Doctor of Business Administration (By Research)

A program with Institut Brittany d'Enseignement Supérieur and VERN' University via APEL process managed by IBES

  • Doctor of Business Administration from VERN’ University
  • Doctor of Business Administration from Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES)


Schweizer Institut für Hochschulbildung in Management and Innovation (MI Swiss) is the International Institute of SIMI Swiss. When participating in the program coordinated by MI Swiss with partner universities, students receive the following advantages:

80% Tuition Saving

Students can study the original Swiss program from SIMI Swiss and save up to 80% on costs compared to the original tuition fees by not receiving SIMI Swiss degrees directly and getting support from partner universities.

Multiple Qualifications

As the programs are accredited and recognized across various educational systems, students can earn multiple qualifications and recognitions after graduating.

Academic Support System

Personal research supervisor and additional support for publishing research papers in ISI/SCOPUS journals (optional).

Flexible Learning Model

Live Class with SIMI Swiss's Lecturers, optimizing studying process for busy individuals.

Program in details

01 Introduction

MI Swiss believes that the Doctor of Business Administration program will be the ideal choice for doctoral candidates seeking to develop both applied and academic research skills.


The program specialized in management and business, adopts a research approach from the beginning (By Research). It focuses on developing research skills with applied orientations in the field of administration and management, comprising two stages:

(1) The learning stage of research subjects to orient research and understand scientific research methods in education, and

(2) The research and thesis formation stage of the doctoral in Education under the guidance of faculty.

Through the MI Swiss Institute for International Cooperation, learners can participate in original programs and receive exclusive study support from SIMI Swiss, while also earning qualifications from IBES and VERN' University. This model helps students save up to 80% of tuition compared to the original cost when not getting a qualification directly from SIMI Swiss.

02 Program Details

The program consists of mandatory modules and a Doctor’s Dissertation, totaling 240 UK/120 ECTS Credits, lasting a minimum of 2.5 years and a maximum of 3 years.

Mandatory modules:
  • Course: Developing Research Capability (60 UK/30 ECTS Credits)
  • Activity: Present Research Proposal in the Colloquium
  • Course: Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (60 UK/30 ECTS Credits)
Doctor’s Dissertation Stage (120 UK/60 ECTS Credits):
  • Activity: Working with Research Supervisor for Dissertation
  • Activity: Present the research result in Colloquium
  • Activity: Defend the Dissertation

After going through the APEL process from the IBES, students who complete the program will be jointly recognized and awarded qualifications by Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES) and VERN' University.

Graduating from the program, the learner could:
1. Develop Contextually Aligned Research
  • Conduct research in the areas of Management and Administration and innovative teaching and learning methods.
  • Assess the importance, practicality, and feasibility of research topics in Management and Administration.
  • Develop and adjust research purposes to align with overall research objectives and within time constraints.
  • Analyze and evaluate various research options, making appropriate and informed choices.
2. Gather and Organize Theoretical Foundations
  • Compile theoretical foundations related to business and management research.
  • Categorize and form a theoretical structure to serve the scientific management research topic.
3. Design Comprehensive Research
  • Review existing studies and select relevant research to support intended research efforts.
  • Design research in alignment with research objectives, questions, and timelines.
  • Adjust chosen research methods considering ethical considerations and feasibility.
4. Formulate Research Proposals and Complete Research Projects
  • Formulate research questions and review theoretical foundations and research models.
  • Construct research projects that meet international standards, culminating in a complete doctoral thesis in the field of education and pedagogy.
  • Present research findings to scientific councils.
  • Develop the ability to defend and persuasively argue research findings.
Assessment and Confirmation of Academic Results:

All modules and doctoral dissertations in the program undergo evaluation by IBES and VERN' University. Learners are required to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and the attainment of competencies as outlined in detail in the program’s syllabus. This rigorous evaluation process ensures that candidates meet the established standards and objectives of the program.

03 Admission

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 this program, learners must possess one of the criteria below:

  • Learners must be over 24 years old; and
  • 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:

  1. SIMI and MI Swiss reserve the right to make admissions decisions based on the requirements of recognized agencies and the global quotas of the program.
  2. SIMI and MI Swiss does not accept entry qualifications from counterfeit universities, Diploma Mills, or universities accredited by unreliable accreditation agencies.

04 Learning method

MI Swiss functions as an International Cooperation Institute of the Swiss Information and Management Institute (SIMI Swiss), established with the aim of providing learners with more opportunities to participate in Swiss programs in the context that SIMI Swiss's tuition subsidy programs have reached their maximum quota.
MI Swiss implements SIMI Swiss programs, but learners will receive their qualifications from university partners, allowing students to save on tuition fees while still accessing Swiss-Made academic programs at a more affordable cost
Learning mode
With the goal of providing an effective learning experience and adapting to the global educational landscape, programs at SIMI Swiss apply a flexible learning model (combining Live classes and online local tutors), helping to optimize learning efficiency for busy working people.
The video provides 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: 

05 Support of Personal Research Supervisor

According to numerous studies, one of the most significant challenges faced by doctoral students is the lack of a guiding faculty member to accompany, support, and advise them throughout their research period. Furthermore, 80% of doctoral students who fail to graduate on time or are forced to abandon their programs halfway do so because of this issue.
Understanding this, SIMI Swiss and MI Swiss has implemented a program with dedicated research mentors to support and guide students throughout their research development phase, following the completion of their proposal through various courses.
Although instructors are not directly involved in conducting student research, their support and experience are still important. This helps ensure that students have a solid foundation to complete research quality and on time, while also facilitating publication of research work in prestigious journals such as ISI /SCOPUS.
  • Access the Academic Support Portal: CLICK HERE
  • The video provide learners with a direct and comprehensive overview of the exclusive Research Support System at SIMI Swiss: CLICK HERE

06 Seminar

In the MI Swiss Doctoral program, emphasis is placed on both acquiring knowledge and expanding professional relationships while staying current with scientific advancements. These elements are not only crucial but also mandatory components of the program.


SIMI Swiss, the governing body of MI Swiss, collaborates with partner universities to organize mandatory seminars for students. Although these seminars do not award credits, they evaluate participants based on essential activities. After attending a seminar abroad, students engage in Networking activities to build connections within the academic and professional communities.

SIMI Swiss collaborates with SIMS Swiss in the organization of Seminars and Networking activities:


07 VERN' University

VERN' University is one of the best universities in Croatia (QUDAL), with the following recognitions and accreditations:

  • Government recognition by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Croatia;
  • State educational accreditation (ASHE Croatia);
  • European higher education quality accreditation (ESG);
  • Recognition by the International Association of Universities (IAU);
  • Recognized member university by EFMD;
  • Awarded Croatia's first national brand for education (Superbrands Croatia);
  • Recognized by the EU under the Erasmus+ system.

Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of VERN' University CLICK HERE


About Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur:
  • The Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur, France, is an institution for higher education and postgraduate training under Article R.6351-6 of the French Employment Code, licensed for the ILE-DE-FRANCE region with registration number 11755913675;
  • IBES is an educational institution registered with the French Ministry of Education as an Institute providing undergraduate and postgraduate programs according to the French Education Act – Code de l’Education Articles L 444-1 to 444-11 and R 444-1 to 444-28 for online education;
  • A member of the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL) and has achieved the national quality certification Qualiopi.

09 SIMI Swiss

Through the MI Swiss International Cooperation Institute, students can directly study the program of SIMI Swiss but only receive qualification(s) from partner universities, helping students save on tuition and may access scholarships from partner universities.
  • Accreditation on the Swiss Government Education Portal SVEB: CLICK HERE
  • Accreditation of SIMI Swiss accreditations and recognitions: CLICK HERE

10 Disclaimer

The Swiss Information and Management Institute (SIMI Swiss), MI Swiss along with our Partner Universities, Academic Partners, Local Supporting Partners, and Qualification Awarding Bodies (collectively referred to as the 'Parties' or 'We'), hereby state and affirm that:

  • The Parties expressly disclaim any guarantee of acceptance of a degree by a third party. The acceptance or rejection of a degree is contingent upon the discretion of the receiving entity.
  • The Parties explicitly disavow any guarantee pertaining to salary increments, promotions, new employment opportunities, or employment acceptance subsequent to graduation.
  • Although there exist regulations concerning cross-recognition and equivalence of qualifications, it is important to note that each country, organization, and entity retains the right to acknowledge and recognize its own degrees. The Parties do not assure automatic recognition of degrees during the diploma and certificate usage process, including the issuing of transcripts, by any of our members. Furthermore, the Parties do not assure or endorse the process of recognizing equivalent qualifications (if applicable).
  • The Parties do not assure or commit to facilitating opportunities for immigration, employment abroad, acquisition of work permits, teaching permits, or professional licenses in the UK, Europe, or any other country.
  • While the Parties extend maximum support, they do not guarantee 100% approval of student visas (in the case of full-time study) or Schengen visas (for attendance at the graduation ceremony in Europe) if learners do not meet the requirements of the host country and the competent authority responsible for immigration, relocation, and settlement in other countries.

Accreditation and Recognition of VERN' University

Welcome to MI Swiss!

For free consultation, catalogue and more information on tuition fee, do not hesitate to contact us!