN’ University:

OTHM is an Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Body, achieved: 

  • Recognition at institutional level by the UK education authority Ofqual (UK.Gov) Recognition Number: RN5284
  • OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice is accredited by the UK’s government with the Qualification Number: 603/6996/6
Guidelines of how to check the recognition of OTHM:

Certifications & Apostilles in Switzerland:

Certifications & Apostilles is the process by which The Cantonal Chancellery certifies original public documents of the Canton of Zug (where SIMI Swiss is authorized and licensed), thus validating them for use abroad. The process solely verifies the authenticity of the diploma, confirming its origin from the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation, and ensures the genuine signature of the chancellor/dean.

Below is an example of the Certification by Notary Public and confirm from Chancellor of State:

Apostille and qualification confirmation of VERN’ University in Croatia:

Similar to SIMI Swiss, VERN’ University is also a legally recognized institution, so it can also legalize consular authentication on the qualification. Appraisal HERE.


Note: The information provided here is accurate as of the publication date, and the content may be subject to changes based on the regulations of each country without prior notice.

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