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    About the Program

    Blended Program

    Blended Program

    Study 12 months on campus in India and 12 months on campus in USA

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    Student Support

    Student support is available 7 days a week, 24*7. You can write to us via studentsupport@upgrad.com or for urgent queries use the " Talk to Us" option on the learn platform.

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    upGrad team will help you with application to GGU, USA securing confirmed offer letter.

    Program Overview

    Key Highlights

    Eligibile to avail 1+2 years of OPT after Graduation
    Eligibile to avail 1+2 years of OPT after Graduation
    DBA Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    DBA Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco
    Golden Gate University Alumni Status
    Golden Gate University Alumni Status
    World-renowned professors with extensive industry experience
    World-renowned professors with extensive industry experience
    Ranked #1 for Working Professionals by Washington Monthly
    Ranked #1 for Working Professionals by Washington Monthly
    Among Top 10% Schools in the US by CollegeFactual
    Among Top 10% Schools in the US by CollegeFactual
    Weekend Classes at INSOFE Campuses in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi
    Weekend Classes at INSOFE Campuses in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi
    Internships and optional CPT Opportunities available
    Internships and optional CPT Opportunities available
    Learn from 80 Ph.D. faculty and industry leaders
    Learn from 80 Ph.D. faculty and industry leaders

    “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

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    Top Subjects You Will Learn

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    Who Is This Program For?

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    Syllabus

    Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases, and projects.

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    16 Credits
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    40 Credits
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    About the Program

    What is the DBA program?

    The Global Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Emerging Technologies is a Full-time 2year Doctoral program designed for working professionals

    This online Global DBA in ET focuses on teaching rigorous foundations courses in Emerging Technologies and approaching business problems through the lens of artificial intelligence thereby enabling candidates to conduct research in specialized areas

    The aim of the program is to train individuals to become VPs, Consultants, CXOs, and stand out as Business Thought Leaders in their niche fields

    Is the DBA Program equivalent to a PhD, if so, can I call myself a Doctor?

    Yes, you can! The Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies is equivalent to a PhD degree and is also globally recognized such that our future Thought Leaders can add the title of ‘Dr.’ to their names upon successfully graduating from the program.

    What is the difference between the DBA and a PhD Program?

    The primary goal of the DBA is to advance professional practices, prepare individuals to carry out applied research, and contribute to policy at the workplace or in the broader industry context. The DBA is designed for experienced managers and offers the opportunity to take your business and management knowledge to a higher level. The Ph.D., on the other hand, offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth academic research to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. The DBA is a doctoral qualification just like the PhD; however, it is directly linked to the world of business.

    How unique is the DBA Program and what are the benefits of pursuing the DBA Program that is jointly offered by INSOFE and Golden Gate University?

    The Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies jointly offered by INSOFE Institute of Technology and Golden Gate University is designed such that our students come up with solutions to real world problems in collaboration with several mentors to build products that can be patented.

    The rigorous coursework (in both business and data science), in-depth conversations with mentors, and numerous workshops ensure that our students’ theses are exceedingly innovative and sought after by industry experts.

    What are the Accreditations of Golden Gate University?

    Golden Gate University, a private non-profit university in San Francisco, is recognized worldwide as one of the Top Business and Law Schools with accreditations from - WASC, ABA, and America Association of Law Schools.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Who is eligible to apply to the Global DBA program?

    • For progression in year 2 at US campus, applicants must score 60% in Year 1 coursework at INSOFE Campus India.
    • IELTS: 6.5 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 6, or TOEFL (ETS code 5969): 85 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 20, or Duolingo: 110, recommended sub-score minimum of 100, or Pearson Language Test (PTE): 53. English proficiency scorecard can be provided before the visa process can be started.

    I am not a manager, am I still eligible to apply to the program?

    The Global DBA in ET is focused on senior professionals, being a manager is not a prerequisite for the program eligibility.

    Is the work experience criteria only applicable to the field of data science?

    No, individuals with diverse professional experience from different industries are eligible to apply to the Global DBA in ET program.

    Your admission to the program is contingent on clearing the admission criteria of GGU - INSOFE Institute of Technology.

    Program Application and Time Commitment

    What is the duration of the Global DBA?

    The Global Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies is a 2-year Full-time executive program.

    Thought Leaders of the program are expected to complete all the coursework, publish their ideas, present at a global conference, and defend a thesis.

    What is the delivery format available for the Global DBA program?

    All the classes for this program are in-person, students are expected to do the 2nd year course work at the GGU campus in-person (Subject to VISA approval).

    When are the admission deadlines for the program?

    Admissions for the Global DBA in ET are accepted three times a year, students can enroll in any one of the cohorts in a year.

    What is the Application process for the Global DBA program?

    • Students must apply to the program and submit all relevant documents to GGU INSOFE Institute of Technology. Students have to send an application to GGU INSOFE Institute of Technology, submit a statement of purpose along with recommendation letters and official transcripts
    • In specific circumstances, students may be asked to appear for an interview.
    • Students who are enrolled at GGU INSOFE Institute of Technology must complete 24 credits worth of classes in India. During which time, we will help you apply to Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies at Golden Gate University.
    • While GGU INSOFE Institute of Technology will guide you on the application process, admission to Golden Gate University in DBA  is subject to the University’s discretion and cannot be guaranteed by GGU INSOFE Institute of Technology.

    What are the documents that are to be submitted during admission?

    1. Passport (In case passport is not available right now then any valid Government ID canbe provided but passport will be required before the visa process can be started)
    2. Final Degree Certificate of Bachelor’s course as well as Master’s course (if applicable)
    3. Semester-wise Marksheets (Including Backlog Semesters)
    4. Final Consolidated Marksheet or Transcript5. Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should contain three references (academic/ professional)containing the following details: Name, Designation-Company, Email ID
    6. Statement of Purpose

    Research and Coursework

    What will happen if I cannot pass the qualifier exam?

    You will be given 3 attempts to pass the qualifier exam after which you will no longer be eligible to remain in the Global DBA in ET program.

    How do I choose my research topic?

    Students will attend several workshops on implementation and innovation, conducted in a problem agnostic manner. As part of the workshops students will be asked to identify whether an industry problem is solvable by ML or not.

    The problems selected under these workshops will serve as the basis for the Global DBA in ET.

    You will receive guidance from the course mentor on how to select appropriate industry problems and receive peer-feedback on the plan and solutions you draft to address the problem.

    Apart from receiving guidance from the course mentor, your advisor and thesis committee will also provide feedback on the work developed at GGU-INSOFE Institute of Technology.

    How do I choose my academic advisor?

    Students will be assigned an academic advisor based on their research interest and thesis they plan to develop.

    How do I choose my committee?

    GGU-INSOFE Institute of Technology will assign a thesis committee consisting of Golden Gate University and INSOFE faculty. Students can choose an industry expert to be a part of the committee.

    What is the time commitment required to pursue this program?

    Individuals enrolled in the Global DBA in ET will be required to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on classes and assignments. This is a rigorous doctoral program conducted offline with in-person classroom sessions during the weekends.

    What is the defence process like for the Global DBA?

    Participants must qualify a proposal defence in their 2nd year where their thesis committee will approve their research plan. Following this, participants will work on developing their research thesis and defend the final product at the end of the program

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    Where are the classes delivered?

    During the Year 1, classes will be held in GGU-INSOFE classrooms in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. During the 2nd Year, the classes will be held at GGU – INSOFE campus at San Francisco, USA.

    Will the DBA be awarded by INSOFE or Golden Gate University?

    Upon the completion of all the program requirements, the Doctor of Business Administration in Emerging Technologies will be awarded by Golden Gate University, USA. All our DBA students will hold a global Doctor degree.

    Will any study materials or reference books be provided?

    The lecture notes and study materials to complete the coursework will be provided during the Global DBA in ET course of study.

    Under the guidance of the supervisors, the onus is on the student to find the appropriate literature related to their problem statement and complete their thesis in the given time frame.

    Miscellaneous

    Tell me more about the Alumni Status post-completion of the DBA program?

    As a Global DBA in ET student, you will have GGU alumni status which can help maintain good networking with experienced faculty, students, and management.

    Payment

    No cost CC 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, Indus Ind Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, 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

    Refund Policy

    Is there any deferral or refund policy for this program?

    Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component) 

    • Students must pay an applicable Deposit Amount for the enrollment to the Program. This Deposit Amount will be adjustable against the Total Program fee payable by the student. 
    • You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting www.upgrad.com and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee will be levied as defined below. If less than processing fee have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case. '
      • Processing Fees - In case you are deemed ineligible for the program during the document-screening or the interview process, a processing fee of 5,000 INR will be deducted otherwise processing fees will be 20,000 for any other scenario which includes but are not limited to not providing documents or not appearing for interview or deciding to discontinue from the program before the selection process is completed. 
    • The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and student will continue to pay the EMI for the loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
    • In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount. 
    • Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded. 
    • Request 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 after being duly approved by the Academic Committee. 
    •  
    • There shall be no refund made towards the Year 1 fee if an applicant withdraws after the cohort commencement date has passed. 

     

    Deferral Policy: (Pre- Program Commencement)

    • If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch. 
    • However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort. 
    • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for. 
    • The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply. 
    • The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid). 

     

    Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement) 

    • If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch. 
    • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for. 
    • The student will be required to pay deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts. 
    • The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid. 
    • Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort. 
    • The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort. 
    • If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
    • The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad. If less than Rs. 20,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case.