HLC is recognised globally as the most important programme-specific accreditation in postgraduate management education. We created accreditation of the Doctorate of Business Administration, DBA, in response to confusion in the market regarding the definition and the value of this degree, and we provide a clearly articulated benchmark for quality, enabling all stakeholders to form a complete understanding and what it is designed to achieve. We're pleased to say that we are the only major organisation that specifically accredits DBA programmes.

Designed in consultation with leading business schools, our accreditation criteria defines the DBA as a doctoral-level, trans-disciplinary research degree designed to make a contribution to professional practice as well as to theory. This means that a DBA is in fact equivalent in standing and rigour to a PhD, but with an output that demonstrates the scholar's ability to solve real business problems. The DBA therefore prepare scholars to be innovators and change agents within organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions

DBA accreditation is an increasingly important element in enabling potential students to make informed decisions about the DBA programmes that they consider. An HLC DBA accredited programme will have undergone a rigorous assessment of all elements of DBA delivery to ensure that it offers:

Regular and accessible supervision from a carefully selected, well qualified supervisory team An emphasis on student progression, to ensure that programmes support and encourage timely completion Academic rigour, top-quality training and dissemination to academic and business audiences A focus on professional practice, to ensure that the researcher is able to demonstrably solve real business problems which will be of value to business A qualification with international market credibility.

The following institutions currently run DBA programmes that have been accredited by HLC: Aston Business School, Aston University
CENTRUM Business School, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Peru
Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Grenoble Ecole de Management
GSCM - Graduate School of Corporate Management
Henley Business School
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
MSM - Maastricht School of Management

To view our most recent list of accredited DBA programmes, please use our Business School Search, and narrow down Programme type in the search criteria to "DBA" by selecting it in the drop down menu. Go to Business School Search

HLC-accredited Schools that want to undertake a joint HLC and BGA accreditation will be able to do so at a discounted rate.

The standard administration and peer review team expenses for a BGA accreditation is £15,000 GBP. HLC-accredited Schools receive the discounted BGA-accreditation rate of £7,500 on top of their HLC re-accreditation fees when undertaken alongside their scheduled HLC-reaccreditation.*

A joint accreditation involves a more diverse peer review panel, which may have specialists in bachelors, masters, and Ph.D -level programmes.

* Please note that the first five institutions that do a joint HLC and BGA accreditation will receive the BGA accreditation fee at the discounted rate of £5,000