The program aims to connect management theory with the experience and know-how gained from the student’s professional careers. Students who successfully complete the program will gain an understanding of the latest trends in business and have an integrated understanding of business management.

Knowledge & Understanding

On completion of this program, the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Defined areas of expertise
  • Broad knowledge base and terminologies
  • Specific discourse in the expert area
  • Well-established theories and concepts
  • A systematic understanding with other fields of research and disciplines
  • Most recent theoretical/research knowledge at the forefront of the discipline
  • The discourse around new emerging theories and issues in the field
  • Practical implications for linking business theories with the real world in a sustainable fashion


Students who successfully complete this program will acquire research skills to write academic papers on their own as independent researchers. On completion of this program the successful student will be able to:

  • Conduct research independently and ethically
  • Effectively deliver research results
  • Undertake research to provide new information and/or explore new or existing data to identify patterns of relationships
  • Demonstrate confidence and flexibility in identifying and defining complex problems
  • Design and undertake substantial investigations to address significant areas of theory and/or practice
  • Form critique on advanced methodologies and/or existing research
  • Act independently and with originality for problem-solving
  • Develop or adapt appropriate advanced methodological approaches and critically evaluate the effectiveness
  • Develop and advance existing theories and framework particularly around responsible practices and context to enhance applicability and transformability

Program Structure

The DBA program is a part-time three-year program comprising compulsory coursework, dissertation doctoral seminars, colloquia, two published journal articles, dissertation and dissertation oral defense. The program is structured into three stages by year, and students are expected to complete 36 credits of course work, as shown below.


Credit Structure

15 contact hours are required for 1 Credit hour. To fulfill the requirements for this Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree, participants must successfully complete studies worth 36 credits. Studies include 32 course credits, a thesis (4 credits), and thesis defense. The DBA can be completed in 3 years. The program has a modular structure and follows a four-week learning cycle.

Program Structure

(16 course credits)

(16 course credits)

(4 credits thesis)

Research Methods Courses (16 credits)

Develop and Submit Dissertation Research Proposal

Submission of Initial Dissertation Research Proposal

Assignment of Dissertation Advisors

Ethical Approval of Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Proposal Advising (2 credits)

Business Administration Courses (12 credits)

Research Methods Courses (4 credits)

Dissertation Qualification Test

Doctoral Seminars I & II

Research Colloquiums I & II

Independent Research

Dissertation Advising (2 credits)

Independent Research

Dissertation Advising

Publish Two Journal Articles

Complete and Submit Dissertation

Apply for Dissertation Oral Defense

Dissertation Presentation Skills

Pass Dissertation Oral Defense

Revise Dissertation

Final Approved Dissertation

Publish Dissertation


Teaching/Learning Methods

Students discuss their research topics with professors and fellow students and receive feedback through seminars. Through this process, they will receive practical help to write an academic paper.

Students gain knowledge, understanding, and skills through:

  • Feedback on drafts of work from professor in person, by phone or email
  • Advisor-led guidance sessions for practical help in completing modules or utilizing small work groups
  • Expert seminars on a range of program-related topics for discussion
  • Self-directed learning facilitated by e-learning environment
  • Collaborative engagement with communities of practice that are appropriate to the student’s field of study
  • Community network with research related business fields for students
  • Undertaking rigorous study of literature review
Assessment Methods

The aSSIST University PhD program requires active participation and discussion in class to enhance students' knowledge, understanding, and skills.

Students’ knowledge, understanding, and skills are assessed by:

  • Reflective essay
  • Research plan
  • Research report
  • Oral presentation and viva voce


  • Applicants are normally required to have a relevant and recognized master’s degree (or above).
  • Applicants should also have a minimum of five years managerial or professional experience in a full-time position.
  • Proficiency in English is essential as the DBA program is partially delivered in English, as well as Korean. English Requirements: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80 or TOEIC 700 or completion of aSSIST University EBE Program (Pre-sessional English Course). Master’s degree holders achieved from English instructed programs are waived of such English test score requirements.

aSSIST University and Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) offer two intakes for the DBA/PhD dual-degree program: one in August for Fall term and one in March for Spring term. As such, the order in which students complete compulsory courses will vary. A completed application form needs to be submitted online or mailed to Seoul Business School at aSSIST University in Seoul, Korea. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with aSSIST University DBA/PhD faculty members. Applicants who pass the interview will receive an official letter of admission from aSSIST and will be enrolled in the program. All candidates are also screened by FUS, which has the right of final approval.

  • A write-up on the applicant’s rationale for applying to the program and a preliminary write-up on his/her research interests and potential areas of focus for his/her doctoral dissertation (letter of interest).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official English Proficiency Test Certificate (TOEIC score above 700)
  • Full color passport-size photographs (2 pcs).
  • Copy of candidate’s highest level of educational attainment.
  • Official certified copy of transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Proof of identity in the form of a photocopy of either passport or national identity card.
  • Certificate of Work Experience (Required for Korean Nationals)
  • Document Submission Form