International Institute in Geneva
The Doctorate Program is offered in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

The University of Plymouth is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 named Plymouth as one of the top three universities in the United Kingdom.

These research-based doctoral degrees expose participants to an intellectually rigorous program of study. It is designed to enable participants to synthesize and develop managerial and professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability.

The Doctorate of Business Administration is run in Geneva with industry leading professors from the University of Plymouth and the International Institute in Geneva undertaking workshops, seminars and lecture program at IIG.

This program is part-time courses where the research will be done under the joint supervision of staff from the International Institute in Geneva and the University of Plymouth. The degree of DBA is issued by the University of  Plymouth.

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Admission Requirements                                           

If you have a master's degree (strong professional experience required if you don't have a master's degree), you must submit the first set of documents below to dba@iun.ch before the deadline mentioned for each admission cycle below:               

DBA Application Cycles for Oct 2023 intake Submission deadline of 1st set of documents Initial interviews 2nd interviews Submission deadline of 2nd set of documents Offer letters
1st January 13th Jan 13-31 Feb 13-28 Mar 13-24 Mar 27-31
2nd April 2nd Apr 3-14 May 1-12 May 22-31 Jun 5-9
3rd June 5th Jun 5-16 Jul 3-14 Jul 17-21 Jul 24-28
Late applications August 14th Aug 14-18 Aug 28-31 Sept 1-7

Sept 8

                                                                                             

1st set of documents to submit 

CV                                                                                                 

- Personal statement (Provide details about your professional experience and why you think this is an opportune time to take up the challenge of the DBA in approximately 800 words)

- Initial Research idea - Brief Abstract (Describe the research area or topic that you hope to investigate ideally on one of the following research priorities for the Plymouth Business School in approximately 1000 words  

2nd set of documents to submit     

- Copy of your passport and a photo                                                                        

- Reference letters (min two and at least one should be academic)                       

- Your transcripts and degree certificates for bachelor and master (in English)                                                                                                  

- IELTS (academic level) or equivalent for applicants whose education was not in English: Min overall 6.5 and 5.5 in all components                                                    

- and fill the application form: https://www.iig.ch/en-en/admissions/doctorate by paying a non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF150 (download here)

 

Contact: Dr. Dogan Guven, email: dba@iun.ch

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Undergraduate

The program in business administration prepares students to work in professional and managerial positions in a global business environment.
Starting dates: September - February

The students have an option of achieving TWO BACHELOR DEGREES simultaneously in 3 years in Geneva : awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK and the International Institute in Geneva.
Starting dates: September - February

The students have an option of achieving TWO BACHELOR DEGREES simultaneously in 3 years in Geneva : awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK and the International Institute in Geneva.
Starting dates: September - February

The students have an option of achieving TWO BACHELOR DEGREES simultaneously in 3 years in Geneva : awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK and the International Institute in Geneva.
Starting dates: September - February

The students have an option of achieving TWO BACHELOR DEGREES simultaneously in 3 years in Geneva : awarded by the University of Plymouth, UK and the International Institute in Geneva.
Starting dates: September - February

Graduate

Designed for careers in Business Management

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for young professionals interested in pursuing a career in business management. The MBA provides a comprehensive introduction to today’s global business environment: what are the key challenges facing companies? How are businesses successful at an international level? Why are business ethics and social responsibility crucial?
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Designed for careers in Business Management

The Master of Business Analytics is designed for young professionals interested in Data science/analytics which is now a critical skill for every manager in digital age. This program provides the technical skills and business vision to understand, work and decide with the data: a comprehensive introduction to Big data, databases, opportunities and challenges, how to explore/analyze/visualize ‘big data’ sets to derive insights, how to communicate them as well as how to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning methods to support decision making and digital transformations for both private and public organizations.
Starting dates: September - November - March

Designed for professionals who wish to progress their career in Sales & Marketing

The Master in Digital Marketing & Communication is designed for professionals who wish to progress their career in sales & Marketing. The program builds managers who master the marketing and sales process: how to design successful sales & marketing strategies? How to effectively address marketing and sales decisions? How to implement different sales & marketing tools?
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Designed for careers in Communications

The Master of Arts in Digital Media (MA-DM) is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in communications. The MA-DM provides a comprehensive introduction to today’s issues and challenges in media and communications: what is the role of the communications manager? How is new media re-shaping the media landscape? How can organizations and individuals communicate effectively in a global and multicultural environment?
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Designed for careers in International Business Management

The Master of International Management (MIM) is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in international business management. The degree is geared towards recent undergraduates or working professionals with less than two years of experience. The MIM provides a comprehensive introduction to international management: how do companies market and operate at an international level? What are the communication and cultural challenges for businesses today? What are the ethical and social responsibilities of the business world?
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Designed for careers in International Economic and Commercial Relations

This increased demand was called for by the international employment sectors and students who would like to pursue and progress in their careers at the international trade organizations, diplomatic services, chambers of commerce and the financial sectors. The (MITF) is a high standard program that provides a comprehensive introduction to practical aspects of successful Trade & Investment Promotion, Corporate Governance and International Negotiations combined with an understanding of the technical aspects of Risk Management, Financial Accounting and Project Management. The MITF offers understanding of Global Economics and Corporate Finance techniques and keep students up to date with the latest developments in FinTech and the Digital Transformation world. The program includes visits to major international trade and financial organizations in Switzerland.
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Designed for careers in International Organizations, Diplomatic Services and Private Sector

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR-D) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions.
Starting dates: September - November - March - May

Doctorate

The doctorate degree is awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK) while the 3 extended weekend workshops during the taught phase are run at (IIG) in Geneva. It is specifically designed for the working professionals who have the motivation to expand their knowledge/skills and get a degree without interrupting their work.
Starting dates: October
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