Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: What is the DBA?
A: The DBA is a three-year, modular doctoral program that prepares senior managers and executives to rigorously discover, lead, and share to have knowledge and practice in their fields, Our objective is to develop a cadre of highly trained business leaders who understand rigorous applied management research which is to enhance the competitive capacity of enterprise and organization. The program gives participants the skills they need to break down complex issues and discover new knowledge through analytical reasoning and inquiry with evidence based research.
Q: Who should consider the DBA?
A: The DBA is designed for working professionals in senior leadership positions in organizations. Candidates should have at least 5 years of management experience, 7-10 of which should be at the senior management or executive level.
Q: What level of previous education should I have?
A: Candidates should hold an MBA/EMBA or Professional Qualification to demonstrate foundation knowledge of business and management; with no less than 5 years management experience
First degree of 2A standard (Second upper) in business and management with minimum of 15 years senior level management experience and a minimum of 10 years of significant leadership responsibility.
Non –business Master’s degree applicant must demonstrate foundation knowledge of business and management by successfully completing business foundation program before admission into the doctoral program.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: The total cost for the entire program for 2015 cohort is $37,995. This includes tuition and affiliation fee ($25,000), program management fees and amenities during the required residencies and supervision ($12,995). Students are responsible for travel to and from the on-campus residences. Upon accepting an offer of admission you would be required to pay $6,500 to hold your place.
Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: The application fee is $300. The fee is non-refundable
Q: What do I need to include in my application?
A: You should include academic transcripts and certificates (EMBA/ MBA) from a recognized university, a current resume, two recent passport pictures, and the $300 application fee.
Q: Do I need to travel to ACCRA to participate?
A: Yes. You will be required to come to Accra for lectures every 2 to 3 months for a few days of 2-3 through a series of on-campus residencies that will take place over two to four day weekends. During these residencies, there will be face-to-face classroom instruction and seminars.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The Executive DBA is a three year, ‘’modular’’ program.
Q: Is NIBS –NAB Accredited?
A: Yes, NIBS is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of Ghana.
Q: What degree will I be awarded?
A: Upon successful completion of the degree requirements you will be awarded a Doctor of Business Administration from Swiss Business School, Zurich Switzerland.www.sbs.edu
Q: Do you run online course content
A: We do not have online platform – rather we use a two-level supervisory model as well as one-online supervisor approach that have proven successful in our previous doctorate program engagement.
Q: Do you have a good stocked Library
A: We have a resourceful library as well as research assistance in securing research articles.
Q: Do you run weekend programs
A: Our program sometimes run through weekends but it is not a weekend program.
Q: Do you have advisor –student interactive room
Q. Do you have plan for payment of program fees by installment?
A: NIBS have developed a flexible installment plan for payment of program fees.
Q. How committed and qualified are your lecturers?
A: Our Professors are experienced professional and result-oriented Lecturers, who have global exposure, all have doctorate degree
Q. Where is the location of the University?
A: NIBS is located at 7 Oleander Street, East Legon, Accra.
Q. Do you provide counseling services for students?
A: Yes; NIBS has a Counselor who will assist you in making the right academic and program decisions.
Q. I am a student at another school – can I transfer to NIBS?
A: NO. We do not grant credit for work done elsewhere.
Q. As a student of NIBS, can I use the School’s accommodation services?
A: NO – we don’t have a hostel because of the modular design we have, but we can help with hotel arrangement for you.
Q. As a student of the University can I get any careers advice?
A: Yes – but because most of our students are top executives and senior management professionals, we most at times refer them to professional counselor’s or psychologist.
Q. I need to obtain a transcript – who do I contact?
A: You will need to come to the Director of Academic Services office to fill a form, make payment, and then the transcript can be issued within 7 working days. If you are outside the country, identify someone to make payment on your behalf (give the person an authorization note) and the transcript will be sent to an address of your choice, or the person with the authorization can collect it for you.
Q. I recently graduated and haven’t received my certificate – who can I contact about this?
A: The Academic Director is responsible for issuing all students certificates. Contact the Director on +233 – (0) 269 695 863 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Do you offer EMBA/ MBA program?
A: Yes. click this link to visit learn about emba program
Q. Do you offer Executive Education programs?
A: YES. Executive Education programs are available in a variety of subjects and levels through NIBS.
Q. When do courses start?
A: No specific date, we run a cohort system, so anytime a cohort is ready, we can start a program.
Q. Are scholarships available?
A: NO but there is a financial aid and a referral programs that can help you pay part of your fees.
Q. When was Nobel International Business School founded?
A: New boutique school in 2014.
Q: How many students do you enroll/admit in a cohort?
A: Limited Executive students not exceeding 35.
Q: What happens if I cannot attend one of the residencies?
A: Residencies are an integral part of the DBA program. You should plan to attend all residencies. In case of a medical or similar emergency, please talk to us at the earliest opportunity.
Missing a residency you will adversely affect the progress of your study.