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The Finance DBA

The Finance DBA from ECEBiS is a next-generation doctoral program (MQF/EQF Level 8) that brings together top international faculty and a convenient, cutting-edge curriculum to give you the tools, knowledge, and connections you need to take your career to new heights.

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). However, there are fundamental differences between these two doctoral degrees. These differences are nearly always at the center of DBA vs PhD discussions. The key difference concerns the intended career path of the student following their degree.

A PhD focuses on the ‘theory’ underpinning business management, whereas a DBA focuses on the ‘practical’ concepts. Those who complete a PhD in business management usually wish to pursue a career in research or academia. Those who complete a DBA do so as they want to pursue a more advanced role in the business industry or within their organization, although DBA graduates indeed go to teach in Management schools.

The Finance DBA offers a wide range of core and elective courses that focus on Fintech, such as:

  • Finance Applications & Innovations
  • Government Control, Taxation, and Regulations
  • New Monies & Crypto Economy
  • Portfolio and Risk Management with Crypto Currencies
  • Quantitative Trading & AI
  • Tokens and NFT

  • KNOWLEDGE: Establish in-depth knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and theoretical foundations of Finance to inform managerial decision-making.
  • RESEARCH: Create awareness and understanding of the current debates, trends, and challenges to identify areas and demand for future research projects.
  • SKILLS: Apply the economic way of thinking to business decisions, adapt pricing strategies to prevailing market realities, and measure consumer demand responsiveness.
  • TECHNOLOGIES: Evaluate the current industry developments and transformational technologies that drive them, including Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, AI, and Big Data.

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The Finance DBA is a 180 ECTS equivalent program. In part-time mode, students typically take one course for each 8-week term. The total program duration in part-time mode is 3-4 years

Each course takes one term (8 weeks). The program has 5 terms a year, starting in January, March, May, August and October. DBA students can register for new courses every two months.

Our classes are made for working students with tailored timetables. Live cohort classes will typically coincide with evening (CET) times, twice a week.

We accept applications on a rolling basis (see our admissions process section).

We have the most agile enrolment system of any DBA program. Our cohorts start 5 times a year in January, March, May, August and October.

In addition to developing and defending your research thesis, you will take reading assignments and written assessment on core modules. Online class attendance may also be part of your grade.

Online Learning

All courses and assignments are 100% online.

No. All courses and assignments are 100% online.

ECEBiS has implemented a student learning experience with new technology methods and interactive solutions. Our academic syllabi, format, and timetables as well as the assessment methods to take place online to ensure the highest standards.

ECEBiS has developed a unique online learning programme with the aim of transforming the finance education landscape. Our interactive modules and live sessions provide maximum flexibility to students and reinforce active and personalized learning.

Our programs have cohort-based innovative design technology. Online sessions connect online students for the same immersive experience and academic quality of a traditional cohort. In addition, our asynchronous sessions allow the development of individual work with the support of our faculty mentors.

ECEBiS has designed all courses with new methodologies, contents, and academic materials that focus on pragmatic, managerial problem-solving.

Our DBA is structured around Live Video Classes to learn wherever you are, and combine:

  • Online Interactions. Network with faculty and classmates from around the world.
  • Online Assessments. Best-of-breed testing and assessment of learning outcomes.


ECEBiS is Level 8 accredited, the highest academic benchmark in Business Education awarded in the European Union. ECEBiS is part of the prestigious European-wide EQF (European Qualifications Framework) network and awards doctorate degrees accredited by the Malta Further & Higher Education authority. More information at:

Speak with a Finance DBA Enrollment Specialist now (hyperlink to enquiries email). You can find more information about our eligibility requirements, and submit your applications here (hyperlink to applications page/form)


We will guide you through a simple three-step application process.

1-Personal Information: Share some basic information about yourself on the form below.

2-Eligibility: Candidates for the Finance DBA are evaluated based on academic background, career accomplishments, intellectual curiosity, and drive to succeed. We accept students from a wide range of Master’s Degree programs.

3-Tuition: The value of the Finance DBA far exceeds the cost of tuition. Enroll for as little as €19.900, a fraction of the cost of a traditional DBA.

Our programs starts from €19.900 (upfront payment). We offer financing options in installments, at €1.490 every 2 months. Installments occur 5 times a year at the start of very term for a total of 15 installments.

We have a range of financial aid options available. Get in contact with our admissions team to explore the best financing plan for you.

For the purposes of admission ECEBiS recognizes all qualifications included in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and their equivalences.

The following documents are required for admission to DBA (MQF Level 8) programs:

  • Master’s degree in the relevant field from an internationally recognized academic institution;
  • A minimum of several years' work experience in Management or Research.
  • English language proficiency, including a personal statement of the applicant's suitability.

The Finance DBA generally requires spoken and written English-language competency equivalent to TOEFL score of 550 points or higher (or 213 on the computer-based test) for non-native speakers, or equivalent.

Alternatively, the applicant can provide a personal statement of his or her English proficiency. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that:

  • English is their primary language, or
  • they completed at least the final four years of their schooling in a recognized English-speaking country; or
  • they have continuously resided or worked in a recognized English-speaking country between the completion of their studies and commencement at ECEBiS.
  • The Admissions Team will assess each case independently.

Yes. Via the Recognition of Prior Learning framework, ECEBiS recognizes learning obtained through formal, non-formal and informal learning other than the mainstream certification for credit transfer. You can gain exemption from parts of an existing program or entry with advanced standing. Get in touch with one of our admissions advisors today to get a personalized assessment.