The Africa Business School DBA is a Doctoral-level, research-based qualification, designed to make a contribution to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management disciplines. The ABS DBA pays attention to the development of research that shapes the business and societal landscape in Africa and beyond.


The ABS DBA program targets experienced managers from private and public organizations who meet the following characteristics:
A minimum of an MBA or business related Master’s.
A minimum of five years of work experience, at least two years at management level.
Demonstrating appropriate links to the practice the proposed research refers to.
English proficiency.


Africa Business School – Rabat Campus.


Upon completion of the program, DBA students should have:
Acquired expertise in research design and methods necessary to undertake independent scholarly research
Contribute to the enhancement of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management, with a specific focus on Africa

Research clusters

Organizational behavior and leadership
Marketing Business analytics
Business Economics
Strategic Management
Entrepreneurship and innovation management
Business Analytics and Value Network

Transversal research streams: international business, gender, energy and sustainability, digital transformation, applied cognitive sciences.




Master’s degree or equivalent*
Professional experience: Minimum of 7 years (if no Master*)
IELTS: 6.5 (Equivalence: studying or working in an English speaking country or environment)

Program structure

4 years:
Year 1 – Research foundations
Year 2 – Research design and data collection
Year 3 – Thesis development
Year 4 – Thesis submission and defence

Ecosystem within University for the program implementation

Internal Senior Faculty members of ABS
Availability of state-of-the-art Infrastructure – computer labs, innovation labs, classrooms,
Inter disciplinary departments
Library resources
Faculty collaboration different departments
Research training
Exposure to workshops, conferences, seminars and symposiums
Exposure to industries
Exposure to government and social enterprises


Application Form
Research Proposal (template is provided)
Letter of Motivation