Doctor of Business Leadership

Because Every C-Suit Needs a Leader

Dr. Theodora 1

More and more, both private and public sector organizations in Ghana have challenging and complex leadership issues that we all see and share. Fortunately, there are people like you who do feel a deep commitment to positive leadership that improves organizations and makes life better.

In remarks he was to deliver on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy wrote ‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’. Not only do great leaders never stop learning, their success is measured by what new knowledge and practices they discover, lead and share to inspire others With leaders like you in mind, the Nobel International Business School (NiBS), in collaboration with SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich Switzerland, offer a new doctoral degree program focused on generating powerful leadership ideas to help solve Africa’s most pressing problems.This 3-year part-time program is designed for senior executives like you who want to prepare to lead in the C – Suite to build and sustain high performance organizations. The program delivers critical knowledge and skills in current leadership theory and practice. This foundation empowers you through applied and reflective thinking to situate leadership problems and opportunities in the right theory context. You are then able, with the support of our faculty and assistance from your own dedicated research fellow, to complete a doctoral thesis that offers creative and powerful leadership solutions.

This program is for a select few highly experienced and accomplished senior executives who aspire to lead in the C – Suite. You and your peers from Ghana and around Africa are immersed in a collaborative, creative and inspiring environment led by faculty from NiBS and partner institutions. The personal and intellectual relationships that flourish between you and your peers would become the most valuable legacy of your DBL degree experience, providing you with ongoing opportunities and lifelong friendships. It’s an experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

I look forward to seeing you in the program.

Dr. Theodora Akweley Asiamah
Assistant Professor of Management
Director, DBL Program

  • Develop the skills to be the leader in the C-Suite

  • Develop a deeper understanding of leadership theory and its implications for leadership practice in Africa.

  • Leave a legacy – produce a thesis that creates a new contribution to leadership knowledge and practice in Africa.

  • Develop into a ‘practitioner-scholar’ able to conduct and publish the results of applied leadership research

  • Develop knowledge and skills to teach leadership and governance at the University level.

  • Become an expert thought-leader in leadership and governance

Pre-thesis Stage

  • DBL 900 – Organizational Behavior Theory (3 credits)

  • DBL 901 – Leadership Theory and Practice (4 credits)

  • DBL 902 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3 credits)

  • DBL 903 – Qualitative Research Methods in Leadership (4 credits)

  • DBL 904 – Quantitative Research Methods in Leadership (4 credits)

  • DBL 905 – Innovation and Change Leadership (3 credits)

  • DBL 906 – Leadership Ethics, Governance and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

Doctoral thesis Stage

  • DBL 907 – Teaching Seminar (2 Credits)

  • DBL 908 – Teaching Practicum (4 Credits)

  • DBL 909 – Doctoral Research Project I (12 credits)

  • DBL 910 – Doctoral Research Project II (12 credits)

  • DBL 911 – Doctoral Research Project III (12 credits)

  • DBL 912 – Strategic Finance Leadership (optional-non credit)

Program Fee

Application FeeGH¢ 1,620.00 (Non- refundable)
Fee includes course materials, supervisor fees, teaching assistance,library access (including online), faculty amenities, research assistance and program amenities such as coffee breaks and lunch during classes.
(Please contact program manager)
Benedict: +233 (0) 266 822 310 | Efua:+233 (0) 278 961 064

Please Note:
Graduation fee (eg. cap and gown hire or purchase, thesis binding, mock and final dissertation defense, graduation ceremony and amenities, etc) is not included in these fees. 

The Innovation Management Academy (IMA), a major sponsor of the NiBS Doctor of Business Leadership program, may provide assistance for deserving qualified students on case by case basis

Admission Requirements

  • Master/MPhil Degree

    Master’s degree (e.g., MBA, EMBA, MPhil , MA, MSc ) in business, management or related area or equivalent qualification with at least 5 years leadership experience in a business, public and other organizations; or

  • Bachelors Degree

    Second class lower- with at least 10 years leadership experience  responsibility in business, public and other organizations; or

  • Professional Qualification

    Professional Qualification (e.g., ACCA, AIB, ICA, ICMA, etc) with at least 10 years leadership
    experiences in a business, public and other organizations;

  • 2 passport size photographs

  • Completed and duly signed application form

  • Official academic transcripts

  • Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences

DBL Online Application Form

Kindly fill the form below to apply for the Doctor of Business Leadership Program


    Please fill atleast one of the following Sections for Master Certificate or Undergraduate Degree

    Let us have your professional qualification (ICA, ACCA, CIM, CIMA, etc) if any

DBL Application Form
Download DBL Flyer

Benedict Asiedu
DBL, Program Manager
Tel:+233 (0) 266 822 310


Maame Efua Debrah
DBL, Program Manager
Tel:+233 (0) 278 961 064