Graduate Programs - Doctoral Level

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Program, an applied Ph.D (so to speak) is the result of a cooperation between the University of Balamand, Lebanon and Université Jean Moulin-Lyon3, France. The DBA is awarded simultaneously by both universities following the defence of a dissertation presenting original research and findings. A thesis supervisor from each institution is designated to monitor the student's research.

The program aims to enhance the managerial skills of professionals and equip them with advanced tools so that they offer tangible solutions. Most notably, the program will allow professionals to execute a new Change Management tool based on the Socio-Economic Approach to Management (SEAM). DBA graduates will also be equipped to handle consulting opportunities and possibly pursue an academic career.

SEAM - Action Based Research
The roadmap in the business world is continuously changing, and many companies feel the pressure to survive let alone to develop and grow. Companies have therefore continually thrived to acquire and develop the necessary resources, and effectively implement strategies to ensure that they sustain their competitive advantages for the short, medium and long-term.

At the Faculty of Business and Management, we see tremendous opportunities in a borderless society, and the Balamand-Lyon 3 DBA is our answer to the challenges facing today’s businesses. With the emphasis on the Social Economic Approach to Management (SEAM), a new paradigm shift is taking place.

While other management theories and assumptions are more related to short-term cost reduction, SEAM integrates the social, human and innovation dimension into the equation for enhanced economic performance. With such an analysis, the gains to the organization, in the long run, are rewarding for shareholders, employees, and end-users alike.

The DBA will deliver to its holder detailed step-by-step tools which will align all resources and involve all contributors and players to fulfil the organization’s vision. The SEAM tools will be delivered to the DBA participants at the IAE Lyon.

Equipped with SEAM, a DBA graduate will be able to intervene in a company as an executive or a consultant, offer a diagnosis, exercise managerial re-engineering, and establish a systemic management process.

Admission Requirements
  • - Three (3) recent passport-size photograph
  • - An application fee of 160,000 L.L. (107 U.S.D.)
  • - A photocopy of your identity card or passport
  • - A face-to-face interview with the Manager of the Program at UOB (you will be contacted at a later date)
  • - Evidence of English Language Proficiency, i.e., TOEFL or IELTS (a minimum of 527 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or 5.5 on the IELTS exam)
  • - A certified copy of your bachelor’s degree, its equivalence, and an official transcript
  • - A certified copy of your master’s degree, its equivalence official transcript
  • - A copy of the course description for your master’s degree
  • - Employment Verification (5 years of experience required)
  • - Two recommendation letters, one from your project/thesis supervisor/professor and one from a previous employer (Forms enclosed)
  • - Initial Research Proposal (20 pages, double-spaced, format and guidelines attached)
    • - Introduction and Problem Identification, specifying your intended field of specialization (Accounting, Finance, Management, Organizational Behavior, Change Management, Operation Management, Project Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Banking, International Business, or another area of focus
    • - Research Aims and Questions
    • - Preliminary Literature Review


Language of Instruction
The Language of Instruction is English.

Program Fees and Costs
The total cost is $The total cost is $40,500 for the three-year program (the University reserves the right to change the fees at any time) paid in instalments, in addition to the travel fees (students are expected to travel six (6) times to France over three (3) years).

Program Learning Goals and Program Learning Outcomes

PLG 1: Enabling participants to contribute to both theory and practice in the fields of business and management.
On successful completion of this degree students will be able to:
1.1. Demonstrate knowledge of advanced theoretically-grounded and methodologically-sound research skills that provide the foundation for impactful, practice-focused research.
1.2. Formulate new solutions to interdisciplinary research questions that are relevant to practice.
1.3. Synthesize relevant theory and past research in a given business area.
1.4. Illustrate the impact of research findings to fellow students of business, corporate constituents and practitioners.

PLG 2: Enabling participants to interact with professional practice and to contribute to professional knowledge.
On successful completion of this degree students will be able to:
2.1. Apply social science theories from organizational behavior and management to analyze complex, applied business problems.
2.2. Implement socio-economic intervention-research in a company or organization.

PLG 3: Equipping participants with the necessary skills to build research models and develop testable hypotheses
On successful completion of this degree students will be able to:
3.1. Apply, analyze, and advance theory, models and methods in new and practice-relevant contexts.
3.2. Build research models and develop testable hypotheses.

PLG 4: Demonstrating mastery of qualimetrics research method integrating quantitative and qualitative research methods specifically oriented to applied research.
On successful completion of this degree students will be able to:
4.1. Integrate qualitative or quantitative research methods to provide solutions to original research questions.
4.2. Master the qualimetrics intervention-research methodology.

PLG 5: Demonstrating the ability to disseminate evidence-based management practice through identifying and communicating to audiences within academic and a practice-based settings.
On successful completion of this degree students will be able to:
5.1. Compose an original research manuscript suitable for publication and/or presentation in practice-based journals and conference proceedings.
5.2. Communicate and defend original research ideas and findings orally through a formal research presentation.
5.3. Translate complex research findings into impactful and actionable guidelines for management.
5.4. Synthesize research findings into a Thesis of the doctorate caliber.

Contact Us:
Administrative Assistant
Yara El Hoss
Email: dba@balamand.edu.lb
Phone Number: 961-6-930250 Ext: 3862