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    3 days in Dubai

    Next start date

    Nov 15, 2023

    Accreditation and Membership

    About the Program

    About the DBA

    About the DBA

    The program by Rushford is tailored for working professionals, offering a perfect combination of self-paced learning and interactive sessions with the esteemed faculty members, creating an ideal balance for busy individuals.

    Live University Lectures

    Live University Lectures

    Rushford's faculty curate live and interactive sessions for it's students that are scheduled considering the global time zones and working hours.

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    Benefit from personalized thesis supervision through one-on-one interactions with experienced academic advisors, who come from diverse professional backgrounds and are based around the globe. Engage in live and interactive sessions with your assigned thesis supervisor, ensuring valuable guidance and support throughout your research journey.

    On-Campus Immersion

    On-Campus Immersion

    Mandatory 3 days immersion in Dubai

    Program Overview

    Key Highlights

    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Balanced curriculum of application and research for working professionals
    Balanced curriculum of application and research for working professionals
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    Add a 'Dr.' to your name and cement your industry experience
    Add a 'Dr.' to your name and cement your industry experience
    Earn the same degree as awarded on campus
    Earn the same degree as awarded on campus
    1:1 Thesis supervision
    1:1 Thesis supervision
    Live faculty lectures
    Live faculty lectures
    3 Days Immersion in Dubai
    3 Days Immersion in Dubai

    "Our aim is simple: We strive to create high-impact, hands-on experiences that prepare students for meaningful and productive careers.”

    - Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder, upGrad



    Prepare for an exceptional experience as you embark on a transformative journey, supported by the remarkable blend of strong and ethical leadership and the unwavering guidance of Rushford's committed faculty.

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    Who Is This Program For?

    Working professionals seeking to transition into the C-suiteview more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 3 yview 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

    Doctorate of Business Administration from Rushford Business School

    Doctorate of Business Administration from Rushford Business School
    Upon successfully finishing the program, learners become part of a thriving community of doctorate degree holders who are making a difference in the world by addressing unique problem statements, one at a time.
    Doctorate of Business Administration from Rushford Business School
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    • Earn the same degree as awarded on-campus from the art and culture capital of the world
    • Alumni status from Rushford Business School

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    Learn on an AI-powered & personalised platform with best-in-class content, live sessions & mentoring from leading industry experts.
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    Global Lecturers

    The esteemed faculty at Rushford will guide you through your doctorate learning pathway.


    Experience a top-tier combination of application-based and research-based modules delivered by renowned faculty members and industry experts.

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    Specialisations to choose from
    Thesis Supervision
    ECTS Credits
    Online Learning

    Business Management Track

    30 ECTS
    • Managerial Skills
    • Cutting Edge Leadership
    • Managerial Economics
    • International Business Environment
    • Accounting for Financial Reporting
    • Strategic Management: Integrating the enterprise

    Strategic Management: Integrating the enterprise

    30 ECTS
    • Choose 6 courses from Specialisation track

    Research Track

    30 ECTS
    • Introduction to Academic Research
    • The Landscape of Literature Review
    • Research Design
    • Business Statistics
    • Designing a Quantitative Research Methodology
    • Designing a Qualitative Research Methodology

    Written Proposal Defense (5000 Words)

    20 ECTS

      Doctoral Residency

      10 ECTS

        Reflection and Minutes of the meeting with the Supervisor

        10 ECTS

          Report Writing

          10 ECTS

            Written Dissertation and Oral Defence (25000 to 25000 words)

            40 ECTS


              Note: All additional specializations will be subject to approval on an individual basis

              Topics Covered

              International Business

              Global StrategiesInternational Business PolicyInternational MarketingInternational FinanceEmerging Market MultinationalsOpen Innovation and its Impact on Business and Society

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              Admission Process

              There are 3 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

              Program Fees: INR 6,99,000 inclusive of all taxes*

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              Course Eligibility

              Who is this program for?

              Working professionals who are looking for a transition into the C-suite or Senior Management professionals looking to become experts in their domain of choice. 

              What is the minimum eligibility for this program?

              Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 3 years of work experience. 


              How much do I pay to block my seat?

              You need to pay INR 25,000/- to block your seat. 

              Will I be able to avail EMI Options of my course fee even after receiving scholarships?

              Yes, please check our "Fees" section for flexible EMI options. 

              Refund Policy/Financials

              What is the refund policy for this program?

              1. 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.

              2. 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 refund and deferral policies please refer to this link.

              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, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

              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

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