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Hybrid Doctorate Program

3 Years Duration

80+ years of collective experience, 15+ successful patents

World-class Faculty

Teach at GGU’s global campus network

Adjunct Faculty Opportunity

Batch Start, Limited Seats Available

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Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor’s Degree, 10+ years work-ex

About the Program

We train participants to assume leadership roles in the industry as well as to take up faculty positions at academic institutes, unlike traditional DBA programs that only focus on the latter.

We support all participants in either publishing a book or research paper and in filing a patent based on their interests.

Upon successful completion, we offer all participants adjunct faculty positions at Golden Gate University’s global campus network.

    Program Overview

    Key Highlights

    Up-to-date modules integrated with Generative AI
    Up-to-date modules integrated with Generative AI
    Gain a Dr. title post completion of the program
    Gain a Dr. title post completion of the program
    Globally renowned faculty with 125+ research papers, 15+ patents, 80+ years in collective experience
    Globally renowned faculty with 125+ research papers, 15+ patents, 80+ years in collective experience
    Global Immersions at San Francisco, Singapore (tentative) and India
    Global Immersions at San Francisco, Singapore (tentative) and India
    Become an Adjunct Faculty at GGU's global campus network
    Become an Adjunct Faculty at GGU's global campus network
    Join GGU's 70,000+ alumni network
    Join GGU's 70,000+ alumni network
    Faculty among Top 10 Data Scientists & Analytics Academicians in India
    Faculty among Top 10 Data Scientists & Analytics Academicians in India
    Research on the impact of Generative AI in diverse domains
    Research on the impact of Generative AI in diverse domains
    AIU Associate Member, WES Recognised Program
    AIU Associate Member, WES Recognised Program

    At GGU tech school, the faculty and researchers are working on pushing the boundaries of this exciting technology responsibly . We developed this experiential, application-based DBA program with a goal to provide the right tools and skill sets to the business leaders who want to harness the true potential of this technology.

    Dr. Venkatesh Sunkad, Dean - GGU Institute of Technology

    Program Curriculum

    Deep-dive into Generative AI with foundational courses, thesis workshops, case-projects and panel sessions. Now integrated with Generative AI modules.

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    Who Is This Programme For?

    Industry leaders, CXOs, high-performing entrepreneurs and exview more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Valid Bachelor’s degree with minimum 10 years of experience.view more

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    • A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a professional degree representing the highest qualification in management. It is a doctorate designed for working professionals who may not be able to pursue a PhD due to time commitments.

    • While a DBA is not offered in India, it is globally recognised.

    • Here, professionals combine their business knowledge with analytical skills to design and execute research studies that have real-world impact, with many going on to publish their work in leading journals.

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    Doctor of Business Administration Degree

    DBA in Emerging Technologies (specialisation in Generative AI)
    Get the coveted degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies (specialisation in Generative AI) and a 'Doctor' title.
    DBA in Emerging Technologies (specialisation in Generative AI)
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    • Become a leading expert in Generative AI
    • Get the same degree that's awarded on campus to learners
    • Get global exposure through immersion trips and interactions with world-class faculty, industry experts and entrepreneurs


    *This image is a sample degree from Golden Gate University, awarded to eligible students upon successful completion of the program. Please contact the admissions team to learn more.


    Learn like you’re right there in San Francisco

    Watch David Fike (President, GGU), Brent White (Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, GGU), and Phalgun Kompalli (Co-founder, upGrad) talk about the collaboration that makes it possible.

    Learner Testimonials*

    *The above testimonials are from GGU's Global DBA learners.


    This DBA program assumes no prior tech or AI experience and will enable you to build mastery of technology, business and research skills from the ground up. Now integrated with Generative AI modules.

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    1-on-1 Thesis Review Sessions
    Hours of Live Sessions
    Global Immersions

    (Research) Course 1: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

    4 Credits
    • Learn quantitative analysis (survey design, experimental design, statistical analysis, regression, time series analysis) and qualitative analysis (open-ended interviewing, focus groups, case study approach) techniques while refining research and writing skills.

    (Research) Course 2: Creative Value from Research

    4 Credits
    • Explore the practical applications of research findings and learn how to translate research outcomes into tangible value.

    (Tech) Course 3: Foundations of Machine Learning and AI

    4 Credits
    • Learn decision modelling, machine learning and its application, data visualization and story-telling. Understand supervised learning, unsupervised learning and learning theory (bias/variance tradeoffs).

    (Tech) Course 4: Deep Learning & its variants

    4 Credits
    • Learn advanced techniques in AI and ML to deal with images, text using auto encoders, CNNs, RNNs, Seq2Seq models Transformers and other state of the art techniques.

    (Tech) Course 5: Generative Artificial Intelligence through Pre Trained Models

    4 Credits
    • Learn to use in-house models vs. using pre-trained models on public data based on business requirements. Gain conceptual understanding of Large Language Models (LLMs,) such as GPT and others, image generators followed by other techniques such as LangChaing, AgentGPT etc.

    Specialisation Curriculum (Business Track)

    8 Credits
    • Digital technology project design, planning and execution: A design thinking approach
    • Special topics of AI for Executives

    Specialisation Curriculum (Technology Track)

    8 Credits
    • Handling Massively Large Data
    • Enterprise grade application development

    Thesis Development Workshops every 2 weeks

      Special panel sessions for one-on-one guidance

        Dissertation Topic Defense

          Final Dissertation Defense

          28 Credits

            Admission Process

            There are 4 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

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            Frequently Asked Questions

            Program Details

            Is there an eligibility criteria for this program?

            Valid Bachelor’s degree with minimum 10 years of experience. Candidates with less than 10 years of experience but with exceptional profiles and outstanding leadership background may also apply

            What is the admission process?

            The admissions process is completely online. The following are the key steps in the application process:
            Step 1: Complete Application

            Fill in details of your education, work-experience and submit your Statement of Purpose


            Step 2: Application Review

            Admission panel reviews the SOP and candidate profile to assess fitment


            Step 3: Receive the Offer Letter

            Shortlisted candidates are sent the Offer Letter


            Step 4: Reserve Your Seat

            Pay a block amount of Rs. 50,000 to reserve your seat, pay the balance amount subsequently

            What kind of certification will I get after completion of this program?

            Post successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a DBA in Emerging Technologies (specialisation in Generative AI) degree from Golden Gate University.

            Program Learning Experience

            Will I be able to complete this program being a busy working professional?

            The program is specially designed for working professionals to enable effective learning while they continue their jobs. Recorded content can be consumed on the website or mobile application on the go while the Live classes are scheduled on weekends at convenient times so you can attend them easily.

            What kind of support does upGrad offer?

            - Student Support is available 7 days a week, 24*7 
            - You can write to us via Or for urgent queries, use the "Talk to Us" option on the Learn platform 

            - Extensive academic support through the Discussion Forum, TA-Sessions. Just like in a university, your batchmates will help you with any academic queries. This will happen via the Discussion Forum. 

            - Other than your peers, you also have TAs (Teaching Associates) for academic queries.

            Financing Details

            How much do I pay to block my seat?

            You need to pay ₹ 50,000 to block your seat. 

            No Cost Credit Card EMI FAQ's

            0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

            1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
            No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank and State Bank of India)

            2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
            Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

            3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
            No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

            4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
            If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

            5. Are there any fees or down payment?
            Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

            6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
            Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

            7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
            Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

            8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
            Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
            HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
            ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

            9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
            You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

            10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
            Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

            11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
            Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

            Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
            Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
            [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
            EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
            Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

            What is the refund and deferral policy for this program?

            Refund Policy: 

            - You may request a refund for the Program at any time before the Cohort Commencement Date by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee of Rs. 10,000 will be charged. Please note that once the Program commences, no refund request will be considered, and any amount paid by the student will not be refunded. 

            - Requests for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program.

             - For detailed refund policy, speak to an upGrad Admission Counselor. 


            Deferral Policy: 

            - For learners who sign up for the program but want to postpone their start date or want to take a break during the program, there is a deferral provision available. For detailed deferral policy, speak to an upGrad Admission Counselor.

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            upGrad does not grant credit; credits are granted, accepted or transferred at the sole discretion of an educational institution. upGrad does not make any representations regarding the recognition or equivalence of the credits or credentials awarded, unless otherwise expressly stated. If you intend to pursue a post graduate or doctorate degree upon completion of this course or apply for employment which requires specific credits, we advise you to enquire further regarding the suitability of this degree for your academic and/or professional requirements before enrolling.