Executive Doctor of Business Administration

Executive Doctor of Business AdministrationDual Doctoral Degree from France and Switzerland

An Executive Doctor of Business Administration or EDBA degree is a terminal business-focused degree that provides practical knowledge that can be directly applied in the workplace. EDBA programs focus on providing students with real-world, business-oriented critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Earning a doctorate in business administration will equip you with working knowledge based on the latest business research, theories, and trends. This education not only identifies you as an expert in your field, but results in a tangible set of management and decision-making skills that may qualify you for senior-level leadership positions and new career opportunities. It also prepares you with advanced skills that are necessary for conducting real-world quantitative and qualitative research and publishing in research publications.

The Executive DBA of SIMI is a dual degree program. After finish, the learner could earn the Executive DBA of Horizons University and the Doctor of Management from SIMI Switzerland.

Students graduating from the EDBA will be able to:

  • Use self-assessment, reflection, evaluation, feedback, and developments in theory and evidence-based practice to improve their ethical business practice in a variety of contexts
  • Apply a deep understanding of relevant theory and practices to predict outcomes and create business solutions in a complex environment
  • Communicate key issues effectively and creatively using numerical, graphical, oral and written skills
  • Conduct ethical research on business topics, based on critical analysis of academic research and professional practice, and communicate findings
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying systematic, vigorous research methodologies, design and process when undertaking original research via the thesis requirement as part of the fulfillment to gain the doctorate award

The EDBA has a total of 120 ECTS credits and comprises of 5 taught modules at 10 ECTS credits each and a Thesis at 70 ECTS credits as follows:

Mandatory units

  • Managing Strategy 10 ECTS
  • Finance for Managers 10 ECTS
  • Managing Human Resource 10 ECTS
  • Marketing Management 10 ECTS
  • Managing Projects 10 ECTS
  • Thesis * 70 ECTS. The Thesis is between 20,000 to 30,000 words and has a mandatory viva to defend it

Duration and delivery

The EDBA is designed to allocate two academic years to full-time learning, but it is also versatility delivery to accommodate part-time and distance learning/ hybrid learning.

The program is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by SIMI approved centers only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the center and externally verified by SIMI. The qualifications are criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. A judgment that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgment of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Executive DBA, learners must possess:

  • A Master’s degree qualification in any subject from a recognized institution; or
  • Professional qualification equivalent to a Master degree; and
  • English language proficiency in order to participate in the program taught in English.
  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a predominantly English speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

English requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent

The Executive DBA is the Dual Doctoral Degree program. Each of the Qualification bodies is recognized and accredited. This will help the learners more opportunities to get on practical knowledge and also have more chances for labor markets.

Accreditation & Recognized of Horizons University, France

Ministry of Education, France

Horizons University is approved and legally authorized by the Ministry of Education of France to provide post-secondary education (Registration ID : 0451674A)

Paris Regional Professional Training Control Department

Horizons University is registered and authorized to provide professional training both in France and overseas (Reference ID : 11752996775)

Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a U.S. organization giving accreditation to business programs focused on teaching and learning. ACBSP is a recognized accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA); the U.S which is a national organization of degree-granting colleges and universities.

European Council for Business Education (ECBE)

ECBE is an accreditation body headquartered in Belgium that accredits higher education programs across Europe to ensure excellence in business education and teaching. All of Horizons University’s BBA, MBA, and DBA degrees are accredited by ECBE.

European Association for Distance Learning (EADL)

Horizons University is a member of EADL. EADL represents European organizations offering high quality and educationally sound distance learning

CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a U.S.-based organization of degree-granting colleges and universities. It identifies its purpose as providing national advocacy for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation in order to certify the quality of higher education accrediting organizations, including regional, faith-based, private, career, and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA carries out periodic review (“recognition”) of institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Accreditation for International Schools, Colleges, & Universities, ASIC, UK

ASIC is an independent, government-approved accreditation body specializing in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organizations, online and distance education providers, both in the UK and overseas. ASIC accreditation is recognized by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI), part of the Home Office. Horizons University is an accredited Institution by ASIC

ATHEA - Institutional Member

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation by the Board of Commissioners instills public confidence in the institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement of those standards. ATHEA’s Standards for Accreditation are based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) required for recognition by the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR). Horizons University is a founding member of ATHEA.


FEDE – Horizons University is a member of FEDE, the European School Federation
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