Integrated Doctorate of Business Administration

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy & Universidad Catolica De Murcia, Spain

Graduate as a Doctor with this unique program offering, which allows you to take up your MBA & DBA together.

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  • Integrated DBA allows you to take up MBA & DBA in one go.
  • Complete your 60 ECTS, Masters in International Business Administration from GMU, Italy in as less as 9 Months and start your DBA from UCAM, Spain right away 
  • DBA, from UCAM, Spain is a 180 ECTS, Blended Program, with 1 year of taught module followed by Research work
  • UCAM is ranked among top 10 universities in Europe by Times Higher Education Ranking-2019 for Quality
  • 100% Online with Personal Tutor support
  • Get 2 Accredited Degrees in the span of 2.5 years which would have else taken 5 years
  • Flexible Payment, Instalment scheme.
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$16000 Total Fee

Pay Per Module

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Flexible

2.5 Years

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Degree

Master of Business Administration, Doctorate of Business Administration

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Completely Online

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Accreditations

Ministry of Education, Spain

Ministry of Education, Italy

Course Modules & Fee

Course Registration Fees

$2000(On approval of application for the course)

Monthly Instalment

$500(to be paid on monthly basis for 28 months)

Certification Fees

$300(Certified Manager Certification -Optional)

Total Fees

$16000

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$16000 Total Fee

Pay Per Module

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Flexible

2.5 Years

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Degree

Master of Business Administration, Doctorate of Business Administration

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Completely Online

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Accreditations

Ministry of Education, Spain

Ministry of Education, Italy

Admission requirement

Academic route

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or academic equivalent) in any subject

Work Experience

If you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree, you can apply through our mature entry route. You’ll need to provide evidence of 3 years (Minimum) of relevant managerial work experience, along with certificates of your highest diplomas/degrees/professional certifications and an updated resume. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please send these details to admissions@athena.edu. Applicants should be 23 years of age or above. Admission through Mature Entry Route will be subject to the discretion of the Athena Global Education and the respective Awarding Bodies/Universities.

English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker, you should have an appropriate English proficiency level, e.g. an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent in all bands or possess a Bachelor’s degree delivered and assessed in English, or proof of work experience in an English-speaking environment.

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$16000 Total Fee

Pay Per Module

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Flexible

2.5 Years

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Degree

Master of Business Administration, Doctorate of Business Administration

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Completely Online

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Accreditations

Ministry of Education, Spain

Ministry of Education, Italy

Why Athena?

Flexible

At Athena, you are in charge of your learning! You get to decide the pace of your learning based on your financial and time availability. The learning structure is modular, ensuring pace, effectiveness and momentum of your learning journey. With this byte-sized learning format you get to learn anywhere, anytime.

Affordable

With Athena as your learning partner, you follow a ‘Pay as you Go Scheme’ for your program, that means no upfront bulk payment of your fee. Instead, your fee will be divided into small pocket-friendly installments distributed across your program.

Accredited & Globally Accepted

Athena Global Education has partnered with reputed Universities and Awarding bodies, all of which are fully accredited by governmental regulatory bodies in their respective countries. Universities are NARIC Approved and are part of European Higher education, Bologna process, making the programs recognised worldwide.

Stackable

Byte-sized learning formats ensure that each learning item carries tangible value in terms of learning outcome, which allows learners to stack or combine small units into higher education credits toward a degree or diploma. At any point of time during your course, you can claim a certificate/diploma based on the credits you have earned so far.

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$16000 Total Fee

Pay Per Module

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Flexible

2.5 Years

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Degree

Master of Business Administration, Doctorate of Business Administration

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Completely Online

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Accreditations

Ministry of Education, Spain

Ministry of Education, Italy

Partners of this Programme

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy

Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU) is based in Rome, Italy and it is the first Italian Open University recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). It appears among the 25 top performers worldwide in the categories of the U-Multirank ranking system for open access publications, international joint publications, and regional joint publications

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Universidad Catolica De Murcia (UCAM), Spain

Universidad Católica De Murcia (UCAM) is a university par excellence based out of Murcia, Spain. Established in 1996, the university is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Spain, ANECA, and is a member of ENQA, Universia, and EUA. UCAM is ranked among the 200 best universities in Europe and the 10 best valued by its students by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. UCAM has a strategic partnership network with more than 280 universities.

 

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Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is the executive public body of the Scottish government responsible for accrediting educational awards and is accredited by the UK government to offer educational qualifications. Being one of the four partner national organizations in the Curriculum for Excellence, SQA’s designs and develops new qualifications and assessments validate qualifications, and reviews them to ensure they are up to date.  It has created the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

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Chartered Management Institute, UK

Chartered Management Institute, backed by royal charter is the only Chartered body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. CMI’s management qualifications are recognized throughout the UK and Europe and provide a progressive framework that enables one to develop and broaden management skills. Their qualifications are designed in consultation with employers to meet today's demands and therefore it is valued by them.


 

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Admission Process

Please find below the detailed steps to be followed as a part of the admission process.

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Step 1 :Register for a free trial

Register for a 7-Day Trial and get complete access to the first module of this program for 7 days without any obligations.

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Step 2 :Submit online enrollment form

For Masters & Doctorate Program, you need to make a quick online application. For Certifications & Diplomas, you can enroll directly by making payment for 1st module.

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Step 3 : Pay & Start

Once your applications is approved, you will be able to start right away by making fee payment from your student portal 

Why this Course ?

1 MBA & DBA not a 5 Year thing anymore!

You can earn two degrees, MBA and DBA within 28 months and open up to career opportunities like never before; whether it be in business, education, government, or healthcare.

2 Designed for Busy Executives

This online program, with personal tutor support, is designed for working professionals, who don't want to compromise on their dynamic professional life either.

3 Acquire Critical Business Skills

The IDBA program focuses on providing students with real-world, business-oriented critical thinking and problem-solving skills and helps you to acquire specific leadership qualities designed for upper management and executive positions.

Course Resources

For more detailed information about the course, please click on the links below.

What You Learn

This is your expected skill development and learning from the program

Module 1

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Sustainability and Business

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The module will critically review sustainability challenges and opportunities for organizations in a global context.

Level: EQF Level 7 /SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 2

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Operations and Project Management

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The module will provide you an introduction to a broad range of operations and project management problems, tools, and knowledge facing managers working in modern organizations.

Level: EQF Level 7/SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 3

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Strategic Leadership and HR Practices in Organisations

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

You learn role of strategic HRM and leadership practices & their influence on the overall performance and competence of the organization.

Level: EQF Level 7/SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 4

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Accounting for Next Generation Leaders

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The module covers analysis and interpretation of financial statements of contemporary firms, cost classification, investment appraisal, and budgeting affecting the financial behavior of an organization.

Level: EQF Level 7/SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 5

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Strategic Management

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The module develop skills for strategic thinking and analysis, leadership, communication, teamwork, and cross-functional integration.

Level: EQF Level 7/SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 6

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International Marketing Management

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

You develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories and their applications in international marketing and management

Level: EQF Level 7/SCQF Level 11

Credits: 20 SCQF Credits

Module 7

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Research Methods & Dissertation

Duration: 3-6 months

By the end of the module you will be able to explain your own research ‘philosophy’ and you will be able to decide what research methods to use. The dissertation is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to investigate issues of their own choice over a significant period of time.

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 20 ECTS Credits

Module 8

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Research Methodology and Methods (Exempted)

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

By the end of the module you will be able to explain your own research ‘philosophy’ and you will be able to decide what research methods to use

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 10 ECTS

Module 9

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Research Issues within Contemporary Management

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The module will help you to identify what would make a suitable, interesting and applied research topic in management so that you can begin to conceptualise your own area for future research, later in the course.

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 10 ECTS

Module 10

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Interim Research Project (Exempted)

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The purpose of the module is to allow you to utilize the research methods skills you have acquired, and the areas of research you have identified,

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 20 ECTS

Module 11

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Designing a Research Project

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The purpose of this module is to write a detailed proposal document for your actual thesis.

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 10 ECTS

Module 12

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Developing as a Researcher

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

The purpose of this module is to provide you with some useful theoretical tools to help you to reflect constructively and in the right depth.

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 10 ECTS

Module 13

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Practice Based Thesis

Duration: 4 to 12 weeks

This is the capstone module of the DBA in which you plan and implement your own extended research project, demonstrate your own deep expertise in a specific area of applied business and management.

Level: EQF Level 8/QCF Level 8/NQF Level 10

Credits: 120 ECTS

How You Learn

Scientifically developed learning pedagogy, which ensures quality and effective learning experience for the learners. We ensure a seamless learning experience for students with varying levels of expertise on the subject matter.

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What You Get

You will be receiving the following certificates as specified below:

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Doctorate of Business Administration issued by Universidad Catolica De Murcia, Spain .

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Detailed Transcript with 180 ECTS Credits (DBA) issued by Universidad Catolica De Murcia (UCAM), Spain . (view sample)

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Master of International Business Administration issued by Guglielmo Marconi University . (view sample)

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Detailed Transcript with 60 ECTS Credits (IMBA) issued by Guglielmo Marconi University .

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SCQF level 11 Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy issued by Scottish Qualifications Authority . (view sample)

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Detailed Transcript with 120 SCQF Credits issued by Scottish Qualifications Authority .

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Certified Manager Certification issued by Chartered Management Institute . (view sample)

All certificate and transcript images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of respective Universities or Awarding Bodies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learners wishing to be admitted to the IDBA Program should satisfy the following requirements.

1. Possess a Bachelor’s degree in any subject
2. If you are not a native speaker, you should have an appropriate English proficiency level, e.g. an IELTS score of 5. 5 or equivalent in all bands or possess a bachelor’s degree delivered and assessed in English, or proof of work experience in an English-speaking environment.
3. Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they have relevant managerial experience of not less than 3 years.
Once the student has successfully completed his MBA, which can be done in minimum of 6 months, student will be eligible to enrol to the DBA Program.
Yes, the program is structured to accommodate the busy schedules of full-time professionals with a strong support system which is highly flexible. Though the course duration is 28 months, the learner can complete it within 48 months. It depends on the time the student has to invest for the research.
Follow these steps to formally enroll into IDBA program 

1. Register for the course from this course page and set your password.
2. Login to your Student Portal.
3. Click on Application Link provided in the header menu in your student dasboard and submit the application
4. The academic panel will evaluate your application and will issue the offer letter if you are eligible and the documents are complete.
5. On receiving the ‘Admission Offer Letter’, you pay the registration fee of $2000. Once the registration fee is received, the institute will issue the letter of admission, and you can start with your first module.
All applicants are required to upload the following documents in order to be eligible for admission:

1. Proof of having earned a Bachelor’s Degree - such as a Degree Certificate. If the documents are not in English, official translations should be submitted.
2. The final transcript of Bachelor’s Degree.
3. A copy of the government-issued photo identity card.
4. If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree, you can still apply through the mature entry route. You will have to upload an updated resume along with the relevant work experience letters issued by your employer/s. You may also be contacted by our faculty for a telephone interview in order to ascertain your eligibility for the program
Yes, students can apply for credit exemptions for the program based on previous work experience or educational qualification under Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APEL) respectively.
It is possible to extend the duration for an extra year with an additional fee.
Under any unforeseen circumstances, if a learner wants to withdraw from the program before completing MBA, he/she may apply for an Early Exit Award.


Based on the credit earned and modules completed in the MBA program, you might receive a credit statement or a diploma, or an extended diploma by paying the certification fee. He/she will be able to resume the course at a later date by re-enrolling and may resume from where you stopped, depending on the availability of that particular course at the time of re-enrollment.


If the learner wants to leave the course midway through research or at the start of the research, he/she will have an option to choose for an Exit Award, that is, MPhil in Management. Exit award fee is applicable.
It is a combination of MBA and DBA, Combining both have given you an easier way for achieving your higher education and made it more effortless as you are doing it in a stretch rather than just doing your masters and that too under the guidance of experienced faculties than searching for your doctorate and other options.
All topics are accepted as long as your research is connected to management. You can choose from a variety of fields such as HR, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, international business, strategy and others.
The DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals possessing extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA has both rigor and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but unlike the Ph.D., it is geared towards honing capabilities in the professional sphere. PhD programs are usually meant for those interested in pursuing research based careers in academia.
Each student will be provided with a Personal Tutor for each module to whom he/she can connect for any academic assistance for that module. You can also schedule a one to one live session with your personal tutor. For pastoral (non-academic)support, you can connect with your student experience executive on call/Whatsapp or mail(see@athena.edu) and get your issue resolved.