Challenge-Focused Doctoral Curriculum

Our doctoral program is built on real-world business challenges. Students take the knowledge and skills they learn in class and continually test them, and themselves, through practical application.


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Courses and structure

The Hult DBA is a 30-month (2.5 year) program with a combination of on-campus residencies at our campuses around the world and structured online learning that can be completed anywhere. Our unique educational approach takes you beyond business to study every topic through a global lens, master working cross-culturally, leverage disruptive technologies to shape the future, and develop the deep self-awareness needed to lead effectively and with confidence.

Key outcomes

  • Create new tools for business management

  • Unearth seminal insights specific to your life and career

  • Solve real-world problems pertinent to you

  • Take your skills and mindset right to the top of business education

  • Gain practical expertise and academic recognition

  • Advance your career or transition into teaching or consulting

Year 1

Problem Formation

Identify a problem of business practice, complete a systematic review of academic literature, understand the components of business theories, and evaluate different research paths and outcomes.

  • Duration: 3 months

Tutorial on Predictive Analysis

Create novel testable hypotheses, understand and evaluate different quantitative methods for statistical analysis, apply these techniques to existing data sets, and identify original insights from data analysis.

  • Duration: 3 months

Data Collection

Create a reliable and valid survey instrument and collect data to address hypotheses. Apply techniques for factor analysis, prepare and improve a data set for analysis, and understand and critically evaluate data validity and reliability.

  • Duration: 3 months

Data Visualization

Apply different ways to present research data, create and deliver a workshop to teach others how to identify and solve business problems, and understand the methods and value of meta-analyses.

  • Duration: 3 months

Year 2

Academic Writing

Systematically evaluate multiple formal approaches to academic arguments, apply a single approach to create a publishable academic paper, and understand the process for academic publication.

  • Duration: 3 months

Non-Traditional Analysis

Understand and evaluate alternative quantitative methods to further validate findings and apply at least one of these techniques for your own project.

  • Duration: 3 months

Data Interpretation

Apply a non-traditional quantitative technique and create and deliver a workshop to teach others how to identify and solve business problems using the technique.

  • Duration: 3 months


Understand where and how academic research impacts business practice and analyze different non-traditional avenues to persuade business leaders to employ them.

  • Duration: 3 months

Year 3

Dissertation Construction

This course provides individualized support and feedback to students as they assemble all of their work into a single written dissertation. This includes a revision of the conceptual paper and its literature review to align with the student's subsequent analyses and conclusions.

  • Duration: 3 months

Dissertation Defense

To conclude their research training, students will present their entire work to a panel of academic researchers who will evaluate the student's contributions to academic theory. At the conclusion of this course, students will have completed all of the requirements of the program and will graduate with a Doctorate of Business Administration.

  • Duration: 3 months

Experts from the real world of business

Faculty at Hult are focused on helping students apply tools and theories to solve major, contemporary business problems. The faculty selected to teach the Doctorate in Business Administration are award-winning researchers in both academic and practitioner-related channels. Meet the esteemed DBA design team below.

We are looking for DBA candidates who are curious. People who want to develop research skills that can have an impact not just on the development of theory, but to help solve real problems. They also need an appetite for learning in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative business school

Dr. Vicki Culpin

Professor of Organizational Behavior

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